Virtual School Meanderings

March 31, 2018

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Online program supports at-risk students

About 1 million students in 2,600 schools nationwide are using an online program called Acellus. The program supports online, interactive learning, but it is most often used to engage high-school students at risk of dropping out.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (3/28)

Report: Best practices for blended learning

Report: Best practices for blended learning
(Pixabay)
A report from Future Ready Schools offers examples of blended learning in practice. The report includes a framework for school districts that want to adopt a blending-learning approach and it highlights an effective program in a California district.
T.H.E. Journal (3/28)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Flipy’s Tesla! Let’s Invent the Future – Competitive Impressions

Flipy’s Tesla is a traditional adventure that invites players to perform experiments in a virtual school while they talk to other characters and solve riddles that make up the main mystery of the game. The player will experience everything from a first-person view and explore a fully-realised 3D world …

“Vote them out”: March for Our Lives is ready to hold politicians accountable

She’s enrolled in Florida’s virtual school program, taking lessons online, but her brother, who has special needs, goes to a public school. “I feel like I have to protect him,” she said. Zeldin-Almanza, who wore an orange hat and has turquoise braces, said she plans to meet with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) …

Thousands demand gun reform change at March For Our Lives rally in Orlando

But legislators also included a measure to allow certain school staff members to carry guns on campus. Minarik said if Orange County Public Schools decide to implement this program, she will pull her kids out of district. “They’ll go to virtual school,” she said. “We’re not comfortable with teachers having …

In their own voices: Why Seattle’s youth marched

Caitlin attends virtual school now and Caroline is in pre-school, but next year, they’ll be in public school. “We care for the little kids and others who are going to public school afraid,” Caitlin said. “And next school year … we don’t want to be afraid of going to school and being worried we’ll be shot and …

@FGCU_MTen Suffers 4-3 Setback to Princeton

Courts 1 and 2 both went into tiebreakers as the Eagles looked to secure the doubles point for the fourth-straight match. The top pairing of Oliver Landert (Naples, Fla./Florida Virtual School/Florida) and Marcelo Tebet (Londrina, Brazil/Colégio Anglo Americano) clinched doubled with a tough 7-6 match.

Mumbai: New app brings school along with teachers and exams to the smartphone

Her only dream is that her eight-year-old son, who is currently studying at her hometown in Chhattisgarh, doesn’t share her fate. Four months ago, when the house-help learned of Anytime Anywhere School (AAS) Vidyalaya — a mobile app that serves as a virtual school — from one of her employers, …

Cisco Connect to highlight growing opportunities presented by Saudi Arabia’s digital acceleration

Cisco has been working with the Saudi government to enable technology-enabled learning with the roll out of virtual school and smart classrooms platforms. To drive better healthcare provision, telemedicine solutions (diagnosis and treatment through telecommunications technology) have already been …

March 26: Big Warm-Up This Week!

A school district in New Jersey is using a “virtual school day” to make up for a school day canceled by snow. A good reminder as we head deeper into spring: when severe weather threatens at night, don’t go to bed without a plan. A new, unsettling era of extreme heat waves may be just a few years away …

These students will make up a snow day with virtual school

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District in New Jersey has come up with a solution to meet the 180-day state requirement — it will hold a virtual school day. Rather than cut spring break short or add days to the end of the school year, as some have done, the district’s virtual school day is …

These students will make up a snow day with virtual school

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — The term “snow day” is tantamount to bliss for most school children, and perhaps teachers too, but as the powder and school closings pile up, districts are left scrambling to make up lost time. The Pascack Valley Regional High School District in New Jersey has come up with a …

New private online school lays roots in Williamson County

Lindley is enrolled in the Grove Virtual Academy, a new online private school based in Brentwood with a similar model to homeschool tutorials. But unlike homeschool tutorials, where students typically meet about once a week for classroom instruction, Grove Virtual Academy students take self-guided …

Pascack Valley students will make up snow day with virtual school

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District has come up with a solution to meet the 180-day state requirement – it will hold a virtual school day. Rather than cut spring break short or add days to the end of the school year, as some have done, the district’s virtual school day is scheduled to be held …

Report: Profit Motive Pervades Online Charter Schools and Blended Programs

A new report from the Network for Public Education offered little good news about virtual and blended education in K–12. “Online Learning: What Every Parent Should Know,” is less of a guide for parents than an indictment of the profit motive behind online learning. The non-profit advocates for traditional …

