How our Students will get there...
The following readiness factors should be considered prior to enrollment in an online course:
1. Academic Ability
Much of the content of an online course is conveyed through written material. It is, therefore, important that students have strong analytical reading skills (proficient or advanced ELA scores on the SBAC are recommended).
2. Computer Skills
Students should be comfortable working with a computer, navigating a website, and downloading/uploading documents. Strong typing skills are a must. Students must be comfortable accessing and reading information on a computer for long periods and have some basic ability to troubleshoot technical issues that may be encountered.
3. Habits of Mind
Online coursework requires strong organizational and time management skills. Students must be independent, self-directed learners who are capable of staying on task while working from home, managing assignment due dates, and asking for help when they need assistance. Students must access courses on a daily basis and check email regularly for communications from their teachers.
4. Parent Support
Parent/guardian support is important to the success of online students. Parents must be aware of the online requirements, monitor work habits and progress, and ensure appropriate technology access at all times. Students should have someone who can provide technical assistance as necessary as well.
5. Technology Access
Online students must have daily access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a processor capable of downloading/uploading, streaming video and large multimedia files. The computer should be equipped with a word processor, web browser, speakers, and a USB headset with a microphone.