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://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-july-21-2014/ .
July 21, 2014 – In This Issue:
July 30 – NCVPS Open House.July 31 – Progress report posted in the registration system.August 7 – Progress report posted in the registration system.August 8 – Last day of class. Students will not have access after this date.August 12 – Early calendar classes begin.August 14 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.August 25 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.
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.
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Current E-lert News
2014 Fall Open House
NCVPS will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, July 30, for any interested parents, students, and educators. This online open house will begin at 6p.m. in one of our Blackboard Collaborate rooms. Come join us and discover more about our program. This session is designed for public school, private school, and home-schooled students and parents.Please follow this link to register.
Allotment Budgets Now Updated
The 2014-15 enrollment projections have been completed by DPI. Based on this information, the NCVPS budgets for the 2014-15 school year have been updated in the registration system.When you log into the registration system, you will see your updated allotment totals.
Java has had a recent update, and students who are using computers that are not running the latest version of Java may have issues in NCVPS courses.Please visit http://www.java.com to update to the most current version, Java 7, Update 65.
Tips for Closing a Semester
We are in the last half of our summer session. It’s time to start thinking about closing out the semester. We have a few tips for schools to help.Follow this link to our End of the Semester Tips and Reminders web page.
For Your Information
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.email@example.com.
Do you have students who are not achieving in our courses? We have a list of intervention strategies for students who are low-performing, under-performing, and at risk.Check them out here. One will be just what your student needs.
Catalogs for Virtual Learningin North Carolina
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses. Check out our 150+ list of courses here.
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.
In The Loop
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:LMS – A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs. NCVPS uses Blackboard and Moodle for its LMSs.Instructional Design: Instructional design involves the identification of the knowledge, information, and skill gaps of a particular group of people and creating or selecting learning experiences that close this gap. Instructional designers base their learning decisions on cognitive psychology, instructional theory, and best practices.
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.
- Are you developing your own personal learning network (PLN)? Here are some great tools to help you do that.
- Here’s the “Why and How” teachers are using Twitter.
- The Backchannel – a powerful concept in today’s blended classroom.Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps
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