"Virtual learning will totally change the architecture of what is school," Michael Horn, co-director and founder of the Innosight Institute, a think tank for the social sector, told about 50 New England educators in the seminar.
Virtual schooling ranges from online classes at home to a blended model where students do their schoolwork on computers in the school's "learning labs" and discuss subjects with students in seminar rooms.
Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law in January that would allow 10 virtual schools to operate by 2020. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will accept virtual-school applications for the 2013-2014 school year from schools already operating virtual programs.