Neb. Schools Use Online Summer Courses to Reinvent TeachingNovember 21, 2016 / byArs Lexis / Categories : In Focus
Several schools in different parts of Nebraska are finding novel ways to teach students during the summer and further stimulate their interest in learning new things.
For summer school classes, online courses are in full swing in Lincoln Public Schools, while Omaha Virtual School has accepted its first batch of students enrolled in an algorithms class.
Pam Robinson, the summer school coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools, helped in increasing the number of students in attendance over the last 10 years. During this period, there were more than 1,400 students gaining high school diplomas and a total of 113 seniors have earned enough credits for them to be eligible for graduation.
The availability of online classes contributed to the spike in students numbers over the 10-year period. Statistics showed that 890 people enrolled in summer school at North Star in 2006 with 592 completing their courses.
This year, the figures improved to 1,699 students with 1,411 finishing their courses. The offering of online classes has certainly played a role in the different with graduation completion, according to Robinson.
In the previous summer, 318 students signed up for at least one online class. Aside from cyber classes, Robinson said that counseling also helped children remain engaged and committed to attending school.
Omaha Public Schools has launched their first K-8 online school in August and 160 students are enrolled in the program. Parents of these children wanted to see how online classes, which are popular in other states, can indeed enhance learning opportunities for students.
The free program teaches pupils the basics of algorithms from the perspective of computer programming and information technology.
Online classes have undoubtedly changed the education system as more people recognize the convenience of implementing such activities. It’s important that stakeholders in the academic community, government authorities and the public should work together in maximizing its impact to education for the better.