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October 21, 2017

Don’t Miss ECOO’s Virtual Ed Camp!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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ECOO is hosting a Virtual Ed Camp on morning of Saturday October 21st.  The format will be as follows:

8:30 – 9:00  Welcome & networking

9:00 – 9:30  Panel discussion hosted by Stephen Hurley

Note:  this discussion will be broadcast on VoicEd Radio

9:30 – 10:30  Breakout session 1

10:30 – 11:30  Breakout session 2

11:30 – 12:30  Breakout session 3

12:30 Wrap up.


Note:  Some of the sessions will be recorded and/or live broadcast on VoicEd Radio.

Please register for participation and provide your input to the discussion topics at  Registrants will receive additional information regarding the day closer to the 21st.

[AECT] Call For Papers – HKAECT 2018 International Conference

Also from Thursday’s inbox…


Call for Papers – HKAECT 2018 International Conference


New Media for Educational Change: Effect on Learning and Reflection on Practice

25 – 27 July 2018 at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Organized by: HKAECT & Hong Kong Baptist University

The new digital and web-based technologies, coupled with ubiquitous mobile access, have provided us to whatever information we want, whenever and wherever we want it. In spite of the fact that the world has become increasingly connected and interactive, some scholars contend that new technologies have not brought about transformative changes in the educational arena. Furthermore, the always-on lifestyle has given rise to some concerns over its negative impact on young people’s cognitive development, attention, and learning.

The HKAECT 2018 International Conference seeks to encourage the sharing of the experience and reflection on the theme of new media for educational change. It encourages scholarly discussion that looks beyond what new media can afford for teaching and learning, and ponder over the actual effects of these media on communication and learning. In particular, we welcome the sharing of good practice and lessons learned of applying new media in a wide range of fields and critical reflection on the concerns and issues associated with emergent technologies.


  • Communication and new media in everyday life
  • Learning analytics and AI in education
  • Game-based learning and ubiquitous Learning
  • MOOC and open education
  • Design and application
  • Social context and learning environment
  • Social media in education
  • Risk and ethics in using new media

Paper Submission:

This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. We will have two rounds of calls for papers. The first round calls for full papers that will be selected for the proceedings published by Springer. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.

Important Dates: (Deadline extended)

  • Deadline for full paper : 1 November 2017
  • Notification of accepted papers: 7 December 2017
  • Final paper submission: 7 January 2018
  • Deadline for presentation/Workshop: 10 January 2018

Paper Publication

Selected papers will be included in the proceedings published by Springer. The proceedings of HKAECT 2014 international conference has been downloaded more than 13,500 times and become one of top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016.


Best paper award and best student paper award sponsored by Springer.

Conference Contact:


Web site:

We sincerely hope to see you in Hong Kong in 2018!

HKAECT 2018 Organization Committee


The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
Office: 812-335-7675

Exploring the Legal System with FLVS

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When students first begin my Law Studies class, they often ask, “What is this class all about, anyway?” Although I often tease them for signing up for the course before asking that question, it is a valid question. The title of the course, “Law Studies,” is relatively vague.  There are so many topics that could […]

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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

WATCH: Think Digital College, SA first virtual school

CAPE TOWN – The first virtual school to offer CAPS and Cambridge curriculum from Grade R to Grade 12, THINK Digital College is now available as …

Columbus Day Open tennis event draws Coconut Creek, Parkland netters

“I like that I can go out there and compete and play my hardest,” said Kuzuhara, an eighth-grader who takes online classes with Florida Virtual School.

Bradley County Has 3 Schools Affected By TDOE Scoring Error

Bradley County Schools had three schools that were affected by the recent scoring error announced by TDOE. The schools affected were Bradley …

WATCH: Think Digital College, SA first virtual school

CAPE TOWN – The first virtual school to offer CAPS and Cambridge curriculum from Grade R to Grade 12, THINK Digital College is now available as …

More NC students stay home to go to class. But they’re in low-performingschools

The Tennessee education commissioner had tried to boot K12, Inc. out of his state. In 2014, a virtual schoolin Pennsylvania decided not to renew its …

Abbotsford Virtual School issues call for artists

Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS) is announcing an open call for local artists for the 2017-18 school year. The goal is to provide students with a greater …

California demands $2M refund from virtual charters

The concept of virtual charter schools seems like a good one, and in a perfect world, it may be the best way to deliver personalized education to the …

D-rated elementary school makes moves to satisfy state

Board Vice Chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong noted that the charter — not to be confused with Florida Virtual School — had significant financial …

Virtual charter academies in California must refund nearly $2 million to state

As a result of a just released state audit, a network of virtual charter schools must refund nearly $2 million in improperly used state funds that were …

Large School Districts Can Make the Most of Virtual Classrooms Too

The master plan developed by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) identifies virtualclassrooms and blended learning opportunities as …

Charter school district postpones transfer policy discussion

This summer, Erskine College created its Charter Institute to sponsor charter schools. Two virtual schoolswith the S.C. Public Charter School District …

School lesson with a difference thanks to virtual reality

PRIMARY school pupils were taken on a journey around the world as the UK’s biggest virtual reality (VR) lesson was held on Brighton beach.

DeVos Outlines Vision for ‘American Education’

1 deals with school choice, which perhaps comes as no surprise as DeVos has … virtual schools and various forms of private school choice programs.

Virtual school heads ‘lack resources to properly support children adopted from care’

Virtual school heads say a lack of resources will leave them unable to “do justice” to a change in the law that gives them new responsibilities for …

Former LHS Athletic Director Justin Troller to return to Polk Schools, won’t again work with students

LAKELAND — Former Lakeland High School Athletic Director Justin Troller said on Facebook on Monday that he is working again for the Polk County …

Justin Troller to resume work with Polk Schools

The video recording showed that not to be the case and Williamson was reassigned to Florida Virtual School. Byrd said Troller had violated two …

Thousands of Tennessee assessment tests scored incorrectly

… saying that three schools in the county were affected by the scoring error – Bradley Central, Walker Valley, and Bradley County Virtual School.

