Virtual School Meanderings

September 13, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with SmartBrief for EdTech.

A guide to blending screencasts with face-to-face instruction
T.H.E. Journal (9/3)

More students signing up for online tutoring
The popularity of online tutoring continues to grow, supported by students and their families who say the programs offer convenient, affordable options for accessing academic help. There are a number of sites available, many of which offer feedback, guidance and the ability for students to receive personalized attention. CBS News (9/4)

School districts in Maine consider beefing up online options
Some school districts in Maine are considering launching their own online programs in order to compete with the state’s first virtual charter school, which recently opened and has enrolled almost 300 students. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (9/7)

 

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Portland superintendent gets resistance over plan to offer virtual classes

“I don’t support the public charter virtual school that has been approved. Having somebody like Pearson run it, I didn’t support it on a statewide basis …

Portales schools’ night school accepting drug court participants

Portales Municipal Schools’ Night School is opening more doors to not just suspended students, but now to adults, who are in Ninth Judicial District …

Portland superintendent scraps plan to offer virtual classes

The state provides $7,000 per student in education aid, which goes to the virtual school if a student enrolls there. For each student lured away from …

Editorial, research: Halt rush to launch virtual charters

… federal policymakers should promote efforts to design new outcomes measures appropriate to the unique characteristics of full-time virtual school.

Portland scraps plan to offer virtual classes

The decision comes just as the Maine Connections Academy — a virtual school opened for classes this week. Mayor Michael Brennan was opposed to …

Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week

Washington, a junior, said she enrolled at the virtual school so she could keep up with her busy dance schedule. She travels to Bangor, Houlton and …

Questions about Portland’s virtual school plan still nag board

Portland school officials wouldn’t answer questions from the school board Tuesday night about key elements of a new virtual instruction program …

Virtual school makes for actual confusion

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) — Confusion over the possible opening of a new school in Over-The-Rhine jumped to a new level Tuesday, September 2.

Lewiston committee to vote on virtual school Monday

LEWISTON — The local School Committee is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to create an online high school.

Virtual School Practices Real Oppression, Bans Pixilated Firearms

The cultural campaign to label firearms and firearm ownership as socially unacceptable claimed another victim last week, when a “virtual” school …

Lewiston committee to vote on virtual school Monday

The virtual school would be offered “right in the walls of Lewiston High” in the fall of 2015. Tammy Thibodeau, a teacher and coach, would be the …

Florida Virtual School Full Time Free Information Session

Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a high-quality tuition-free public education option for students in grades Kindergarten-12 statewide, will …

Portland scraps plan to offer virtual classes

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A plan to keep students from leaving Portland for the state’s first virtual charter school has been scrapped.

Portland superintendent gets resistance over plan to offer virtual classes

“I don’t support the public charter virtual school that has been approved. Having somebody like Pearson run it, I didn’t support it on a statewide basis …

Portland superintendent pulls plug on plan to offer virtual classes

Portland’s school superintendent said Thursday that he is abandoning his plan to offer virtual classes to certain students in the district beginning this …

Lewiston committee says no to virtual school, wants smaller kindergarten classes

LEWISTON — When asked to approve a new virtual school in Lewiston at a cost of $50,000, the Lewiston School Committee instead indicated that …

More on Florida Virtual School

Florida Virtual School is an online public school serving grades K-12 in Florida for free. Out-of-state and international students can take classes …

acing opposition from mayor and state commissioner, Portland superintendent scraps plan for …

PORTLAND, Maine — A virtual school program proposed for the Portland Public Schools has been scrapped. Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel …

Taking Schooling to the Virtual World

Winnsboro resident Sandy Anders’ teenage children are enrolled in a virtual school, which allows them to work on their classes from anywhere – even …

Kajeet Provides Safe, Affordable Home Internet to Eight Additional School Districts

Students in grades 6-12 may enroll in the county’s virtual school either part-time or full-time. Students may take classes at home or in a computer lab at …

Florida Virtual School hires away respected Orange County area superintendent

Former Orange County schools superintendent Ron Blocker has hired away respected area superintendent Bill Gordon to help run Florida Virtual …

Virtual classroom benefits working students

“You definitely have to be self-disciplined to do virtual school,” he said. And students have to be willing to forgo many of the traditional interactions with …

Virtual learning: the new school education

Additionally, the virtual school allows for teachers to provide individual attention and personalized learning that can tailor instruction to a student’s …

Online Girls’ School Aims to Offer New Opportunities

While an online course may seem impersonal, there is a virtual school called Online School for Girls that plans to create a close-knit community in the …

Centre school board

He also said more security cameras were needed at the shop building and more iPads were needed for elementary and virtual school students …

Mxit’s Ukufunda virtual school to support learning in SA public schools

The Ukufunda Virtual School will directly address inequalities in the school system, raise education standards and put the power of basic education …

Is there room on the team for homeschoolers?

