Virtual School Meanderings

November 29, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

How well does digital learning stack up?
Digital-learning initiatives may not improve learning outcomes, but when they do, they may be more costly than traditional teaching methods, according to a recent report from the National Education Policy Center. Some experts say that schools should be careful when purchasing digital-learning platforms. National Public Radio/npr Ed blog(11/25)

Also the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Washington, D.C., seeks to expand blended-learning programs
More schools in Washington, D.C., are adopting blended-learning programs. In schools that already have been using blended learning, educators say having students learn via computers frees up teachers to facilitate discussions and assist struggling students. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/23)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Online high school to offer education, hope for reclusive shut-ins

Unlike a regular correspondence course, students at the virtual school can communicate with one another by navigating with their avatars and using …

Portland school chief gets 3-year contract extension

In August he attempted to launch a public virtual school to compete with charter schools that are syphoning students and tuition, but was forced to pull …

CORONA: Teen excels in online education

The teen recently spoke at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning conference as part of a student panel and praised the virtual school …

VINCI Provides Free Tablets to New Students of Its New Virtual School for Toddlers

For a limited time, the company is offering its education tablet free to parents who enroll their preschoolers and toddlers in the new virtual school.

VINCI Provides Free Tablets to New Students of Its New Virtual School for Toddlers

For a limited time, the company is offering its education tablet free to parents who enroll their preschoolers and toddlers in the new virtual school.

Education minister banks on virtual schools to replace brick-and-mortar in future

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says new and progressive ideas are needed to contribute to the changing landscape in the education …

Union County schools to continue contract with K12 Inc.

Superintendent Jimmy Carter, right, confers with Union County school board members following their emergency meeting on the Tennessee Virtual …

Online high school to offer education, hope for reclusive shut-ins

Unlike a regular correspondence course, students at the virtual school can communicate with one another by navigating with their avatars and using …

USDA awards nearly $500000 to 4 Vermont school districts to expand virtuallearning network

“By bringing classes to students over the internet, the Vermont Virtual Learning … The grant funds will allow four school districts — Vermont Southwest …

Romano: Education ‘reformers’ want choices for parents — except in publicschools

But since magnets, fundamentals, charters, vouchers, home-schooling and virtual schools are all available, wouldn’t that same argument exist for …

Grant for nearly $500K to expand virtual learning in Vermontschools

The grant will allow 19 schools to purchase videoconferencing equipment and new software to give students and teachers virtual access to classes …

Three more charter schools target Jackson County, two via cyberspace

In August, two virtual charter schools could be trolling for students from Murphy to Manteo. Charters in North Carolina receive federal, state and local …

Student Progression Plan nearing finalization

Virtual school graduates will have a separate graduation ceremony, but it may be joined with another District ceremony. For middle school grades …

ascack Valley schools chief is honored at White House

… 11-year-old one-to-one laptop program for students and its efforts to establish “virtual school days” for students when bad weather shuts schools.

Temecula Students of the Month honored for November

“She’s usually out the door by 7:00-7:30 and she works at Galway Downs and puts in 4-6 hours before she goes to the virtual school whenever it’s …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Online high school to offer education, hope for reclusive shut-ins

An official of the ministry’s office for education system reform said he hopes the cyber school will prove itself as an effective method to help shut-in …

How do Pennsylvania cyber charter school stack up on state scores?

Here’s how Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools fared on the 2014 SchoolPerformance Profiles. A score of 70 or better is considered passing.

Snow days will be cyber days for some private schools

As Delaware watches other states dig out from huge piles of snow, parents and educators are remembering last year’s hard winter and hoping the …

Cyber charters again get low marks on Pa. tests

“Even when you compare the cyber charters to high-poverty traditional schools and high-poverty charter schools, they still underperform,” said Kate …

Pa. cyber charter schools given poor grades by researchers

While Pennsylvania’s education secretary mulls applications for three new cyber charters, a Philadelphia research group has released a paper that …

Pa. cyber charters again get low marks on state tests

Last year the department – which hasn’t approved a new cyber charter since 2013 – rejected eight applicants. While the report says the school …

Pa. cyber charters given poor grades by researchers

The cyber scores ranged from 28.9 at ACT Academy, a high school based in West Oak Lane that opened two years ago, to 66 at 21st Century Cyber in …

Downingtown superintendent receives 2014 PASA leadership award

… secondary students beginning in the 2011-12 school year for district high school students seeking a cyber-school or blended educational options.

