The Education of the Present and the Future

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In today’s age and society, technology is becoming a huge part of everything we do, from online clubs and societies, to entertainment, social networking, and even online education. Some say we rely too much on technology, and some believe that this is where we need to be going; imagine a totally virtual world. Where everything including school can be don from the comfort of your own home. E-learning is not just the school of tomorrow; it is the school of now. Anne McGrath has written that “technology can lift classroom teaching to new heights,” and I believe this is true. A whole world of resources is available at your fingertips. Save money, work at your own pace, it’s accessible, convenient and can help foster good habits, how does an online school not sound like a good idea.
Of course, it is true that online schools tend to cost less than a traditional brick-and-motor institution. Some argue that schools wish to change over to an online format to cut costs and save money. In some people’s eyes it’s all about the money. However even online schools require funding, there is expensive software and equipment that must be kept updated, as well as server fees and payroll for the teachers teaching the course. It is not only cheaper for institutions to run, but is as well, typically cheaper for the students. A student can pay a low as half for a program or course. There are also other areas where one may save. Someone can save money on transportation, living because you don’t need to be near the school to take the course, as well as other small things like childcare. Additionally, schools can save even with the government cutbacks. The average recorded cost of a traditional student is about $8 322, but actual spending can be as high a...

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...e to face-to-face learning.
• plagiarism was a problem for many students.

Source 9: Synonym
The Advantages of Traditional Schools
Stacy Alleyne, Demand Media
May 18, 2014 http://classroom.synonym.com/advantages-traditional-schools-3706.html • Provides the environment for interaction between students, teachers, and peers.
• “With face to face interaction you develop lifelong contacts, memories and experiences ... These types of interactions humanize the educational experience in a way that online learning does not.”
• While online schools rely on the self-disciplined of student, traditional schools have a set structure and routine for students who want or require more guidance.

Source 10: SREB

Overcoming Doubts About Online Learning
Southern Regional Education Board
November 2009
May 20, 2014 http://publications.sreb.org/2009/09T02_Overcoming_Doubts.pdf •

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