Virtual School Meanderings

About VSM

Virtual School Meanderings is a member of the Center for the Advanced Study of
Technology Leadership in Education
(CASTLE) team of bloggers.

As the descriptive tagline that is included in the RSS feed states:

This blog and podcast focus on issues related to distance education at the K-12 level, specifically the use of virtual and cyber schools.

To be more specific, I post entries items related K-12 distance education (mostly online learning).  To that end, this blog has two purposes:

  1. To pass on all items related to K-12 distance education, specifically K-12 online learning, that cross my electronic desk.
  2. To provide a space for me to play with ideas or opinions related to K-12 online learning in a non-academic way.

The first purpose is fulfilled by posting entries from the various listserves and groups I follow, newsletters I have subscribed to, alerts I have created, blogs I monitor, etc..  These entries form the vast majority of content on this blog – which varies from day-to-day with a low of one or two entries per day and some days with five and six or more entries.

Approximately once or twice I week (it varies from week to week – sometimes more, sometimes less), I do get a chance to play with ideas and comment on things that are happening in K-12 online learning.  The opinions that I do post are my own and don’t represent my place of employment or any of the organizations I am involved with.  In most instances these opinions are based upon my background as a teacher, course designer, and administrator in various virtual schools in Canada, the United States and internationally; along with the research that I have been conducting for over a decade in a variety of jurisdictions (with a good dose of my own political beliefs included).

I encourage you to join the discussion, particularly when I am expressing my opinions.  One of the reasons I do this is to engage people in conversation.  I don’t always believe what it is I post, but I want to talk out the issue with people who are studying or working with these same issues or those who are in the field doing this on a day-to-day basis.  So please join the discussion.

Virtual School Meanderings is a member of the Center for the Advanced Study of
Technology Leadership in Education
(CASTLE) team of bloggers.

22 Comments »

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  2. Not bad, I may make a few adjustments on mine now. I assume you mean the United State”S”?

    Comment by Jay Bennett — November 2, 2008 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  3. Good catch… Fixed.

    Comment by mkbnl — November 2, 2008 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  4. Hi,
    Your blog is nominated in the Canadian Blog Awards. We let Canadians be nominated even if they aren’t living here now. Did you want your blog to stand in the voting round?

    Comment by saskboy — November 23, 2008 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  5. Returning to this page after a long absence, I notice I didn’t respond publicly to the comment left by saskboy. Note that I did respond privately, and I am currently living in Canada (which is important for me to note).

    Comment by mkbnl — July 11, 2009 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  6. Great site with lots of helpful information and resources!

    I work with Insight School of Kansas and Insight School of Colorado, part of the Insight Schools network of tuition-free online public high schools.
    Have you seen XXXX I’d like to know your thoughts, and this might be something of interest for your readers.

    Comment by Erin — July 14, 2009 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  7. Erin, I removed the active link from your comment (as I often get folks who post these kinds of things only as a way to increase traffic). To answer your question, I’m not familiar with the website in question.

    Comment by mkbnl — July 14, 2009 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

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