Virtual School Meanderings

October 11, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Top News of the Day

Resource
The key to PreK-2 blended learning success

Blended learning is successful with young students if modified for their unique learning needs Implementing blended learning in the earliest grades can have an incredibly positive impact on young students if educators follow a “transitional” [ Read More ]

News
edX turns attention to high school MOOCs

High school students now have access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) through a new effort from MOOC platform edX, which says it intends the courses to help students prepare for college-level work. edX collaborated with [ Read More ]

Next, the irregular Education Week’s Teacher Update.

CTQ COLLABORATORY

Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms

History teacher Bill Tolley offers tips on adapting to learning environments that combine face-to-face instruction with self-directed online experiences.

(Teacher)

Also, the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

3 essential components of blended learning
History teacher Bill Tolley in this commentary explains how educators can introduce blended learning to their classrooms by focusing on three essential components. Among these is carefully allowing students increased control of the classroom. “Students will not just cotton on and take responsibility for their own learning — they will buy in to a process that they co-create and co-own with you,” he writes. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (10/8)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Can MOOCs help prepare high-schoolers for college?
eSchool News (free registration) (10/6)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Southern Lab rebounds with online enrollment

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/Zoxw6O ) Southern Lab’s Virtual School, barely a year old, teaches more than 600 students around the state — three …

Free digital textbooks available through the Georgia Department of Education

“We developed these textbooks and other resources for middle and high school virtual school courses, and the students who have used them have …

For this family, virtual school is the real deal

California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free online public school for K-12 students in San Joaquin, Calaveras and six other nearby …

Basehor-Linwood Virtual School increases in popularity

Basehor-Linwood Virtual School has been paving the way for the state in online-learning since its opening in 1998. Now the school is seeing students …

Impact Academy open enrollment Oct. 13

Mason, 11, has spinal muscular atrophy and he is a sixth-grader at Impact Academy, a virtual school of blended learning. The school opened in …

Learning notebook

As a new school year commences at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, Megan … Peisch was crucial in passing legislation creating virtual school in …

TCAPS student count stays above 10000 for fifth year

Traverse City Area Public Schools’ count total stayed above 10,000 for the fifth … Virtual school students must log in 10 times throughout the month of …

Online School: Is It Homeschooling?

In Indiana, ‘homeschool’ is a non-accredited non-public school, and that’s not at all what virtual schools are in Indiana. They’re just extensions of the …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

School districts think about e-learning due to extreme weather conditions

… in the event of inclement weather and other unusual circumstances to use “nontraditional educational delivery methods,” such as cyber school.

Districts can have students work remotely

Seneca Valley has a thriving cyber school with about 700 students enrolled. The vast majority of students are hybrid students, taking traditional …

Agora Cyber School hosts back to school night in York Tuesday

Agora Cyber Charter School will host a back to school night for its students and their families Tuesday night at the York Expo Center. The night is a …

With cyber school, snow days are living on borrowed time

WASHINGTON, September, 29, 2014 — For the average grade school student, snow days are a bit of a pyrrhic victory. Sure, you get to sleep in today …

Judge: Hearing to remain open for cyber-charter school founder

Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was unsuccessful in blocking the public from a hearing today on his motion to …

The cyber charter school conundrum

Charter and cyber charter schools have been siphoning enrollment from the district for almost 10 years. Every student that leaves to attend one of …

Moving from signal to cyber

C4ISR & Networks recently spoke with COL Jennifer Buckner, commandant of the Cyber School at the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, for her view …

Test scores don’t show true value of cyber schools: PennLive letters

To everyone who thinks online schooling students aren’t going anywhere, aren’t getting a good education: you couldn’t possibly be more wrong.

Online, For-Profit Charter Schools Hit Another Snag

Last year’s loss of a management contract at Colorado Virtual Academies (COVA) — that state’s largest cyber charter — for the 2014 school year after …

Bethlehem Area School District plans closer oversight of charter schools

When a district students enrolls in a charter or cyber school, Bethlehem pays that school tuition. Bethlehem expects to send $20 million to charter and …

Declining enrollment figures continue in many local school districts

… decline for approximately the next seven years and the availability of cyber school options to students,” Bradford Area School District Superintendent …

 

October 5, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquest

In what seems to be a pattern these last few weeks, while I did receive the ProQuest Alert for virtual school it did not contain any relevant items.

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

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

Finally, the EBSCO alerts for cyber school.

