Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Growing K-12 Online Learning

Here are some statistics to think about:
  • K-12 online learning is a new field consisting of an estimated $300 million market, which is growing at an estimated annual pace of 30% annually.
  • 87% of all youth between the ages of 12 and 17 use the Internet 

(21 million people).

  • 45 of the 50 states, plus Washington D.C., have a state virtual school or online initiative, full-time online schools, or both.
  • As of January 2007, there were 173 virtual charter schools serving 92,235 students in 18 states.
  • 57% of public secondary schools in the U.S. provide access to students for online learning.
  • 86% percent of teens, 88% of online teens, and 80% of all parents believe that the Internet helps teenagers to do better in school.

  • 14.2 million computers were available for classroom use in the nation’s schools as of the 2005-2006 school year. That works out to one computer for every four students learning.
     Prompted by Susan Booth's Independent School article "At the Tipping Point: K-12 Online Learning," I visited the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)'s Fast Facts About Online Learning to retrieve the above stats.  How far will we go with technology in our classrooms?

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