Ramirez Highlights Solid Performance at ITA Regionals for @FGCU_MTen

Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School) defeated Florida State’s Terrence Whitehurst, took down Georgia Tech’s Chris Yun, and won by …

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Chloe Grimme and Joshua McQueen

Because she takes online classes through Florida Virtual School, there is some flexibility with her schedule. State titles do not just mean gold medals …

Students from across Washington converge on Bi-Zi Farm

The virtual school — which officials say is technically not homeschooling because it is publically funded — has the second largest number of students …

Thousands of students, millions of dollars at stake in brawl over supervising South Carolina charter …

Oceanside Collegiate Academy is one of at least nine charter schools seeking to leave the umbrella of the SC Public Charter School District amid a …

Three county schools affected by errors

… local schools are facing uncertainty over their results — Bradley Central High School, Walker Valley High School and Bradley County Virtual School.

Thousands of Puerto Rican students are expected to enter Central Florida schools. Here’s how …

Rick Scott were responsive to the request; they approved 20,000 spots for Puerto Rican students at the Florida Virtual School and mandated that all of …

Australia’s first virtual school chalks up resounding success

This is Australia’s first virtual school, designed to cater to students who live in rural areas and are too far from a traditional brick-and-mortar school to …

Ohio’s Largest Virtual School Threatens Closure Amid Enrollment Controversy

Bill Lager, center, founder of Ohio’s largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), speaks to hundreds of supporters on …

Virtual School Accountability, Transgender Student Rights Among the Topics Explored at Four …

At the 2017 iNACOL Symposium, Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, Pearson Online & Blended Learning experts will participate in four sessions focused on some …

Pasco County school district puts two charter schools on notice

Florida Virtual Academy (which is not associated with Florida Virtual School) faces a nine-page laundry list of contract violations from the district.

Second Winter Park teen in Roger Trindade death charged as an adult

The third teenager has since returned to high school, he said in a hearing. Jesse and Simeon have been taking Florida Virtual School classes online.

UPDATE: TN speaker of the house addresses TNReady test problems

… Red Bank High and Ivy Academy. In Bradley County, Walker Valley High, Bradley Central High and Bradley County Virtual School were affected.

Puerto Rico Faces Huge Challenges in Rebuilding, Reinventing K-12 Education

Rick Scott recently opened up 20,000 slots in his state’s virtual school to help with Puerto Rican students’ education. That doesn’t do much of anything …

FHSU continues to see rising enrollment

As an example of that delivery, Linn indicated FHSU’s continuing commitment to its online college program through the Virtual School, as well as its …

Utilizing virtual reality in schools

As technology becomes more integrated in peoples’ every day lives, teachers are looking for ways to further utilize technology in the classroom.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

These organizations are training Detroiters for the modern tech economy

In 2006, under the auspices of DPS, Uplift, Inc. piloted an alternative cyber school, the Hustle & TECHknow Preparatory High School, aimed at …

Online school wants to train arts students in cybersecurity

… computer science students,” says James Hadley, CEO of Immersive Labs, the UK company behind the new platform – the Digital Cyber Academy.


October 20, 2017

iNACOL Symposium | Special Features

And from the neo-liberals…

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida
Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is thrilled to offer the following exciting features during the iNACOL Symposium.

iNACOL President’s Welcome Reception
iNACOL invites you to network with your colleagues and meet newcomers in the field during the iNACOL Symposium opening night President’s Welcome Reception on Monday, October 23from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Atlantic Hall (Exhibit Hall). Join us to socialize while enjoying beverages, appetizers and small plates. Make new connections, network and exchange powerful ideas with others in the Exhibit Hall and lounge areas. The lounges are designated meet up and collaboration zones for Symposium attendees.

Book Signing by Tom Rooney
Tom Rooney will be signing copies of his new book, Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning, on Tuesday, October 24 from 3:15-4:00 p.m. in Atlantic Hall (Exhibit Hall) near the Personalized Learning Lounge. This book details how Lindsay Unified School District (California) took action to improve student learning by shifting from a traditional time-based education system to a learner-centered performance-based system.

iNACOL Symposium Networking Event
The iNACOL Symposium Networking Event is on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30-8:00 p.moutdoors at the Swan & Dolphin cabana deck, beach and pool area. This year’s theme is Beach BBQ Party. In addition to great cuisine and beverages, beach volleyball and live music, this quintessential event allows you to enjoy the fresh air while connecting and exploring ideas with other experts from across the field. Refresh and re-energize at this Beach BBQ Party and don’t forget to pack your casual attire and flip flops.

iNACOL Voices Hub 
iNACOL Symposium attendees can share what they’re learning at the iNACOL Voices Hub, an interactive podcasting center for capturing your thoughts, telling your story, sharing your
ideas and learning from each other. While at the Symposium, please take time to stop by the Voices Hub Lounge, located in the Exhibit Hall. Chat on mic with Courtney Belolan and Matt Shea, practitioners who are hosting the Voices Hub, and be part of podcast episodes on Symposium topics.

Symposium Mobile Application 
Be sure to download the iNACOL Symposium conference-specific mobile app. This community platform provides opportunities for conversations and networking both during and after the conference, access to break-out session presentations and resources, the agenda and more. To download the 2017 mobile app, search for iNACOL SYMPOSIUM 2017 in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Don’t forget to connect with us prior to the Symposium via social media networks:

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About the iNACOL Symposium


The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.



About iNACOL 


The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.


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