Is online learning better than a traditional classroom?

SRI International conducted a study over 12 years to see the effects of online education compared to that of a classroom. The study found “on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.The Department of Education found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentil in tested performance, compared with the average classroom students scoring in the 50th percentile. That is a modest but statistically meaningful difference.”

Online learning is a great way for kids to have a classroom catered to them. Students in a classroom have to keep up with all of the children around them. They may feel embarrassed to ask questions, and then get lost in the material. I know I felt like this during my math classes!

Learning through an online portal can help kids slow down or speed up to learn the material. They are also able to ask questions to a teacher without having to feel isolated. Online education really makes children actively engage in the work they are doing. Most online courses are not fill in the blank; children must perform the tasks they learned.

Something that hasn’t been mentioned about online learning, but I think is a great part of this type of education, is children learn to be independent. They have to go through the steps and work online by themselves, instead of having a parent or teacher hovering around them showing them and demonstrating every step of the way. Children start to learn more about themselves and the way they learn, instead of how the teacher told them to do it.

Online education could be a great way for children to build their independent character. They are more self-driven because they are the only one they are competing with on the computer. We are looking at a learning style that teaches kids more than just the material they need in a classroom, this material is something they will need for the rest of their lives.

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