Get the facts straight on Virtual Education.
Parents want their children to receive the best education and we know you want honest information about all of the school options available. When it comes to online schooling, there is a lot of incorrect or incomplete information out there. To help you make an informed decision, here are the top 10 myths about online schooling and virtual classrooms.
The top 10 myths of an online education include:
Myth #1: Virtual schooling and homeschooling are the same thing.
Virtual schools and homeschooling are very different from one another. Virtual public schools, like OHDELA, provide students with free public education materials accessible from their computer. Our students have access to highly qualified teachers and work on curriculum that’s in line with Ohio education standards. Homeschooling is education led solely by parents—everything from choosing curriculum to teaching lessons and grading assignments.
Myth #2: Virtual schooling teachers aren’t easily accessible.
While you may not be able to walk down the hallway to a teacher’s classroom, there are a number of other ways to interact with teachers. Virtual school students can attend live classes while working at home, communicate with teachers via email, telephone or web course mail, or set up a time to speak directly with teachers as necessary.
Myth #3: Students spend all day sitting in front of their laptop.
Technology is a large part of a virtual education, but students are not stuck sitting in front of their laptop for the full 7-hours in a row during the school day. Because OHDELA students have some opportunities to design their own schedules, students can take breaks to participate in activities with friends, attend music lessons, play sports and more throughout the day.
Myth #4: Parents aren’t actively involved in the virtual schooling experience.
Parents who choose virtual school take an active role in their child’s education. Online schooling is a commitment for students and parents. Without a teacher in the same room, parents are responsible for helping their child stay on task, complete all class work and communicate with teachers as needed.
Myth #5: Virtual schools don’t challenge students academically.
Virtual schools follow the same state curriculum taught in brick-and-mortar schools. OHDELA recognizes that every student is unique, with their own interests, strengths, learning styles and preferences. So, we use the personalized learning model—allowing students to advance when they have completed a course, or take advantage of extra time and assistance to fully understand the information. This keeps students engaged in their education.
Myth #6: Virtual school students never have a chance to meet other students or faculty in person.
Just because your student is enrolled in a virtual school doesn’t mean they won’t meet and interact with other OHDELA students and faculty. Throughout the school year, OHDELA plans student and family events including field trips to parks, museums, and other educational opportunities all over Ohio where students can meet classmates and teachers in-person. Students and parents also have individual online conferences with each teacher during the year.
Myth #7: There is little interaction and support from virtual school staff members.
One of the great things about virtual schooling is that it gives students an opportunity to get to know staff members on a one-on-one basis. Each OHDELA student is assigned an academic advisor who is responsible for monitoring attendance and academic progress while also helping students establish and meet their goals. Also, intervention specialists work with families to ensure that Individual Education Plans are met and course selections are appropriate.
Myth #8: Virtual schooling has to be done in your home.
One of the best things about online education is that it can be done anywhere there’s an internet connection, whether that’s at home, on vacation, a road trip or somewhere else. Virtual school works with your schedule, allowing you to do schoolwork both on the go and from the comfort of your home.
Myth #9: Teachers in virtual schools aren’t qualified.
Virtual school teachers are licensed by the State of Ohio. They are highly qualified to teach their subjects and are eager to help students reach their full potential. Students also have academic advisors, intervention specialists and access to small group assistance with reading and math teachers to ensure they have the support needed. The dedicated teachers and faculty at OHDELA ensure each student receives the high quality education they deserve.
Myth #10: Virtual school students have limited interaction with other kids their age.
Even though students don’t attend a brick-and-mortar school with other children, there are still many opportunities for students to interact with kids their age. During live class, students interact with their peers through audio or video. OHDELA plans annual group trips to destinations near and far, including parks, zoos, nature events, science centers, museums and more. The MyChoice account from OHDELA also allows students to do a number of things they choose—from music lessons to intermural sports and more—to interact with other children.
If you have questions about any part of an online education or the virtual OHDELA classroom, we’d love to answer them. Contact us today or call 888-878-4530 to speak with one of our enrollment specialists.