Near-universal access to broadband Internet has greatly improved content delivery, and enabled regular interaction between students, teachers and classmates. The recent recessionand budgetary strains put on school districts has also hastened the need for more efficient public education.
“Technology is the only way to aid the cost situation,’’ Packard says. “The current environment is clearly accelerating [online] acceptance by schools.”
The K12 model appeals to two main types of students—those in areas lacking access to robust educational resources and children not comfortable working at the pace of traditional schools. Supplemental content can help remedial learners catch up at their own pace and accelerated learners move ahead.
“We can’t say definitely it works better [for all students], but it’s an option that works really well for a lot of kids,’’ Packard says. “By giving students more choices, that creates a better learning environment.”
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