Virtual School Meanderings

August 13, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Some Fla. students opt for virtual PE

Some high-school students in a Florida district opt for taking a virtual physical-education course to allow more time for other courses. District officials have introduced programs to make the in-person option more appealing to students.
The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (8/6)

Can online-only education replace traditional school models?

Using virtual schools as full replacements for face-to-face learning may impede student performance, according to a study by New York University professor June Ahn. The study considered an Ohio virtual-school program, where students who enroll in the system must then take all their classes online.
The Hechinger Report (8/10)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Can online-only education replace traditional school models?

Using virtual schools as full replacements for face-to-face learning may impede student performance, according to a study by New York University professor June Ahn. The study considered an Ohio virtual-school program, where students who enroll in the system must then take all their classes online.
The Hechinger Report (8/10)

Also, the Connected Educator SmartBrief.

What are some secrets to virtual school success?

Student-teacher relationship building is one key to success for a New Hampshire virtual school, officials say. Teachers meet with students during web chats on a monthly basis and hold virtual “office hours.”
The Hechinger Report (8/4)

Next, Education Week’s Industry and Innovation.

Edgenuity Acquires Compass Learning to Expand Online, Blended Learning ReachEdgenuity Acquires Compass Learning to Expand Online, Blended Learning Reach

The online curriculum and services provider had acquired Compass Learning, in an effort to broaden its delivery of digital courses to students. Read more.

(Marketplace K-12 Blog – Now on EdWeek Market Brief)

Moving on to the eSchool News Today.

This city’s blended learning program has led to a big culture shift

A four-year-old blended learning push in D.C. is changing how teachers lead their classrooms

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Schools, teachers ready for new year

A few new programs were mentioned during the speech, including a virtual school and a new sports medicine class. The virtual classroom will allow …

The Public Pulse, Aug. 6: Be grateful for protection police provide

Is there any scientific evidence that a “virtual school” is anything more than merely the latest goofy pedagogical fad (“OPS gearing up to offer …

Hey, super-achiever, you need more exercise, not another AP class

But high school students operate on a credit system, which they can fulfill by taking an online physical education course offered by a virtual school.

Schools see fewer applicants for positions

Neal said Georgetown-Ridge Farm also will use Illinois Virtual School for its freshmen and sophomore Spanish classes and send its upperclassmen to …

Learning program boosts vision, awards for students

As the Monroe County school system does not currently have the course available, students can take the course for free at the Florida Virtual School at …

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 …

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 …

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

At a time when virtual charter schools are widely condemned for poor performance, New Hampshire seems to have found a model that gets …

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 …

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

More troubling news about the quality of online charter schools in Ohio: According to a study released today by the Fordham Institute, the state’s virtual …

FCBOE approves virtual school plan

At its meeting July 28, the Franklin County Board of Education approved its Virtual School Plan. Virtual education is an option, Superintendent Gary …

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

Slide: 2 / of 5 . Caption: Two years ago, Emily Duggan, 16, enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy CharterSchool (VLACS) because the self-paced …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Virtual learning offered to Thomasville students

The city school system rolled out the CITY virtual school program this year. On the first day of school there were 21 students enrolled. Just one week …

Study says Ohio’s virtual charters can’t replace the traditional school experience

… the state of Ohio’s virtual charter schools published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, doesn’t think the current virtual school model can do that.

Caddo Virtual Academy making it “personal for students”

Before joining the virtual school, Washington taught at in Bossier Parish for 13 years. The opportunity was too good to pass up, she said. “I’ve always …

School revenue down as enrollment dips

Since then, Sisk has spearheaded efforts to drive enrollment back up with the implementation of the virtual school and the district choice initiative.

A letter from Socorro Schools Superintendent Randall Earwood

APEX is a virtual school that focuses on two main areas of learning, remediation and acceleration. For those students who have fallen behind, APEX is …

ResponsiveEd Launches Five New Schools for 2016-17 School Year

… preparatory option in Founders Classical Academy of Schertz. To serve students grades 3-12, ResponsiveEd is also launching a new virtual school, …

J-Serve Teen Task Force applications now available

The Orlando J-Serve 2016 Teen Task Force was led by Taylor Harris (Virtual School, 12th grade), Daniel Perreault (Lake Highland, 12th grade), …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

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 …

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 …

Why this school director is fired up about charter school ads

Bethlehem school district officials project to spend $26 million on charter and cyber school tuition this year. Donaher said he knows well-educated …

INDIANA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Building plans may proceed, state says

… elementary schools, and predicted that as many as five to 10 district students taking part in other cyber school programs will return to district program …

Cyber school hosting Pokemon Go flash mob

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP – A Michigan cyber school is hosting a Pokemon Go flash mob this evening at the Meridian Historical Village. The Pokemon Go …


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