E-Learning: Love it or Hate it?

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E-learning is the buzz word at New Castle Community Schools this year.

The new program allows students across all grade levels and schools to do assignments at home during the times that the school building is closed due to inclement weather. Superintendent Dr. Matthew Shoemaker announced the new e-Learning program in a letter this past August sent to parents. “Teachers, students and staff will be ready for this new learning experience,” Dr. Shoemaker said in the letter.

Other schools in the area, such as Blue River, have already implemented the E-Learning program. Whenever school is closed for inclement weather, students will go onto their Google Classroom and complete the assignments given to them by the teachers. The assignments should take about 20-30 minutes per class. If students do not turn in the assignments four days after the E-Learning day, the student will be put in as an unverified absence for the class period for that day.

The student reaction to E-Learning has been polarizing. Zoe Conway has responded favorably to E-Learning.”I think E-Learning has helped our school in many ways. It can be improved by not allowing the teachers to give too much work. Some of my classes drown us in work. I have spent 2 hrs on an assignment for one class.”

“I enjoy e-learning because it gives me something to do on snow days, and I have the motivation to get up in the morning still,” Sara Espiritu also positively said about E-Learning.

However some students have criticized the system. “I enjoy it just not three days at a time,” Blake McKown described.

“Some teachers assign too much homework for e-learning that takes over an hour to finish,” Lilly Guffey said.

“They are too stressful and the assignments are way too much work,” Jessie Atchley responded.

“I very much dislike the fact that not all teachers are holding their students to the same standards,” Jazzie Spears also remarked.

There have been some complaints for the students who do not have Internet at their house.  There is a solution to that problem. Students can stay after school to get their E-Learning assignments done and ride home on the activity bus which arrives at 4:15, or they can stay later and ride home on the 5:45 bus. All you have to do is sign in in the Media Center.

However, despite the mixed opinions for students on E-Learning, they all say that it helps the school system in one way or another. Most students have said that they like E-Learning because it means that they don’t have to make up school days at the end of the year. “E-Learning is a great feature that should be utilized more,” Dawson Scott said.

E-Learning is the way of the future. Love it or hate it, it will change how we learn outside of school.

 

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