Monday, June 20, 2011

Digital learning moves into summer schools

It’s no surprise to us that school systems, strapped for cash, are turning to digital learning to keep the costs of summer school within reason.

At, they report that use of digital learning is growing on both sides of the Ohio river near the home of the Reds.

Kids are succeeding with this program, including J.R. Stanley, who used digital learning to make up credits and graduate from Campbell County schools in Northern Kentucky recently.

Students are also going on line to take advanced courses so they can qualify for more rigorous studies that will benefit them in college.

The article mentions one example of cost savings:

“Parents save, too. At Reading (in Ohio), parents pay $135 to $175 per online course instead of the $275 to $325 per teacher-led class, said Matt Baker, who coordinates the high school summer school.”

This is in line with some savings we recently highlighted in Kentucky’s on line high school, the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning.

Those are cool savings in a hot summer.

Still, digital learning is in a growing stage, and there are hurdles to expanding this innovative way to reach students. So, watch for a Bluegrass Institute report coming this fall on roadblocks to digital learning in Kentucky. You see, the benefits of digital learning are no surprise to us, and we want to do what we can to expand use of this great new tool throughout Kentucky.

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