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September 13, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for September 12, 2014

From yesterday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: http://goo.gl/ZMsV06
September 12, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
September 18 - Traditional and early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

October 2 – Traditional and early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

October 16 – Early calendar grade reports posted in the registration system. These are weighted grades (37.5%)

October 16 – Traditional calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

October 30 – Traditional calendar grade reports posted in the registration system. These are weighted grades (37.5%)

October 30 – Early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

We heard . . . .
“It doesn’t matter what teachers teach. It only matters what students learn.”  ~Richard Curwin“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  ~Socrates”Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.

“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional.  Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not.  Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn

“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”

 

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King

‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”

NCVPS Celebrations
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.Click here to tell us about your successes.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Semester Updates
IEP Phone Conference (Action Required)

If a student with an IEP or 504 plan is enrolled in an NCVPS course, it is the responsibility of the local school system to ensure that all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IEP) Act and Section 504 are met.

 

NCVPS will follow all modifications and accommodations documented on the IEP or 504 plan as appropriate. There are some instances in which accommodations listed in the IEP or 504 plan are not conducive to the online environment and may not be provided. In this case, the local school system will be responsible for providing such accommodations in order to help the student to be successful in the online course.

 

When a student enrolls in a NCVPS course, the accommodations or modifications from the IEP or 504 plan are shared via a phone conference between the local school district liaison and the NCVPS Virtual Teacher for the course. No IEP or 504 plans are shared via email.  NCVPS and the school system must discuss the accommodations and modifications in the student’s IEP or 504 plan each semester the student enrolls in a NCVPS course.

 

For more on our IEP guidelines, please follow this link.

 

ELA Contact Information (Action Required) 

Does your school have students enrolled with us?  We must have contact information for someone at the school.  This can be the advisor, lab facilitator, assistant principal, etc.

 

This link shows how to update your contact information.

 

District advisors, if you run an enrollment report, you can see the ELA contact information for your schools.  Please ensure that each school has up-to-date contact information.

 

This link shows how to run an enrollment report.

 

You can also find school contact information in the grade reports.

Enrollment Options

Here are our current enrollment options:

 

1. OCS - We cannot create new OCS sections, but schools may add students to their already established NCVPS OCS sections throughout the semester.

 

2. Credit Recovery – Schools may enroll students in credit recovery until the midway point of the semester if we have seats available in the course.

 

3. Transfer Students – NCVPS is now accepting transfer students. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the face-2-face version of the course, have seat time in front of an instructor, and have a grade to transfer in with. Students new to the course cannot transfer in.

 

4. Heath – Enrollment for the 2nd 9-weeks health courses is still open.

 

5. Spring 2015 – Registration for Spring 2015 is still open.

 
Student Contact Information
It is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address and phone number when they enroll.
PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address and school phone when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:
1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.
2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.

Supporting Students

If you have students who are low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk for any reason, NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow.

  • Check for progress reports and report cards in the registration system.  Updates are made every two weeks.  You may contact teachers directly between updates to check on student progress.
  • Have students contact their instructors during their office hours for live help.
  • Try to establish a recurring time for student to meet with instructor (in Blackboard Collaborate or phone) for one-on-one tutoring.
  • Have student sign up for NCVPS Peer Tutoring, which is availale for certain courses.  Go to this link to learn more:  http://goo.gl/GRkwT  . Peer Tutoring offers the following services:

1) Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.

2) Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.

3) Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard  IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.

  • Establish peer tutoring with other successful NCVPS students at your school (if available).
  • Have EC students meet with the school’s EC specialist.
  • See our list of assistive technologies.  Go to this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/eryLQ
  • Have students attend your school’s review sessions (if available).
  • Have students attend your school’s tutoring session (if available).
  • If the student is taking the course off campus, consider moving the student to a lab setting, especially if the student is not logging into the course.
  • If you have students in EOC courses, be sure that they take part in our EOC Reviews that are in each EOC course.  Have them contact their teachers for more information.
  • Establish weekly or bi-weekly contact with instructors of any at-risk students.
  • Have parents log in with the students at home and monitor their work.  Parents can communicate with the instructor, too.
  • Be sure students know where to go to get help. Teachers help with course questions and course content. The Virtual Support Center helps with technology issues in the course and login issues. The school ELAs help students with enrollment and withdrawing from a course.

Tech Updates

We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.

