1.2 Kindergarten Pros and Cons of Online Instruction
What are the Pros of Taking an Online Course?
- Flexible schedule.
- Adjustable pacing.
- Convenience and freedom to access course at any time and from anywhere.
- Use internet skills.
- The comfort of working at home with parents’ assistance and support.
- Can review materials and course work with parents.
- Parents have the opportunity to be actively involved in their student’s education.
- Parents serve as the learning “coach” and will be able to oversee instruction.
- Available individualization offered may be a valuable asset.
- Non-threatening atmosphere; reduces stress; less anxiety or worry.
- Can learn to be more focused, self-motivated, independent, and/or disciplined.
What are the Cons of Taking an Online Course?
- Lack of face-to-face and personal contact with instructor.
- Requires access to computer and Internet.
- Technical Problems (including computer, server, network, power).
- Requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline, self-motivation, time-management and organization skills to be successful.
- Technical/computer literacy and keyboarding /typing skills are required.
- Communication, directions, or discussions may be unclear or more difficult.
- There may be a lack of immediate assistance from an online teacher.
- Distractions and interruptions; hard to focus on work.
- May become overwhelmed or confused.
- Limits certain kinds of class instruction (modeling, demonstrations, spontaneous interactions).
- Physical problems: stiff neck, headache, lack of movement.
- The degree of socialization is far less than what is found in traditional schools.
- Parents must have the time to devote to the virtual school experience; they will have an extensive role as the learning “coach.”