Virtual School Meanderings

September 8, 2012

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with ASCD SmartBrief.

Social studies teacher shifts to online instruction
Ann Coates, a high-school social studies teacher in Hanover, Mass., this year will teach psychology and Advanced Placement psychology classes online as part of the Virtual High School network. The program enables students from all over the world and from different grade levels to take the same courses. Coates said the program is unlikely to replace face-to-face teaching but offers online experience besides classroom time. Wicked Local (9/5)

Also, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Social studies teacher shifts to online instruction
Ann Coates, a high-school social studies teacher in Hanover, Mass., this year will teach psychology and Advanced Placement psychology classes online as part of the Virtual High School network. The program enables students from all over the world and from different grade levels to take the same courses. Coates said the program is unlikely to replace face-to-face teaching but offers online experience besides classroom time. Wicked Local (9/5)

Next, the Education Week EdWeek Update.

TODAY’S TOP STORY

Educator Cadres Formed to Support Common Assessments
Teams of educators from each state involved in the PARCC consortium will serve as “ambassadors” to teachers to prepare for the tests.

Virtual Ed. Addresses Teacher-Certification Questions
As the rise of blended learning increases the ranks of online teachers, states are grappling with how to ensure the quality of those educators.
Unions See Opportunities in Online Charters
• Report: Schools Open Doors to New E-Learning Rules

E-LEARNING REPORT

Districts Require E-Courses for Graduation
Mandates that seek to prepare students for the demands of college and the workforce may also increase demand for e-learning.

Read more from our new report, Schools Open Doors to New E-Learning Rules.

TODAY’S MUST-READ

Virtual Ed. Addresses Teacher Certification
As the rise of blended learning increases the ranks of online teachers, states are grappling with how to ensure the quality of those educators.

College and Career

Districts Require E-Courses for Graduation
Mandates that seek to prepare students for the demands of college and the workforce may also increase demand for e-learning.

Also, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Ed Tech @ Work

Special Report: E-Learning Opens Doors to New Rules, Ideas
The world of virtual schooling is experiencing major policy shifts that are opening doors for its expansion, but also holding it up to greater scrutiny. This special report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, examines how state policymakers, educators, and schools are rethinking and changing the rules for e-learning. (Education Week)
Digital Advocacy Group Wields Policy Influence
  • Educators Evaluate ‘Flipped Classrooms’
  • Teachers’ Unions See Opportunities in Online Charters

E-Learning

New Laws, Programs Expand E-Learning Options
Several states have enacted laws that require more choices for students who want to try taking courses online, outside the offerings of brick-and-mortar schools. (Education Week)

Gadgets and Games

Out-of-School Settings Create Climate for New Skills
The new environments serve as labs for students to improve their digital-learning and 21st-century skills. (Education Week)

IT Management

Quality Control a Challenge for Virtual Ed.
Different approaches are emerging as states try to determine how to evaluate the effectiveness of virtual schools. (Education Week)

Read the EdTech Researcher blog to learn more about how leaders can build bridges between educators who use technology and researchers who seek to understand its impact on teaching and learning.

Recent posts:
The Solution to Virtual Public Schools is to Open Them

PD Webinar

Hybrid Learning Pushes Personalization Forward
Live Rebroadcast: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, 2 p.m. ET
To truly personalize the learning process, many educators are blending face-to-face instruction with digital resources that enhance or reinforce classroom learning. View this webinar and hear from three educators on the forefront of hybrid learning and discover what they have learned; including the 5 dimensions of differentiation, the components of a successful 21st century learning environment, and how to effectively personalize education and raise student achievement.
Click here to register for this webinar.

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Senator wants review of virtual school
The Tennessean
Sen. Andy Berke wants a review of a for-profit virtual school enrolling about 1,800 students around the state after test results put it in the bottom 11 percent. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Berke wrote to Senate Education Committee …
See all stories on this topic »

Cyber- and home-school families have different first day approach
Citizens Voice
Otherwise, the virtual school follows the same calendar as the traditional school, including holidays and snow cancelation days. “If there is a snow day for traditional students, the Virtual Academy student does not have to log in and do course work …
See all stories on this topic »

Those helping write virtual school policy positioned to profit from it
Kennebec Journal
Those helping write virtual school policy positioned to profit from it. Stephen Bowen was excited and relieved. Maine’s education commissioner had just returned to his Augusta office last October after a three-day trip to San Francisco, where he …
See all stories on this topic »

Virtual schools have questionable records
Kennebec Journal
Another Idaho paper, The Times-News, found that while state law allowed taxpayer funds to go only to schools operated by nonprofits, the state’s largest virtual school diverted 70 percent of the $9 million it had received from the state to its …
See all stories on this topic »

