February 25, 2015
Students Gain Critical 21st Century Skills through Online Education at Laurel Springs School
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Laurel Springs School
In distance learning, new
opportunities arise for students to develop the key skills that come
from interacting with a global community of learners. In today's
world, students are growing up in an environment where they are
expected to develop a well-versed skillset and global perspective.
Online learning provides the opportunity for students to learn from
a quality curriculum while developing the 21st century skills that
will help them have a successful future.
Too often, students are exposed to education through observation,
repetition, and regurgitation.
provides students with an interactive learning environment where
they have the opportunity to engage with peers from all over the
world. An art course, for example, does not simply teach a student
how to paint the perfect brush stroke, but teaches skills such as
adaptability, collaboration, and the ability to offer and receive
constructive criticism. By developing these skills with our global
community, students gain valuable cultural insight that is
unavailable in other learning environments.
In order to be successful in the
21st century, students are expected to develop a variety of skills
including adaptability, critical thinking, creative thinking, and a
cross-cultural understanding. With the rate technology is changing,
students need to be able to effectively research the masses of
information available and leverage their findings to push forward
new ideas. Additionally, students must be prepared to contribute to
a world that is constantly advancing and where globalization is
increasing at a rapid pace. In order to get there, students must
have the opportunity to practice, develop, and nurture the skills
needed to be successful.
Many employers say that one of their greatest needs are workers who
are well-versed in global awareness and international collaboration.
A unique aspect of
Laurel Springs School
is the geodiversity of our student body. Through avenues such as
virtual iClasses, virtual clubs, monthly symposia, blogs and
discussion boards, Laurel Springs' students actively engage within a
global community that includes students in 58 different countries.
Students at an online school benefit from having the opportunity to
participate in academic socialization that is connected to the
curriculum. For example, in a Government course, students learn
about civic literacy and global awareness in the content. Through
iClasses and discussion boards, students have the opportunity to
collaborate about what they are learning and gain a global
perspective and cross-cultural understanding.
Virtual club meetings
allow students to interact and explore with like-minded peers who
have a similar interest or passion. One of the clubs that portrays
the opportunities offered by a global community is the Model United
Nations (UN). Model UN provides a unique opportunity to educate
through simulation using a 21st century learning environment to
connect students from around the world. Prior to the annual
conference, members of the club meet in a virtual setting and are
exposed to issues impacting the global community.
In addition to our online clubs, Laurel Springs' students have the
opportunity to engage in subject matter in over 200 courses that
will not only appeal to their interests, but will also help them
develop the 21st century skills that will provide them future
success. Students are able to enroll in a Laurel Springs course at
any time, and as an
our courses are easily transferable.