Virtual School Meanderings

August 31, 2014

Worth A Read

From Friday’s inbox…

Worth A Read

Cracking the Code of Effective Teaching

Posted: 27 Aug 2014 09:00 PM PDT

David Steiner reviews Elizabeth Green’s new book, Building a Better Teacher.

Charter Schools Don’t Need An Ad Campaign, They Need Regulation

Posted: 27 Aug 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Jeff Bryant discusses accountability for charter schools, a public relations campaign from charter school advocates, and results from the latest PDK/Gallup survey.

A Quick Look At The ASA Statement On Value-Added

Posted: 25 Aug 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Matthew Di Carlo discusses a statement by the American Statistical Association (ASA), which released a statement on the use of Value-Added for teacher evaluations (in April).

Is Arne Duncan’s Teacher Evaluation Moratorium Unnecessary?

Posted: 25 Aug 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Chad Aldeman and Carolyn Chuong react to a speech last week by Secretary Arne Duncan.

PDK/Gallup Poll: When Answers Mean More Questions

Posted: 24 Aug 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Anne Foster, executive director of Parents for Public Schools (PPS), shares her thoughts on the 46th annual PDK/Gallup poll a survey on what the public thinks about schools.

Is doing less harm enough for Education Secretary Duncan?

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Barnett Berry looks into steps by the Education Department to offer flexibility on student test scores for teacher evaluations.

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with the ProQuest Alert for virtual school.

State-led virtual school senior leaders: An exploratory studySivy, Mark Joseph.The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2014. 3625053.

Preview – PDF (686 KB) Full text – PDF (2 MB)

Next, once again this week I did not receive a ProQuest Alert for cyber school. ebsco

Moving on, the EBSCO alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Discovery Grows Q1 Education Revenue.
JN- Electronic Education Report
PD- 5/23/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 11, p3-3
PG- 1/2p
DT- 20140523
PT- Article
AB- The article reports on the 18.5% increase of the education revenue at Discovery Communications Inc. which worth $32 million in the first quarter. It highlights the launch of professional development service, Digital Leader Corps. (DLC) program by Discovery Education which support school systems in training the teachers into a digital transition. It also notes that the DLC program offers a customized job-embedded consultation for the teachers with coaching and feedback from Discovery Education.
SU- SCHOOL districts
CO- DISCOVERY Communications Inc. Ticker: DISCA
IC- 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
IC- 611430 Professional and Management Development Training
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
IS- 10779949
AN- 96198578

There were no relevant items in the EBSCO alert for cyber school.

Finally, once again I did not receive an EBSCO alert for K-12 online learning.

August 30, 2014

Master the Art of Online – 5 Opportunities in September

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

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OLC Mastery Series Programs


Master the art of online teaching in your field of interest.


Each OLC Mastery Series program consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment.

Mobile Learning 

Mobile has become an integral part of  online higher education. Learn to make mobile work for you – from designs, tools, teaching and learning methods to assessment strategies and improved student learning and satisfaction. Starts September 12

Online Nursing

You know your curriculum and thrive in the classroom environment, but have you mastered the art of online nursing instruction? Specifically designed for nurse educators, this program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use multimedia instructional technologies confidently and effectively in your online nursing courses. Starts September 12

Spatial Thinking & Web Mapping


Want to teach spatial concepts through the use of web mapping geotechnologies? Using research principles to understand what spatial thinking is and why to use it in your courses,   you will learn how to apply the principles through the use of web mapping tools to build an exciting learning environment. Starts September 12

Blended Learning

Merge your online and face to face teaching activities – seamlessly. With the OLC Blended Learning Mastery Series you will learn to design effective learning environments that will help your students feel connected – with you and each other. Starts September 26

Online Science Labs 

The Online Science Labs Mastery Series will help you transform your classroom into a creative, engaging and highly motivational online learning community. Online laboratory science courses are changing fast – don’t get left in the dust. Starts September 26

We look forward to meeting you in your program of choice.

Best Regards,


P.S. Early Bird pricing ends tomorrow, August 29. Join us onsite or virtually in celebrating 20 years of online learning at the 20th Annual Online Learning Consortium International ConferenceOctober 29-31, 2014 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Sandra Coswatte | Director, Institute for Learning

Online Learning Consortium

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Share Your FLVS Story to Win a Tablet

From Thursday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Go Ahead: Succeed Photo Contest
Dear Michael,


We know our students are fascinating people who use the flexibility provided by FLVS to do great things. And we want to hear all about it! Using Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, we are asking students to show how FLVS has helped them succeed in this fall’s photo contest. You can even win a tablet!


Students take a photo of themselves with the word “FLVS” or “@FLVS” visible in the picture and upload it to our Facebook contest tab. Each entry must include the hashtag #GoAheadFLVS in the photo caption and tell us how the student has succeeded with FLVS.


Students can also post photos to Instagram (@floridavirtualschool) or Twitter with the #GoAheadFLVS hashtag.


Help us pick one winner by visiting our Facebook contest tab!

Three lucky winners will be chosen to win a tablet. One (1) winner will be chosen at random, one (1) winner will be chosen by our judges and one (1) winner will be chosen by your vote. Photos will go through an approval process before appearing on the tab. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Instagram and Twitter entries using #GoAheadFLVS must be submitted from public accounts. You are providing your information to Florida Virtual School and not to Facebook. Contest ends September 21, 2014.


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Florida Virtual School | 2145 MetroCenter Blvd, Ste 200 | Orlando | FL | 32835

More E-Learning Opportunities from UW-Stout

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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Southern New Hampshire University:

Minimum qualifications:Master’s degree requiredExperience teaching in an online or hybrid formatExperience supporting emerging learners or First Year Experience

There are only a few openings left in the courses that begin in September. Register before Labor Day to reserve your place:EDUC 760 E-learning for the Online or Blended Classroom
September 16 – November 8, 2014EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
September 15 – November 7, 2014
September 29 – November 21, 2014EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning
September 15 – November 7, 2014Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
September 22 – November 14, 2014For those who have completed the previous four classes.
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum
September 15 – November 8, 2014Take Direct action and Register Online (No registration fee)
The university tuition for 2014-2015 is $415 per graduate credit ($1245 per reading course). No tuition is due at the time of registration. 10% is due in mid-September with the balance due in mid-October.
Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:
Online students (and teachers) go to school ‘in a computer’. Gaining technology skills is part of the double loop effect of online classes. You learn the curriculum and you begin to master the communications technology that allows you to be present with your students. We don’t expect the graduate students in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate to be technical wizards. We do encourage independent learning and the confident attitude that “I can learn this.” One service we provide to students is 27/7 access to the superb video based online self-paced courses provided by This is available to all UW-Stout students who currently have an email account. You DO NOT have to be registered in a class this semester to access Our online classes begin mid September. Now is a good time to brush up on your software skills!

By HOWARD RHEINGOLD August 21, 2014 – 8:12am

“I’ve been writing about digital media for nearly 30 years, and over that time, I’ve been asked over and over again by readers, critics, scholars and myself: “Do these personal computers, digital networks, webs of unfiltered information, mobile attention magnets do us more good than harm — as individuals, families, communities, and societies?” I have come to believe that the answer is: “It depends on how many people know how to use these technologies to their own benefit and that of the commons.”


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