Letter: Virtual schools provide valuable option for students
The Oshkosh Northwestern
As a parent with a brick-and-mortar school student and a virtual school student, I was very interested in Eric Litke’s series (Aug. 26-28) comparing the two options. However, my firsthand account of choosing virtual school as an option for my youngest …
See all stories on this topic »

Ed. commissioner criticizes virtual school scores
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — The head of a privately-run online school in Union County says it has plans to improve student performance after the state’s education commissioner called the school’s poor test scores last year “unacceptable.” The Tennessee …
See all stories on this topic »

Letter: Virtual school students learn at own pace
The Oshkosh Northwestern
I am always so impressed by the care and diligence that virtual school parents show when researching the curriculums and structures of the virtual schools around the state. They research and they choose which school and curriculum they feel is best …
See all stories on this topic »

Bradley County Virtual School attracting interested parents
Cleveland Daily Banner
For Jan Walker’s children, Anastasia and Xander Hanes, the virtual school was one of their few options after a similar program did not receive state approval for their high school. Walker said she originally chose virtual school out of Union County …
See all stories on this topic »

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts will introduce Legislation in January to …
Clarksville Online
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) said today that he plans to introduce legislation in January, 2013 to address severe deficiencies in the virtual school law created in 2011. Recent release of student proficiency …
See all stories on this topic »

Virtual schools and real profits: Industry shapes state policies
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
In its investigation, the Portland newspapers traced the evolution of the state’s virtual school policies, beginning with the Maine education commissioner’s participation in a conference paid for by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in …
See all stories on this topic »

Our View: State has outsourced policy on virtual schools
Press Herald
A scathing investigation by Maine Sunday Telegram writer Colin Woodard should cause lawmakers to put the brakes on Maine’s virtual-school and digital-learning programs and ask who these policies are really designed to help. click image to enlarge …
See all stories on this topic »

New Partnership Makes Learning Chinese Easy For Texas Students
KWTX
(September 5, 2012)–The Education Service Center Region 12 Virtual School and mylanguage360 announced Tuesday its partnership with the Texas Virtual School Network to provide online Chinese courses to Texas students for $400 a semester, a Region …
See all stories on this topic »

Seminole rejects 1 charter-school application, considers 2 others
Orlando Sentinel
Florida Virtual Academy — which is separate from the statewide Florida Virtual School — would contract with K12 Inc., a national for-profit online education company, to run the Seminole operation. School district officials already contract with K12 …
See all stories on this topic »

Would you send your child to a virtual school?
Bangor Daily News
About 250,000 students were enrolled in a full-time virtual school in 2011, up 40 percent from three years prior, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Every state offers some form of digital learning, while 30 states have full-time …
See all stories on this topic »

Company seeks to form virtual charter school in Marion
Ocala
Finch said the virtual school officials correctly pointed out that about 65 percent of Marion’s population qualifies for free and reduced-price lunch. However, the school only budgeted for providing equipment and services for 35 percent of its students.
See all stories on this topic »

The Solution to Virtual Schools is to Open Them (Part II)
Education Week News (blog)
I’m writing a short series of posts on virtual school policy, and this series starts and culminates with a policy recommendation: states should give preference to virtual schools that make a commitment to Open Education policy and to sharing their …
See all stories on this topic »

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber charters in Pennsylvania growing despite issues
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
That statewide school — now known as Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and based … To compete, a number of school districts are starting their own cyber …

Franklin Park home is a cyber schoolhouse
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
In June, PA Cyber school student Christina Buffalini, 15, works on her eighth-grade science in the family’s dining room while her mother Jill Buffalini and …

Pa. school districts, cyber charters vie for students
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Marci Klinger speaks with students about Gateway High School’s cyber school during an orientation meeting Aug. 24. Principal David Martin walks through the …

Education commissioner criticizes Tennessee virtual school scores
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
The cyber school scored a 1 on the 5-point scale. “Its performance is demonstrably poor,” Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman told the Chattanooga Times …

Ed. commissioner criticizes virtual school scores
WRCB-TV
The cyber school scored a 1 on the 5-point scale. K12 officials blamed the performance on several factors, including students having to adapt to online …

Back to school/West: Changes greet returning students
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Through partnerships with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and Waterfront Learning, the cyber school will offer online courses consistent with Montour …

Virtual Academy looks to improve achievement scores during second year
WBIR-TV
The cyber school scored a 1 on the 5-point scale. “Just like any other public school across the state that made those same scores, we’re working on …

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Rubric Theme Blog at WordPress.com.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,308 other followers

%d bloggers like this: