Virtual School Pilot Kicks Off in Houston

From the Chronicle, Southwest School’s Texas Virtual Academy offers education online for grades 3 through 6 in the Houston area. The article is mostly positive, narrating the experience of eight-year-old Brian Reynolds, but it does have it’s creepy moments with quotes like this:

“He, at first, really missed going on the playground, but I think he’s accomplishing so much more,” said his mother, Lynn Reynolds.

Anyone out there with actual virtual school experience? I’d love to know what reality is like for a virtual education. Most of my memories of grade school center around social experiences. It makes me wonder if there isn’t a social aspect missing from the virtual school experience, or if that aspect is made up from other sources – church, neighborhood, online friends?

Links: Houston Chronicle, Pilot electronic education projects debut here, CS Monitor, Virtual schools, real concerns, Texas Virtual Academy, HISD Virtual School, K12.

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