Why are Gibault students adding online classes to their already busy schedules?
BY JAMIE FORSYTHE
News-Democrat February 9, 2015
Several students at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo discuss their experiences with the online coursework the school offers in collaboration with the state of Illinois. BNDVIDEO
WATERLOO — Whether it’s learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School.
And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state.
Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”
Matthew said he’s learned how to say “Nín hǎo” so far, which means hello, and to write a few Chinese characters.
“Learning a language online is really self-dependent,” he said. “I have to definitely…