Adding Value to the Digital School

What are the things that tend to add value to a digital school?  We often ask ourselves this question when different propositions present themselves at our school.  One of those things is National Honor Society (NHS).  While NHS is a prestigious organization for young people to develop, hone, and experience leadership and scholarship, it is difficult to ascertain how NHS might add value to learners in a digital school.

Being NHS president at Orion has allowed me to better understand organizational skills as well as parliamentary procedure.

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Our school has had an NHS Chapter for quite some time.  Our learners have clocked many service hours in their respective communities across the United States and around the world.  Through our own diligence, though, we have required a bit more out of our learners, just because of the digital space within which we operate.  For example, our NHS members are required to be independent but accountable.  We require them to produce results for the service hours they conduct; we require their presence at meetings, and in our own social community.

For digital learners, though, it is hard to be a part of the overall NHS experience, which includes convening on both the state and national levels, and to experience that leadership in that venue.  So in that sense, NHS doesn't add a lot of value to our school and to our learners.  There are arguably lot of opportunities for our learners to engage with their peers in webinars and the like; for our learners, however, webinars are not exactly a new and ideal situation.  So, the opportunities that may be there, are not necessarily a good fit for the digital school.

We expect to continue exploring the value-add of NHS and other like organizations.  We understand the value of the organization as the learner develops his or her resume and on to college.  We will ascertain how this and other organizations purport to add value to digital schools like ours, and we will make better decisions when we lead with that question:  How do you add value to what we do?

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019