Virtual School Meanderings

January 25, 2013

Plugged In | 01.25.13 | (powered by iNACOL)

And to finish the week off with a trio of news from the neo-liberals…

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PLUGGED IN  (January 25, 2013)
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01.27   National School Choice Week (more info)
01.31   Webinar: Aligning Competencies with the Common Core (more info)
02.06   Digital Learning Day (more info)

New Reports…

Library Services in the Digital Age (link)
- Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System (link)
 
 
K-12 News…

Expert: Schools need to get online
Columbus Dispatch | Columbus, OH
More online learning could be coming to a school near you, based on a meeting yesterday of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Education Commission, which is examining how to improve education in the city. The group heard from online-education guru Tom Vander Ark, a director of the International (read)
Branstad hopes to benefit learning with added incentives
Sioux City Journal | Sioux City, IA
Only a week into the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Branstad’s proposed bill to reform Iowa’s education system is already generating discussion. In the 157-page bill, Branstad focuses on changing four key areas of the education system: teacher compensation and career development, recruitment of educated (read)
Ann Arbor Superintendent Patricia Green pushes forward on school district’s 8 goals
AnnArbor.com | Ann Arbor, MI
Online classes for all grades and an in-house International Baccalaureate program are being explored as part of the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ renewed effort to follow its eight strategic goals. In 2006, the Ann Arbor school board approved the district’s first strategic plan. The plan was meant to serve as a (read)
District recommends denial of online school
Thornton Sentinel | Thornton, CO
Representatives from the Colorado Virtual Academy had one last chance to convince the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education to renew its charter application during its Jan. 16 meeting. Along with the group of COVA officials, there were more than 100 COVA parents and students showing their support (read)
Charter schools not private
Tribune-Review | Pittsburgh, PA
The Jan. 20 article “Many Alle-Kiski school districts challenge private charter, cyber schools” perpetuates the gross inaccuracy that charter schools are private. There is no such thing as a “private charter school.” All charter schools are Local Education Agencies and are designated as public schools by the (read)
Rocketship charter schools revamping signature ‘Learning Lab’
Washington Post (blog) | Washington, DC
The Rocketship network of charter schools has made a name for itself in the world of school choice – and attracted $2 million from the Obama administration to help it grow – with its “blended learning” model that incorporates traditional classroom settings with a computer “Learning Lab” for students. The idea (read)

Higher Ed News…

College Degree, No Class Time Required
Wall Street Journal
David Lando plans to start working toward a diploma from the University of Wisconsin this fall, but he doesn’t intend to set foot on campus or even take a single online course offered by the school’s well-regarded faculty. Instead, he will sit through hours of testing at his home computer in Milwaukee (read)
‘Blended’ courses changing the way Blinn instructors teach
Lexington Leader | Lexington, TX
Since Plato’s Academy, teaching technology hasn’t changed all that much. Slate turned into chalk boards, which turned into white boards or projectors, but for more than 2,000 years the primary instruction methods have largely consisted of lecture and discussion, much like those used in Athens during the days of (read)
Can Virtual Classrooms Recreate a Traditional College Experience?
Mashable
The burgeoning online education scene is a practical option to a traditional college education for a number of reasons – cost, convenience and efficiency. And for professors it offers a consistent classroom format. A number of online education sites say the goal is not to be a substitute for the classroom experience (read)
MTC prof ‘flips’ her classroom
Marion Star | Marion, OH
Cori Zuppo talks about being a “car dancing” introvert, digging “tech and geeks” and working with people who insist their opinions are the only ones that matter. “Is this the hill to die on?” the Marion Technical College professor has students in her classroom repeat back to her. That, she said, is what to ask (read)
Is computer-delivered education equivalent to one with a flesh-and-blood teacher and hands-on experiences?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (blog) | Atlanta, GA
Shannon Howrey is assistant professor of literacy education at Georgia Gwinnett College and parent of three school-aged children.  In her first op-ed for the Get Schooled blog, she writes about the spread of MOOCs, massive open online courses delivered over the Internet to anyone who enrolls without (read)
The education revolution has just begun
China Daily
Jane is straining to catch the discussion over Skype, the online voice chat software. The conversation of her teammates is distorted and intermittent. After 20 minutes she gives up in frustration and starts reading the PowerPoint presentation that was emailed before the scheduled online meeting. This is a telling (read)
Food for Thought…
E-learning, the easy way: ASU student launches company to help others pick up new skills
Phoenix Business Journal | Phoenix, AZ
Keith Ryu’s penchant for learning new things has propelled a startup aimed at helping businesses keep their employees constantly learning new skills. The junior at Arizona State University has launched Onvard.com, a website that provides the beginning steps for individuals looking to expand their (read )

McGraw-Hill Takes 20% Stake In Area9 Aps
Press Release
McGraw-Hill Education today announced a deal to acquire a 20 percent equity stake in Area9 Aps, the Denmark-based adaptive learning company. The move strengthens McGraw-Hill Education’s position as the leader in personalized learning through adaptive technology. Terms of the investment were not (read)
Can you pass the primary school maths test?
The Telegraph | United Kingdom
As revealed in today’s Telegraph, almost a third of parents lack the confidence to help their primary-age children when confronted with maths homework. In a study of more than 2,000 mothers and fathers, just one-in-20 – five per cent, if fractions aren’t your thing – were able to correctly answer the above 10 (read)

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