1. TI- Pa. Senator’s Residency at Issue in Charter Row.
AU- Trotter, Andrew
JN- Education Week
PD- 12/1/2004, Vol. 24 Issue 14, p13-13
PG- 1/2p
DT- 20041201
PT- Article
AB- This article reports that U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has withdrawn five of his children from a cyber charter school, following a barrage of stories in home-state newspapers challenging the propriety of schooling them at state taxpayers’ expense when his family lives most of the year in a Washington suburb. Pennsylvania’s 2002 charter school law allows students who reside anywhere in the state to attend one of about a dozen online charter schools. The law requires that the school district in which the students reside pay their tuition to the cyber charter. Two of his children take part in the charter school’s online classes, including real-time sessions interacting with teachers and other students from around the Keystone State.
DE- EDUCATIONAL law & legislation
DE- SCHOOL administration
DE- TAXATION — Law & legislation
DE- EDUCATION — Finance
DE- CHARTER schools — Law & legislation
DE- LEGISLATORS — United States
GE- UNITED States
IC- 611710 Educational Support Services
IC- 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
IC- 923110 Administration of Education Programs
IC- 921130 Public Finance Activities
PE- SANTORUM, Rick, 1958-
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2. TI- Kaplan Virtual Education Consolidates.
JN- Electronic Education Report
PD- 4/4/2011, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p2-3
PG- 2p
DT- 20110404
PT- Article
AB- The article offers information on the plans of Kaplan Virtual Education, a leading provider of online education for grades 6-12 in Portland, Oregon. It states that company will close its Hollywood, Florida office on the second quarter of 2011 and consolidate operations in Portland. It mentions that 88 employees will be laid of as a result of the closure. It notes the decline of the company’s revenue in 2010, which totaled to 114 million dollars. It also notes the company’s operating loss which is 30.7 million dollars.
DE- STRATEGIC planning
DE- BUSINESS failures
DE- CONSOLIDATION & merger of corporations
DE- EMPLOYEES — Dismissal of
DE- BUSINESS revenue
DE- BUSINESS losses
SU- WEB-based instruction
GE- PORTLAND (Or.)
GE- OREGON
CO- KAPLAN Virtual Education (Company)
IS- 10779949
AN- 60618532
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=60618532&site=eds-live

3. TI- New Cyber High School Gains Notice in Pennsylvania.
JN- Curriculum Administrator
PD- Aug2000, Vol. 36 Issue 7, p13
PG- 1/3p
DT- 20000801
PT- Article
AB- Focuses on the computer-based home-schooling program, Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.  Expected growth of the program; Number of students in the program; Tuition fee of the school; Benefits of each student enrolled in the school.
DE- HOME schooling
DE- COMPUTERS in education
DE- EDUCATIONAL technology
GE- PENNSYLVANIA
GE- UNITED States
FT- 230
IS- 10825495
AN- 3479750
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=asx&AN=3479750&site=eds-live

4. TI- Making E-Learning Elementary.
AU- QUILLEN, JAN
JN- Education Week
PD- 1/12/2011, Vol. 30 Issue 15, pS9-S11
PG- 2p
DT- 20110112
PT- Article
AB- The article discusses web-based instruction for elementary school students. It is noted that parents must be involved in their child’s education and that the needs of children for social interaction are different. The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and the programs it offers to children in grades K-2 are discussed as is the Arizona Virtual Academy. Elementary school students who are gifted academically are considered as are those who struggle academically and how they can be helped by online courses is considered.
DE- ELEMENTARY education
DE- WEB-based instruction
DE- SOCIALIZATION
DE- GIFTED children — Education
DE- SCHOOL children
FT- 1219
IS- 02774232
AN- 57468151
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=asx&AN=57468151&site=eds-live

5. TI- The learning company partners with net schools.
JN- T H E Journal
PD- Jan2000, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p10
PG- 1/3p
IL- 1 Color Photograph
DT- 20000101
PT- Article
AB- Focuses on the partnership between the Learning Co. and NetSchools Corp. to increase the availability of educational resources in schools.  Learning Co. titles to be incorporated to NetSchool Systems.
SU- RESOURCE programs (Education)
CO- LEARNING Co. DUNS Number: 941891806
CO- NETSCHOOLS Corp. DUNS Number: 961363082
FT- 150
IS- 0192592X
AN- 2751537
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=2751537&site=eds-live

October 4, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s Curriculum Matters.

Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers

Students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes.

(Education Week)

Tech Advances Fuel LMS Identity Crisis

Big questions are facing school district leaders across the country about how a learning management system should best fit into the larger ed-tech ecosystem.

(Education Week)

Back to the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief

Pa. to launch pilot program for virtual instruction on snow days
EdTech magazine online (9/29)

Also the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Personalized, blended learning is embraced at Ga. middle school
A Georgia middle school this year has expanded schoolwide a successful pilot of a personalized, blended-learning program. Using a rotational block schedule, students’ days are divided into three, two-hour blocks, where they rotate through individualized learning on computers, small-group instruction with teachers and an intervention or enrichment period, depending on their needs. T.H.E. Journal (9/24)

Experts debate the impact of class size on distance learners
U.S. News & World Report (9/26)

Pa. school remakes library, digital course to support 1-to-1 tech
A Pennsylvania middle school is teaching a digital-skills course to students in the newly redesigned library to support its one-to-one technology initiative. The course teaches students research skills, along with online law and etiquette, and it will support digital projects in various subjects throughout the year. The library was redesigned to include a walk-up tech-support center. York Daily Record (Pa.) (10/2)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school

Lee charter school applicants have ties to failed schools

Velez grabbed the microphone and started reciting her credentials: former director of operations for a private virtual school, newly appointed board …

Local to oversee state testing for virtual school

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Connections Academy announced that Stephanie Nickles has been named the virtual school’s manager of state testing.

‘Virtual school days’ gaining traction in New Jersey

With winter only a few months away, there is growing interest in allowing New Jersey school districts to replace snow days with “virtual school days.”.

Local to oversee state testing for virtual school

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Connections Academy announced that Stephanie Nickles has been named the virtual school’s manager of state testing.

Southern African Virtual School Partners With Cengage Learning’s ed2go And Smart Horizons …

Southern African Virtual School (SAVS) is now offering citizens of the Republic of South Africa the opportunity to earn accredited American high school …

Southern African Virtual School Partners With Cengage Learning’s ed2go And Smart Horizons …

“We’re excited to partner with the Southern African Virtual School to offer Career Online High School to the citizens of South Africa,” stated Dr. Howard …

Southern African Virtual School Partners With Cengage Learning’s ed2go And Smart Horizons …

PENSACOLA, Fla. and GAUTENG, South Africa, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Southern African Virtual School (SAVS) is now offering citizens of the …

TEC Connections Academy Is Newest Virtual Public School In Mass

TEC Connections Academy’s lead administrator, Dr. Tyler Page, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the newest virtual school in the state.

Two Rivers school district eyes tax levy reduction

“We’re going to be able to capture some open enrollment dollars that have been going to virtual schools and be able to provide quality services for …

Volusia, Flagler schools make push for online learning

Florida Virtual School, the country’s first statewide online school, welcomed its first students in 1997. Today, any Florida student in kindergarten …

Cyber school back in session

oregon virtual Academy students pose during their back to school event hosted at Thompson Park on Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured from left to right are …

Online school: Is it homeschooling?

Online public schools, like Indiana Connections Academy and the Florida Virtual School, are extensions of the public school system because they are …

For this family, virtual school is the real deal

California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free online public school for K-12 students in San Joaquin, Calaveras and six other nearby …

Impact Academy open enrollment Oct. 13

Mason, 11, has spinal muscular atrophy and he is a sixth-grader at Impact Academy, a virtual school of blended learning. The school opened in …

Notes from the Coast: Oregon Virtual Academy – it’s real

The virtual school might just have solved the school shootings issue. The Oregon Virtual Academy, ORVA, is a tuition-free, K-12, online public school.

Oswego School District 308 looks to expand online learning offerings

… put a one-year ban on new virtual charter schools outside Chicago after a nonprofit tried to start an 18-district virtual school in the Fox Valley area.

Basehor-Linwood Virtual School increases in popularity

Basehor-Linwood Virtual School has been paving the way for the state in online-learning since its opening in 1998. Now the school is seeing students …

TCAPS student count stays above 10000 for fifth year

Virtual school students must log in 10 times throughout the month of October and have two-way communication with a virtual instructor at least once a …

Auburn student numbers bode well for property taxpayers

… eight at Fiddlehead Academy in Gray-New Gloucester, seven at Maine Connections, a virtual school, and one at Harpswell Coastal Academy.

