Virtual School Meanderings

March 4, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Tips to make online teaching, learning social

Tips to make online teaching, learning social
Online learning, while convenient, sometimes can lead to feelings of social isolation, asserts Robyn Scott, an online English tutor. She shares five ways to help combat loneliness, including adding field trips and practical activities into the curriculum. (2/28)

Next, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

MOOC gives tips for building blended courses

MOOC gives tips for building blended courses
A free, five-week massive open online course offers assistance to help design blended-learning courses. The course, which is to begin today, will discuss common challenges and provide steps for creating design documents, content pages and other learning resources. (2/24)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader

Survey reveals online-learning trends

Survey reveals online-learning trends
A survey of more than 2.5 million students and teachers in 160 countries reveals online-learning trends among high-school and college students. The GoConqr survey found, among other things, that online learning tends to be done alone.
eCampus News (free registration) (2/23)


Robots personalize distance learning

Robots personalize distance learning
(Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Sick and homebound students in a Maryland school district are using telepresence robots so they can continue learning even though they are physically unable to go to school. The robots provide a more personalized distance-learning experience, district officials say.
eSchool News (free registration) (3/3)



Also, the MiddleWeb SmartBrief.

Teachers in 2 Pa. district adopt hybrid model

Two Pennsylvania school districts are implementing hybrid-learning techniques in middle- and high-school grades. Educators can adapt this model by having two to four groups of students working on a digital curriculum or other tasks, so teachers can have more individual instruction time with students, principal John Horton said.
The York Dispatch (Pa.) (2/28)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

@FGCU_WTEN Falls in Another Tough Road Test at #38 FIU

The clincher came in the #6 position as Nerma Caluk defeated Sofia Perez (Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) in back-to-back frames. After falling 6-2 …

Georgia Cyber Academy Now Accepting Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year

“Although GCA may be a virtual school, the real accomplishments of our students, graduates, and nearly 600 teachers and staff continue to amaze.

DeVos praises virtual schools, but new research points to problems

It was the best of times and the worst of times for virtual schools, which allow students to go to school without ever stepping into a school building.

GOP-led panel approves bill to increase virtual schools

A GOP-led legislative subcommittee has approved a bill that would allow an unlimited number of students in Iowa to enroll in for-profit virtual schools …

Syracuse home to international virtual language school

PEC has built a tremendous foundation in Syracuse so their virtual school runs flawlessly. The primary data center, with battery and generator backup, …

Study: Virtual schools tend to attract and harm lowest-performing students

The Hechinger Report writes the study, which tracked student performance in Ohio, also found high-performing students do worse in virtual schools, …

GOP-led panel OKs bill to increase online schools in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — An unlimited number of students in Iowa will be able to enroll in for-profit virtual schools that receive public education funding …

GOP-led panel OKs bill to increase online schools in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An unlimited number of students in Iowa will be able to enroll in for-profit virtual schools that receive public education …

Virtual Schools Market 2020: Key Players, Industry Overview, Driving Factors, Industry Analysis …

The Global Virtual Schools report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Virtual Schools for 2020. To calculate the market size, …

Op-Ed: Using Local Tax Dollars for Charter Schools a Bad Idea

Furthermore, the bill makes it possible for the dollars to be spent towards a “virtual school” that could be located in a completely different region of the …

Bill To Allow Okla. Charter Students To Play Sports Dead In Committee

9, also pointed out the students at a virtual school would be taking the place of brick and mortar student athletes on the field or on the court; a move …

Jeb Bush encourages virtual and charter schools during Capitol visit

Jeb Bush answers questions about charter school programs at a press conference Thursday at the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City.

New Title Reveals How to Maximize Student Growth Using Readily Available Digital Tools

William Gordon, COO of Florida Virtual School in Orlando, also highly recommended the title, stating, “The authors provide an excellent framework …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Would it be a violation of probation to be signed out of high school at 16?

If you are failing, you may want to talk to your counselor about an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or an alternative school or cyber school. Stay in …

Educators debate Snyder’s proposed cyber school cuts

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget pledged more state money to education, but that doesn’t apply to all schools. Under Snyder’s ..

PA Cyber Charter School

MIDLAND — Educating children in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, better known as PA Cyber, is one of the …

School budget: more for at-risk, less for cyber/private kids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faced with discouraging test scores, Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a shift so much more state money is spent on …

LETTER: ‘Extremely happy’ with education at Pennsylvania Cyber

Our child currently attends Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and I can say, without reservation, that we are extremely happy with the education, …

School Budget: More For At-Risk, Less For Cyber/Private Students

From the Associated Press — Faced with discouraging test scores, Governor Rick Snyder is proposing a shift so much more state money is spent on …

Michigan cyber schools fight Snyder’s proposed aid cut

For the Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, a Manistee-based cyber school that serves about 2,700 K-12 students across the state, Snyder’s …


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