Virtual School Meanderings

April 3, 2012

IT6230 – Student Age

itlogoAs I mentioned a few weeks ago in IT6230 – Internet In The Classroom, I will be using this blog as a way to provide discussion prompts for students in my IT6230 course (Internet in the Classroom).

This is actually a prompt that I found at the Penn Foster Blog in an entry entitled “Are Older Students Better at Learning Online?“.

Younger students tend to be more familiar with the technology used in online instruction, but that doesn’t mean they’re more successful in virtual courses.

In a recent Inside Higher Ed article (http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/instant_mentor/weir7), online teacher Rob Weir argues that older students make better online learners:

“Younger students love the idea of online courses, but they are often the worst students — despite their greater facility with technology. Yahoo! runs ads for ‘Why online college is rocking,’ and that’s part of the problem. Online education is being sold as if it’s for everyone, when those finding real success are those who are self-motivated, highly organized, and in possession of well-developed study habits?…Younger students approach online classes as if they’re just another ‘cool’ thing to do on the Web. Be prepared to badger them if you want them to get through your course.”

Students with experience meeting deadlines are certainly at an advantage. But, I’d argue that most young students are beyond enrolling in a program because they think it’s ‘cool.’

Do you think age is a determinant in online learning success?

To view Jamie’s article on About.com – click here (http://distancelearn.about.com/b/2009/05/18/are-older-students-better-at-learning-online.htm)

You should post your response as an entry to your own blog by the end of the day on Friday, 06 April 2012. In addition to the entry that you post on your own blog this week, make sure that you comment on at least THREE other students’ blogs by the end of the day on Monday, 09 April 2012.

If you are not a student in my IT6230 course but would like to participate in this discussion, please leave a comment below. In case you are wondering, the readings for this week are:

Barbour, M. K. (2009). Today’s student and virtual schooling: The reality, the challenges, the promise… Journal of Distance Learning, 13(1), 5-25. Retrieved from http://journals.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/index.php/JOFDL/article/view/35

Roblyer, M. D. (2005). Who plays well in the virtual sandbox? Characteristics of successful online students and teachers. SIGTel Bulletin(2). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Membership/SIGs/SIGTel_Telelearning_/SIGTel_Bulletin2/Archive/2005_20067/2005_July_-_Roblyer.htm

March 27, 2012

IT6230 – The School-Based Facilitator Or Mediating Teacher

itlogoAs I mentioned a few weeks ago in IT6230 – Internet In The Classroom, I will be using this blog as a way to provide discussion prompts for students in my IT6230 course (Internet in the Classroom).

The TEGIVS scenarios, as well as the Michigan-based scenarios, are designed to provide information and advice to school-based teachers on what K-12 virtual schooling looks like, some of the issues students face, how it is done, and how the mediating teachers can support it. Based on your use of all eight scenarios, along with the readings to date, our blogging discussions, the information and discussion in class, and your own experiences with K-12 virtual school; what are some of the topics that you think could be added to these scenarios, particularly the Michigan-based one, if more were developed in the future? Describe these ideas and what should be included.

You should post your response as an entry to your own blog by the end of the day on Friday, 30 March 2012. In addition to the entry that you post on your own blog this week, make sure that you comment on at least THREE other students’ blogs by the end of the day on Monday, 02 April 2012.

If you are not a student in my IT6230 course but would like to participate in this discussion, please leave a comment below. In case you are wondering, the readings for this week are:

Barbour, M. K. (2007). Portrait of rural virtual schooling. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 59. Retrieved on February 11, 2007 from http://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/cjeap/articles/barbour.html

March 20, 2012

IT6230 – Virtual Schooling in Michigan

itlogoAs I mentioned a few weeks ago in IT6230 – Internet In The Classroom, I will be using this blog as a way to provide discussion prompts for students in my IT6230 course (Internet in the Classroom).

After completing the readings for this week, how do you feel about the way virtual schooling or K-12 online learning has developed here in Michigan?

With traditional programs (e.g., the Michigan Virtual School) and new programs (e.g., Westwood Cyber High School and St. Clair County RESA’s Virtual Learning Academy), along with the role that GenNet Online Learning has begun to play throughout the state and the fact that two new cyber charter schools are in their second year of offering online learning to students from kindergarten through grade twelve, where do you see K-12 online learning going in Michigan? What will the landscape look like five years from now?

You should post your response as an entry to your own blog by the end of the day on Friday, 23 March 20102 In addition to the entry that you post on your own blog this week, make sure that you comment on at least THREE other students’ blogs by the end of the day on Monday, 26 March 2012.

If you are not a student in my IT6230 course but would like to participate in this discussion, please leave a comment below. In case you are wondering, the readings for this week are:

Clark, T. (2000). Virtual high schools: State of the states – A study of virtual high school planning and preparation in the United States. Center for the Application of Information Technologies, Western Illinois University. Retrieved from http://www.imsa.edu/programs/ivhs/pdfs/stateofstates.pdf

Skim through this document for references to the Michigan Virtual High School.

Clark, T. (2001). Virtual schools: Trends and issues – A study of virtual schools in the United States. San Francisco, CA: Western Regional Educational Laboratories. Retrieved from http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/virtualschools.pdf

Skim through this document for references to the Michigan Virtual High School

Watson, J. F., Winograd, K., & Kalmon, S. (2004). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A snapshot of state-level policy and practice. Naperville, IL: North Regional Central Educational Laboratory. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace_2004.pdf

Read pages 43-47.

Watson, J. F., & Kalmon, S. (2005). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Naperville, IL: Learning Point Associates. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace_2005.pdf

Read pages 43-44.

Watson, J., & Ryan, J. (2006). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Evergreen CO: Evergreen Education Consulting. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace_2006.pdf

Read pages 87-89.

Watson, J. & Ryan, J. (2007). Keeping pace with k-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Vienna, VA: North American Council for Online Learning. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace_2007.pdf

Read pages 103-104.

Watson, J. F., Gemin, B., & Ryan, J. (2008). Keeping pace with k-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Evergreen CO: Evergreen Education Consulting. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace_2008.pdf

Read pages 109-110.

Watson, J. F., Gemin, B., Ryan, J., & Wicks, M. (2009). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Evergreen CO: Evergreen Education Consulting. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace09-fullreport.pdf

Read pages 31-32 and 100-101.

Watson, J. F., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, B., & Rapp, C. (2010). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Evergreen, CO: Evergreen Education Group. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPaceK12_2010.pdf

Read pages 19 and 96-97.

Watson, J. F., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, B., & Rapp, C. (2011). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A review of state-level policy and practice. Evergreen, CO: Evergreen Education Group. Retrieved from http://kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace2011.pdf

Read pages 17, 39 and 109-111.

March 15, 2012

Blogging About Mobile Learning

Finishing off the “Blogging About…” features for this month with mobile learning.

BYOD

e-Books/Open Books

iDevices

M-Learning

QR Codes

Tablets

Note that I think I will discontinue these features, as I do them so irregularly and they take a considerable amount of time to get together.  If you have any strong feelings about these entries – one way or another – please let me know.

March 14, 2012

Blogging About Full-Time Cyber Schooling

Starting with the AOA blogs, which include AOA Today Blog, AOA Announcements Blog, School Newsletter Blog, AOA Update Blog, and Trends and Tips Blog.

Also, the Virtual Learning Connections:

On to the Sevenstar Blog:

Finally, the K12 Blog thinktank:

Note that there continues to be nothing from the other full-time program blogs like the Allied Online High School Blog, The Virtual Education Blog, the Giant Campus Blog, or the iQ Academy blogs.

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