Learning notebook

The Education Cooperative hosts annual college fair. The annual college fair sponsored by The Education Cooperative will take place on Tuesday, …

New elementary school in Yulee

The elementary school will join eight other traditional brick and mortar elementary, primary and intermediate schools. Nassau Virtual School serves …

Annual Walk for Success brings students back for graduation

The program helps students who are credits away from graduation receive their high school diploma by way of Community School, Virtual School, …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

With cyber school, snow days are living on borrowed time

WASHINGTON, September, 29, 2014 — For the average grade school student, snow days are a bit of a pyrrhic victory. Sure, you get to sleep in today …

Agora Cyber School hosts back to school night in York Tuesday

Agora Cyber Charter School will host a back to school night for its students and their families Tuesday night at the York Expo Center. The night is a …

Cyber school students enjoy ‘chunkin punkins’

As part of its Back-to-School Bash at Great Valley Nature Center in Devault, students at the cyber charter school could sign up to “chunk punkins” and …

Should snow days be replaced by cyber school?

What sort of activities would you rather spend snow days doing that are not cyber school? Share your position on cyber school snow days — as well as …

Cyber school students ‘chunk punkins’ in real life

D.J. Grier,9, of Malvern catapults a pumpkin during Commonwealth Connections Academy’s “Back-to-School Bash” on Tuesday at Great Valley Nature …

State gives go-ahead on cyber snow days for schools

The work would then count toward the school’s 180 days for the year. Lessons … “I’m not very comfortable yet doing a cyber day for kindergarteners.”.

Cyber school: The future of protecting your info online

“Everything we do from the hospital, schools, everything is going to be based on cloud. Everybody … needs to be concerned about the security of our …

Cyber school back in session

oregon virtual Academy students pose during their back to school event hosted at Thompson Park on Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured from left to right are …

Danville Cyber Academy enrollment skyrockets

At the start of this school year, the cyber academy program moved out of its former location, a computer lab in the Danville Middle School, to the former …

Snow days could be thing of the past under new pilot program

Pennsylvania has redefined the concept of the snow day, announcing that schools can offer “cyber days” when students can’t make it into the …

In Pennsylvania, ‘snow day’ an endangered species

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania has redefined the concept of the snow day, announcing that schools can offer “cyber days” when kids can’t …

Agora Cyber Charter School

2 Don’t Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK. 3 Be Truthful.

Editorial: School days even on snow days

Cyber school students do that every day. That’s not to say face-to-face teaching and classroom work don’t have value. But when the weather makes …

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies

A pair of charter school operators stole more than $900,000 from the school by using fraudulent invoices, and a cyber school entrepreneur diverted $8 …

 

September 28, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquest

In what seems to be a pattern these last few weeks, while  I did receive the ProQuest Alert for virtual school it did not contain any relevant items.

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

Moving on, the EBSCO alert for virtual school yielded the following.

1. TI- Virtual Schools: Personalizing Learning Online.
AU- Young, Julie1
JN- Media & Methods
PD- Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p11-12
PG- 2p
IL- 1 Black and White Photograph
DT- 20040901
PT- Article
AB- This article discusses the components of virtual schools, which offer a more personalized type of instruction. Over-crowded classrooms, budget shortfalls and teacher shortages are contributing to this increase in virtual school programs. These Internet-based schools allow students to take more control over the learning process by allowing them to set their own schedules, communicate with teachers via phone, e-mail or instant messaging. An online program provides students with access to courses not always available in traditional schools. Offering such courses virtually provides a welcomed educational benefit to students. As the delivery of instruction is via the Internet, courses can include multimedia content and real-time news updates. Graduating seniors, student athletes, performers as well as homebound students can access courses virtually and complete course work at their own pace. Online learning creates an environment where student and teacher interactions are one-to-one. This personalized attention is invaluable to students who are challenged with understanding difficult concepts. Virtual schools can be a solution for schools and school districts that have a shortage of teachers, especially teachers who have an area of specialization. With annual reviews of the content of these programs, virtual schools are great extensions to the traditional classroom.  INSET: Creating a Successful Virtual School.
DE- INTERNET in education
DE- DISTANCE education
SU- CLASSROOMS
SU- BUDGET
AD- 1President and CEO, Florida Virtual School
FT- 602
IS- 00256897
AN- 15205236
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lxh&AN=15205236&site=eds-live

Next, while I did receive the EBSCO alerts for cyber school, there were no relevant items.

