Virtual School Meanderings

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
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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 …

 

September 21, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestNote that there is very little to report this week.

While I did receive 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 also did not receive the EBSCO alerts for virtual school, cyber school, or K-12 online learning.

So very little to report this week.

September 20, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD Worldwide SmartBrief.

Education portal partners with universities to offer online courses in Africa
CNN (15 Sep.)

Next, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

EdX Enters K-12 Arena with High School Level MOOCs
MIT and Harvard University’s online-learning platform edX has released a set of 26 courses targeted at high school students.
(Digital Education)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual charter school helping teen pursue dream

A student at Maine’s first virtual charter school says it is giving her the flexibility to pursue her dream. WMTW News 8’s Morgan Sturdivant reports.

Ukufunda Virtual School goes live

Ukufunda, which means “learn” in isiZulu, is a mobile virtual school that can be accessed on a range of mobile devices – including low-end feature …

Snowline Joint Unified School District Taps Energy Efficiency to Bridge the Budget Gap

Snowline Joint USD consists of 11 schools and Snowline Virtual School located within San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. The district’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

SCSD3 hears pitch from virtual school program developer

SHERIDAN — Administrators at Sheridan County School District 3 have begun discussions on releasing a new virtual school program that would be …

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 …

Ukufunda Virtual School goes live

Ukufunda, which means “learn” in isiZulu, is a mobile virtual school that can be accessed on a range of mobile devices – including low-end feature …

Facing 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 …

Virtual charter school helping teen pursue dream

A student at Maine’s first virtual charter school says it is giving her the flexibility to pursue her dream. WMTW News 8’s Morgan Sturdivant reports.

Virtual reality: Online classes can prove beneficial to athletes’ hectic schedules

Area high-school athletes increasingly are turning to virtual classes to repair or boost their grades, lighten traditional class loads or to make schedules …

Virtual learning: the new school education

LAKE COUNTY >> An accredited public school serving students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade is a description that is not out of the ordinary for …

Virtual School App To Launch In South Africa

Ukufunda, a virtual school app will soon launch in South Africa. Created to benefit school-aged children, the app also boosts resourcefulness of …

Quarrier Corner: Alternative learning prepares students for success in post-secondary, workforce

Virtual School courses are delivered online or via the Digital Dakota Network. Learning Power is a free AP program administered through the Virtual …

New report warns of failings in York education

The report also sets out the work of a “virtual school” made up of all the looked after children at school in York, and monitor their achievement and …

Virtual Learning Program enters 3rd year with 200 students

Students attended environmental science using the Virtual Learning Program at Centerville High School on Wednesday. Lydia Robinson, a teacher at …

Court clears way for virtual school legal fight

A law designating Florida Virtual School as a state agency was approved in 2000. “It is reasonable to conclude that the Legislature in 2000 intended to …

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

Because geography wasn’t a factor for students to enroll in the virtual school — unlike other charter schools that have been established in recent years …

Students part of Be Kind to Humankind Week

This message is stressed to students at Broward Virtual School and was the underlying theme behind its recent participation in Be Kind to Humankind …

Leesburg teen picked to attend future medical leaders gathering in D.C.

Katherine Theriot-Hasson, a senior at Lake County Virtual School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in …

In brief: Busch Gardens removes some Halloween props in wake of beheadings

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said Florida Virtual School can pursue a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement by a private competitor.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber Schooling on the Rise in PA

One local family says moving their two sons to the cyber school has improved their grades tremendously. For Alec and Noah Wienczkowski, cyber …

Tom Corbett’s Sharp Right Turn

No cyber school managed to meet 70, the minimum standard. Eight cyber schools scored worse than 50. Additionally, only 75 percent of the full-time …

State education board eyeing Hancock ‘Cyber Academy’ online curriculum

The West Virginia Board of Education is closely monitoring online courses being offered to students in Hancock County with hopes it can replicate the …

Cyber school, district share students

Beginning this fall, the Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation cybercharter school is set to accomplish what it’s aimed to do for more than a …

Danville Cyber Academy awarded grant for defibrillator

DANVILLE – The Danville e-Learning Cyber Academy received a $4,000 grant from Merck for the purchase of an automated external defibrillator unit …

GVSU Tries to Keep Cyber Charter School from Closing

One of the state’s first virtual charter schools could see its last year of operation in 2014-15 if it cannot bring its performance up. The Michigan Virtual …

LETTERS: Benefits of online learning; School district needs a budget

My son is entering his senior year with the online public school Colorado Connections Academy. This will mark our 10th year as a cyberschool family.

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 …

 

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