By ROSS FLINT – rflint@shelbynews.com

Southwestern Consolidated Schools District will delve into uncharted territory at the start of the 2018-19school year. The district will open a virtual academy following a 6-1 vote by the school board during last week’s meeting. Board member Linda Isgrigg voted against the academy. The academy, in …

Is your spring break screwed because of the snow? It depends

One school district in Bergen County is trying something new with a virtual school day. The Pascack Valley Regional High School District closed for a 4th time on Wednesday, but only built three days into its calendar. In response, Superintendent P. Eric Gundersen announced that schools will be open …

North Carolina Virtual Academy Now Enrolling for the 2018-2019 School Year

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA), an online public school option available to students statewide in Kindergarten through 12th grade is now accepting enrollments for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Available tuition-free to students statewide, NCVA …

Physically Disabled Sparks Boy Thriving in New Virtual School

Bilateral amputee Logan Lansborough, a 7-year-old Sparks resident, has thrived in his new Nevada Virtual Academy school after being placed in special education classes in Kindergarten. Sparks resident Logan Lansborough can finally go to school and learn on his own terms. At birth, the now …

PHPS looks to “rebuild the ADLC in Barrhead”

Meanwhile, Vista Virtual School — Pembina Hills’ online school for elementary, junior high and senior high students — will take up the space in Edmonton and … Vista Virtual School has continuous enrolment throughout the year, but its enrolment includes as many as 550 full-time and 10,000 part-time …

Montclair adds day back to calendar after too many snow days

However, the state Department of Education said that the virtual days did not count as actual classroom time, and therefore could not be counted toward days in session. Although Pascack recently held a virtual day to make up for a March snow day. “We don’t have a ruling on whether virtual school days …

Public and private education institutions working to make sure students remain successful across …

They offer 20 AP classes, including instructor-led classes and through West Virginia Virtual School. Cheeseman said they are proud to be the only school system in West Virginia to produce both a Rhodes Scholar and a Gates-Cambridge Scholar, two of the highest educational accomplishments in the …

Free virtual school offers DFW students more flexibility with schedules

“I go from voice lessons at 9 a.m., to choir, to dance classes, to rehearsal,” Maddie said, detailing an average day. These two teens are constantly busy with training and rehearsals, and that’s why they’re both enrolled in a virtual school called iUniversity Prep that’s offered by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

This online education program, developed in KC, gets credit for preventing dropouts

At the center of that controversy was Acellus Academy, which the public school used as its virtual school program. That’s possible because the Acellus Academy covers all core areas of K-12 education, including electives, languages, and advanced placement courses. And it recently added career …

USD 416 fills two administrator positions for next year

Tappan will also helm the district’s virtual school. Fleming is familiar with life in a Kansas small town, as she was born and reared in Quinter, Kan. While she is not that familiar with Louisburg, she is excited to become a part of the community. “I am very much ready to be back in a community that feels like …

Arm teachers with knowledge, not guns

Lunsford’s son, Evan said this is his first year in a public high school after having been in virtual school for ninth and tenth grade. He said he feels extremely unsafe. “My first year in a public high school and Parkland happens, and then Maryland, and it makes me wonder if I made the right choice,” Evan …

@FGCU_WTen Kicks off #ASUNWTen Title Defense in Road Matches Against Lipscomb …

Florida Virtual School) and Maja Ornberg (Kil, Sweden/De la Gardiegymnasiet, Lidkoping) on court six and one to make it a one-point before USF clinched court two. FGCU saw another victory come its way with Sofia Perez (Alajuela, Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) downing Nicole Dzenga in a third …

China voters approve all warrant items but one

Farrington said the work would make the building usable as a community center for Weeks Mills or, now that it has internet, as a virtual school. Chadwick opposed this expenditure, too, questioning the need for local centers now that transportation is easy, citing the shortage of land for a septic system and …

After Florida Virtual School Data Breach, Leon County Schools Evaluating Its Own Cyber-Security

Though the Florida Virtual School is a third-party vendor at fault for leaving a server unsecured and vulnerable to hackers, the district is now evaluating its own data security. Gillian Gregory, an assistant superintendent for the district, told the crowd at Tuesday’s school board meeting what measures LCS …

VR training puts officers in the virtual line of fire

When this virtual school-shooter scenario is released in July — in time for the next school year, Verrico pointed out — it will be the latest iteration of the DHS S&T Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE). The platform was created in 2013 by DHS and the Army to train military personnel and …