Help Desk Ticketing Tips

To answer your tickets faster and more efficiently we ask for the following when opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center:

  • Students first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number
  • Course enrolled (example CourseSec01Fall14)

Please specify if course is:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS

This will help to insure we have the correct student.

If Student is showing pleaseadd@ncvps.org as their E-Mail address in Moodle and Blackboard, it’s time to update:

In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

 

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

STEM Education in Greene County
Check out how NCVPS is helping Greene County with its STEM initiative.
NCDPI STEM Highlights from Greene Co. Schools
NCDPI STEM Highlights from Greene Co. Schools
#Awesome!

Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Vendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP Art History – Florida Virtual
  • Art History and Criticism – Florida Virtual
  • English 1 – Florida Virtual
  • English 2 – Florida Virtual
  • English 3 – Florida Virtual
  • English 4 – Florida Virtual
  • English 4 College Prep – Florida Virtual

Course Spotlight -
Music Business and Recording

This is an entry level music business course that prepares students for careers in the music industry, both in music management and music recording. This introduction to the music industry establishes communication skills and knowledge of copyrights, music publishing and contracts, concert promotion, and recording studio business.

 


An introduction to music recording and music engineering is established through introducing skills needed for studio mixing, concert sound mixing, and D.J. applications. This course focuses on the technical and basic electronic aspects of music technology. Areas of instruction include beginning music theory, physics of sound, basic electronics, sound reinforcement systems, multi-track recording, digital audio recording, and digital signal processing.

 

Offered: Fall and Spring Block (Traditional and Early Calendar) and Summer

 

Prerequisites: None

Twitter School
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

September 6, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for September 5, 2014

I didn’t get around to posting this yesterday…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: http://goo.gl/vTM3Sv
September 5, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
September 5 – Traditional Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from traditional calendar classes.
Every Two Weeks – Grade reports and progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system.

We heard . . . .
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  ~Socrates

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.

“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional.  Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not.  Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn

“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”

 

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King

‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”

NCVPS Celebrations
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Registration Updates
Waitlisted Students
Registration is open until Sept. 9.  We will continue to try to move students off the waitlist until that date.
We do have a number of courses that are at capacity. Courses that are at capacity will not have any new sections opened, and the size of those sections cannot be increased. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops.
See our list of courses at capacity here.
If you have a student on a waitlist whom you no longer want to be enrolled in the course, please drop the student from the waitlist.  Any student on a waitlist has a chance to get into the course on or before Sept. 9.  You might not want this to happen if you’ve already made alternative plans.
Roster Check
Be sure to check both your NCVPS Fall 2014 Block and Academic Year 2014-2015 rosters. Please make sure that you have the right students enrolled in the right courses. If you see any students who need to be dropped, please do that today.
Enrollment Options

1. You can enroll students through Sept. 9. Keep in mind that seating is limited in a number of courses, and several courses are at capacity.

 

2. You can add OCS students to your already established OCS sections throughout the semester.

 

3. You can enroll students in credit recovery until the midway point of the semester if we have seats available in the course.

 

4. After Sept. 9, we will be accepting transfer students. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the face-2-face version of the course, have seat time in front of an instructor, and have a grade to transfer in with. Students new to the course cannot transfer in.

 

Student – Teacher Contact

If you have students who just came off the waitlist or were just enrolled, please have those students contact their NCVPS teachers right away. Each course has teacher contact information in it. You also have teacher contact information in your enrollment reports.
Direct Links

Due to the large amount of traffic going through the NCVPS website, we are asking advisors to use direct links to our registration system and students to use direct links to their courses. This will ensure a better quality NCVPS experience for everyone. We greatly appreciate it! Here are the direct links to bookmark:

Registration:  http://registration.ncvps.org/ 
Moodle:  http://moodle.ncvps.org/ 
Blackboard:   https://ncvps.blackboard.com/ 

 
Student Status No-Show Reports (Action Required)
We posted a student status report in the registration system on August 29, and we will post one more on September 5.
The status reports will indicate if students have or have not logged in to their courses.

This link shows how to run the no-show report if you’re an e-learning coordinator or e-learning advisor.

 

The reports are labeled as “No Show Reports.”

 

District coordinators, you may run this report for your entire district and see where there might be problem areas.

If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started, and that they have their usernames and passwords.
Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Our Day 10 is September 9.
Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.
 
Student Contact Information
It is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address and phone number when they enroll.
PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address and school phone when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:
1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.
2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.