Japan’s droputs log on to cyber-school

The world’s first virtual school for social recluses is to open in Japan next year to cater for the country’s growing population of internet-addicted …

 

November 23, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

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Commission OKs contract talks for virtual charter schoolRussell, Eric. Kennebec Journal [Augusta, Me] 14 Nov 2014: 1.A.

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Second virtual charter school approved in MaineGluckman, Nell. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 14 Nov 2014.

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Commission OKs contract talks for virtual charter schoolRussell, Eric. Morning Sentinel [Waterville, Me] 14 Nov 2014: 1.A.

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AUGUSTA — The Maine Charter School Commission voted Thursday to… [Derived headline]Russell, Eric. Morning Sentinel[Waterville, Me] 14 Nov 2014: 1.A.

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Maine panel supports second virtual school, to start contract talksRussell, Eric. Portland Press Herald [Portland, Me] 14 Nov 2014: A.1.

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Second virtual charter school approved in MaineGluckman, Nell. Bangor Daily News [Bangor, Me] 13 Nov 2014.

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State-run virtual school meritsKennebec Journal [Augusta, Me] 13 Nov 2014: 1.A.

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EDITORIAL: State-run virtual school should get second chance in AugustaMcClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 13 Nov 2014.

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State authorizes contract talks for Maine’s second virtual charter schoolRussell, Eric. McClatchy – Tribune Business News[Washington] 13 Nov 2014.

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Virtual school offers choiceKathy Ryan Cole. Ocala Star – Banner [Ocala, Fla] 13 Nov 2014.

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City controller blasts charter school fundingWilliams, Damon C. Philadelphia Tribune [Philadelphia, Pa] 24 Oct 2014: 7A.

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Why AT&T Is Investing in Virtual SchoolKitroeff, Natalie. Business Week (Oct 20-Oct 26, 2014): 1.

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Next, I did not receive the ProQuest alert for cyber school.

ebscoMoving on to the EBSCO alerts for both the virtual school and cyber school, which I did receive but there were not relevant items.

Finally, I did not receive a copy of the EBSCO alert for K-12 online learning.

November 22, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News.

Top News of the Day
4 ways to create a successful hybrid school
Several of our high schools in Poudre School District (PSD), Fort Collins, Colorado, serve more than 2,000 students each, and for the vast majority, these are positive places to learn and excel. [ Read More ]

Next, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Blended Learning Requires New Human-Resources Strategies, Group Contends

New roles for teachers in blended classrooms should mean new recruitment, evaluation, and retention strategies by districts, says a new report.

(Digital Education)

Also, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Online programs help students boost math skills
Some algebra students at a Missouri school have improved their math scores using a combination of two online programs — My Big Campus and Khan Academy. The programs allow students to work on more challenging problems and access lesson resources after school hours. Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau) (11/17)

Obama seeks superintendents’ backing to expand schools’ digital access
During a meeting at the White House Wednesday with dozens of school superintendents, President Barack Obama announced a plan to expand digital access in classrooms. The plan, which about 1,200 superintendents support, includes updated broadband and wireless infrastructure and other improvements that Obama said are necessary to support 21st-century learning. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/19), CBS News (11/19)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

OUR OPINION: State-run virtual school merits second chance

Paul LePage vetoed a state-run virtual school bill earlier this year, legislators shouldn’t let this setback keep them from giving this innovative and …

Our View: State-run virtual school should get second chance in Augusta

LePage vetoed a state-run virtual school bill earlier this year, legislators shouldn’t let this setback keep them from giving this forward-thinking …

Virtual school offers choice

Students in Marion County have a choice between what one program specialist calls “brick and mortar and virtual school education, or a blend of both.

Virtual Schools

the ‘virtual’ school will be able to offer a wider curriculum than any traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ school, and will offer full access to all applicants …

What’s new at Florida Virtual School?

