Virtual School Meanderings

July 22, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Connector Educator SmartBrief.

What are the top online learning trends?

Videos, gamification and two-way communication will be some of the biggest trends in online education during the 2017-18 school year, according to research conducted by ProProfs. Other trends include a surge in bring-your-own-device policies as well as an increased use in social media tools, the study found.
eCampus News (free registration) (7/17)

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Study considers online learning for makeup courses

Study considers online learning for makeup courses

The nonprofit American Institutes for Research will study whether online courses are more effective in helping students in the Los Angeles Unified School District makeup courses, as opposed to traditional in-person instruction. Students participating in the study will be sophomores who have failed either Algebra 1 or ninth-grade English.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (7/15)


Report examines ways to scale digital learning

Report examines ways to scale digital learning

Researchers at the Arizona State University’s EdPlus Action Lab are completing a study focused on scaling digital learning. The report examines the economic and operational efficiencies of different schools that have successfully scaled their online-learning programs and how those practices can be implemented at other institutions, according to Lou Pugliese, a senior innovation fellow at the university.
Campus Technology (7/19)


Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school to host info sessions in Northwest Arkansas

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Elementary school teacher Stephanie Cowan works Nov. 17 at the Bentonville-based Arkansas Connections …

Robertson Schools announce district-wide open house schedule

Robertson County Schools has released the dates and times for all of this year’s open houses. Schools are listed by date below.

Online school to host information session

… online information sessions. For a full list of online information sessions, visit

Family, friends grieving after former Forsyth Central student killed in north Forsyth crash

Robertson attended Forsyth Central High School from 2013 through 2016, after which he withdrew to attend Georgia Virtual School, according to …

Public statewide virtual school launches through Limestone County Schools

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Parents, this fall you have a new, tuition-free option for educating your little ones. Nationally-accredited Connections …

Virtual school to host info sessions in Northwest Arkansas

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Elementary school teacher Stephanie Cowan works Nov. 17 at the Bentonville-based Arkansas Connections …

Virtual School Helps Parents Plan at Home Time

Virtual School Helps Parents Plan at Home Time … Back-to-school sales have already begun, and that’s a great time to buy a laptop. Some 15-inch …

Virtual School Holds Info Session for Parents

The session will show parents how they can provide an effective school environment and how to balance time. Parents will also learn about activities …

Virtual school to host info sessions in Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Connections Academy will hold four information sessions this month for families interested in theschool. The virtual public charter school is …

A schoolteacher defends her virtual classroom: Letters

I am still in my first year of teaching a math course for Florida Virtual School, and I believe that associate professor of political science Michael …

New private school gives middle-schoolers a non-traditional option

The Pioneer School will offer a hybrid model of instruction, with students in grades 6 to 8 taking online classes through the Florida Virtual School, …

VIRTUAL ED: Principal explains benefits, challenges of online learning

Dean looks forward to the start of a new school year, but conceded virtual schools aren’t without challenges. She explained Alabama has plenty of …

Newest Mena classrooms could be virtual

The school’s classrooms would be hosted online, real teachers would … The proposed school, Polk County Virtual Academy, would open for the …

‘Lost in the Cracks’ Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program … For students attending the school virtually, all lessons and activities are …

Researchers Push Back As Betsy DeVos, ALEC Advance Virtual SchoolExpansion

Their work has already been picked up at the state level: Representatives from Tennessee to Alabama have introduced ALEC-backed virtual school …

Online education programs offer virtual school alternatives

“Virtual school is the wave of the future,” Limestone County Executive Director of HR and Operations Tommy Hunter said. “This is for students who …

Hundreds of Missouri students flock to rural school district’s free online summer school

… administered by the district, during the school year. “We think there is a need for a year-round virtual school program in the state of Missouri,” Brown …

Changes made to DCS virtual school program benefit students

DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) Dothan City School’s offered students access to virtual school for the first time last year. Now it’s making changes to hopefully …

Charter, virtual schools could expand statewide under Senate GOP budget

Students at Milwaukee’s Academy of Excellence charter school attend a rally for supporters of Wisconsin’s School Choice program at La Casa de …

Editorial: Francis Marion woes demand major changes

That led to the discovery that the students had earned multiple credits for classes called Research I and Research II through Florida Virtual School, …

Notes from the news – July 19

Researchers Push Back As Betsy DeVos, ALEC Advance Virtual School Expansion. EdSurge. Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

5 Things You Can Do Now to Get Your Kids Ready for School

“Whether your child goes to a brick and mortar or virtual school, your child is going to need a space to do school work. Create a distraction-free …

CCHS announces back-to-school schedule | News | The Press and Standard

Registration for S.C. Virtual School Online Classes: Registration for online classes is Wednesday Aug. 16-Friday Sept. 1 for 11th and 12th graders and …

Reading is fundamental to American liberty

Today, parents, teachers, and tutors stress the importance of literacy to public, private, home, and virtual school students. Reading is not only still …

Brevard Schools names principal, assistant principal of the year

2014: Michael Miller, then principal of Saturn Elementary & Heather Price, then assistant principal of Brevard Virtual School.

Remarkable achievements of Norfolk’s children in care celebrated at ceremony

The event was organised by the Virtual School for Children in Care, which is part of Children’s Services Education Achievement Service, and saw …

Flagler’s Elementary Schools Will Accommodate New Requirement of 20 Minutes of Recess Per Day

The 100-minute requirement applies to traditional public schools, not to charter schools or to private schools. Full-time virtual school students are also …

Windermere resident revisits life-long career in film industry

… who keeps up with her father by attending Florida Virtual School, reminds him of all the big-name musicians and actors they’ve met during his work.

Positive People in Pinecrest

He used the Rosetta Stone program and classes through the Florida Virtual School to learn the language. He is practicing his language skills as a …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School to Serve Students Statewide

A new tuition-free, full-time online public school, Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (ISPA), is now enrolling students from across the state for …

LETTER: Cyber schools can be new ‘disruptors’ to improve education

Charter schools and cyber charter schools are indeed such disrupting forces. Charter schools are more nimble than traditional public schools, and can …

Pennsylvania Charter Schools

As was the case in 2012-13 and 2013-14, charter schools, particularly cyber charter schools, still performed academically worse than other traditional …

Nearly 1000 Erie students not vaccinated

More than 1,000 Erie School District students — about one in every 11 … public, parochial or private schools, and those attending a cyber school.

Senators protect charter schools at expense of local districts

He stated that the new formula to calculate cyber school tuition rates, “shouldn’t have been in there in the first place.” During the late-night session in …

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