Online K-12 Education Courses

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Online K-12 Education Courses af Mind Map: Online K-12 Education Courses

1. Financial Aid/Average Cost

1.1. If the online program is considered a public program (such as the K12 program) then it is tuition free and does not require payment to attend

1.2. Programs that are considered private, like Obridge Academy, require tuition costs for the online education provided

1.3. Prices for online public schools can range from hundreds, to thousands of dollars per semester.

1.3.1. This is not including added costs that come from textbooks and supplies that might need to be purchased

2. Each online program is individualized to its own "brand"

2.1. Most include activities such as:

2.1.1. Video chatting with instructors

2.1.2. Online lessons via video

2.1.3. Interactive workbooks and text books

2.1.4. Much needed parental support

3. Advantages of Online Education

3.1. Individual Attention from Teachers

3.1.1. Students have more of an opportunity to talk to teachers one on one versus in a classroom setting

3.2. Encouraging Open Environment

3.3. Self-Paced Learning

3.3.1. Students can make their own schedules that are adaptive to their lifestyle, not a typical 8-3 work day

3.4. Easy Access - Students can work at any time or place

3.5. Flexibility

3.6. Availability to students who might not have the ability to attend a regular school setting (medical issues, learning capabilities, etc.)

3.6.1. How K-12 Online School Benefits Students with Medical Issues

3.7. Increased parental engagement

3.8. Need for a dedicated learning coach to oversee progress (parent, guardian, etc.)

3.8.1. This is especially needed for

4. Disadvantages of Online Education

4.1. "Too Easy" - plagiarism and retaking tests multiple times

4.2. Lack of Rigor - no challenging follow-up questions for students who need the extra push

4.3. Little Availability to Different Socioeconomic Classes

4.3.1. Online courses and programs can tend to be expensive, therefore, those of lower socioeconomic status might not have equal access

4.4. Need for a dedicated learning coach to oversee progress (parent, guardian, etc.)

4.4.1. This is especially needed for elementary aged students to make sure they stay on task This means that accessibility for an online program would have to be with a stay at home parent, a parent that works from home, or someone else who attends to the student in order to see peak performance

5. Examples of current Online K-12 Programs

5.1. Keystone Online School

5.2. Acellus Academy

5.3. Obridge Academy

5.4. Lincoln Learning Solutions - Kansas Online Learning Program

5.5. Connections Academy

6. Online Transition Programs Implemented in Public Schools

6.1. Accelerated Reader


6.3. Lexia

6.3.1. All of these programs are starting to be incorporated into public schools for students to be in control of their learning pace

6.4. Reading Plus

6.5. Education Galaxy

6.6. Google Classroom


7. What does a K-12 Online Program look like?

7.1. What does a class look like in a k-12 online school?

7.2. K12 Academy - "How Online Learning Works"

7.2.1. Online lessons, interactive activities, and virtual classroom sessions in the Online School

7.2.2. Independent activities not on the computer using K12-provided materials, including textbooks and workbooks

7.2.3. Interaction with teachers and classmates online or by phone

7.2.4. Guidance from their Learning Coach to ensure they are making progress during the day A Day in the Life of an Online Student

7.2.5. Planned student activities and parent support as needed

7.2.6. Students are expected to complete schoolwork each day and attend virtual classroom sessions as scheduled by their teachers. An Inside Look at a Virtual Middle School

8. Demographics of Online Programs

8.1. More than 2.7 million students in the U.S. are attending online education programs

8.2. 75% of all U.S. school districts are offering online or blended courses

8.3. Reasons for choosing online education:

8.3.1. 46% require or want greater flexibility

8.3.2. 43% want a change from local school

8.3.3. 34% want a safe learning environment

8.3.4. 26% of parents want more involvement with their child's education

8.3.5. 16% have health concerns

8.3.6. 9% cite bullying in previous school

8.3.7. 5% attend to pursue the arts or spots

8.4. Attendees:

8.4.1. 55% Female

8.4.2. 45% Male

9. Do students who attend online K-12 schools lack social skills?

9.1. Most programs allow young K-12 students to have a recess block where they have the opportunity to play and socialize with their classmates.

9.2. They are often involved in partner/group work where they learn to socialize with classmates

9.3. Some programs offer outside clubs, interest groups, and social events for students to attend

9.4. Still students of all ages are encouraged to be involved in their communities to get the social interaction outside of the classroom setting

9.5. School-sponsored activities and events might include teachers workshops and parent workshops; community service projects; clubs; field trips; school academic events like spelling bees, science fairs, visits to historical sites, etc.

10. Could it be more effective for older students versus younger?

10.1. There is not a lot of research surrounding the topic of who online school benefits more

10.2. A majority of people believe that it would be more beneficial to high school aged students because it is believed that elementary/middle school aged students need "more structure"

11. What is the role of a Virtual School Teacher?

11.1. Provide instruction, guidance, and support

11.2. Track student attendance and academic progress

11.3. Evaluate student work

11.4. Develop a strong partnership with parents or responsible adults

11.5. Work in consultation with parents to recommend remedial or enrichment programs and make placement and promotion decisions

11.6. Communicate regularly with their students via phone, e-mail, and face-to-face meetings, including academic workshops

11.7. Organize social and academic outings; promote school community

11.8. Participate in regular training and professional development

12. Online Public Schools are NOT Considered Homeschool

12.1. Homeschooling is whenever a parent chooses to keep their child out of school and choosing what the curriculum will be

12.2. Online Public Schools are different from homeschooling because:

12.2.1. They have state-certified public school teachers

12.2.2. Have state assessment tests

12.2.3. Have attendance policy and academic progress requirements

12.2.4. Require a school office for staff

12.2.5. Have an established curriculum determined by the school that students must follow – (families cannot pick and choose, or eliminate subjects)

12.2.6. Require school grades, transcripts, report cards and parent conferences

12.2.7. Require strong school administrators (e.g., principal, assistant principal, special education director, IT)

12.2.8. Are subject to academic and fiscal accountability requirements

12.2.9. Strictly adhere to school policies and procedures by way of discipline and due process

13. Online Education Compared to Traditional Education

13.1. Similarities

13.1.1. Tuition-Free and Full Time

13.1.2. Serves students K-12

13.1.3. Have state-certified teachers who provide instruction and support

13.1.4. Follow a traditional school year

13.1.5. Award graduates a high school diploma

13.1.6. Access to a variety of student activities and clubs

13.2. Differences

13.2.1. Students receive an individually tailored education with one-to-one support

13.2.2. Classes do not take place in a building. Classes can take place wherever there is internet connection