Virtual School Meanderings

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.

August 15, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for August 14, 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://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-august-14-2014/ .
August 14, 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 . . . .
“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
Student Status Reports
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.
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
We have recently synced with the latest PowerSchool year-end transition data. You should see all current promotions and rosters in your NCVPS registration system account.
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
Early calendar classes started on August 12, and traditional classes are not far behind 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

For Your Information

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

In The Loop

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:
Browser: The computer program used to view the internet. Firefox is the preferred browser for NCVPS. Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer are other popular browsers.

 

Streaming Media: Streaming media refers to video and audio that is downloaded to a computer from the Internet as a continuous stream of data and is played as it reaches the destination computer.

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 8, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for August 7, 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://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-august-7-2014/ .
August 7, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
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.

We heard . . . .
“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
Student Rosters
We have recently synced with the latest PowerSchool year-end transition data. You should see all current promotions and rosters in your NCVPS registration system account.
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.

NCVPS Open House
NCVPS hosted its Fall 2014 Open House on July 30, 2014.
If you did not get the chance to attend, you can check out the archive here, and we hope to see you next time!

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!

District and School Semester Prep
Early calendar classes start on August 12, and traditional classes are not far behind on August 26.
Please follow this link to see how to prepare for the upcoming semester.

Tips for Closing a Semester
Our summer session is coming to a close. 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.

Tech Updates

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.

 

Here are our Meet the Teacher Dates:

 

Early Calendar – August 8, 2014

Traditional Calendar – August 21, 2014

 

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.

 

If students need a password reset, please open a help desk ticket at: http://help.ncvps.org

 

Java Updates

Early calendar classes will start August 12 and tech wants to make sure you have the latest updates on you computer:

Go to java.com to verify you have the latest version of Java 7, update 67
Update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 14.0.0.145
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

For additions information, please see our Technology Requirements page:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/ 

 

Course Extensions  

In certain circumstances, students may be granted a course extension.  See the details for course extensions here.

 

It is important to remember that ONLY school administrators or their designee may request course extensions.  Teachers, parents, tutors, etc. may not request an extension.

 

A school administrator may request a course extension through the NCVPS Virtual Support Center at www.ncvps.help.org by sending the information below in a ticket. Once this information is received in full, the instructional director for the course will contact the school about the status of the request. Each course request for a student will need to have its own ticket.  If multiple extension requests are needed, each student and course should be in its own ticket. Here’s what we need in the ticket request:

  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • NC Wise/Powerschool ID#
  • High School/District
  • ELA’s First and Last Name
  • ELA’s Email Address
  • Principal’s First and Last Name
  • Principal’s Email Address
  • NCVPS Course Name and Specific Course Section
  • NCVPS Teacher’s First and Last Name
  • Identify Specific Criteria for Course Extension Request: (IEP, 504, Medical)   Please refer to THIS LINK when completing this section.
  • Brief Summary Justifying Course Extension Request

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.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

In The Loop

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:

 

Virtual Classroom: The virtual classroom refers to a digital classroom learning environment that takes place over the Internet rather than in a physical classroom. It is implemented through software that allows an instructor and students to interact. NCVPS uses Blackboard Collaborate for its virtual classrooms.

 

Webinar: A webinar is an online seminar or workshop in which the facilitator and participants view the same screen at the same time, often in a virtual classroom or in an application like WebEx. Usually the webinar has an audio component that the facilitator controls and functionality that allows participants to chat by entering text, answering polls, raising their hands and asking questions.

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/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 1, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for July 31, 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://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-july-31-2014/ .
July 31, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
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.

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.

We heard . . . .
“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.”

Current E-lert News

District and School Semester Prep
Early calendar classes start on August 12, and traditional classes are not far behind on August 26.
Please follow this link to see how to prepare for the upcoming semester.

Tips for Closing a Semester
Our summer session is coming to an end. 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.

Allotment Budgets Now Updated
financial-planner.jpg
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.
If you have used all of your allotted funds, please open a ticket with our virtual support center to access the NCVPS reserve funds. You may open a support center ticket here.

Tech Updates

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.

 

Here are our Meet the Teacher Dates:

 

Early Calendar – August 8, 2014

Traditional Calendar – August 21, 2014

 

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.

 

If students need a password reset, please open a help desk ticket at: http://help.ncvps.org

 

Course Extensions  

 

In certain circumstances, students may be granted a course extension.  See the details for course extensions here.

 

It is important to remember that ONLY school administrators or their designee may request course extensions.  Teachers, parents, tutors, etc. may not request an extension.

 

A school administrator may request a course extension through the NCVPS Virtual Support Center at www.ncvps.help.org by sending the information below in a ticket. Once this information is received in full, the instructional director for the course will contact the school about the status of the request. Each course request for a student will need to have its own ticket.  If multiple extension requests are needed, each student and course should be in its own ticket. Here’s what we need in the ticket request:

  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • NC Wise/Powerschool ID#
  • High School/District
  • ELA’s First and Last Name
  • ELA’s Email Address
  • Principal’s First and Last Name
  • Principal’s Email Address
  • NCVPS Course Name and Specific Course Section
  • NCVPS Teacher’s First and Last Name
  • Identify Specific Criteria for Course Extension Request: (IEP, 504, Medical)   Please refer to THIS LINK when completing this section.
  • Brief Summary Justifying Course Extension Request

For Your Information

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)

  • ACT/College Prep – Connections Education
  • High School Critical Thinking – Connections Education
  • Living Music – Connections Education
  • Biology – Edmentum
  • Biology (Sem 1 and Sem 2) – Fuel Education
  • Chemistry (Sem 1 and Sem 2) – Fuel Education
  • Chemistry – Edmentum
  • Physical Science (Sem 1 and Sem 2) – Fuel Education
  • Physical Science – Edmentum
  • IB Business Management SL – Pamoja Education
  • IB Economics HL – Pamoja Education
  • IB Economics SL – Pamoja Education
  • IB Math HL – Pamoja Education
  • IB Psychology HL – Pamoja Education
  • IB Psychology SL – Pamoja Education
  • IB Spanish ab initio SL – Pamoja Education

For details of these and other approved vendor courses, visit: http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/ 

 

In The Loop

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:

Interactive Multimedia: Interactive multimedia allows learners to provide input to an online course and receive feedback as a result of the input. The input might consist of a mouse click or drag, gestures, voice commands, touching an input screen, text entry and live interactions with connected participants.

 

Mobile Learning: Learning that takes place on a hand-held device, such as a mobile phone, that can take place anytime and anywhere.

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  |

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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/

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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.

July 22, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for July 21, 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://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-july-21-2014/ .
July 21, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
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.

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.

We heard . . . .
“The average person says around 16,000 words a day. That’s a lot of chances to make the world more awesome.”

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
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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.

Tech Updates
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.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

Intervention Strategies
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 Learning 
in 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

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:
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.

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

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/

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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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