Supporting Students

If you have students who are low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk for any reason, NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow.

  • Check for progress reports and report cards in the registration system.  Updates are made every two weeks.  You may contact teachers directly between updates to check on student progress.
  • Have students contact their instructors during their office hours for live help.
  • Try to establish a recurring time for student to meet with instructor (in Blackboard Collaborate or phone) for one-on-one tutoring.
  • Have student sign up for NCVPS Peer Tutoring, which is availale for certain courses.  Go to this link to learn more:  http://goo.gl/GRkwT  . Peer Tutoring offers the following services:

1) Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.

2) Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.

3) Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard  IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.

  • Establish peer tutoring with other successful NCVPS students at your school (if available).
  • Have EC students meet with the school’s EC specialist.
  • See our list of assistive technologies.  Go to this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/eryLQ
  • Have students attend your school’s review sessions (if available).
  • Have students attend your school’s tutoring session (if available).
  • If the student is taking the course off campus, consider moving the student to a lab setting, especially if the student is not logging into the course.
  • If you have students in EOC courses, be sure that they take part in our EOC Reviews that are in each EOC course.  Have them contact their teachers for more information.
  • Establish weekly or bi-weekly contact with instructors of any at-risk students.
  • Have parents log in with the students at home and monitor their work.  Parents can communicate with the instructor, too.
  • Be sure students know where to go to get help. Teachers help with course questions and course content. The Virtual Support Center helps with technology issues in the course and login issues. The school ELAs help students with enrollment and withdrawing from a course.

Tech Updates

We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.

Help Desk Ticketing Tips
When opening a Help Desk ticket please always include the following:
  • Student’s first and last name
  • Students ID number
  • Course enrolled
Chromebooks

Chromebooks do not allow any 3rd party apps to be download. Chromebook users do not have access to basic essentials like Firefox and Java.

We do not recommend Chromebooks for NCVPS courses.

 

Password Resets

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password.

 

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Catalogs for Virtual Learning 
in North Carolina
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Vendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP German – Oklahoma State University
  • Physics – Edmentum

Speaking Virtually
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon?  We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:

Funding Formula: NCVPS is funded by a formula established by the North Carolina General Assembly. The legislation was modified several times since 2005. Session Law 2011-145 (Section 7.22.(d)) established the current funding formula. Additional funding flexibility was provided in Session Law 2012-142 (Section 7.22.(k))
eLearning Commission: The North Carolina Education Cabinet and Office of the Governor established the eLearning Commission. The eLearning Commission is dedicated to creating and promoting a collaborative online learning environment that promotes student achievement, business success, economic stability, and lifelong learning for every citizen of North Carolina.

Twitter School
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
  • Supporting ALL Learners – a great list of resources to support all types of learners.
  • NCVPS teachers provide meaningful feedback on student work, and it’s one of our educational pillars.  Here are some great tips on providing meaningful feedback.
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

August 29, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for August 28, 2014

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: http://goo.gl/rMvAae
August 28, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.
August 29 – Traditional Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 5 – Traditional Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from traditional calendar classes.

We heard . . . .
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.

“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional.  Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not.  Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn

“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”

 

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King

‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”

NCVPS Celebrations
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Registration Updates
A Busy Week
It’s been a busy week at NCVPS. Schools have enrolled over 5,000 students in the last week. This has caused some of our systems to be sluggish. We apologize for that!
Here are the numbers for the past week:
Thank you for your patience during this time! We look forward to serving you all.
Direct Links
Due to the large amount of traffic going through the NCVPS website, we are asking advisors to use direct links to our registration system and students to use direct links to their courses. This will ensure a better quality NCVPS experience for everyone. We greatly appreciate it! Here are the direct links to bookmark:

Registration:  http://registration.ncvps.org/ 
Moodle:  http://moodle.ncvps.org/ 
Blackboard:   https://ncvps.blackboard.com/ 

 
Student Status No-Show Reports (Action Required)
NCVPS will post a Day 3 and Day 7 Status Report for traditional calendar courses in the registration system on the following dates:
Day 3: August 29
Day 7: September 5
The status reports will indicate if students have or have not logged in to their courses.

This link shows how to run the no-show report if you’re an e-learning coordinator or e-learning advisor.

 

The reports are labeled as “No Show Reports.”

 

District coordinators, you may run this report for your entire district and see where there might be problem areas.

If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started, and that they have their usernames and passwords.
Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Our Day 10 is September 9.
Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.
 
