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October 7, 2013

New Position – Curriculum And BI Consultant

From Friday’s inbox…

The following information will be added to our website today.  Please send this to anyone you think is qualified and would be a good fit.  We are praying for the right person.

Thank you!

K. Bird

Christ-Centered Company looking for Curriculum and Biblical Integration Consultant

Sevenstar Academy, an online Christian school created to deliver Christian education to schools and families, is seeking a full time Curriculum and Biblical Integration Consultant. Sevenstar Academy’s vision is to make Disciples of Christ through a global learning community that glorifies God. The Curriculum and Biblical Integration Consultant will be responsible for keeping the curriculum updated and aligned to the mission and vision of the school. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to cbic@educatoronline.net .  The cover letter should elaborate on #1 and #5 of the minimum qualifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Experience: The incumbent must have at least 5 years’ experience in Christian Schools, 3 years of experience teaching or improving online courses and 2 years of work in curriculum development. Experience working with changes in an LMS and Course Repository will be an advantage. Experience in Project Management is an asset.

2. Reasoning Development: Ability to successfully analyze problems and develop balanced resolution.

3. Language Development: Strong verbal and written communication skills.

4. Licensures and Certifications: None.

5. Education: Master’s degree preferred. Training in curriculum development and Biblical Integration.

6. Faith Statement: Life that reflects the Mission and Statement of Faith of the company.

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. The person hired may work from home with limited travel.

September 8, 2013

[Webinar] Education On Demand, In Your Hands

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Dear Michael,

You are invited to learn about the latest innovations and best practices regarding the use of mobile devices and apps for enhancing teaching and learning.

Education On-Demand, In Your Hands

Can smart phones, tablets, and apps improve teaching and learning? This webinar will highlight the impact of mobile devices and mobile apps as tools for teaching, learning, and workforce development.

Join us to for an interactive presentation to learn:

  • How to pick the best mobile apps for education
  • Ways tablets and phones are being used in education
  • How mobile devices help students learn and study
  • Why apps are one of the fastest-growing resources

Register today for this free presentation.

Register Here

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/322203663

Recording: The webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants.

Education On-Demand
In Your Hands

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Dr. Robbie Melton
Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents

Date
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

Start Time
11 am PT  | 12 pm MT
1 pm CT | 2 pm ET

Duration
1 hour

Register Here

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August 25, 2013

Sevenstar Newsletter ★ Upcoming Events And New Fall Courses

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Newsletter
Issue 7, No. 6
August, 2013


Upcoming Webinar

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Dr. Robbie Melton
Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Tech.
Tennessee Board of Regents

Register Here

Date
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

Start Time (1 Hr.)
11 am PT  | 12 pm MT
1 pm CT | 2 pm ET

Education On Demand, In Your Hands

You are invited to learn about the latest innovations and best practices regarding the use of mobile devices and apps for enhancing teaching and learning.

Can smart phones, tablets, and apps improve teaching and learning? This webinar will highlight the impact of mobile devices and mobile apps as tools for teaching, learning, and workforce development.

Join us for an interactive presentation to learn:

  • How to pick the best mobile apps for education
  • Ways tablets and phones are being used in education
  • How mobile devices help students learn and study
  • Why apps are one of the fastest-growing resources

Register today for this free online presentation.

Register Here

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/322203663
Recording: The webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants.

 


New and Updated Courses for Fall 2013

Sevenstar is pleased to announce that the following courses have been updated and enhanced:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP US History
  • Biology
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Global Studies
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP US Government and Politics Marine Science)
  • MS US History Physics

We now have pretests to personalize coursework to student’s skills. Pretesting can determine if students have the necessary knowledge before signing up and paying for a course. There is a $30 fee for taking a pretest.

  • Algebra 1
  • Chinese 2
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • German 2
  • German 3
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3

We are also featuring the following dual credit courses from God’s Bible School and College (GBS), a regionally accredited Christian college. GBS provides interactive courses that are available to start any week and taught by highly-qualified and caring professors. To catch the regular fall enrollment period, please register students within the next two weeks.

  • Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Life of Christ
  • Old Testament Literature
  • General Psychology
  • Apologetics
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II

3 New Courses

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Social Problems 1 & 2
Music Appreciation

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Student Quotes

“School has always come pretty easy to me. I think taking online classes will give me more of a feel for the college experience and help me prepare for that kind of atmosphere.”

“I am taking a course online because I can work at my own pace and because my school does not have a teacher for the course that I am taking.”

 


Invitation to 2013 iNACOL Gathering

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Please join Dr. Beadle, Sevenstar coaches Andy and John, and our leaders, Kristin and Erick at the iNACOL conference. No reservation is necessary. The meetings will be in room Lark 2, in the Swan Wing of Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort

October 27, 2013 

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Meeting of all Faith Based Online Schools and Providers
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4:00 – 5:00 PM
Meeting of all Sevenstar and Edified Online Partner Schools
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October 27-30, 2013

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Don’t miss out on early bird pricing when you register for this year’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium!

Early bird savings on registration ends Aug. 26th.


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  • Help with out of sequence and transfer students
  • Solve teacher gap and serve small class sizes
  • Resolve scheduling conflicts
  • Meet individual course requests (AP, Languages, etc)

We understand how busy guidance counselors can be at the beginning of the school year, but we can help them tackle various challenges at the beginning of the school year.

 

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Learn About Our New Ministry Partners

Renewanation

Renewanation is called and committed to promoting the cause of Christian worldview education to the masses. It is unique in that it promotes Christian education in underserved communities and where it is not yet widely accepted. There are many ways in which Renewanation comes alongside existing schools. Their “Communities for Kids” magazine is a great way to create new exposure for your school, as well as influence parents and others in your community to look at the benefits of Christian education. Another helpful source is the “Renewanation REVIEW”, a great tool to put in the hands of your staff and parents. Learn more about Renewanation at their website or by calling (540) 966-0648.

Three W International

Three W International is one of the oldest and most successful international student management companies in North America. Three W International clients are served by a single vision – to provide an international student program that facilitates meeting the needs for both students and schools, with a commitment to a process of integrity and results of the highest educational standards. Ever mindful of that vision, Three W International has operated in an environment of tremendous growth in the number of students and schools it serves and has become the industry leader in the field of international student program management. Three W International’s experience, consistent quality of student participants, and unyielding commitment to the needs of our schools is second to none. For more information, please call (855) THREEW1 or visit our website.

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A Financial Case for Online Courses

Online Courses can make a great investment. Sometimes the challenge is knowing how to pay for them.

See how your school could benefit financially by using online courses to:

  • Grow new revenue streams
  • Retain current students
  • Recruit new students
  • Expand course options with fewer resources

Watch now to gather ideas.

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Devotional – “Live the Difference”

Live_The_Difference_Poster_200px“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Using the adjective Christian sets us apart from “the world.” Embracing Jesus Christ, submitting ourselves to His name, and following His ways requires much more than our non-Christian counterparts. It demands that we be obviously different. Our differences are not put on, contrived, or worked up. Our differences are the result of God’s transforming power. As we submit to Him, He changes our nature and opens up His awesome plan for us step by step.

That is the concept we will be exploring this year. As an educational staff, we will seek individually and collectively to allow God to continue transforming us and leading us. We will also pray that our students will experience the transformation that comes from surrender to God as He leads them into His perfect will for them.

Please join me in saturating our school environment with applications of this verse. But, most importantly, let’s be intentional about living the difference before our students and leading them to the difference as well.


Welcome New Partner Schools

  • Life Christian School (OR)
  • Providence Preparatory Academy (GA)
  • Northern Dauphin Christian School (PA)
  • Sherwood Christian Academy (GA)
  • Claiborne Christian School (LA)
  • Rock Solid Academy (PA)
  • Calvary Christian Academy (CA)
  • Life Academy (VA)
  • Tree of Life Christian Schools (OH)
  • Heritage Christian Online School (Canada)
  • American Curriculum Institute (China)
  • Grace Christian Academy (Grand Cayman Islands)
  • Saddleback Valley Christian School (CA)
  • Cairo Covenant School (Egypt)

Industry News

New Education Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning Released

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI), a division of Michigan Virtual University, today announced the launch of the new Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning, to house the latest research examining studies and trends in blended and online learning. Read more

