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This subject is one that I have, actually, spent quite a bit of time researching. I became interested in this subject a few years ago. Some friends of mine home-school and I was impressed to learn of some amazing learning tools that they were using (Incredible, really). I learned that many home-school parents (and organizations) have been incorporating virtual learning for some time. I believe that the incorporation of virtual learning IS the future of educating (progressively) our children.
I am not an advocate of virtual schools (no brick and mortar experience) for ALL students. Self-discipline and the ‘home environment’ may not be conducive to this type of learning in some cases. The arts and extra-curriculars are vital to the overall educational experience, in my opinion.
CT Virtual Learning Center
The State of Connecticut is pleased to announce the availability of free online course enrollment for high school students. Funded by the State as a pilot project, at no charge to you, the CT Virtual Learning Center will begin offering courses as soon as January 28, 2008. Students will be able to take these courses through your school for credit. These are dynamic, fully interactive online course curricula that have been pre-approved by the State Department of Education’s Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction and will be taught fully online by CT certified teachers.
‘Virtual schools’ do benefit many who are in situations where attendance is difficult/impossible/etc (health & disability issues, location (unsafe urban situations, etc). The incorporation of virtual learning in the public schools would provide for the oversight and supplemental instruction that is necessary for the success of most students. Combined with the social needs and overall ‘experience’ obtained in the brick and mortar environment? I believe the results would be amazing… Read the rest of this entry »