Individual school corporations reserve the right to decide whether to allow homeschool and virtual school students to play sports, and Northwestern …

Suwannee County School Board workshop roundup

Full-time virtual school student graduation was also discussed, with questions of where and how the ceremonies would be conducted. Often there are …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn-Trafford expected to sign on to WIU’s eAcademy

A cyber school receives 80 percent of the funding that a district typically would receive from the state for a student, with the home district receiving the …

Superintendents talk public school spending, cuts

At Upper Adams, the district pays more than $10,000 per student at a cyber school, and almost twice that amount if the student qualifies for any kind of …

Trinity appoints interim athletic director

The board approved discontinuing cyber school educational services with the Seneca Valley School District. The school district recently joined the …

Vitulli rides into new role

Vitulli starts the new school year as Smithfield Elementary principal and also will lead the district’s cyber school, East Stroudsburg Area Cyber …

Districts try to woo cyber charter students

PITTSBURGH — As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania …

Districts try to woo cyber charter students

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western …

Western Pa. districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania school districts are …

Penn-Trafford expected to sign on to WIU’s eAcademy

Penn-Trafford will be assessed a lower per-pupil cost compared to enrollment at other state-approved cyber schools. The maximum cost to the district …

Superintendents talk public school spending, cuts

Gettysburg Area School District Superintendent Larry Redding, Upper … Redding also noted cyber-charter school students tend to have lower test …

STSD is building My Cyber Campus

Southern Tioga School District is building its own cyber school called My Cyber Campus. Substitute Superintendent Sam Rotella updated the school …

PENNCREST looks to cater to online learners

SAEGERTOWN — In an effort to avoid losing students to a cyber school outside of the district, PENNCREST School Board is considering options from …

New Florence bridge renamed for Korean War veteran

Rafferty said the district felt it was a violation of the cyber school’s charter because it was only authorized to teach its program for grades 7 through 12.

 

September 7, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with the ProQuest Alert for virtual school, which I did receive but there were no relevant items in it this week.

Once again this week I did not receive a ProQuest Alert for cyber school. ebsco

Moving on, I did not receive the EBSCO alert for virtual school or K-12 online learning.

Finally, while I did receive the EBSCO alert for cyber school, there were no relevant items in it.

So little to report on this front this week.

September 6, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Lee County School Board opts out of standardized testing, parents react

Her son was enrolled in the Florida Virtual School program, and got good grades on his report card. After learning he would have to repeat the third …

Big bills from virtual school raise tensions with Maine school districts

Sparking the latest concerns were bills sent to local school districts by the virtual school, Maine Connections Academy, which some superintendents …

The Virtual Classroom

In concept, the virtual school allows students to learn largely from home, with an hour of interactive class time per subject per week.

Big bills from virtual school raise tensions with Maine school districts

Like all charter schools in Maine, the virtual school is funded through the … The virtual school has a contract with Connections Academy, a company …

Ebel: Some tips to help virtual school students succeed

In South Carolina specifically there are more than 8,000 students statewide enrolled in virtual schools, according to the most recent “Keeping Pace …

Lee Virtual School student: Prayers don’t belong in lesson

The principal of the virtual school responded saying, “At our orientation, we explained there may be rare instances in our curriculum that a parent or …

Virtual schools offer an alternative public education

For about 200 Texas students their school supply list included a computer with high-speed internet, a headset and a microphone. They attend a virtual …

Back to School Anything but Routine for Oregon Virtual School Students

NORTH BEND, Ore., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New school supplies and meeting new teachers are still part of the first day of …

Big bills from virtual school raise tensions with Maine school districts

BANGOR — The opening of Maine’s first online charter school, set for next week, is rekindling tensions with public school officials over the financial …

Virtual school’s enrollment on rise

The Smoky Valley School district created its virtual school to provide students with educational opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.

