Virtual School Meanderings

December 1, 2012

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News.

Meris Stansbury In today’s news, experts say some of the most important considerations for blended learning include finding high-quality resources and ensuring network capacity. Also, a Texas student is suing her school district over its SmartID student-tracking technology, launching a debate over privacy and religion that has forged a rare like-mindedness between typically opposing groups.What are some of your considerations for blended learning? What’s really important? Are student tracking chips just? Be sure to leave your comments with the stories, or email me at,
Meris Stansbury, Online Editor

Top News of the Day

Important considerations for blended learning Important considerations for blended learning
As blended learning programs grow in popularity, proponents of the approach—which involves a combination of computer-based learning and face-to-face instruction—say there are a few key considerations school leaders should keep in mind as they set [ Read More ]
Feds: Pa. can’t give special treatment to charter schools Feds: Pa. can’t give special treatment to charter schools
The federal government has shot down Pennsylvania’s unilateral rule change that made it easier for charter schools—including cyber charters—to meet federal testing benchmarks than traditional public schools. [ Read More ]

Next, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Utah teen with autism connects with online charter school
Susan Harms, whose 15-year-old son, David, has autism and fetal alcohol syndrome, believes the Utah Virtual Academy K-12 program has helped her son progress further than any traditional campus he has attended. The teen is attracted to technology and uses the computer and his smartphone to complete assignments. The online charter school organizes the teenager’s speech and occupational therapy sessions and individual education program meetings. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/23)

The keys to successful blended-learning programs
Experts advise school districts that there are a few keys to successful implementation of blended-learning programs. To begin, teachers should fully understand what blended learning is and what its goals are. Successful programs also have included a focus on professional development and training for teachers, integrating high-quality resources and ensuring school networks can properly handle the traffic, they suggest. eSchool News (free registration) (11/28)

Fla. high school among 4 in world piloting online IB program
Booker High School in Sarasota, Fla., is one of four schools in the world participating in a pilot International Baccalaureate program that has students take online courses with instructors and classmates in various parts of the world. A small group of students are taking online classes — including Chinese, economics, film or psychology — with instructors in other locations. The other participating schools are in Japan, Michigan and Switzerland. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (11/25)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Newport Teen Credits Virtual School for Tennis Success
Laws attributes much of her success in tennis to her flexible school schedule at Aliso Viejo-based Capistrano Connections Academy, a local tuition-free, virtual school that allows her to attend class from the backseat of her car via a laptop, in a café …
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Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

State examines application for York-based cyber charter school
Urban Cyber School, the first cyber charter school that would be based in York County, had its first big test on Monday. Officials from the school faced …

Bills would turn Michigan into ‘super choice’ state
Michigan’s current cyber school – the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy – has a spotty academic record. Low-income students scored worse on 8th grade math …

Proposal would allow more school choice for parents and students
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Was the cyber school legislation a ‘significant rewrite?’ Gov. Granholm’s Race to the Top? Teacher evaluation reforms? Charter school cap?

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