As a homeschooling mom of four gifted students (triplets going into 8th and big brother going to 10th grade), this lack of understanding frustrates me because my own kids have benefited greatly from computer-based classes both offered through their public school independent study program and through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Not only are they doing well in this multi-media high tech school arrangement, they are also proving to be happy and well-adjusted as well as equally adept at socializing compared to their peers studying in traditional school environments.
The impressive findings from a recent survey should be enlightening to those who may still be biased against learning in front of a computer screen. In this study, it was found that compared to traditional learning environments, online learning is proving to be an effective way in teaching today's "iGeneration" who live in a world of customized and instant feedback.
More specifically the results of the study found
- 72% of online students spend three or more hours on homework per week vs. 56% of students in traditional schooling.
- 54% of online students get more challenges when they are doing well in school vs. 49% of students in traditional schooling.
- 58% of online students get more help when they fall behind vs. 40% of students in traditional schooling.
- 78% vs. 67% of online students have more interest in attending a four year college after graduation than students in traditional schooling.
Computers and technology aren't going to go away, they're in our kids' lives for good. Why shouldn't we help the world's future leaders leverage the Internet now so that they will be better prepared for tomorrow?
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