Finally, I did not receive an EBSCO alerts for K-12 online learning.

September 27, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the EdWeek Update.

Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers
Students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes.
(Education Week)

E-Learning on Snow Days Now an Option for Pennsylvania Schools E-Learning on Snow Days Now an Option for Pennsylvania Schools
Pennsylvania will allow schools to use digital strategies to keep schools running in the event of inclement weather, beginning this year.
(Digital Education)

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Online, alternate learning to replace “snow days” in Pa. pilot program
Pennsylvania school districts will be able to seek state permission to use “nontraditional educational delivery methods,” such as online instruction, for up to five days in which schools are closed because of inclement weather. Schools must meet certain state requirements for the pilot program and submit their plans, such as how students will participate if they lack Internet access at home. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (9/22), American City Business Journals/Steel City Innovation blog (9/22)

Iowa offers online curriculum focusing on college, career readiness
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (9/22)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Registration open for Portland Virtual School

Registration is now available for the 2014-2015 school year through Portland Virtual School, which is part of Portland Adult and Community …

‘One size does not fit all': LePage lauds state’s first virtual school

Maine Connections Academy Principal Karl Francis and Gov. Paul LePage smile for photos together at the academy’s open house in South Portland …

Tennessee Virtual Academy’s future still uncertain

“We had some districts that believed that maybe the virtual school was no longer open just because of the back and forth and everything. But for the …

Online school keeps Hardeeville student active

Caitlin Keller, a high school math teacher at the academy, also was new to the virtual school experience. “Teaching at South Carolina Connections …

Court rules Florida virtual school can sue rival

Refereeing a fight in the online-education world, the state Supreme Court on Thursday said Florida Virtual School can pursue a lawsuit alleging …

‘One size does not fit all': LePage lauds state’s first virtual school

“We’ve done everything we can [to improve schools],” LePage said. “We’ve … The introduction of a virtual charter school late this summer was met with …

Registration open for Portland Virtual School

Registration is now available for the 2014-2015 school year through Portland Virtual School, which is part of Portland Adult and Community …

‘One size does not fit all': LePage lauds state’s first virtual school

Paul LePage on Thursday celebrated the opening of the state’s first virtual charter school, saying Maine Connections Academy represents a new …

TEC Connections Academy Is Newest Virtual Public School In Mass

TEC Connections Academy’s lead administrator, Dr. Tyler Page, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the newest virtual school in the state.

Southern African Virtual School Partners With Cengage Learning’s ed2go And Smart Horizons …

Southern African Virtual School (SAVS) is now offering citizens of the Republic of South Africa the opportunity to earn accredited American high school …

Cyber school back in session

“At a virtual school, students who are more advanced can progress as quickly as they’re able and not be limited by the standard system. Each student …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber Charter School Holds Information Session

Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a K- 12 public cyber school, is hosting a local information session to educate parents and families …

Cyber Schooling on the Rise in PA

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014– Commonwealth Connections Academy, a cyber charter school, reports it has seen an increase in enrollment from Erie …

Tourette Syndrome group honors PA Cyber Charter School

PA Cyber is the first charter school in Pennsylvania – cyber or brick-and-mortar charter school – to receive the award, an Alliance spokesperson said.

Hancock County set to debut cyber academy

In Hancock County, technological has been elevated to another level through the Hancock County Cyber Academy. Eleven Hancock County teachers …

Cyber Charter School Holds Information Session

Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a K- 12 public cyber school, is hosting a local information session to educate parents and families …

Bangor downsizing its field of dreams

In another discussion on district finances, board member Ken Brewer criticized the Cyber School program that costs the district about $1.2 million to …

Cyber school back in session

oregon virtual Academy students pose during their back to school event hosted at Thompson Park on Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured from left to right are …

Should snow days be replaced by cyber school?

What sort of activities would you rather spend snow days doing that are not cyber school? Share your position on cyber school snow days — as well as …

Cyber school students ‘chunk punkins’ in real life

D.J. Grier,9, of Malvern catapults a pumpkin during Commonwealth Connections Academy’s “Back-to-School Bash” on Tuesday at Great Valley Nature …

In Pennsylvania, ‘snow day’ an endangered species

And if it seems as if kids are losing one of the great joys of childhood, an unexpected day off from school, Hoban said her students loved cyber school.

Cyber school: The future of protecting your info online

Cyber school: The future of protecting your info online. Why students at The University of Washington see a future in protecting your information and …

 

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