Online schooling has become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a personalized and flexible approach to education. However, many parents, teachers, and students are unsure about the appropriate amount of time that should be spent studying online. To shed some light on this matter, Education World Wide consulted their experienced teachers for their insights.
When it comes to online education, students have the advantage of accessing the platform 24/7. They can learn whenever and for however long they prefer. However, finding the right balance and determining the optimal amount of time for online learning is crucial.
Sergio Pantoja, an EduWW teacher who works with middle and high school students, emphasizes that it is essential to set limits on the amount of time students spend learning online. It is now common for students to complete assignments on devices such as laptops, tablets, or even mobile phones. While parents may be concerned about screen time, it is important to recognize that online learning requires the use of digital tools and platforms.
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has provided some guidance on this matter. According to their recommendations, students should spend a certain number of hours learning online based on their grade level. For example, students in grades 1-2 are advised to spend 1-2 hours per day, while high school students (grades 9-12) should allocate 3-4 hours daily for online learning.
Education World Wide teachers generally agree with these recommendations. They believe that the number of hours spent learning online should increase as students progress to higher grades and engage with more complex learning materials.
When it comes to younger students, it is not realistic to expect them to learn independently, especially online. Tammy, an EduWW teacher who works with first and second graders, stresses the importance of individualized learning for young students. Teachers at Education World Wide strive to provide customized activities, games, and worksheets to make learning engaging and enjoyable. While there is no specific amount of time that young students should spend studying online, Tammy suggests that spending between one to two hours working on assignments is reasonable.
For older students, the amount of time spent learning online can be influenced by the complexity of the material. Education World Wide teachers ensure that students are not overwhelmed with excessive workload. Online courses introduce concepts gradually, allowing students to develop effective time management skills and study habits.
Sergio highlights the importance of clear rules and time limits for students’ academic progress. It is crucial for parents and teachers to collaborate and ensure that students do not fall behind schedule, which can lead to increased screen time and potential anxiety. Effective control and support from both parents and the teaching team are critical in ensuring students’ progress.
Ultimately, it is not only about the number of hours students spend online, but also the effectiveness of those hours. The internet can be distracting, diverting students’ attention from their academic responsibilities. Hence, it is important for parents to establish control measures, such as using firewalls, parental controls, and limiting access to specific websites and online services during study time.
In conclusion, there is no definitive answer to how long students should learn online. It depends on the individual student’s responsibility and commitment to their education. However, as a general guideline, Education World Wide recommends that students spend at least two hours per day completing assignments and academic responsibilities. This amounts to 10 hours per week, excluding online classes. It is crucial for both teachers and parents to ensure that students are actively engaged in their online learning and not getting distracted by other activities.
By finding the right balance and maintaining a dedicated approach to learning, students can successfully complete their assignments and have more free time for other activities. This flexibility is one of the major advantages of online schooling.
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