Pros and Cons of Online High School Classes Essay

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Pros and Cons of Online High School Classes
Introduction to Educational Technology EME 2040
Char Fosmoe
Florida State College of Jacksonville
August 20, 2011

Online courses in high school are causing much debate. Although many people are bucking the trend, those who have willingly taken online courses have found there are many benefits. However, with the integration of any new technology brings new concerns that need addressing. Although online courses may not be for everyone, they offer numerous perks that are typically limited with conventional schools.

Pros and Cons of Online High School Classes
While online classes are a part of many colleges, there is intense debate over whether they should be incorporated
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Gifted students are no longer limited to the mediocre level of learning and slow learners are not ignored. Often times, typical classes are inundated with disciplinary issues or other disturbances that distract from actual instruction. Fewer teachers are needed for online classes to accomplish the same small class size effect. With virtual classes, the ease for which material can be plagiarized has brought a new concern. One particular example showcases a student who failed English in a conventional classroom and turned to an online class in hopes to earn the credit and still graduate. When asked to define the meaning of a term, the student typed the question into a search engine and found an answer on Wikipedia (Gabriel, 2011). At that point, he simply copied and pasted the material and e-mailed the response to his teacher. The online teacher never caught that the student’s answer was copied from the internet. The teacher responded and said that although most students were diligent about completing the work, that plagiarism in the online classes was a problem for many students (Gabriel, 2011). While plagiarism can still be an issue with conventional classrooms, teachers are able to personally get a feel for the material the student is grasping as well provide in class assignments and

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