Student Rosters
If you are missing any students on your rosters who you need to register, please open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/
Include the following minimum information in your ticket:
  • Student’s name
  • Student’s PowerSchool number
  • School name
If available, we also request the following information to expedite the enrollment process:
  • Student’s Email
  • Does the student have an IEP?
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan?
Waitlisted Students
We will continue to open new sections based on what we see on the waitlists. Please go ahead and add students to the waitlist for a course if you would like to enroll them.
We do have a number of courses that are at capacity. Courses that are at capacity will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. We will continue to move students off the waitlist in courses that are at capacity through Day 10 of the course as enrolled students drop.
Student Contact Information
It is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address and phone number when they enroll.
PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address and school phone when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:
1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.
2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.

Tech Updates

We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.

Help Desk Ticketing Tips
When opening a Help Desk ticket please always include the following:
  • Student’s first and last name
  • Students ID number
  • Course enrolled
Chromebooks

Chromebooks do not allow any 3rd party apps to be download. Chromebook users do not have access to basic essentials like Firefox and Java.

We do not recommend Chromebooks for NCVPS courses.
For additional information please see out Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

 

Password Resets

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password.

 

Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard

Please have students confirm or update their e-mail address in our learning management systems. Here’s how to do that. (This is also on our Getting Started Checklist for NCVPS Students.)
In Moodle:
* Navigate to Administration
* My Profile settings
* Edit Profile
* Verify or update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
* Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
* Click on setting
* Click on Personal Information
* Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and Submit

Peer Tutoring Center
Did you know NCVPS has a Peer Tutoring Center? We do. And it’s fantastic.
If you have students who need some extra help in our classes or maybe just need some help in navigating our learning management system or managing their workload, have them seek help from our Peer Tutoring Center.
The Peer Tutoring Center offers the following services to NCVPS students:
Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas

Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.

 

Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.

 

Please refer students needing services to thier NCVPS instructors or to the Peer Tutoring Center button within their NCVPS course.
The Peer Tutoring Center also publishes the Peer Tutoring Blog. This blog is run by the NCVPS Peer Tutor staff. Articles are posted bi-weekly and are about a variety of topics, from the best way to manage school work to embracing the opportunities which life throws at you. You can see some of the previous articles in the Tutor Talk Blog. www.ncvpspeertutor.blogspot.com .

District and School Semester Prep
Traditional Calendar Classes begin on August 26.
Please follow this link to see how to prepare for the upcoming semester.

Science Olympiad
Did you know that NCVPS has a Science Olympiad team? That’s right! We sent four students to the state competition last year, are we are already recruiting for the team this year.
Students saw this promo video in their courses this week:
(click image to view video)
If you have any NCVPS students who are interested in being part of our Science Olympiad team, please have them contact Dr. Jones at carrie.jones@ncpublicschools.gov .

Middle School Success 101

NCVPS is offering Middle School Success 101 this fall. Originally we had planned to enroll students by hand, but with the volume of interest we received, we decided to allow each middle school to enroll on its own.  Look for the course title “Middle School Success 101″ in our registration system.

 

We will be reviewing the waitlists daily and open new sections.  However, we are limited to 10 sections for Fall 2014 as we roll out this new course, so please do not delay in enrolling your students.

 

Please keep in mind that this course is not for high school credit. This is a middle school course.

ACT Prep Course

NCVPS C&I is happy to share an ACT Prep course is in development and will be ready to pilot in Fall 2014. We will only offer 8 sections of 25 students for the fall. We will make the course available to everyone in the Spring 2015.

 

If you are interested in enrolling students in our ACT Prep course for Fall 2014, please sign up now. There are limited seats available.

 

If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at Karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

Catalogs for Virtual Learning 
in North Carolina
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Vendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP German – Oklahoma State University
  • Physics – Edmentum

Speaking Virtually
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon?  We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:

Gamification: Gamification is the current practice of adding games and game thinking to non-game contexts like in the classroom or in online courses. This makes learning more engaging and exciting!
Mobile Learning: Mobile learning is specifically designed to be used on mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. Mobile-learning is convenient because it allows anywhere, anytime learning.

Twitter School
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
“How our ancestors emailed each other.” ~Student (Unsplash photo credit -
the internet’s free image source)
 Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606

 

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

August 24, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for August 22, 2014

From Friday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-august-22-2014/ .
August 22, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
August 12 – Early calendar classes begin.
August 14 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 15 – Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
August 20 – Early Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
August 25 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.
August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.
August 29 – Traditional Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 5 – Traditional Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from traditional calendar classes.

