Is Online Learning For You?

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By Janet Johnson - Posted on 21 June 2010

One of the nice things about working in the early phases of a growing market is that we’re all finding our ways together. A very common question that comes up when we talk with students and parents is:

What kind of child can thrive online?

Our iQ Academy Washington teachers got together and created a “Preparing for Online Success” quiz that helps students and their families rank their learning habits in order to prepare to be an online learner. More than 1M students in grades kindergarten through 12 are taking classes online today. Our most successful students have (and I’d pose in this order):

  • Supportive parents or family members at home to help out
  • A sense of independence
  • The ability to understand written instructions
  • A joy around technology

I’d suggest families considering online learning – especially in the middle and high school age ranges – take the quiz. It’ll be a helpful spot to start.

Supporting the online student

Once you know generally where your child falls on the scale of potential online learning success, then you can dig into the support systems that are available in each online school program to help ensure success – no matter where your child is on the scale.

Depending on our school district partners, we offer:

  • Teacher engagement and interaction in many ways – by email, phone, text, etc.
  • Courseware with English Language Learner (ELL) support for those who need reading or language help
  • Learning coaches and mentors to help students who need a little “extra” encouragement
  • Classes with multimedia simulations, video, audio examples and lessons for those of us who like to learn in many ways

Meet your online school team

I suggest any parent interested in exploring online learning connect with the people who run the school you’re considering, and ask what kinds of support systems they provide. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
Our schools have Open Houses and virtual (online) “Get to Know iQ” sessions ramping up. Here are links to each open house list in each school.

Will we see you there?

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