Florida Virtual School Provides Demonstration At The Capitol

By: Joe Hellriegel

Forget a material world - we're living in a digital world.

No where is that more true than in our schools.

The Florida Virtual School is available to students in grades K-12.

"Florida Virtual School has provided me with learning experiences that I have not and cannot get anywhere else."

Students explain their excitement during a demonstration about the school at the Captiol on Wednesday. Since it's inception in 1997 with 77 enrollments, the Florida Virtual school has grown to over 148,000 students according to their website.

"I can go at my own pace, and really sort of do whatever I want with my classes," said Brandon Wink.

Students have the option to enroll full time or part time while attending traditional school at the same time. Shawn Wigg has taught in both a traditional school setting and the Florida Virtual School. Besides it being easier for students, Wigg says it also offers additional benefits.

"They are both comparable in what they are trying to achieve; what I like about Virtual is the fact that there are no time restrictions. So I teach Math, so for me if there is a prerequisite skill that a student is really struggling with, we can really work on that for a solid hour," said Shawn Wigg.

Kristen Briggs is a parent of a student in the Virtual School. She says the teacher access, technology advances, and the "work at your own pace" atmosphere has improved her son's schooling.

"He's getting so much more accomplished on any one given day, plus he has better relationships with his teachers, as do I, because I speak to his teachers he has for Florida Virtual School far more than I ever did when he was in a traditional classroom," said Briggs.

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