Virtual School Meanderings

January 13, 2018

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Four Tools That Take Blended Learning to the Next Level

blended learning tools

In any rush of new technology there comes fresh opportunities for learning and growth that were never possible before. We’ve seen this in the past two decades with blended learning, which combines digital media with traditional classroom methods to engage students like never before. In all of the excitement to…

Next the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Ind. district to test e-learning days

Ind. district to test e-learning days
(Pixabay)
School leaders in an Indiana district have scheduled two e-learning days in the upcoming school year. Jane Larson, assistant superintendent of secondary education, says e-learning could eliminate the need for snow make-up days.
The La Porte County Herald Argus (La Porte, Ind.) (1/10)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Q5: Showcase to show what MTC has to offer its students

The admissions process for private school, home-school and virtual school students is similar to students in Meridian’s district high schools, but we’ll need a little extra information about them and their academic history. Private school, home-school and virtual school students can participate in the …

Climate Change Wreaks Havoc with School Closings, But eLearning Poses a Solution

In answer to the growing number of children, many of whom had no access to school, Florida Virtual School accepted 20,000 new students. As climate change sets in and the weather becomes less and less predictable, school districts across the world will need to find alternative means to keep an even …

New Mexico Won’t Renew Largest Virtual School Charter

According to reporting by the Associated Press, New Mexico won’t be renewing the charter for its largest online charter school due to “lagging academic performance,” which could lead to its shuttering. State education representatives have voted down the renewal of the charter for New Mexico …

Scale back Florida’s teacher merit-pay rules, lawmakers say

The 2011 law didn’t lead to better academic performance for students, one of its goals, but it did drive down teacher morale, said the former Orange County teacher who now works in administration for the online Florida Virtual School. “We don’t think student test scores should be tied to our evaluations,” …

Virtual school growing, expanding options

Alabama Connections Academy, the state’s first public online school, has seen tremendous growth and success during its first semester. The tuition-free school gives students grades K–12 access to Alabama-certified teachers and a year’s worth of curriculum from the comfort of their home computer.

New Mexico Won’t Renew Largest Virtual School Charter

According to reporting by the Associated Press, New Mexico won’t be renewing the charter for its largest online charter school due to “lagging academic performance,” which could lead to its shuttering. State education representatives have voted down the renewal of the charter for New Mexico …

No RI schools have adopted snow day virtual learning policies

Meg Geoghegan, a spokesperson for the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE), told Eyewitness News her office has not received any virtual learning plans from school districts. The state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is required to approve any proposal before a district can count a …

Iowa home-school students could get better access to online classes

Currently, home-school students who want to access the state’s virtual education platform must first dual enroll in either a public or private school. The bill would remove that hurdle. Gov. Kim Reynolds has expressed support for opening online education to home-schoolers. “It offers families more options …

Q5: Showcase to show what MTC has to offer its students

The admissions process for private school, home-school and virtual school students is similar to students in Meridian’s district high schools, but we’ll need a little extra information about them and their academic history. Private school, home-school and virtual school students can participate in the …

Virtual charter school growth continues to net most of Oklahoma’s midyear state funding allocation

Eleven charter schools, including all four of the state’s virtual school choices, were among the top 20 in gaining state aid in annual, midyear adjustments just made by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In making midyear adjustments, state education officials distributed the final remaining …

Decatur shows gains on ACT Aspire test

Decatur City was the only public school system in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties to show growth in every category on the ACT Aspire test … Athens Superintendent Trey Holladay said the test scores of more than 1,000 virtual school students were assigned to Athens, and that’s the reason for …

Greenwood eyeing virtual classroom at city greenhouse

Barrineau said officials plan to roll out the concept slowly, but could eventually partner with schools outside the region or even other states. “I see this as building our flower brand even more,” he said. “We think this has tremendous value. This virtual school environment gives us another marketing tool for …

Germantown Community Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to Germantown area students

The GCSF scholarship competition is open to GHS students, as well as home-school, private, open enrollment-out and virtual school students. Applicants must be a legal resident of the town or village of Germantown or attend Germantown High School. Students who do not attend GHS must apply …

Board makes decision on Capital Outlay requests

Coming back up for final approval, the Newton Board of Education addressed Capital Outlay requests for 2018-2019 in the first meeting of the new year on Monday. Going over the items included on the list, Superintendent Deb Hamm noted both the superintendent’s council and support team met before …

Fort Myers’ Sophia Forest talks about ‘I Am Frankie’ role on Nickelodeon

Sophia is home-schooled and this year is enrolled in Florida Virtual School. She has an older brother, Brandon Dusseault, 14, and little sister, Isabelle Forest, 6. Their father, Mark Forest, held down the fort during the filming. He had flexibility in his sales career to work from home. Mark’s parents will help …

Answer Man: Asheville Velodrome getting makeover?

