Sunday, March 17, 2013

"That human contact is critical"

The MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering proposals for virtual schools. Up to 10 have been authorized to be created in MA over the next 10 years. In this recap of the status of the program and the first proposal from Greenfield, the Milford Daily News talked with Franklin.
Without face-to-face contact between teachers and students, Franklin Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski expects some students could fall behind. 
"It is a much more active type of learning," she said. "It could be a challenge for some students. You have to keep up with your work every day. Students may fall into thinking it will be a lot easier." 
Several other states offer blended learning and full-time online programs. In Florida, most students take online classes part-time, but full-time online students are able to connect with peers.

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More on the Commonwealth of MA Virtual Schools (CMVS) can be found on the MA DESE webpage

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