In announcing his extended stay at Florida Virtual School, CEO Ron Blocker wrote of the Orlando-based online school’s “new direction” and his desire …

Maine’s second online charter school awaits approval

The Maine Virtual Academy school board originally planned to have the vendor, K12 Inc., hire all teachers, provide back-office support and essentially …

What Went Wrong at the Upstart School Milken Backed?

K12 grew too fast and invested too little in instruction, said Houston Tucker. In 2012, he pulled his two sons out of a K12 virtual school in Tennessee …

Falling in Love Online: Grad School Edition

The multibillion-dollar online education industry is watching examples like these as it tests its latest innovation: getting people to pay for virtual school.

Edmentum To Add 70 Career and Technical Ed Courses for 2015 School Year

“The courses will be available through Plato Courseware’s online courses and EdOptions Academy, a fully accredited virtual school solution.”.

Recommendations aim to improve academic achievement of vulnerable children

… measures to improve the educational outcomes for the most vulnerable young people in Devon, which include work to restructure the Virtual School, …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Student clubs flourish in this cyber school

Clubs in a cyber school work better in some ways than in brick-and-mortar schools, said Jane Camp. As supervisor of student events, she oversees 13 …

Former PA Cyber attorney says Trombetta discussions were protected

PITTSBURGH — A former attorney for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School testified Monday in school founder Nick Trombetta’s federal criminal …

Central Dauphin School Board to revise policy on graduation requirements

The proposed changes also would establish new rules for cyber school credits, allowing students to qualify for graduation using credits from the …

School board mulls decision to enter agreement with NEIU 19

Unlike students within the district that choose to take charter cyber school, students enrolled it the NOLA program would receive a North Pocono …

Misconduct complaints filed against Askar, three other attorneys

He initially held the Midland cyber school’s management contract under Rodis LLC, but the relationship ended in early 2005 and lawsuits and …

 

 

November 16, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

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Virtual charter school awaits approvalRussell, Eric. Kennebec Journal [Augusta, Me] 12 Nov 2014: 2.B.

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Virtual charter school awaits approval from commissionRussell, Eric. Morning Sentinel [Waterville, Me] 12 Nov 2014: 2.B.

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Goodbye, snow days: Students study from homePotter, Kyle. St. Louis Post – Dispatch [St. Louis, Mo] 12 Nov 2014: A.6.

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Maine’s second online charter school awaits approvalRussell, Eric. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 11 Nov 2014.

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Walpole ‘virtual school’ pushing to expand online enrollmentLaidler, John. Boston Globe [Boston, Mass] 09 Nov 2014: Z.6.

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Next, I did not receive the ProQuest alert for cyber school.

ebscoMoving on to the EBSCO alerts for both the virtual school and cyber school, which I did receive but there were not relevant items.

Finally, I did not receive a copy of the EBSCO alert for K-12 online learning.

November 15, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Digital options keep Minn. school open on snow days
The Associated Press (11/11)


Blended learning is just as rigorous as traditional lessons and is not the same thing as distance learning, writes Barbara Haeffner, the director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology for Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut. In this blog post, Haeffner debunks these and other common misconceptions about blended learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/12)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Hawthorne offers ideas for improving its schools

… well as P.E., a couple of technology and design electives, a college and career readiness class and online electives through Florida Virtual School.

Tech company Junyo buys Orlando firm, plans growth

The local office was best known as the creator of the Conspiracy Code, a suite of 3D interactive online courses distributed by Florida Virtual School.

Virtual schools are just a ruse

When Nevada changes its funding process to have the money follow the student, virtual charter schools will be the beneficiary of more money and the …

Fayette County Schools to report to state on Meadow Bridge High study

Some of the courses students at Meadow Bridge requested that aren’t taught through the state’s virtual school or the Fayetteville Institute of …

Hawthorne offers ideas for improving its schools

… well as P.E., a couple of technology and design electives, a college and career readiness class and online electives through Florida Virtual School.

