Its benefits far exceed just keeping kids safe and healthy in a pandemic.
As the world grapples with an ever-changing future, it’s clear that the digital world has become even more intertwined with how we function on a day-to-day basis. This is especially prevalent in education, where online schooling has experienced exponential growth in just the last year.
Its benefits however far exceed just keeping kids safe and healthy in a pandemic - here are some of the lesser-known benefits of switching to an online high school learning environment.
Preparing for the future of work
The modern work environment is becoming more digital, more collaborative, and more remote. In 2018, the International Workforce Group found that 70% of people worked outside the office at least once a week, with more than half working remotely for at least half of that week.
Post-pandemic, being able to work independently outside of a traditional office will become the norm for most sectors. These skills can already be honed at a school level in an online environment, giving these students an extra edge in future jobs.
But an online learning environment isn’t just there to prepare you for work - it also fosters independence and confidence in students. They learn what methods work for them at their own pace and in turn become more proactive with their studies.
This includes managing their time, learning the importance of a schedule, and appreciating the value of flexibility.
Improved mental health
For some, high school can be harder than others. Social anxiety, peer pressure, and difficulties with concentration can be exacerbated in large class settings. Students that have moved online have noted how much their anxiety has decreased since, comfortable in their safe space at home and more focused. They also feel less awkward asking teachers’ questions without everyone’s eyes on them, and there’s less pressure when it comes to online exams.
This doesn’t mean however that they lose out on socialising with their peers. Technology can easily facilitate discussions and group work between students and teachers. For example, we also offer extra-curricular virtual clubs where students can connect through mutual interests like books, coding, or even baking. And - geography willing - these interactions can easily move to the ‘real world’ for that oft-touted face-to-face social benefit.
Consolidation of school work
Remember the panic of realising you forgot your book and homework at home when you need it most? In an online learning environment, everything is in one digital place, curated by your teacher, and easy to pull up whenever you need it. This helps students be better organised without feeling overwhelmed while trying to keep track of all their learning materials.
And the beauty of a digital class is that it can be recorded for playback later when you can’t quite remember how a teacher explained that one formula. In this way, the student is never really alone while doing homework or studying.
The future is about working smarter - not harder - and why shouldn’t that already start with school?