Many High Schools Now Offer Online Courses
For many high schools, class is now in session–online. The New York Times reports that the nation’s largest public schools offer a variety of online high school classes. Some high schools now require students to take at least one online course, with the goal that students are prepared for college or technical training after high school.
Types of Classes Offered Online
Thousands of students can enroll in courses from economics to personal fitness, where they report their exercise routine to a database. Other students take classes that aren’t available at their traditional high schools, including advanced classes and foreign languages.
Solving the Funding and Teacher Shortage Issues with Online Classes
Many areas of the country are experiencing shortages of funding for buildings and facilities as well as a shortage of qualified teachers. Some high schools are now requiring students to take online classes to ease these shortages.
Online Courses Help Prepare Students for the Future
Online high school classes prepare students for careers or further education using technology. Michigan high schools now require students to take at least one online course, with the goal “that every student in Michigan is prepared for college or technical training when they finish high school.”
Many high school students are already familiar with a course in miracles computers, but requiring online classes for high school students gives them what might be their first opportunity to explore online coursework.
Teaching Time Management Skills
Online learning requires students to manage their time efficiently. Keeping deadlines and making class meeting times is different when the course is online. Students who have taken high school classes online are more likely to be comfortable with online technical training programs and other degree programs when they enter college.