The future of online education

by Tyler Hawn, Newsplex

Students are spending more time in schools staring at screens, instead of looking at teachers. Supporters of online learning say technology is helping to keep them engaged and giving them a better education, but does this set the stage for the end of face-to-face learning? Students at Walton Middle School in Albemarle County are a part of a new generation of learning that involves more clicks on a keyboard, than the sound of a teacher’s voice. “It’s kind of an initiative we have here to match specific pieces of technology with specific student need,” said Rachel McElroy, an eighth grade teacher. Albemarle County Schools is launching a pilot program at Walton called the “One-to-One Initiative.” The goal is to help students learn things faster, by giving them access to online tools.

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