We heard . . . .
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.

“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional.  Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not.  Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn

“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”

 

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King

‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”

NCVPS Celebrations
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

NCVPS Enrollment Numbers
Our enrollments have been tremendous for the last two weeks, and we anticipate large numbers for the next several weeks. On a few occasions, our registration system has been sluggish due to the high usage. Thank you for your patience!
We did want to take a moment to say
THANK YOU!
Here’s a look at the numbers:

Flexible Funding Options for NCVPS
financial-planner.jpg

NCVPS is looking for volunteer districts to pilot the flexible funding option. School districts and charter schools have a number of options to fund NCVPS enrollments. Districts and charters typically use the allotted funds from DPI’s funding formula. In 2011 legislation, the General Assembly outlined four additional options to fund NCVPS enrollments, referred to as flexible funding:

 

1. Local funds.

2. Federal funds.

3. Special state reserve for children and youth with disabilities.

4. ADM contingency reserve.

 

These options give districts and charters more flexibility with their own budgets by using all of their revenue streams more strategically.

 

Contact NCVPS to learn more about flexible funding options and to volunteer. We are able to accept the first 5 interested districts in this pilot. Call 919-513-8550 for more details.

Registration Updates
Student Contact Information
It is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address when they enroll.
PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:
1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.
2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.
Student Status No-Show Reports (Action Required)
NCVPS will post a Day 3 and Day 7 Status Report in the registration system. The status reports will indicate if students have or have not logged in to their courses.

This link shows how to run the no-show report if you’re an e-learning coordinator or e-learning advisor.

 

The reports are labeled as “No Show Reports.”

 

District coordinators, you may run this report for your entire district and see where there might be problem areas.

If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started, and that they have their usernames and passwords.
Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.
Here are the dates for the status reports and last days to drop:
Early Calendar
Day 3: August 15
Day 7: August 20
Day 10: August 25 – Last Day to Drop
Traditional Calendar
Day 3: August 29
Day 7: September 5
Day 10: September 9 – Last Day to Drop
 
Student Rosters
If you are missing any students on your rosters who you need to register, please open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/
Include the following minimum information in your ticket:
  • Student’s name
  • Student’s PowerSchool number
  • School name
If available, we also request the following information to expedite the enrollment process:
  • Student’s Email
  • Does the student have an IEP?
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan?
Waitlisted Students
We will continue to open new sections based on what we see on the waitlists. Please go ahead and add students to the waitlist for a course if you would like to enroll them.
We do have a number of courses that are at capacity. Courses that are at capacity will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. We will continue to move students off the waitlist in courses that are at capacity through Day 10 of the course as enrolled students drop.
Early Calendar Closed Courses
We have closed a number of early calendar courses that had low enrollments or no enrollments. Students enrolled in those courses were moved into traditional calendar courses. We have emailed the schools that had enrollments in those closed courses.
If you had an early calendar enrollment that was moved to a traditional calendar course, and if that schedule does not work for your student, you may withdraw the student if you need to. We are sorry for that inconvenience! Our traditional calendar instructors, though, will work with early calendar students to allow them to finish the course early if that helps.
Allotment Totals
If your district or charter schools is out of allotment funds, your district office or charter office may apply for the use of our reserve funds. Using our reserve funds does not cost your district any additional money this year; although, you may see your allotment totals go up slightly next year.
To access our reserve funds, please complete this form.  The form should be completed by the district’s e-learning coordinator or the charter school’s principal.
AP German Enrollment
AP German through Oklahoma State University has been approved as a vendor course. To enroll students in AP German, schools will need to go directly through OSU. You will not register students into AP German through the NCVPS registration system.
NOTE: AP German enrollments are NOT covered in your allotment funds. Districts and schools will directly pay OSU for those enrollments.
NOTE: Schools can still enroll students in German 1-4 in our registration system, and those enrollments ARE covered by your allotted funds.
Here is the contact information for OSU:
Sabine Lewis

District and School Semester Prep
Traditional Calendar Classes begin on August 26.
Please follow this link to see how to prepare for the upcoming semester.

Tech Updates

We hope you are off to a great start for the Fall Semester!

Below are some helpful tips and reminders to help you get off to the start of a wonderful school year!

