Virtual School Meanderings

May 1, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Following instructions in a virtual school: Does working memory play a role?
AU- Jaroslawska, Agnieszka  1
AU- Gathercole, Susan  1
AU- Logie, Matthew  1
AU- Holmes, Joni  1
JN- Memory & Cognition
PD- May2016, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p580-589
PG- 10p
DT- 20160501
PT- Article
AB- Accumulating evidence that working memory supports the ability to follow instructions has so far been restricted to experimental paradigms that have greatly simplified the practical demands of performing actions to instructions in everyday tasks. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether working memory is involved in maintaining information over the longer periods of time that are more typical of everyday situations that require performing instructions to command. Forty-two children 7-11 years of age completed assessments of working memory, a real-world following-instructions task employing 3-D objects, and two new computerized instruction-following tasks involving navigation around a virtual school to complete a sequence of practical spoken commands. One task involved performing actions in a single classroom, and the other, performing actions in multiple locations in a virtual school building. Verbal working memory was closely linked with all three following-instructions paradigms, but with greater association to the virtual than to the real-world tasks. These results indicate that verbal working memory plays a key role in following instructions over extended periods of activity. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Memory & Cognition is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
KW- Following instructions
KW- Virtual environment
KW- Working memory
AD- 1 MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road Cambridge CB27EF UK
IS- 0090502X
DI- 10.3758/s13421-015-0579-2
AN- 114605227

2. TI- When ‘Acceptable’ Becomes Unacceptable.
AU- Ferdig, Richard E.1
JN- T H E Journal
PD- Dec2007, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p26-27
PG- 2p
DT- 20071201
PT- Article
AB- The article addresses the growth of virtual schools in the U.S. and its impact on school districts’ acceptable use policies (AUP). There is a clash between the needs of virtual schools and the restraints of district AUP. The growth of online learning has required districts to constantly reevaluate their acceptable use policies, as forward-thinking educators are putting new technologies to the service of innovative teaching and learning. A virtual school such as Appleton eSchool has to find sufficient spaces in the text of the district AUP that it can safely work within to make effective, innovative use of specific technologies.
DE- VIRTUAL reality in education
DE- COMPUTER assisted instruction
DE- EDUCATIONAL technology
DE- SCHOOLS — United States
DE- SCHOOL districts
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
AD- 1Associate professor of educational technology, University of Florida
IS- 0192592X
AN- 28062435

Next, the alert for cyber school.

TI- Using Traditional School Methods to Assess Online Charters Is ‘Apples to Oranges’ Exercise.
AU- Gifford, Mary1
AU- Kwitowski, Jeff2
JN- Education Week
PD- 3/16/2016, Vol. 35 Issue 24, p20-20
PG- 1/8p
DT- 20160316
PT- Letter to the Editor
AB- The article presents a letter to the editor on the topic of online charter schools and the articles “Walton Family Foundation: Rethink Virtual Charters,” from the January 27, 2016 issue, and “Cyber Charters Have ‘Overwhelming Negative Impact,’ CREDO Study Finds” from the “Digital Education blog” published online on October 27, 2015.
DE- VIRTUAL classrooms
DE- CHARTER schools
AD- 1Senior Vice President of Education Policy and External Affairs K12 Inc. Hemdon, Va.
AD- 2Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Communications K12 Inc. Herndon, Va.
FT- 68
IS- 02774232
AN- 113895092

Finally, I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

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