Middle school teens are
Use of education2020 or e2020 virtual classroom courses has been successful at Warm Springs Middle School and kids like the classes. Berkeley Springs High School also has the program, said middle school alternative education teacher Antony McKee.
Students that have been sick, who are homebound, that miss school due to a family illness or emergency and need to catch up or who are in alternative education can do their class work through e2020 at school or at home if homebound, said Warm Springs Middle School Assistant Principal Rhett Beckman.
Students take core curriculum and credit recovery classes such as English/language arts, math, science, social studies and Advanced Placement courses.
Students who are taking the classes are monitored for their progress. Instead of having to carry books around, the classes are all online.
Students like classes
Eighth grader Austin Naugle said he was getting back into school after being out for a while. With e2020, a student had a certain number of assignments to do each day. The program tells them their grade, he said. He was working on career planning and development, algebra and vocabulary words.
The program gives a lecture about the lesson and a quiz at the end. It keeps them on target and they can ask the teacher for help, Naugle said.
“It’s easy to learn this way,” he said.
Sixth grader Colby Woodal said e2020 was like a virtual classroom. If students do a certain amount of their assignment, the program will let them go to other websites.
Woodal said he was taking language arts and science —his favorites — and also social studies and earth science. McKee was helping him get his grades up.
McKee said he can get homebound students set up with their classes and can monitor their work from his classroom. With the classes, a homebound instructor wouldn’t have to spend as much time in the home with the student.
McKee was also excited about the other offerings through the e2020 program, especially the engineering classes.
Other e2020 classes
SAT, ACT and GED test preparation courses, general electives and career education classes in technology, digital arts, engineering and business innovation are also available through the company.
Elective and career exploration classes include 3D art-modeling and animation, computer science, C++ programming, game design, web design, audio engineering, engineering design, computer-aided design, art history, sociology, green design and technology, marketing and entrepreneurship.