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March 7, 2017

K-12 Online & Blended Learning Articles – International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE)

Last week I posted an entry on K-12 Online & Blended Learning Articles – International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD).  At the same time, I also looked through the various issues from the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE) and came up with the following items.

Improving K-12 Online Learning: Information Literacy Skills for Teacher Candidates

Esther Ntuli (Department of Educational Foundations, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USA) and Lydia Kyei-Blankson (Educational Administration and Foundations Department, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJICTE.2016070104


Research indicates the need for teachers to be able to locate, evaluate, and use Internet resources in their teaching and learning processes. In addition, the Common Core State Standards require that students are able to think critically and know how to search and use alternative views and perspectives in their assignments. These skills are imperative for teachers and teacher candidates. This article reports the results of a study that sought to examine strategies used by teacher candidates when using Internet search engines, their ability to integrate the information they find into their own assignments, and use the acquired skills for future classroom use. The study employed a mixed-method approach in the collection and analysis of data gathered from a sample of 45 teacher candidates. Data sources included a survey, class assignments that required documentation of the search process as well as the located sources, and semi-structured interviews. Findings from the study revealed the need to teach teacher candidates how to conduct searches effectively, critically evaluate the sources, and integrate the information acquired from the online sources into professional and academic writing that models such behavior for their students. Suggestions for improvement of practice offered in this paper were piloted in one instructional technology course.

Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching Reviewed

by Francie Spigelmyer, Butler County Community College, Butler, PA, USA

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 10(2), 93-96, April-June 2014 93 Copyright © 2014, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.

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The Holistic Model for Blended Learning: A New Model for K-12 District-Level Cyber Schools

Alex Stone (VLN Partners Inc., USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2008010106


Pennsylvania is at the forefront of the public cyber charter schooling movement in America. As more and more students elect to transfer from traditional public schools into cyber charter schools–and their districts of origin are forced to forfeit their tuition allocations–a need for a public school alternative to cyber charter schools has emerged. Using current practices in Pennsylvania’s public schools as a backdrop, this article presents a new model for district-level cyber schooling, called the holistic model for blended learning, that public schools in Pennsylvania (and elsewhere) can use to compete with cyber charter schools and meet the growing demand for K-12 online learning.

Developing Staff Training in Virtual High Schools

Chris Thompson (Elmbrook Schools, USA) and Zane L. Berge (UMBC, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2007040104


As virtual high schools grow in numbers across America more interest is generated in how to successfully plan and implementing them. Part of planning, implementing, and sustaining suc-cessful virtual schools includes delivering quality professional development that has a positive impact upon students’ achievement. This article focuses on three virtual schools at different stages of maturity in order to describe such a model.

Strategies for teaching students With Exceptional Needs in cyber schools

Shellie Hipsky (Robert Morris University, USA) and Lindsay Adams (PA Cyber Charter School, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2006100101


Cyber schools for K-12 students are growing in number. It is vital that appropriate strategies are devised in order to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities. The PA Cyber Charter School serves 353 students who have Individualized Education Plans. Parent surveys were thematically analyzed and revealed six predominant themes, including communication, interests, focus, less-stigma from the special education label, education differences in comparison to other methods, and cyber school shortcomings. The study also utilized the action research model to determine and present the techniques and strategies that are working in the PA Cyber Charter School for their students with special needs. Teacher-tested documents included in the Appendix were based on the study, and a model for special needs strategies in the cyber learning environment has been established through this article.

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