How the Internet Changed Homeschooling
Homeschooling allows a lot of freedom for families who choose this educational path for their children. The Internet plays a big role in these freedoms and the flexibility that many homeschooling families enjoy. Acellus Academy Online High School is an Internet-based schooling option that offers numerous benefits due to its online nature. Here are a few different ways that the Internet has changed the way families today are homeschooling their children.
Increases Learning Options
Before the Internet, homeschooling parents had to do all the teaching themselves or find someone to teach for them. With Internet-based curriculums, students can take online courses, which allows parents to take a step back and gives students the opportunity to be more in control of their own education. Internet-based schools make it possible for some people to homeschool who otherwise may not be able to do so due to lack of teaching ability.
Since the creation of online schooling, the rates of homeschooling in the United States have increased. With recorded lessons for students, online classes require a lot less intervention from parents who don’t have any formal teaching training.
Online courses also allow students in difficult circumstances to participate in schooling without falling behind in a traditional classroom setting. For example, students with disabilities or social anxiety might not find success in the classroom. With online classes, these students can learn from the comfort of their home or anywhere that they have Internet access.
Increases Resources for Learning
The Internet offers seemingly endless resources of information. Prior to online learning, children needed to use books to complete research for school projects. Now, content is plentiful on the Internet. For children learning all kinds of new things in school every day, the Internet can be such a valuable resource. If your child is struggling with multiplying fractions, there are so many different places on the Internet that can explain the topic.
One other benefit of the Internet for homeschooling is that you can have your child look up how to do things or find answers to their questions. Google has made finding the answer to nearly any question very easy. Google can also help parents who are struggling to teach their children at home.
Additionally, you can find resources that can explain things in different terms. If your student is struggling to learn with one method or from one explanation, there is bound to be numerous other ways to explain or teach the same topic online.
Creativity isn’t always given an outlet in education. However, with online learning tools, kids are given more opportunities to express themselves. Out of the box thinking is also encouraged in online learning environments. Learning hard topics might require some creativity teaching, which can lead to creative learning.
Teachers can also be more creative in online classrooms. For example, many teachers are utilizing infographics, videos, and social media to help teach their students. Digital tools benefit both teachers and students throughout the education process.
Increases Teacher-Student Connections
In the past, homeschoolers were taught by their parents or someone hired by their parents. Now, students can learn from teachers who are states away. This long-distance relationship could cause a variety of problems, but the Internet provides a direct line of communication with teachers that children otherwise would not have access to. The best part of all of this is that students are taught by some of the best teachers in the nation without having to move for schooling.
Online classes also allow students to have faster access to their teachers. In a traditional school environment, students have to wait until they are in a specific teacher’s classroom to receive the help that they need. In online classes, students can send an email to their teacher to get a faster response.
Our online classes embrace the digital era in which we now live. Our students not only complete coursework whenever and wherever they have access to the Internet, but they also have a lot of freedom when it comes to their own learning journey. We offer base classes in subjects like math, language arts, and science, as well as a variety of electives at all age levels.
To learn more about online classes through Acellus Academy, fill out our contact form. We offer open enrollment, which means that your student can get started at any time. Enroll today for a unique education experience based around the Internet.
I enrolled my grandchild, because she has been dealing with some balance of bullying since she started going to school. Coupled with the fact that her mother is addicted to drugs, which is the reason she is living with me. In public school, she just never seemed to be interested in learning. She had to go live with her mom for her 3rd grade year in school, because of rules and regulations, which I had no control of. During that time, she actually witnessed a shooting right outside her window! The pandemic hit her 4th grade year and I was able to get her back. This is a year she really should have repeated because I was her teacher, and needless to say, I have been out of school for 50 plus years and things have changed so much since then! She struggled through her 5th grade year because, let’s face it, me being her teacher for her 4th grade year and her needing so much help! I basically passed 4th grade for her, which is why I say she should have repeated the grade. She struggled through 5th grade which is when the bullying began to get serious, she barely passed to 6th grade. In 6th grade now, still being bullied by the same group of girls, she thought that her so-called friends would help her with the bullies when actually they really wanted to see her get beat up! She is so scary, she’s afraid to go into the next room alone at home. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when the principal of the school was knocked to the ground by the bully, as she was attempting to get to my granddaughter! So, in making the decision to enroll her in home schooling, I sat her down and had a long talk with her and let her know that she is going to be the one in school, not me but her support system is her to motivate her to start learning again. And how important it is for her to get a good education. I believe that this is the right thing to do for her. Thanking you in advance for your help. Sorry for the long message and any errors made. I just wanted to paint a picture for you of her struggles….
Thank you for sharing Berlinda, we’re excited to have your grandchild enrolled with us.