Virtual School Meanderings

January 31, 2014

Statistics for January 2014

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3787 visitors to this blog – an increase of about 1300 from December, but and about 35% less than December 2013. The ten most visited entries included:

  1. John Hattie – Why Are So Many Of Our Teachers And Schools So Successful?
  2. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  3. Introducing Our New Social Media Course at FLVS
  4. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  5. Ohio School District To Replace Snow Days With Online Learning – CBS News
  6. Teach For America: A Return To The Evidence
  7. Dissertation Research Ideas?
  8. Call for Proposals: Online Learning Institute, July 1st at ISTE!
  9. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  10. Case Study: Secrets Of Moving From Traditional To Digital Curriculums

These entries were found either through direct links (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plurk, Google+, etc.) or by using the following terms:

  1. palomark12
  2. online k-12 education michigan
  3. thinking conference 2014 brendan spillane
  4. matthew kruluts, blended classrooms
  5. classess that fulfill florida online requirement
  6. ace school of tomorrow reviews
  7. early bird
  8. seven star academy angel learning
  9. virtual learning academy consortium
  10. how to request request to use a research survey from another author

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site.


January 21, 2014

Call For Guest Bloggers, Content, Presentations

Posting this on behalf of a colleague…

Hi everyone,
I hope this email finds you well in the new year.
I wanted to first touch base with you so that you have my new contact information –
Also, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be continuing the Research in Review Webinar series ( as well as the Research in Review blog ( for iNACOL. Because of this, I have a few opportunities for you to provide content for these venues.
  1. Research in Review Webinar series – iNACOL is accepting suggestions for content for September, October, November and December. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a proposal (title and abstract) to me, and I’ll share it with the team of reviewers.
  2. Research in Review Blog – If you have any content that you’d like to share on the blog, please send it to me.
  3. Research in Review Blog – I am looking for regular contributors (guest bloggers). As a regular contributor, you would be asked to contribute 1 to 2 blog posts a month.  If you’re interested in being a regular contributor, please let me know.
Thanks, and enjoy your weekend,

January 17, 2014

Blog Entry: Keeping Pace Researcher/Sponsor Podcast

This came across my RSS reader earlier this week.

January 14, 2014

Keeping Pace researcher/sponsor podcast

POSTED BY: John Watson
I had the pleasure of taking part in a podcast discussing Keeping Pace 2013 with long-time sponsors and collaborators Matthew Wicks and Mickey Revenaugh. Both Matt and Mickey are currently with Connections Learning. Connections is part of Pearson, and both Connections and Pearson have been sponsors for many years. Matt Wicks was previously with the state virtual school in Illinois and subsequently with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and he was involved with Keeping Pace with both organizations. In fact the Illinois Virtual School was a founding sponsor and Matt has been involved with the report every year since.
We discussed key findings from the report, new developments, and the state-by-state differences that we continue to see. The podcast is available at

January 1, 2014

Statistics For 2013

I know that you got a preview of this earlier today, as a part of the Your 2013 Year In Blogging [], but I wanted to post a more thorough (less graphic-intensive entry).  To start out, let’s look at the traffic.


You can clearly see that 2011 was the peak year of activity – at least in terms of visits – and there has been a steady and regular decline in traffic every since.  For much of 2013 the traffic was on par with the level of traffic that I experienced in 2008, which was when I moved to WordPress from Blogger.

In pondering the rationale for this trend last year, I wrote:

I’ve been wondering all year why I have seen a steady increase in traffic up until 2012, but then a steady decrease in traffic throughout 2012.  I think one of the reasons may be due to the fact that I simply haven’t been posting as much original content as I used to (time being shorter than what it normally has been I suppose).  I also wondering if simply the increased number of blogger talking about K-12 online learning has had an effect.  Finally, over the past two years I have been more honest and blunt about the ideological undercurrents that we see in K-12 online learning – at least in the United States and with the main professional associations – and I wonder if people have stopped reading for that reason.