My answer: Back in high school, I used to tell my parents we had some “virtual school days.” They called it “skipping.” We disagreed on this point. Real answer: Kevin Smith, coordinator of Schools-Community Relations for Transylvania County Schools, said the concept of “virtual days” is essentially “how …

Survey: Bullying Among Reasons Students Pick Virtual Schools

“Many parents and guardians we interviewed were motivated (to attend a virtual charter) by what they perceived as issues and problems at their non-virtual school,” said Brian Points, director of research at the consulting firm. The study found that opportunities for acceleration or remediation and more …

Large number of students chose Oklahoma virtual charter schools because of bullying, study shows

Jessica Huber, 16, a high school junior, works on her virtual school geometry lesson at home in Bethany. CHRIS LANDSBERGER/The Oklahoman. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. OKLAHOMA CITY — Forty-one percent of students who attend a virtual charter school in Oklahoma left their …

Close Northside Middle School? Not so fast

MUNCIE — Emergency manager Steve Edwards is not rushing ahead with a proposal announced by Muncie Community Schools to close Northside Middle School. The plan was revealed at a school board meeting on Dec. 12, the night before the state’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board voted to place an …

Headlines: Raising Revenue, Utility Refunds Possible & Thunder Lose at Home

41% of virtual school students say bullying led them to online education. (NewsOK). The Mayor of Marlow wins the GOP bid for a special House race south of Oklahoma City. (NewsOK). Health board gives Doerflinger $189,000 salary. (Journal Record). New details emerge in Bixby sexual assault case.

Survey: Bullying among reasons students pick virtual schools

“Many parents and guardians we interviewed were motivated (to attend a virtual charter) by what they perceived as issues and problems at their non-virtual school,” said Brian Points, director of research at the consulting firm. The study found that opportunities for acceleration or remediation and more …

Loss of sponsor could close Ohio e-school with 12K students

A shutdown next week would occur about a month before the Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in ECOT’s case challenging how officials tallied student logins to determine that the virtual school was overpaid for the 2015-16 school year. The state says that ECOT didn’t sufficiently …

Lt. Gov. in Altamont to Help Announce Virtual Learning Class

The pilot program is being shepherded by the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, chaired by Sanguinetti. She said Illinois Virtual School not only increases the variety of courses available to rural students, the technology involved helps ease students into the transition from high school to college learning.

District cites change in virtual grad tracking for dip

Students who get a diploma through an alternate private virtual school no longer are considered graduates, a change from previous policies. BAY COUNTY — Bay District Schools’ federal graduation rate slightly dropped the past school year in comparison to 2015-16, according to data recently released …

4 Central A&M students among first to try online AP classes in pilot program

The virtual class is through Illinois Virtual School, an internet-based education program run by the Illinois State Board of Education. Some 6,000 high school students in Illinois are currently taking at least one virtual class through IVS, according to Jennifer Kolar-Burden, the program’s coordinator of …

South County public school leaders pitched ‘blended learning’ model

During the meeting, he touted the “blended model” of online and traditional education at the TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), a collaborative of 11 cities and towns based in Natick that created a “school within a school.” The tuition-free public virtual school gives …

Better enrollment, added funds cut $1 million from Jackson school deficit

Enrollment gains in the South Central Michigan Virtual School and shared-time programs with parochial schools contributed to cutting the enrollment decline, Ruddell said. JPS also is receiving an extra $489,850 in increased state funding for at-risk students this year. Closing McCulloch Academy, which …

Different ways to get college head start

“The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools is excited to support the new Advanced Placement/Illinois Virtual School Pilot project unveiled by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti,” said AIRSS Executive Director David Ardrey. “This new initiative will support one of the Association’s primary goals, …

An ‘I’ or an ‘F’? Shelby County Schools debates grade floors, grading scale

The district has its own virtual school program that some schools use more than others for credit recovery. Griffin said that could be implemented district-wide, and before a student gets to the end of the year with a failing grade. Reach Jennifer Pignolet at jennifer.pignolet@commercialappeal.com or on …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Erie Eastside Y to offer physical education class

The Eastside Family Y in Harborcreek is offering a physical education class for home-schooled and cyber school students. The class begins Jan. 9 and will meet eight consecutive Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m..Gym and swimming classes will be geared to help students meet physical education …

Alabama governor announces specialized cyber school

During her State of the State address, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering — set to open in 2020. Emily Tate. By Emily Tate. January 10, 2018 3:16 PM. Bio. Emily Tate Staff Reporter — Education. Emily Tate is a staff reporter at Scoop News Group …

York County siblings’ lives revolve around rodeos, horses and bulls

It’s been more than five years since the family turned to cyber school. The children can still work the farm, take classes and compete in rodeo. It’s the avenue that works for them. “It’s definitely a lifestyle,” Donna says. Up on the hill in the pasture, Anagrace turns from the straw to catch that friendly horse, …

YWCA launches Women in History Essay and Art Contest

The contest is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in all Adams County public and private schools, as well as homeschooled and cyber-school students. All students are asked to answer the following questions: What did this woman accomplish that inspires you? How does this woman …

 

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