The 11 biggest differences between Ready Player One and the original novel

Wade’s aunt is a slightly more positive character in the film (her boyfriend, played by Ralph Ineson, is the real villain) while Wade himself is a little less down-and-out. In the book, Wade has so little money that his avatar Parzival can do nothing but attend a virtual school on the planet Ludus (a concept cut …

Florida Expands Education Opportunities For Prisoners

The DOC can now partner with local schoolboards, Florida Virtual School or select charter schools to provide educational, career or vocational training. In a statement, the DOC said it’s excited to provide prisoners with enhanced opportunities that are “a vital part of helping inmates transition back into …

Delegates pledge to help children in care achieve their potential at Learning Together Conference

On Tuesday (March 27) more than 100 foster carers, adopters and designated teachers, attended the day-long Learning Together Conference, which took place at Rheged in Penrith. Organised by Cumbria County Council’s Virtual School team, the conference gave delegates the opportunity to ‘learn …

Florida Virtual School tells 33 employees to move to Florida or lose their jobs

“As you know, Florida Virtual School is a Florida-based government entity with its statutory mission being the education of Florida students,” Marshall wrote in an email to the full staff, explaining the move. “In pursuing this mission, positions were analyzed based on the cost of out-of-state employment and …

SLPS settles with family of suspended student

On his second day in the Virtual School Program, L.W. and another student allegedly stole Metro bus tickets from a teacher’s desk. This resulted in L.W. being suspended from all physical St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) campuses for at least the rest of the school year. However, he would maintain …

Florida education news: K-8 schools, charters, security and more

DATA PRIVACY: The Leon County school district launches an internal review of its data security after seeing Florida Virtual School suffer a major breach, WFSU reports. LABOR NEWS: Martin County teachers and the school district agree to new contract terms that include $300 raises, TC Palm reports.

@FGCU_MTen Claims 5-2 Win Over Lipscomb

Pope HS) and Felipe Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School) took down Daniel Cardenas and Pedro Uribe at No. 3 6-2 before Ezequiel Cerrini (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla./Homeschool) and Mateo Ruiz (Bucaramanga, Colombia/Oklahoma State) took down Jorge Ortegon and Francesco …

British member of IS detained in Syria says execution of western hostages ‘regrettable’ and could …

Florida Virtual School tells 33 employees to move to Florida or lose their jobs. Over the years, the Orlando-based Florida Virtual School has had about 10 percent of its employees working outside the Sunshine State.That’s about to change.FLVS president Jodi Marshall told 33 out-of-state workers on …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Beaver Valley people keeping things entertaining

A student in the Midland-based PA Cyber school, Barrett impressed me a few years ago when she opened a Club at Stage AE show for future Grammy winner Daya. ***Beaver Falls got mentioned in last Wednesday’s “Law & Order: SVU.” The episode featured a group of 16-year-old music students on a …

5 Questons: Carlisle girl steps into Irish dancing spotlight

I attend Commonwealth Charter Academy which is a fantastic cyber school. By 9 a.m., I am in classes that we call LiveLessons. I have language arts first, then algebra at 10. During the break between classes each day, from 11 to 12:30, I grab an apple, or some yogurt, then practice my dance routines, …

AASD to expand cyber school

Educators used to suspect students chose cyber charter school because they had a problem with their regular public school. But Altoona Area Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Brad Hatch said he’s learned the reason is rather that cyber education is best suited to meet specific needs, including …

Third KC superintendent candidate revealed

r “Worked with business manager to reduce the budget by $1.2 million for the 2017/18 school year,” out of a “$12 million budget.” r “Worked with high school principal to develop programs to reduce cyber school numbers.” r “Increased Elementary School Performance Profile score from 51.6 (15/16) to …

Will snow days soon become a thing of the past? They already are at Lancaster Country Day

Lancaster Country Day was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to implement cyber days in 2015 after then Department acting Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq announced a pilot program that allowed the state’s 500-plus school districts to hold “flexible instructional days” instead of …

Don’t lump brick-and-mortar charters with bad cyber schools | Perspective

Reviewing the data with an understanding of where these numbers come from reveals a better picture of Philadelphia’s suburban brick-and-mortar charter schools. An Inquirer article (“Charters rise in suburbs; results mixed,” March 15) summarized PCCY’s report as saying, “half the suburban charter …

5 Questons: Carlisle girl steps into Irish dancing spotlight

I attend Commonwealth Charter Academy which is a fantastic cyber school. By 9 a.m., I am in classes that we call LiveLessons. I have language arts first, then algebra at 10. During the break between classes each day, from 11 to 12:30, I grab an apple, or some yogurt, then practice my dance routines, …

 

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