Virtual School Meanderings

January 21, 2017

EdMedia 2017 (Washington, DC) Call for SIG Proposals

Note that this is how the K-12 online learning SIG got started in SITE (i.e., from a SIG proposal).

Washington, DC
June 20-23, 2017
DUE: MAY 1st
Special Journal Issue for
SIG Topics:
EdMedia is an annual international conference serving as a multi-disciplinary forum for the research, development, and applications on all topics related to educational media and technology. EdMedia attracts leaders in the field from over 70 countries.
We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions.








Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings & internationally distributed by
Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter     Find us on PinterestView our videos on YouTube
AACE,, 828-246-9558, P.O. Box 719, Waynesville, NC 28786

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Schools test free personalized learning platform

Schools test free personalized learning platform
The number of schools piloting charter network Summit Public Schools’ free personalized learning platform, Basecamp, increased from 19 in 2015 to 132 this year. This feature highlights some of the pilots, including one at a Massachusetts middle school.
The Hechinger Report (1/17)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Schools adopt flexible learning spaces

Schools adopt flexible learning spaces
Some educators are using flexible learning spaces to allow students to learn anytime, anywhere — including in hallways, classrooms and other spaces. This feature highlights flexible learning in schools in Illinois, Mississippi and North Dakota.
EdTech magazine online (1/13)

What is the state of internet access in schools?

What is the state of internet access in schools?
About 10.4 million more students meet the Federal Communications Commission’s per-student internet access goal, compared with 2015, according to EducationSuperHighway’s 2016 State of the States report. Overall, data show 34.9 million students meet the benchmark.
EdSurge (1/17)


Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

@FGCU_WTEN Splits Doubles vs. St. John’s, Blanks Northwestern State in Singles

Florida Virtual School) and Bridget Forster (Boca Raton, Fla./Florida Virtual School) falling to Stephanie Elgegren and Jaide Collins, 6-4, and Laura …

Future is now for USD 457 Virtual Academy

“Twenty years of brick and mortar school will be much more rare than a virtual school will be (in the future),” Ronn said. “It’s crazy for this part of the …

Day Two for @FGCU_WTEN Highlighted by Six Singles Wins vs. St. John’s, Doubles Win vs. Utah

Florida Virtual School) and Sara Kelly (Naples, Fla./Florida Virtual School) highlighted the morning with a 6-3 win against Utah’s Luisa Gerstner De …

@FGCU_MTen Claims Three Singles Win on Day Two of Spring Invite

Florida Virtual School/Florida) would complete the win as Louisville, FGCU’s primary opponent on the second day of the FGCU Spring Invite, saw two …

@FGCU_MTen Battles on Final Day of Spring Invite

Florida Virtual School/Texas Christian University) and Ezequiel Cerrini (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla./Homeschool) held serve throughout the match against …

Virtual K-12 school to host informational meetings ahead of March 1 enrollment deadline

In the state of Iowa, students wanting to attend a virtual school like the Iowa Connections Academy must receive prior approval by submitting an open …

Virtual K-12 school to host meetings ahead of March 1 enrollment deadline

Iowa Connections Academy is hosting a series of informational meetings this month for families and students interested in learning more about the …

Virtual, charter schools claim majority of midyear gains in public education funding

Seven fast-growing charter schools, including all four of the state’s virtual school choices, were among the top 20 in gaining state aid in annual, …

Schools are Getting Rid of Snow Days Because Nothing Is Sacred Anymore

Several schools in the Northeast are responding to more frequent weather-related closings by offering — wait for it — virtual school days. Yep, kids are …

Georgia’s Virtual Charter, Connections Academy, welcomes ‘mid-year’ switch

Georgia Connections Academy is the highest performing Georgia virtual school on SAT and ACT measures, according to Principal Robinson.

AISD looks to Anderson High School to pilot virtual classroom

The school, north of Seattle, joined a growing movement nationwide to expose more public school children to computer science, even as early as in …

Wey Education Issues Shares To Vendor Of Acquired Virtual Sc

LONDON (Alliance News) – Virtual school operator Wey Education PLC said Tuesday that rising student numbers have led to an increase in turnover …

Future is now for USD 457 Virtual Academy

“Kansas virtual schools/programs play an essential role of supporting students and families who are looking for a different way to earn a high school …

Q5 MTC Sophomore Showcase

The admissions process for private school, home-school and virtual school students is similar to students in Meridian’s district high schools, but we’ll …

Crenshaw County Schools receives high ranking in 2017 survey

The curriculum used for the Virtual School is OdysseyWare. The current package created by Odysseyware for Crenshaw County Schools offers 140 …

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: High School Showcase set for Thursday

Current 8th and 9th grade students attending a St. Johns County School District school (including St. Johns Virtual School) must apply online between …

Charter School To Expand Space In SE OKC

EPIC Charter, a virtual school serving 9,000 students wants roughly 20,000 square feet, to use for testing and special education. Superintendent David …

Second Baptist Christian Prep to celebrate School Choice Week

… are being met, whether that’s a private school, parochial school, Christian, home school, charter school, virtual school or traditional public school.