Local teacher pioneers virtual classrooms

Currently the Chief Learning Officer for Florida’s Virtual School, Ryerson has been there from the beginning, first helping to promote the school and …

Three groups apply for remaining charter school spots in Maine

A virtual school, a school for K-5 in Lewiston or Auburn, and a York County school … Monday’s application is the third time for Maine Virtual Academy.

Tampa-area high school students face online deadline

Brenes, a junior, is taking Spanish II and driver education online through Florida Virtual School and working around her swim team practice after …

Virtual school makes for actual confusion

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) — Confusion over the possible opening of a new school in Over-The-Rhine jumped to a new level Tuesday, September 2.

Questions about Portland’s virtual school plan still nag board

Ten-year survival rates are nearly the same compared with women who had tumors removed and underwent radiation.

Florida Virtual School Full Time Free Information Session

Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a high-quality tuition-free public education option for students in grades Kindergarten-12 statewide, will …

Preliminary report says Lawrence school enrollment went up 2 percent

The numbers also show a preliminary drop of 199 students in the district’s virtual school program, down to 1,171. Superintendent Rick Doll said it is …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Hearing scheduled in criminal case against cyber school’s founder

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Friday scheduled a Sept. 30 hearing on Nicholas Trombetta’s claim that she should dismiss the criminal …

Chambersburg Area School District comments on court order

“When she was demoted last August, they made her basically coordinator of the cyber school. That’s what she’s doing now,” attorney Jack Sharpe said …

School notified authorities about malnourished Greenville boy

The 7-year-old lost 14 pounds once he was pulled from school so that he could attend Cyber School at home. Dr. Jennifer Wolford of UPMC Children’s …

Allegheny County school districts resize, close schools as population shifts

Third-graders read books after a tour at the library during the first day of school at Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. Instead of two larger and five …

Hearing scheduled in criminal case against cyber school’s founder

Trombetta, the founder of Midland-based Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, faces 11 counts of mail fraud, bribery, tax conspiracy and filing false tax …

Danville e-Learning Cyber Academy enrollment jumps in Year 2

Danville e-Learning Cyber Academy students Cassandra Lindenfeld, left, and Samantha Shoop, right, work on an assignment together at the …

Fox Chapel Area expands cyber classes into middle school

Dorseyville Middle School students can enroll in cyber classes for the first time this year as the Fox Chapel Area School District expands its online …

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School announces graduates

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES: Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School recently announced the local graduates of the Class of 2014. Luzerne County: …

Western Pa. districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

West Mifflin’s assistant principal, Rob Campana, said when students tell him they want to switch to cyber school, he takes a critical look at their grades.

Could This Tiny Picture Get an 11-Year-Old Boy Expelled from School?

Officials with the Northern Ozaukee School District, which sponsors Matthew’s cyber school, did not return requests for comment from TheBlaze.

STSD is building My Cyber Campus

Southern Tioga School District is building its own cyber school called My Cyber Campus. Substitute Superintendent Sam Rotella updated the school …

Top Southmoreland wrestler won’t get extra year …… Vincentian girls get transfer

By actually starting ninth grade at the cyber school, the WPIAL ruled Griffiths “eligibility clock” started. Under PIAA rules, once a student starts ninth …

 

August 31, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with the ProQuest Alert for virtual school.

1.
State-led virtual school senior leaders: An exploratory studySivy, Mark Joseph.The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2014. 3625053.

Formats:
Citation/Abstract
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.
DE- PROFESSIONAL education
DE- TEACHERS
SU- EDUCATIONAL programs
SU- TRAINING of
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
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=96198578&site=eds-live

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

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief

How one district navigated the path to blended learning

School children (8-9) with female teacher working with computers
(Tetra Images – Jamie Grill)

This article profiles a North Carolina district’s transition to blended learning. The district — comprised of 36 schools — began the transition in 2012 with a Race to the Top grant and the help of blended-learning coaches. So far, the district has implemented the model in four middle schools, where all students have been given laptops. Time.com (8/28)

Also, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Mass. schools go digital with new online courses, teacher websites
Milford Daily News (Mass.) (8/24)

Pa. district invests in online course delivery, mobile learning app
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/27)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

New Rock Hill charter school calls first week a success

Often, virtual school works well for students with medical issues, or military families, or families whose religious calendar does not align with a …

Online learning options expanding

While some districts are enhancing offerings of individual online classes, the state’s second virtual school, based in Walpole, is preparing to offer …

Online school programs growing, despite challenges

“He’s learning much more in the virtual school,” she said during a start-of-year “school social” at Cleveland Park late late week. “Having older children …

Virtual Schools A Flexible Option For Students

GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Most students spend the first day of school finding their locker or their home room. But Tristin Thomas spent his first …

Virtual schools plan raises troubling questions

The idea of virtual charter schools may be worth exploring. But the way North Carolina appears to be going about it holds little promise toward better …

South Carolina’s Virtual School Program renamed

State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais announced on Aug. 19 that the South Carolina Virtual School Program (SCVSP) will now be known as …

Going Back to School at a Virtual School

Going Back to School at a Virtual School … Today is the first day of school for Utah Connections Academy, a tuition-free K-12 online public school.

