by Layla Abdi

As technology progresses in recent years, so has the presence of electronics in schools at all age levels.

The most prominent of this new technology, online classes, have become more available as an addition and even an alternative from a traditional classroom education. Starting with the class of 2017 for example, every student must take an online class as a graduation requirement.

On the FCPS website, there is an “online campus” catalog that includes subjects which ranging from Korean to AP statistics. According to the website, the classes are primarily available for “students who have scheduling conflicts, special medical needs requiring a home or hospital setting, special needs requiring a flexible schedule, or, are seeking to complete high school graduation requirements.”

Still, even with this, students need to fulfill certain requirements before taking an online class. Those considering taking an online course must first get approval from their school counselor before registration.

One benefit of taking online classes is that it provides the opportunity for students to take classes that aren’t offered at their own school. The FCPS online campus offers many subjects.

While some argue that online classes take away from the face to face interactions and communication students get in traditional school, the FCPS website ensures that this is not the case. Students will communicate with other students in class discussions just as they would in regular school. Students who have questions or need extra help with the material may also contact the teacher online or on the phone.

Another aspect of online education being explored for the future is a way to get education to students when there are extensive weather related breaks in place of making up through holidays, vacations, or other “no-school” days that are scheduled.

While the potential for online courses grows, so does the number of students taking the classes each year. Still, for now, traditional schooling is the more popular medium for students. No matter how far technology goes, some things are better left unchanged.

Photo by Layla Abdi