Senator Wants Virtual Schools Accountable for Student Attendance

An Oklahoma Watch report on virtual school attendance prompted Senate education committee chair Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, to file the bill.

Bishop Kelly has virtual school day

BOISE – “Snow Day,” it’s something many students in the Treasure Valley have been hearing a lot these last few weeks. However, for those at Bishop …

High school students embrace politics with help of virtual classes

A new partnership with Bentley Community Schools and Michigan Virtual School is helping to shape the students’ perspectives on politics. So far …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Kendall Vertes Snapchat Username & Snapcode

Most of the other girls attend Cyber School so that they can dedicate more time to dancing and less time for school work. Despite having plans for her …

Click here for story

Retirement expenses are up by nearly 12 percent, and there are projected increases for transportation, cyber school, special education and custodial …

Commentary: Why school choice is the wrong choice

Every dollar taken from public schools and given to a charter, private, home or cyber school burdens the operational costs for public schools.

Bethlehem school district starts budget $12.5M in the hole

Seventy-five percent of the state’s 130,000 charter and cyber school students come from just 25 school districts, Roy said. There are 500 districts in …

Palisades board member voices concerns about cyber charter schools

Palisades is also going to reach out to parents of local cyber school students … “We talk with our cyber school parents but we haven’t presented the …

Local officials unhappy with new cyber school

St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency may sue to learn how two local charter schools are connected. Kevin Miller, who becomes …


January 20, 2017

Year in Review: ERIC’s Highlights in 2016

From yesterday’s inbox…

Institute of Education Sciences - Newsflash Find IES Research on Facebook Connect with IES Research on Twitter IES Newsflash

Year in Review: ERIC’s Highlights in 2016

2016 was a big year for ERIC! Here are some of our major accomplishments. In 2016, ERIC:

• Released several new database fields;
• Indexed 48,000 new records, 15,026 of which have full text available;
• Produced 5 new videos;
• Indexed material from 1,260 content providers;
• Had over 11 million visitors from 237 countries; and
• Had more than 6 million full text PDFs downloaded.

Check out our year-in-review infographic (pdf) to see all of the highlights!

If you have thoughts, ideas, or questions about ERIC, please share them with us. Thanks to everyone who has used and contributed to ERIC in the past year.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
You have received this message because you subscribed to a newsflash service through IES or one of its centers.
Change your options or unsubscribe from this service.

By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCES, NCER, NCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

[Lists] PSA Super Conference October 20-21, 2017

From yesterday’s inbox…

The  PSA Super Conference will bring together 25 Provincial Specialist Associations at the Vancouver Conference Centre for a two-day professional development event on October 20-21, 2017.

Interested in being a part of the program?

  • Topics should address or integrate multiple areas/broad areas of interest.
  • Session times will be 75 minutes.
  • Audiences will range between 40-150 people.

What would I receive as a presenter per session presented?

  • Free registration at an amazing professional development event!
  • Up to a $100 contribution toward expenses.
  • How do I demonstrate my interest in being a presenter?
  • Sessions must be sponsored by participating PSAs. Please contact one of the participating PSAs (list on back) for more information.
  • Presenters will be notified about session acceptance after March 1, 2017.

The Distributed Learning PSA has seven spots for presenters…if you wish to be considered to be a presenter then complete this form ( by February 3, 2017.

Christopher Rozitis, PhD
Vancouver School Board
– Vancouver Learning Network (604 713 5560
Skype: christopher.rozitis.vln39
 Apple Distinguished Educator (2007)

Getting beyond textualism…

Lists mailing list

[L_OSBC_Announce] FW: 2017 Symposium Program Launch

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

I invite you to share this with your colleagues either by forwarding the email or by printing it and posting it in your common area.

Thank you,

Michael Cochrane
Educational Services Support Manager
Open School BC
Education resources and services
250 356-9456 FAX:250 356-6036
Toll Free 1-888-883-4766
Visit us online at:
You can also follow us on Twitter: @_osbc
Like us on Facebook:


2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference
Blending Boundaries: Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning.

Join us April 5 – 7, 2017 in beautiful downtown Vancouver BC at the Westin Bayshore Hotel (Gateway to Stanley Park) for the inaugural Canadian eLearning Symposium & Digital Learning Conference.

Book your hotel room early!  Guest rooms selling out quickly!!

Main program details

Pre-conference program details

Registration information

*   Michael Furdyk TakingITGlobal
*   Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty
Teens that will Change the World”. Keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise &
passion for youth engagement & educational reform in over 30 countries.
*   Remi Kalir  CU Denver
*   Remi’s research-focuses on partnerships at the intersection of technology, equity, and learning, His
research also includes game-based learning in teacher education, and investigating how teachers
design gameful curricula, pedagogy, and digital media

Featured Speakers (CEA Award Winners):
*   Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Hamilton-Wentworth SD
*   Dr. Sean Lessard, University of Regina
*   Fine Arts eCademy (Navigate, SD 71)
*   François Guité, Consultant en éducation

Over 60 sessions! Structured dialogue & networking on blended & online learning

Download information page here or see attached:

L_OSBC_Announce mailing list

Attachment: CANeLearn-Symposium-Promo-Jan-2017.pdf

Next Page »

Blog at