The Internet may cause the demise of snow days. Instead of allowing students to take days off during the winter and add additional school days in the summer, schools are experimenting with having students take online lessons during bad weather.
One reason schools want to shift to online learning is canceling school in the winter, when some of the most difficult material of the year is covered risks, leaving students behind in the spring when they take standardized tests.
Virtual learning, which has been widely used by colleges and universities for years, is becoming more common for younger students as teachers get comfortable with the technology.
Online learning also saves money because schools don’t have to pay for buses, electricity and custodians.
But a major drawback to online learning is many families don’t have high-speed Internet access. Families with multiple kids but not multiple computers may also face difficulty with online learning.
For more, read the Washington Post’s article here.
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