Educational Technology

November 27, 2012

Online learning works for Utah student with autism

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:33 am

By Justina Mccandless, The Salt Lake Tribune

David struggled in a half dozen “brick-and-mortar” public schools, where his access to technology and sensory input was too limited and aides didn’t seem to know how to help him, Harms says. She thinks she’s finally found the solution in online learning through the Utah Virtual Academy K-12 program. He has a computer in his room, but can also learn in the living room or in the basement by hooking up the computer to a television. “I don’t force him to sit at a desk for eight hours a day because it’s impossible,” Harms says. Utah Virtual Academy, one of about 15 online Utah public schools, has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, and about 14 percent are students with disabilities. Stacey Hutchings, head of the school, says it wasn’t designed for special-needs students, but it’s working well for them because of its flexibility.

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