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Is a virtual education the future for K-12 students?

By Carol A. Ribeiro
December 13th, 2016

Virtual education expert details six ways these schools are better than traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms.

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Modern technology connects us and allows communities to share resources in unprecedented ways. Virtual education leverages these connections to provide everyone, regardless of geographic location, access to experts and high quality learning experiences. As technology has improved, virtual education has evolved to become a tool that helps close gaps in high schools and colleges.

Quality online learning programs provide rigorous curriculum, meaningful teaching resources, and access to specialized programs, such as industry training for students, schools and teachers.

Better Career and Technical Education

I believe access to specialized programs will be transformative. Virtual learning will play a major role in the career and technical education space by increasing access to qualified instructors and by improving the knowledge base of all educators. Exposure to hands-on, lab-based learning experiences will improve students’ ability to think critically.

Better Focus on CBE and CBL

As competency-based and personalized learning approaches continue to evolve, I hope to see a greater focus on a holistic approach to learning that relies less on “when” or “where” students learn and more on “what” and “how” they do. Both online and face-to-face teachers will be empowered to use technology tools to understand each student’s specific challenge areas and embrace technology to help students fill content knowledge gaps in an efficient and engaging manner.

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