Busy families need options. Online education can help.

Guest post by Sally Roberts, DOE Educational Policy Consultant for Virtual Education

We appreciate all the feedback we received in the blog comment section, on Facebook and on Twitter regarding last week’s online education post. This blog post will feature the issue again so we can provide even more information.

Many virtual options

With three different options – Florida Virtual School Classic, Florida Virtual School Full-time and district online programs – students and families can choose which virtual offering fits their needs the best. This chart helps explain the differences and benefits of each program.

Flexibility

Online education provides incredible flexibility for families on the go. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) students can participate in online courses at any time and have teachers available from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. for phone calls, parent-teacher-student conference calls, instant messaging and emails. (District online courses and programs also provide flexibility for accessing online courses and curriculum. Please contact your local administrator for details) for district teacher availability.

As an example, if Jane is leaving school early to attend acting classes from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. then goes to her brother’s soccer game at 4 p.m., she can take her algebra class at 6 p.m. when she gets home and still have access to her teacher.

Personal, individualized instruction

Even though the course is online, teachers can still hold live online lessons. Say the teacher is receiving a lot of questions from students about conjugating verbs in language arts. The teacher can then schedule a live lesson so she/he can respond to students’ questions as the class is going on – just like at a brick-and-mortar school.

Preparation for the future

In addition, most post-secondary schools offer online courses, and chances are your child will be enrolled in at least one. By taking online courses in high school, your child is better prepared for their future education.

Which online course choices would fit into your child’s schedule? Do you have questions about the difference between Florida Virtual School Classic, Florida Virtual School Full-time and district online options? We welcome questions in the comment section!

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Going Virtual – even more!

Guest post by Sally Roberts, DOE Educational Policy Consultant for Virtual Education

Everyone is talking about “school choice” these days, but “choice” doesn’t mean just charter and magnet schools. Starting in August, Florida students will now have more virtual education choices.

Students will have the option to take ALL their classes through Florida Virtual School Full-time. In addition, the Legislature authorized districts to now offer additional online courses for students in grades K-12 and virtual charter schools. Courses include everything from chemistry and grammar to physical education and drivers ed!

In order to better prepare our students for postsecondary education and the 21st Century workplace, all students entering ninth grade in 2011-2012 must complete at least one course through online learning. Students may take the required online high school course from Florida Virtual School, a district high school or middle school, or through dual enrollment.

Check out our Florida Virtual Public Education Options chart for a quick overview of what program would be best for your child.

How to register:

Has your child ever enrolled in an online course? If so, what was their experience like?