School Board, union tentatively agree to two-year contract

School Board, union tentatively agree to two-year contract … which offers students specifically in the district, separate from the Florida Virtual School, …

State Digital Education Programs Grow, But Disparities Persist

Those schools enroll a collective 315,000 students—an increase of 6 percent over the previous year;; “Statevirtual schools” are in operation in 26 …

DB enrollment among topics at first input session held for cityschools study

… Cox Academy that is an alternative high school and middle school, as well as a blended learning school now and a virtual school starting next year.

Maine’s second online charter school awaits approval

“There are a lot of kids out there in danger of dropping out or leaving school that could be served well by the environment of a virtual school.”.

Award ceremony celebrates long serving Foster Carers in Devon

The keynote address was given by John Peart from Devon County Council’s Education and Learning team about the Virtual School which supports …

USD 465 facing declining enrollment, reduced revenues

About nine Winfield students also opted for GED, virtual school/home school or dropped out, and another 11 are in protective custody, foster care or a …

Award ceremony celebrates long serving Foster Carers in Devon

The Virtual School tracks achievements, ensures children are appropriately placed and getting the right support for their individual needs.

OUR OPINION: State-run virtual school merits second chance

Paul LePage vetoed a state-run virtual school bill earlier this year, legislators shouldn’t let this setback keep them from giving this innovative and …

Virtual school offers choice

Students in Marion County have a choice between what one program specialist calls “brick and mortar and virtual school education, or a blend of both.

NBC 6 Investigation: Online Diplomas

Before you spend money to attend any virtual school, do your homework. Check with the Better Business Bureau and consumer complaints boards to …

Could schools work around snow?

State law requires schools be in session 186 days or 1,116 hours. “State law doesn’t allow us to count virtual school as a school day,” Hall said.

Second virtual school gets initial approval

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine’s second virtual school gained initial approval Thursday from the Maine Charter Commission. The new …

Our View: State-run virtual school should get second chance in Augusta

LePage vetoed a state-run virtual school bill earlier this year, legislators shouldn’t let this setback keep them from giving this forward-thinking …

What’s new at Florida Virtual School?

In announcing his extended stay at Florida Virtual School, CEO Ron Blocker wrote of the Orlando-based online school’s “new direction” and his desire …

Virtual Schools

the ‘virtual’ school will be able to offer a wider curriculum than any traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ school, and will offer full access to all applicants …

Coweta grad rate increases 3 percent

… including traditional academic programs and through non-traditional means like dual-enrollment, advanced placements, and virtual school courses.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber students bring Halloween to Janet Weis

The students of Danville’s cyber school set up donation boxes Oct. 15 in every district building, and at the Montour County Courthouse and Grandview …

LETTER: Funding system for charter and cyber schools requires an urgent fix

The Wilson Area School District recognizes that charter and cyber charter schools can be a viable option for students. However, it is important to …

Cyber schools gaining traction Students flock online to go at their own pace

Students of Seneca Valley School District’s cyber school, the Academy of Choice, take classes Monday in a computer lab at the high school.

First open house for Dugger-Union Charter School

DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) Dugger-Union Charter School’s first year as a cyber school is underway as students and parents adjust to the new online …

Cyber students bring Halloween to Janet Weis

The students of Danville’s cyber school set up donation boxes Oct. 15 in every district building, and at the Montour County Courthouse and Grandview …

Former PA Cyber attorney says Trombetta discussions were protected

… Geibel, a Trombetta associate involved in various cyber school offshoots who became a government informant and secretly recorded discussions.

Cheston Elementary School’s security questioned

Administrators are also moving ahead with plans to provide a district cyber school. They’re hopeful for a proposal in March or April that could be …

PA Cyber reviewing its relationship with NNDS

PA Cyber founder Nick Trombetta, who now faces 11 federal criminal charges, created NNDS — one of several spin-offs from the cyber school — in …

State association honors Centennial’s Mark Miller

Miller, vice president of the PSBA, has testified before House Education Committee on topics such as charter/cyber school reform, career and technical …

Student clubs flourish in this cyber school

Clubs in a cyber school work better in some ways than in brick-and-mortar schools, said Jane Camp. As supervisor of student events, she oversees 13 …

Quakertown begins to talk snow

… could join the growing number of private and public districts that are implementing cyber school days for all of its students during inclement weather.

 

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