Virtual School Meanderings

November 19, 2012

Giving Thanks for Online Learning | VHS Teacher Spotlight | Upcoming Conferences and Events

For those following along with my backlog, I should be back to regular Internet access in the next 24-48 hours.  The backlog of items is almost complete, and hopefully this week I’ll be able to post some original content too.

Anyway, from Friday’s inbox…

Giving Thanks for Online Learning,VHS Teacher Spotlight, Day in the Life, Upcoming Conferences…

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November 2012 eNewsletter
 In this issue:  Giving Thanks for Online Learning, VHS Teacher Spotlight,
Day in the Life Video Contest, Upcoming Conferences & Events

Photo of James McDonaghGiving Thanks for Online Learning
Reflections from A Middle School Student

As we near Thanksgiving, we at VHS start to hear wonderful stories, from our students, teachers, and site coordinators about their experiences with VHS and the opportunites that online courses create for students. We’d like to share with you an article written by an 8th grader, James M.

As a Gifted and Talented 6th grader, James was not challenged by his course work. His teachers recommended that James take a VHS course. For the next two years, James completed 3 VHS courses, and has recently embarked on a full-year online course. Read James’ Story.

Blog: The VHS Teacher Spotlight & Trends in AP® Courses
Recent Entries from The VHS BlogIntroducing a new blog series!  Starting this month, we will feature a monthly VHS teacher interview.  Teachers will reflect and respond to questions about their VHS experience. This month’s interview features Tamie Jo Dickinson, a Business and English teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont. Tamie teaches International Business for The VHS Collaborative. Read her interview.

Also, Fran Ashe, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator for The VHS Collaborative, takes a look at How Popular Are Advanced Placement Courses? Learn about the surge in popularity for AP® Courses in high schools across the world. Read her thoughts.

Day in the Life Video Contest
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at VHS

VHS students take our courses everywhere (In the classroom, study hall, library, kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc.) and for a variety of reasons. Our contest, “A Day in the Life”, allows students to show us what their daily routine is like while using VHS. Students are encouraged to share anything about their experience with VHS, as well as their daily routine in a 3 minute video. The top ten finalists we’ll select will win a VHS Collaborative T-Shirt. We will then let our Facebook community vote for the best video. The winner chosen by our followers will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Check out the rules and enter to win!

Upcoming Conferences
Join The VHS Collaborative at NYSCATE

Presentation – “Blended Learning: Strategies for Success” by Mark Bucceri, Chief Learning Officer, The VHS Collaborative.

Date: November 18-20, 2012
Location: Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 E Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

For more information on the conference, visit

Picture of a laptop with learn and lead written on it.Join Us For Our New Webinar Series
The VHS Collaborative Presents the Next Installment in Our STEM Series

Name: Engaging Students in Science Using Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

In this webinar we will:

– Share 2012’s Top 10 Science OERs
– Discuss methods to integrate these digital resources into the classroom
– Explore ways in which OERs can add new depth, dimension, and excitement to the classroom through a variety of digital media.

Click Here for more information and to sign up!

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