I suspect that the same three reasons are likely still the case, maybe a little more of the third than the first two as I continue to take positions based on what the evidence suggests we should do, and not what is being pushed by ideologically-driven professional organizations, think tanks, and special interest groups.

If you look at the top twenty entries for 2013 based on traffic, it is another interesting tale:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Samuel Barbour (1920-2013)
  3. Statistics For December 2009
  4. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  5. Problem With Cyber Charter Schools – PA & NJ Edition
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  8. Online-Teaching Standards
  9. Online Education – In Ontario
  10. Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning
  11. Defining A Dissertation Topic – Which Aspect Of K-12 Online Learning?
  12. Tactics of The Neo-Liberals/Conservatives in K-12 Online Learning
  13. Online High School Credit Recovery: A Free Webinar Filled With Real-World Best Practices
  14. KEYNOTE: Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, President, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) – TITLE: From the Sidelines to the Mainstream: Reengineering the Case for E-Education
  15. EDTECH597 – Guest Blog Entry: Why Online Learning Is Working To Revolutionize Education
  16. NCAA Calls Into Question the Quality Of Two Online Learning Programs
  17. Connections Academy: Yahoo Groups
  18. Winter Earlybird Tuition Special – Today Is The Last Day To Register!
  19. News from the NEPC: 2012 Bunkum Awards!!!
  20. Review – Frog Dissection

I say interesting tale because if you look at when these entries were posted, you’d see:

  • 2008 – 1
  • 2009 – 4
  • 2010 – 5
  • 2011 – 5
  • 2012 – 0
  • 2013 – 4

Only four of the top twenty entries were posted in 2013.  I’m a little honoured to say that the most popular 2013 entries was the tribute I wrote to my grandfather on his passing.

Probably more interesting is what is driving traffic to this blog.  Here are the two 15 referrers:

  1. Search Engines
    • Google Search
    • Bing
    • Yahoo Search
    • Google Image Search
    • Yahoo Image Search
    • AOL
    • Google Mobile
    • Search
    • Yandex
    • Search
    • Yahoo Mobile
    • Bing Mobile
    • Excite
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  8. Reader
  14. Google Reader
  15. Google+

Now I post the entry title and link of each and every entry on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plurk, and Google+.  It is interesting to see that they drive traffic to my blog in that order (as I would have expected Google+ to be higher than both Plurk and LinkedIn.

You’ll note that search engines were the number one driver of traffic to the blog (almost 40% of the traffic actually), with a large variety of engines being used.  The terms that people used to happen upon the blog included:

  1. statistics
  2. cover photos liberals
  3. early bird
  4. dr susan aldridge
  5. susan aldridge
  6. susan c aldridge
  7. generational differences
  8. school of tomorrow curriculum
  9. michael barbour blog
  10. oxford virtual academy
  11. happy easter 2013
  12. butter
  13. barbour meanderings
  14. cyber school statistics
  15. school of tomorrow
  16. dr susan c aldridge
  17. move to k
  18. virtual high school ontario reviews
  19. dissertation
  20. according to digital learning now, which state is a leader in transforming education for the digital age?

As you can see, people searching for Susan Aldridge is apparently a big driver of traffic to the blog.  Some of these terms make sense.  For example, the School of Tomorrow is there twice in the top 15, which explains why the two entries about the School of Tomorrow and Accelerated Christian Education are always in the top ten or top five (as is the case this year).  For the 28 people that searched the word “butter” and came to my blog, I have no clue how that might have happened, but I am truly sorry for wasting your time.  It is nice to see a couple of specific references to my own name up there, indicating that some people are indeed still searching me out specifically (as opposed to searching for a topic that I have written about).

Well, I think that’s about it for another year…  I guess the next bit of naval gazing will happen on my next blogversary!  Until then…

Your 2013 Year In Blogging []

The first of a couple of yearly reflections about this blogging space.  This one is the one automatically generated by

Your Annual Report from

Your 2013 in blogging

Our stats helper monkeys have been busy putting together a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2013!

2013 Annual Report

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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