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Albemarle Offering Online Class to High School Students

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A class in Albemarle County Schools is being taught online. It's just the first in what could be a trend of more online courses being offered to high school students in the county.   

The class is "Economics and Personal Finance" and it's a requirement for graduation, starting with this year's 10th graders. Students now have the option to complete the course online.

Students learn by completing computer modules. There are interactive lessons where a voice teaches them, and then the students take tests to assess what they've learned.

A teacher is able to monitor the students' progress online, and they maintain communication by email and phone.  If a student is falling behind the teacher can make arrangements to meet with them in person.     

"It's what this generation... How they learn. The lecture model of standing up in front of a class and giving them a lecture and giving them a test afterwards doesn't fly anymore," said Michael Craddock, a teacher at Monticello High School.      

Since this is the first semester that the course is being offered, it will be modified based on student feedback and the overall success of the course.

"I like that it's online. I like that it's really good at explaining everything. The videos of people doing things is really helpful," said Riley Slate, a sophomore at Monticello High School.

More sections of the class are scheduled to be taught online next year.

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