Online classes offer variety and opportunity

Sofia Anderson, Sydney Davis and Donna Dunkum– Mustangs Ahead

 (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Florida high schools require students to take an online course to graduate. LRHS offers a variety of online courses to be taken through Florida Virtual School (FLVS) or eTech.

FLVS was founded in 1997 and is an online school that allows students to access more than 150 courses that are not otherwise offered on campus.

ETech is a virtual instruction program designed for students currently enrolled in Manatee County schools. ETech teachers are teachers that are in the same county as the student.

Seniors this year need to have at least one online credit to graduate.

Just like students attending a physical classroom, online students are required to complete and submit assignments for each course. Depending on what they’re taking, there’s usually 50 to 120 assignments per full class (which is divided into two semesters, allowing either a for full credit or just a half credit if need be).

Some courses that might interest students may include –

  • Art
  • Business Technology
  • Career Technical Education
  • Core classes are also offered online through FLVS or eTech.

There are variety of pros and cons to online courses.

Pros –

  • Ability to do work from home or anywhere there is an Internet connection; Great for homebodies or students who are anxious to be around large amounts of people
  • Work on your class at any time of day
  • Take classes at any time of the year
  • Ability to work at a student’s own pace
  • Finish the course as fast as comfortable

Cons –

  • It’s not always easy to be motivated and keep up with work
  • Students don’t see teachers face to face
  • It’s not easy to make friends and just “chatting” with other students isn’t allowed
  • Consequences of being dropped from the course after 14 days of not submitting any assignments, or if not contacting the teacher as often as needed

Senior Erin Eilers is taking an online class and said, “I am currently taking Algebra 2 online and it has been difficult. I have Mrs. ‘N’ as a teacher and she is very nice and helpful. It’s easier to fall behind in online classes so making sure you’re on track and submitting your assignments on time is very important.”

Senior Tristen Newman stated, “I am taking government online.”

Newman finds physically going to school better than online, “I would rather take the class at school. Having a teacher in front of the class teaching is the way of learning I like. It’s easier to fall behind in your assignments, and not understand the information being taught.”

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