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December 21, 2013

Submit an Effective Practice

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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The focus of this Effective Practice call is on integrating new technology into your online classes.

Submit your effective practices on any topic related to online education. These are peer reviewed so they can help with tenure and promotion.

Each practice becomes automatically eligible for annual awards based on these criteria which are detailed in the rubric:

  • Innovation: The practice is inventive or original.
  • Replicability: The practice can be implemented in a variety of learning  environments.                                                                             
  • Potential impact: The practice would advance the field if many adopted it.
  • Supporting documentation: The practice is supported with evidence of  effectiveness.
  • Scope: The practice explains its relationship with other quality elements.

Awards will be presented at the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, April 9-11, 2014 in Dallas, TX.
Deadline is December 30, 2013.


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December 20, 2013

New Year, New Schedule!

From Tuesday’s inbox…

New Year – New Schedule!
Dear Michael,

Start the year off right with exciting courses from FLVS!
Taking a course with FLVS can help students fulfill their online graduation requirement*, get ahead and boost their GPA, make up a credit, or explore an interesting elective area not offered at their school.

Choose from cool middle and high school courses like:

  • M/J Business Keyboarding
  • M/J Career Research and Decision Making
  • M/J Creative Photography 1
  • M/J Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Learning Strategies
  • M/J Guitar 1
  • Creative Photography 1
  • Driver Education/Traffic Safety
  • English 4: Florida College Prep
  • Fitness Lifestyle Design
  • Law Studies
  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Life Management Skills
  • Math for College Readiness
  • Music of the World
  • Parenting Skills
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Psychology 1
  • Reading for College Success
  • Outdoor Education
  • Social Media

And more…
Students! Be sure to check with your Guidance Counselor to find out the best options for you.

Browse courses and register for your 2014 courses today!

*Driver Education/Traffic Safety does not fulfill the online course requirement per the Digital Learning Act for students entering 9th grade in 2013 and after.

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December 6, 2013

Demonstrate Technology Skills with FLVS Certifications

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

Get Certified through Career & Technical Education Courses
Dear Michael,

Did you know the fastest growing careers are all in technology?

Many require a specific education and skill set. Help your student get a leg up on the competition with the new Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate and Adobe Certified Associate Certificate offered to students taking FLVS courses.

These certifications will demonstrate to potential employers and universities that students have the most current skills and can meet performance standards in the industry. The certifications may even lead to college credit.  Best of all, the certification is FREE!

To obtain the certificate, students must first complete Computing for College and Careers or Foundations of Web Design and User Interface Design with FLVS (also free), and pass the certification exam.*

For more information, visit

- The FLVS Team

P.S. We are currently in the process of developing courses that lead to four new certificates. Be sure to watch for more certification opportunities coming in 2014!

* Exams provided at  authorized Certiport testing centers. Proctor fees may apply.

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November 19, 2013

Become Skilled Guitarists and Musicians at FLVS

From yesterday’s inbox…

M/J Guitar 1 is Now Open for Registrations
Dear Michael,Whether a student has been playing the guitar forever or have never touched one, this course will jumpstart his or her music education or continue to build on their existing skills. Students will learn to play a wide variety of styles by learning fundamentals of music and basic guitar skills as they journey on to becoming skilled guitarists and musicians. No prior music experience is needed.

Releasing December 1st, characters in this brand new M/J Guitar 1 course, will guide students through activities and lessons, teaching them tips and techniques along the way. They will experience:

  • Foundational Concepts: Tuning, Strumming, Plucking, and Playing Open Strings with a Steady Pulse
  • History and Connections Between Varied Types of Music
  • Strategies for Playing in a Band
  • Composition of Their Own Musical Piece
  • Interactive Games, Multimedia Videos, Simulations, and more!

This interactive 1-credit elective is FREE to all Florida middle school students, grades 6-8.

Visit M/J Guitar 1 or view the FLVS Course Catalog to learn more.

Students can sign up today and start as early as December 1st!

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November 12, 2013

New Interactive Course Map

From Friday’s inbox…

Explore the New Interactive Course Map!
Dear Michael,For students who need help determining what middle or high school courses are most appropriate, look no further than the new Interactive Course Map on myFLVS!
Whether a student is just getting started with us or has attended FLVS for years, the course map can help students chart their courses for the upcoming year and beyond.
The course map helps students plan their academic path and choose core and elective courses appropriate for their needs and grade level. View course progression recommendations for students in either middle school or high school. Simply select the grade level and preferred path (regular, honors, or advanced) and you’ll be able to view course options with short descriptions.Of course, FLVS guidance counselors are always ready and willing to help students choose the course that’s right for them. But for those who like to plan ahead, the Interactive Course Map is a great tool to build the perfect course schedule.
Visit the Interactive Course Map on myFLVS and map out your FLVS journey today!
The FLVS Team
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