K-12 Education Articles:

onl How Online Learning is Revolutionizing K12 Education and Benefiting Students.  Dan Lips.  (This article might have been titled, How Online Learning is Revolutionizing ALL levels of education)

  • The best teachers will use technology to reach many more students.
  • Virtual and blended-learning programs will enable mass customization in education.
  • The online learning revolution is already underway…27 states offer statewide virtual schools
  • Half of high school classes will be offered online in the next decade

·         The Rise of Online Kindergarten Courses.  Matthew Tabor. Education News.  September 6, 2011. Now, students can take online classes as early as kindergarten and must take some in high school. 

§    The Global Race for Online Learning: How Does America Compare?  Matthew Lynch.  Education Week.  October 18, 2013.

o   It seems that every year the amount of K-12 students taking courses online grows exponentially, fueled by a trickle-down effect from college offerings and the rise of Massive Open Online Courses.

o  Consider the statistics presented in this article.

Over 1.8 million K-12 students took distance-learning courses during the 2009 - 2010 school year.

275,000 K-12 students were enrolled full-time in online schools during the 2011-2012 school year

Five states (Florida, Michigan, Idaho, Virginia, and Alabama) require high school students to take at least one online course in order to graduate.

31 states had fully online school options in 2012, up from only 18 in 2007

Top 10 Learning Trends in K-12 Education.  Emma Taylor.  Retrieved July 30, 2014.


Future Trends in K-12 Education.  Hanover Research. December 2013.


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Other useful web sites we recommend:

WCET - The Wiche Cooperative for Educational Technologies

The United States Distance Learning Association

The Maryland Distance Learning Association

The Quality Matters Program



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