Virtual School Meanderings

October 13, 2021

Buzz Feed News – How A Virtual Classroom Company Made Millions On Software That Left Many Students Feeling Abandoned

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 2:09 pm
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This scrolled through my Twitter feed the other day.

The actual article began…

How A Virtual Classroom Company Made Millions On Software That Left Many Students Feeling Abandoned

Edgenuity offers to help schools pivot from “brick to click” during the pandemic, but to many parents, teachers, and students, the cost-saving program comes at the expense of a quality education.

Posted on October 11, 2021, at 8:44 a.m. ET

At the start of the first pandemic school year, Angie Richardson sat beside her 13-year-old daughter, Sharon, in their Northport, Alabama, home as she watched lessons and completed assignments on a computer program called Edgenuity, which the Tuscaloosa County School System had purchased to provide a remote learning curriculum for students. When Richardson got COVID-19 later that fall, leaving her too sick to oversee her daughter’s schooling, Sharon had to navigate the virtual courses on her own.

That shouldn’t have been a problem: The software, which cost the district $370,000 during the 2020–2021 school year, provided no live instruction from a teacher but promised “on-demand tutoring” available six days a week.

But Richardson and other parents soon found that Edgenuity tutors were often unresponsive, sometimes for hours at a time. Another Tuscaloosa parent, Terri Burnette, recalled her son waiting for hours after clicking the “Tutoring Help” button when he got stuck on a math question about measuring angles. “But nobody came,” she said.

To continue reading, click https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolineodonovan/edgenuity-education-technology-virtual-classrooms-pandemic

Be sure to check out the whole article, as it underscores an important difference between real online learning and the kind of databased-driven, teacherless learning that was passed off during the pandemic.

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