Virtual School Meanderings

August 6, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Tenn. district partners with Discovery to transition to digital learning
digital learning

Tennessee’s Wilson County Schools and Discovery Education announced a new six-year partnership supporting the creation of authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide. Through this new collaboration, Wilson County educators…

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts
online learning

A certification program is creating a new generation of online learning savants. How are they doing it?

Edgenuity acquires Compass Learning
edgenuity acquisition

In a major move, online and blended learning solutions provider Edgenuity has acquired education software company Compass Learning, creating a suite of digital curriculum products. The acquisition that will expand…

Distance learning fills core gaps at rural school
distance learning

When the first day of school rolls around in August, Webster math teacher Lori Wagner won’t be heading back to the classroom. Instead, she’ll be heading to her basement. Wagner…

Next, the Education Week’s EDWeek Update.

Online Charter Schools: Fast Growth But Spotty Performance in Ohio

Full-time virtual charter school students in Ohio perform worse academically than their peers enrolled in traditional district schools, according to a study commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Read more.

(Charters & Choice)

Similarly, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Online Algebra Worse for High-Achieving Students, Study Finds

“There’s a cost to going online,” found researchers who compared the performance of high-performing North Carolina 8th graders in online vs. traditional Algebra 1 classes. Read more.

(Digital Education)

On to the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual Arkansas instructors go through intensive training in online ed

… might consider coordinated professional development programs like the one Arkansas has made a requirement for new teachers in its virtual school …

Partnership aims to expand student opportunies

Virtual Arkansas is a virtual school that offers only online courses. The virtual classes are geared for high school credit for graduation. They are …

Omaha Public Schools to open first virtual school this month

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Schools is set to open its first virtual school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students this month.

Florida Virtual School Switches to D2L’s Brightspace LMS

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which had 400,000 enrolled students last year, will begin transitioning immediately to D2L’s Brightspace LMS.

OPS gearing up for this month’s debut of Nebraska’s first K-8virtual school

Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school recently got the blessing of the Omaha school board, while Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans gave …

Florida Virtual School pushes for more students

Hoping to bring in new students, Florida Virtual School has pumped up its advertising budget, including running TV ads for the first time. The virtual …

Omaha Public Schools to open first virtual school this month

The school board unanimously approved the program last month. The district plans to hire four teachers and a student learning advocate, similar to a …

Florida Virtual School Switches to D2L’s Brightspace LMS

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which had 400,000 enrolled students last year, will begin transitioning immediately to D2L’s Brightspace LMS.

Florida Virtual School(R) Selects D2L’s Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) to …

ORLANDO, FL and WATERLOO, ON–(Marketwired – July 28, 2016) – Florida Virtual School (FLVS®), a statewide public school district in the state of …

Chilton County Schools to offer Virtual School Program

Chilton County Schools are adopting the Virtual School Program for the 2016-17 school year, part of a program that the state Legislature wanted in …

Annual Parent Survey Shows Overwhelming Satisfaction with Connections Academy Virtual …

BALTIMORE, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Connections Academy, a leading provider of online K-12 schools, released results today from its annual …

OPS gearing up for this month’s debut of Nebraska’s first K-8virtual school

Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school recently got the blessing of the Omaha school board, while Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans gave …

Dexter schools to add alternative high school, virtual academy in 2016-17

DEXTER, MI – Dexter Community Schools is adding an alternative high school in an effort to boost its graduation rate and a virtual academy to attract …

Van Buren schools partner with UAFS, Arkansas Tech to expand student opportunities

Virtual Arkansas is a virtual school that offers only online courses. The virtual classes are geared for high school credit for graduation. They are …

Colquitt County High School students earn Advanced Placement recognition

… Terrell said increased awards for AP students is a goal for the school. … classes online during the school day through Georgia Virtual School on any …

Nebraska’s first virtual school to open this month

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Omaha Virtual School will be open to home-schooled students, giving them a mix of face-to-face instruction …

New Study Shows Ohio Virtual Schools Are Failing Their Students — Even as Thousands More …

But the virtual schools are not a trivial part of the charter sector: more than one third of students enrolled in Ohio charters attend a virtual school. In fact …

iFlagler – what is it and who are the students?

Attending the iFlagler virtual school allows students, like rodeo rider Heather McLaughlin, the opportunity to travel the country and go to school at the …

LCS renew fight against truancy

With the implementation of the LCS virtual school some of those situations can be addressed, Vail-Smith said, though daily attendance in the virtual …

Nebraska’s first virtual school appeals to homeschoolers

Omaha Public Schools is appealing to home school students to take part in Nebraska’s first district-run virtual classroom. The response has been …

New Online Program For Dothan City School Students

DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) Dothan city school students now have more options for their education. Registration for the new virtual school program opened …

The Coach Training Academy Receives $10K Donation from School Graduate

August 3, 2016 – Blaine, Washington, United States – The Coach Training Academy (online virtual school) recently announced the receipt for a …

Omaha Public Schools to Open Nebraska’s First Virtual School This Month

Omaha Public Schools are gearing up to open Nebraska’s first virtual school for K–8 students this month. During its first year, the Omaha Virtual …

Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

‘There’s an assumption that virtual school students are closed off, online all day, and they don’t ever meet anyone. That’s not the case.’ Kyle Cote …

Piedmont school system expanding online courses

Piedmont’s expansion comes as a state law takes effect that requires all Alabama school systems establish policies to offer some level of virtual school …

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

VLACS doesn’t follow the standard virtual-school practice of enlisting parents and guardians as unpaid “learning coaches” responsible for keeping …

Schools, teachers prepare for new year

The virtual school allows students in Chambers County to take online learning from their homes. The program is open to students in grades 9-12 in the …

What’s New Hampshire’s secret to making virtual schools work?

The vast majority of the school’s student body is made up of part-timers who take classes through the virtual school while also enrolling in a …

Online Education and Digital Innovative Learning: The Future of Academics? [VIDEO]

Ultimately, VLACS doesn’t adhere to the typical virtual school tradition of enlisting parents or guardians as uncompensated “learning coaches”; …

Families of ECOT students worry about its future; some file lawsuit against state

… Department of Education and ECOT that limits the information the virtual school is required to keep and ultimately what our auditors can demand.

Finally, the Google News for cyber school.

Georgia Cyber Academy paid millions in attendance records court case

Virginia-based K12 was paid $36.9 million for the services it provided during the 2014-15 school year to Georgia Cyber Academy, this state’s largest …

Former PA Cyber CEO takes position at rival charter

PA Cyber officials said Tuesday they were surprised to learn former school CEO Michael Conti has taken a job with rival Agora Cyber Charter School …

As Olympics get underway, local gymnast Trinity Thomas sets her sights on 2020

Attending cyber school helps her better balance schoolwork and gymnastics, she said. Trinity said she began gymnastics at age 7, after getting her …

PA Leadership Charter Cyber School: From Classrooms to Computers

Families choose online education for multiple reasons, but the primary ones are school safety and a need for something “different” as their current …

Guest Commentary: Harding resident concerned about Wyoming Area dress code

They can enroll in cyber school. They can ALL wear the wrong kinds of clothes on days that are important to the school board, and get suspended en …

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Cyber School Defense Dear editor: You were a bit harsh in your reporting on cyber charter schools and their impact on your local school districts.

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