Celebrate Digital Learning Day: Why Families Appreciate Virtual School
As technology evolves more and more every day, virtual and blended schools—and even some bricks-and-mortar schools—are using digital devices such as computers and tablets to boost the learning process. Many students find that hands-on digital technology helps them to engage more with lessons and teachers. A digital device can also help students understand a specific concept or subject in a clearer and quicker way than a textbook offers.
In honor of Digital Learning Day on February 17—a day that celebrates the use of technology in the physical and virtual classroom, we asked Connections Academy families to share what they like most about online school. To help you decide if virtual school—or a blended learning program—is the right choice for your child, look at some of the ways that digital technology can benefit students:
- Advanced curriculum and resourcesSome students may prefer learning on a computer, rather than sitting in a real-time classroom, because the interactive content on the screen keeps them focused and interested. Since computers are able to connect students to high-quality tools, an online curriculum can be more enjoyable, collaborative, and stimulating. Virtual school students also usually have access to a wide range of engaging resources.“The curriculum is wonderful and keeps the younger students interested in their work.”—Rebekah Savickas
“[We appreciate] the resources provided and being able to learn at our own pace! That means if we are on a lesson that my child is struggling with, we can slow down and master it before proceeding.”—Janelle Hart
“Amazing, high-quality, and academically challenging curriculum.”—Melanie McMullen Creviston
- Lessons on the goOne of the great things about online school is that students can learn anywhere there is an Internet connection. This means that students who have a busy schedule can complete schoolwork on the go without falling behind! They also have the option of learning outside during spring and summer.“My daughter loves being able to learn where and when she wants to!”—Trish Ehrenfried
“Being able to do school work anywhere … in pajamas!”—Brenda Ploeger Camp
- A comfortable learning environmentSometimes students learn better at home, where they feel more comfortable and secure. It’s also reassuring and helpful for them to have a parent or other trusted adult around for support and guidance, especially in elementary school.“[We like being] able to be at home but still get a great education with wonderful and supportive teachers.”—Kim Clark Guy
“I’m glad I can learn and be comfortable at the same time.”—Emily Bratton
“[I like] getting to be with my kids, knowing they are being academically challenged in a safe and emotionally secure environment, among loved ones.”—DanaRae Brouillette
- Quick access to lessons and schoolwork, anytimeBecause there is no fixed “bell schedule” in virtual school, students can learn at a time that is best for them—even if that means super early in the morning, late at night, or on the weekends—as long as they keep up with assignments. By using the Internet to connect to schoolwork, students can quickly and easily find what they need to work ahead or catch up on lessons.“My kindergartner had an upset stomach for most of the night. I love that I was able to let her rest in bed without having to worry about missing school. This afternoon she felt great and was able to get schoolwork done.”—Sheila Redmon
“[I like] working on schoolwork at 9:00 a.m. or 9:00 p.m.!”—Terri Heintzelman Wehr
“I can sleep in late but still get my work done.”—Lashanda Woodruff
Digital technology can help to foster learning by being interactive, convenient, and practicable! What are some ways digital technology has helped your student? Share your story with us in the comments.