Florida Virtual School Launches Skating Game To Reinforce Geometry Concepts

Solar Skate asks students in grades 4-8 to use geometry concepts to rebuild a Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has partnered with Grom Social to create …

Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School Welcomes Students …

GREENFIELD, Mass., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, the …

Portland sets sights on virtual homeschoolers

Should Maine high schools offer virtual academic programs? … When asked why the district didn’t just create its own virtual charter school, he said the …

Some Upstate students boot up to go back to school

As thousands of Upstate children hopped in big yellow school buses and headed off to big brick schoolhouses last week, the state’s virtual schools hit …

Online school programs growing, despite challenges

This year, there are twice as many virtual schools and more than four times as … “He’s learning much more in the virtual school,” she said during a …

Going Back to School at a Virtual School

Students across the state are starting school today by logging on instead of lining up. Learn more about Utah’s online public school option for K-12 …

Virtual Schools A Flexible Option For Students

And, perhaps surprisingly, most parents don’t see their students distracted by the temptations of technology like wandering away from virtual school to …

Three groups apply for remaining charter school spots in Maine

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three hardest hit …

Mobile, Baldwin online schools have room for more students

The Mobile County school system’s new Envision Virtual School for grades 6-12, just launched in July, has 187 students enrolled. School officials had …

Virtual schools offer an alternative public education

They attend a virtual school. Makaela Morisato is an aspiring young dancer who is now getting a high school education online through iUniversity …

Importance of online learning for children highlighted

It is competing for students with Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School and this type of e-learning education …

Ebel: Some tips to help virtual school students succeed

As the executive director at South Carolina Connections Academy, a K–12 virtual school that serves more than 3,000 students statewide, I’ve …

Lee Virtual School student: Prayers don’t belong in lesson

The principal of the virtual school responded saying, “At our orientation, we explained there may be rare instances in our curriculum that a parent or …

Back to School Anything but Routine for Oregon Virtual School Students

NORTH BEND, Ore., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New school supplies and meeting new teachers are still part of the first day of …

Virtual school’s enrollment on rise

The Smoky Valley School district created its virtual school to provide students with educational opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.

Local teacher pioneers virtual classrooms

Currently the Chief Learning Officer for Florida’s Virtual School, Ryerson has been there from the beginning, first helping to promote the school and …

ack-to-school: New program offerings at Zeeland Public Schools

With a revamped non-traditional education program in place and an all new virtual school option, Zeeland Public Schools staff are hoping to engage …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Online school programs growing, despite challenges

“He’s learning much more in the virtual school,” she said during a … Cyber Academy of South Carolina, based in Greenville, is using a blended …

Feds dispute ex-PA Cyber chief’s claims of illegal attorney-client recordings

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh asked a federal judge not to throw out charges against Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nicholas …

Donation Saves Southern Indiana School

They’ve worked for months to keep a school in their town, first by establishing a partnership with Indiana Cyber Charter School (ICCS). The next step …

School board to vote Wednesday on contract for Cathy Dusman

… they say she has been handling these same duties since last August when she became coordinator for the cyber school, a non-administrative role.

Danville e-Learning Cyber Academy enrollment jumps in Year 2

Danville e-Learning Cyber Academy students Cassandra Lindenfeld, left, and Samantha Shoop, right, work on an assignment together at the …

Back to school: Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Highlands, North Allegheny

New at the middle school is a full-time cyber school pilot program. The Fox Chapel Area Online initiative builds on last year’s high school cyber …

Former Manor Elementary School going up for bid

The building be a good space from which to operate a cyber school, said Levino, who moved to Irwin in 2005 after 40 years in Manor. “It was a shame …

State judge denies CASD’s request to revoke Dusman reinstatement during appeal

… she has the same responsibilities she has had for the past year in her non-administrative role as CASD’s coordinator for the county cyber school.

 

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