Consider Online College Courses in High School

Enrolling in an online college course can have a variety of benefits for high school students. They provide the opportunity to earn college credit without having to commute to campus. Online courses can also expose students to a wide range of subjects not available at their high school. Read More

 

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August 12, 2013

Guest Blog Re-Post: An Affordable Solution For AP Programs

This guest blog entry was originally posted on the Sevenstar Blog and re-posted here.  I have agreed to periodically post these entries over the course of the summer. Comments have been closed on this entry, but if you want to interact with the author please visit the original entry.  As is the tradition at Virtual School Meanderings, this will be the only entry today.

AP Courses Give Students an Edge in College Admissions. Download Your Free Guide to Learn How You Can Build an Affordable Program at Your Christian School!

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are an important factor for many parents and students who are considering enrolling in a Christian School. AP courses provide the highest achieving students the chance to study college level material. Parents and students see AP courses as an academic challenge, a way to better prepare for college, and an advantage on college applications. Yet many Christian schools trail their public school competitors in AP course offerings. Larger, well-funded public schools have the competitive edge among families with high academic standards because these schools can provide students a broad AP curriculum. How can Christian schools maintain their small class size and value-driven curriculum while competing with public and large private schools that provide a wide range of AP courses? Increasingly, Christian schools are looking online for the solution to this problem.

Online Advanced Placement courses allow Christian schools to easily expand their curriculum. Through online learning, courses can be tailored for the individual student. If you have a student interested in engineering, but your school does not provide an AP calculus course, online learning can be an efficient solution. Instead of losing that student, your school could provide a flexible and affordable online option for that student. Online learning keeps the education within your school. There  is no need to construct complicated relationships with public institutions in order to serve single student needs.

Online AP courses are the most affordable solution for Christian schools in many situations.

Who pays for it?
The cost of offering AP courses can be covered through tuition and additional fees paid by families. Schools can provide access to the online course, but students and their families pay the fee. Under some arrangements, the family also pays an extra fee that can help a school pay for administrative overhead and other programs.

What about faith?
Online AP courses are now offered to meet the educational goals of a Christian education. As a Christian school you strive to offer all your students a well-rounded and rigorous education. Offering an expanded range of AP courses online helps you achieve that with your most gifted students. You are helping them shine their light in the world.

How will it fit into the student’s schedule?
Online learning is flexible and allows schools to set their own start and end dates for an AP course. With the AP exam in May, students can start the online course as early as June to prepare for the next yearís exams. The summer months will provide your students ample time to prepare and increases their chance of securing college credit.

A Christian School Educatorís Guide to Online AP courses

AP Online courses put a Christian school on equal footing with its public counterparts without placing additional strain on the school’s resources. Learn more about it in our new white paper, Online Opportunities for Christian SchoolsDownload this free resource for Christian educators using the link below.


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This guest blog entry was originally posted on the Sevenstar Blog and re-posted here.  I have agreed to periodically post these entries over the course of the summer. Comments have been closed on this entry, but if you want to interact with the author please visit the original entry.  As is the tradition at Virtual School Meanderings, this will be the only entry today.

August 8, 2013

Watch Sir Ken Robinson & Alan November This Thursday

From the inbox Monday evening.  Note these events are later today…

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Dear Michael,

Sevenstar invites you to watch Sir Ken Robinson and Alan November this Thursday, August 8 from the Education in a Changing World Conference. Christian educators are invited to watch for free via a live webcast by registering here:

Register Here

Sir Ken Robinson

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Creativity and Education

Thursday, August 8
10 am PT | 11am MT | Noon CT | 1 pm ET
1 hour

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation.

He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. His famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.

Note: Don’t miss this free webcast—Sir Ken Robinson’s presentation will not be recorded for viewing at a later time.

Alan November

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Who Owns the Learning?

Thursday, August 8
1:10 pm PT | 2:10 pm MT | 3:10 pm CT | 4:10 pm ET
1 hour

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Thursday, August 8
3:35 pm PT | 4:35 pm MT | 5:35 pm CT | 6:35 pm ET
1 hour

Alan November was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. Alan’s writings include two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators.

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