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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Virtual school choice trending among parents for their children | Innovation - Fox News

"The alarm sounds. Students swing their backpacks over their shoulder, board the school bus, make their way to their homeroom and the bell rings—school is back in session" summarizes Charlie Lapastora, multimedia reporter at Fox News.

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But for more homes in America, back-to-school looks more like waking up, students making their way to…the dining room or home office, setting up a laptop and learning from the comfort of home.

Virtual schooling, defined as “a public school that offers only instruction in which students and teachers are separated by time and/or location, and interaction occurs via computers and/or telecommunications technologies,” has increased over the past decade. According to the National Education Policy Center, enrollments in virtual schools increased by 17,000 students between 2015-16 and 2016-17 to 295,518 students...

For Arizona Virtual Academy, a full-time online public K-12 charter school, they use K12 Inc. curriculum. K12 serves students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries with digital learning platforms and technology; providing online and blended education.

Students can essentially wake up at home or in another state when traveling with family or for their sport or music interest—open up their laptop and get right to work. There’s also a new learning management system for the upcoming school year that makes a more personalized experience for students.

Source: Fox News