One of the coolest ways to use a computer is to take school classes online. You never even need to leave home to complete a course in many cases and you can study any time of the day or night.
Some of the school classes online are offered by schools that saw early on the value of online learning opportunities and developed programs covering many areas of study. There was a little trouble in the beginning with some schools issuing diplomas that came with a hefty price tag and an almost non-existent course of study but these so-called "diploma mills" have pretty much been identified and forced to cease operation.
To avoid such a scam, make sure you take school classes online only from an educational facility that is fully accredited by your state's educational bureau. Don't ask the school, ask the state.
One very popular line of study for school classes online is with the vocational and technical trades. These programs are designed with less academia and more of the real stuff that a person would need to learn in order to launch a career in a minimal amount of time.
Traditional colleges, too, the academic kind, are offering school classes online on a more frequent basis, as the popularity for this form of learning is growing. In cases, a student can complete the entire course of study for a degree program via online schooling but it's more common to supplement some online classes with classroom attendance. The course of study often drives the amount of online studying that is acceptable.
Even high schools are beginning to offer more school classes online although this practice is a bit more limited due to state and federal regulations that require classroom attendance for students age 16 and under. There are some extenuating circumstances, however, that provide exception to the rule.
For example, students suffering lingering illnesses, prolonged periods of convalescence after injury or illness, or those who are physically or mentally impaired in such a way that regular school attendance hinders rather than enhances an education are often exempted from classroom attendance in lieu of school classes online.
School is cool and so are computers. Students of all ages can probably find ways to "attend" school classes online and discover a new joy in learning.