The future of online schools is exciting. Technology growth and internet speed has made it easier then ever to trade the traditional classroom for a virtual one.

No longer confined by location, you can obtain a degree from the school of your choice in almost any topic. This opens great possibilities of continued education for church staff and volunteers.

As you look over the following infographic, consider how far education has come. Note the trends toward interactive education and how the church could approach ministry with this type of focus.

The Future of Online Schools
Source: Online Schools Center.com

 

Education: A Transformation in the Classroom

• 1890: Chalkboard
• 1900: Pencil
• 1930: Overhead Projector
• 1940: Ballpoint Pen
• 1950: Photocopier
• 1970: Handheld Calculator
• 1972: Scantron
• 1980: Early Computers
• 1985: Graphing Calculator
• 1999: Interactive Whiteboard
• 2010: iPad
• 2011: Enhanced ebook (ePUB3)

Today’s technology has made it possible for students to earn credits or a degree without ever stepping into an actual classroom.

eLearning: Reshaping Student Learning

Kindergarten through High School
Wired into Online Education
• 1996: Only 14% of classrooms had Internet that was predominantly dial-up
• 2009: 93% of classrooms were connected to the Internet
• 48 states and the District of Columbia support online learning programs
• Open Educational Resources: Resources freely available to anyone over the web
• Provides additional digital resources on subjects such as math, science, or English
• Increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning and better utilizing teacher time in the classroom

Blended: Combination of face-to-face and online classes
• Students can access online curriculum outside of traditional classroom
• Individualized learning that equips students to learn at their own pace

Full-time: All classes are taught online
• Virtual schools allow students to enroll in full-time classes and receive instruction/credits solely online
• Access to hands-on and online interactive material

University and Higher Learning
• Online Courses are on the Rise in the US
• 95% of institutions offer online classes
• 20+ million college students
• 7 million are enrolled in online courses
• About 1 out of 3 college students take online classes
• 17% of schools offer a full-time online degree program