Are online classes bad for kids?
Short, interactive online classes benefit kids when they supplement their in-person education.
As our society is ricocheting from the result of so many kids having to go to online classes, there is a lot of discussion about how detrimental moving learning to completely online has been for our young kids.
If learning exclusively online is not necessarily the best choice for younger kids, does that mean all that online classes are a bad choice for kids? Personally I don’t think so. I just think we need to keep a few things in mind.
For example, we should keep online classes very short – especially for the younger kids. If I’m going to have my kindergarten, first grade or second grade kids take an online class it needs to be short, sweet and to the point.
An online class for kids also needs to be highly interactive with a dynamic teacher. Younger kids especially have short attention spans and are not going to be interested in what they see on a flat computer screen unless it is interactive.
These reasons are some of the top reasons why Allschool classes work so well for young kids.
Most of the classes for this age range offered on Allschool are short and around 30 minutes. In my opinion and experience 30 minutes is pretty much the max for younger kids in preschool and lower elementary. Allschool does online classes correctly in that their teachers are highly dynamic and passionate about what they teach. They focus on interactive activities and conversation throughout the class and keeping the classes small helps them do this.
Young kids will get completely lost in a large online class. If they feel like the teachers are not asking them questions or listening to their answers they will tune out in the first few minutes of class. Every class we took on Allschool was small and made my daughter feel like she was important to the teacher and that the teacher was paying attention to her.