 

Student Login Check

We encourage students to confirm their login information before classes start. Students can first access their courses during our “Meet the Teacher” week, which starts the week before classes begin.

 

Our Meet the Teacher week for traditional calendar begins on August 21.

 

Note that students will have to be enrolled into the course for their logins to work. After a student is enrolled, it usually takes 24 hours for their logins to work.

 

Password Resets

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password.
Course Issues

When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example CourseSec01Fall14.

 

Help Desk Ticketing Tips

When opening a Help Desk ticket please always include students first & last name as well as ID number. This will help to insure we have the correct student.

 

Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard

Please have students confirm or update their e-mail address in our learning management systems. Here’s how to do that. (This is also on our Getting Started Checklist for NCVPS Students.)
In Moodle:
* Navigate to Administration
* My Profile settings
* Edit Profile
* Verify or update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
* Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
* Click on setting
* Click on Personal Information
* Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and Submit

Pilot Programs

NCVPS wants to be a solutions option for our schools and for the learning needs of your students. We are currently working on programs for the future that will provide more options for schools.

One program is part of our ongoing partnership with NC DPI Exceptional Children’s division to provide co-teaching courses for students who need inclusion classes for core subjects.

Additionally, we know the needs the English Language Learner (ELL) brings to a school, so NCVPS is partnering with NC DPI’s ELL experts to determine how NCVPS could best meet the needs of these learners.

Finally, NCVPS is piloting this fall ways to do mastery learning for first time credit as an intervention strategy for students who need enrollment options beyond regular start and end semester dates.

NCVPS is excited to continue our history of innovation so that we can meet the needs of North Carolina students and public schools. More details to come!

Middle School Success 101

NCVPS is offering Middle School Success 101 this fall. Originally we had planned to enroll students by hand, but with the volume of interest we received, we decided to allow each middle school to enroll on its own.  Look for the course title “Middle School Success 101″ in our registration system.

 

We will be reviewing the waitlists daily and open new sections.  However, we are limited to 10 sections for Fall 2014 as we roll out this new course, so please do not delay in enrolling your students.

 

Please keep in mind that this course is not for high school credit. This is a middle school course.

ACT Prep Course

NCVPS C&I is happy to share an ACT Prep course is in development and will be ready to pilot in Fall 2014. We will only offer 8 sections of 25 students for the fall. We will make the course available to everyone in the Spring 2015.

 

If you are interested in enrolling students in our ACT Prep course for Fall 2014, please sign up now. There are limited seats available.

 

If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at Karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

Catalogs for Virtual Learning 
in North Carolina
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Vendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP German – Oklahoma State University
  • Physics – Edmentum

Speaking Virtually
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon?  We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:
Asynchronous: Communication and learning are not live with an instructor. Email would be a form of asynchronous communication. NCVPS courses are designed to be asynchronous, as students do not have live contact with their teachers. Students, though, can arrange to make synchronous contact with their NCVPS teachers.

 

Synchronous: Communication and learning are live with an instructor. A phone call and instant messaging are forms of synchronous communication. Even though our courses are asynchronous, our teachers do host synchronous teaching sessions with students on Elluminate, which is an online whiteboard with communication features. For students who cannot attend, NCVPS teachers record and archive the live sessions for later viewing.

Twitter School
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
 Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter


North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

August 20, 2014

NCVPS Day 3 Status Report (Action Required)

From yesterday’s inbox…

(District-level coordinators, please forward this to your school-levels e-learning advisors.)

NCVPS has posted its Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report in the registration system. This status report indicates if students have or have not logged in to their courses. This link shows how to run that report if you’re an e-learning coordinator or e-learning advisor:

 

https://docs.google.com/a/ncpublicschools.gov/document/d/1ushojeGqkfcaXVlELk4UAmoc93W62PjFh5u9ghisxJY/preview

Look for the report titled “Fall 2014 Early Calendar 3-day No Show Report due Aug. 14th at midnight.”

District coordinators, you may run this report for your entire district and see where there might be problem areas.

 

If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started (this report is just for Early Calendar), and that they have their usernames and passwords.

 

Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.

 

Here are the dates for the status reports and last days to drop:

 

Early Calendar

Day 3: August 15

Day 7: August 20

Day 10: August 25 – Last Day to Drop

 

Traditional Calendar

Day 3: August 29

Day 7: September 5

Day 10: September 9 – Last Day to Drop

Thank you for your help!

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.
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