700,000 K-12 students now take online courses

eMarketer.com reports that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of U.S. school districts had one or more K-12 students enrolled in online courses during the 2005-06 school year, according to a new study by the Sloan Consortium. The study included both fully online and “blended” courses, which combine online learning with traditional face-to-face instruction. “We are seeing a shift in how our children are learning: from a strictly classroom setting to a culture that includes online learning,” said Frank Mayadas of the Sloan Consortium. “Districts foresee that over the next two years online enrollments will increase by 19 percent, and blended enrollments will go up by 23 percent.” …


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