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Online Learning is Catching on Across Texas

Contributor: Brian Caudill, Connected Texas

It’s official - more Texas schools are now offering online learning options!

 src= courses and “virtual classrooms” are popping up on computers all across the Lone Star State. Two primes examples are and the Virtual High School Collaborative. offers teachers an invaluable resource with more than 250,000 instructional tools and lessons for all grade levels. The site actually allows teachers from across the nation to share their lesson plans with each other. It’s a gold mine of ideas and inspiration that teachers in El Paso are using to boost creativity in a time of severe budget cuts and increasing federal accountability standards.

Meantime, the Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative is also making a huge online impact. VHS Collaborative is a nonprofit, allows high schools to join up in order to offer online courses to their students. Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth is one of the Texas schools now offering classes through the program.

REPLACE_THIS_TEXT_WITH_OPENING_IMAGE_TAG alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 155px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="">Senior Michael Johns is taking a class on stock market investments that the school normally wouldn’t offer:

"It's a great experience that I will definitely take with me into the working world!"

Texas college students are learning online too! In fact, Texas universities like Midwestern State and Vernon College are offering students online courses. At Midwestern State, as many as 900 students take classes that are exclusively online while Vernon College now offers one quarter of its classes as fully-online courses.