With 20 percent of American school children attending rural schools, access to computers and high speed Internet at home is becoming a necessity for students out-of-reach of public libraries and public computer labs.
Many state school departments currently offer tutoring or other support services for students online.
The West Virginia Department of Education, for instance, offers West Virginia Virtual School, allowing students to take online courses that are not offered at their home school. Learn21 allows students to use interactive games, virtual field trips and video lessons for core subjects.
By Fall 2013, however, technology will far exceed additional courses and practice lessons; students will begin to learn via downloadable, electronic textbooks.