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Future of Virtual Learning

Many students as young as six years old now take entire classes on the computer, but will there be a day when the traditional classroom is a thing of the past?

Monday, educators from throughout Wisconsin met in Stevens Point to discuss ways to improve online education. More and more students are finding they learn better sitting at a computer than sitting in a classroom.

At a conference in Stevens Point Tuesday, educators met to discuss the future of virtual learning, but not everyone is sold on this relatively new educational tool.

Education officials say the number of teachers school districts need won't change, but the way they do their job may.

“In true online learning, there's a teacher who's e-mailing and communicating with the student one on one virtually almost any time of the day.”

And teachers added that virtual education isn't right for every child.

“Students that for one reason or another aren't making it in a regular classroom. This is what virtual schools or online schools can help with.”

So as educators look to the future with online education, they're also well aware that there are some things you can't get from a computer.

“Online education will never fully replace that face to face instruction and the socialization that schools bring.”