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March 3, 2015

SITE 2015 – Online Credit Recovery: Reducing the Stress and Strain on Teachers and Classrooms!

The first session at the 2015 annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education related to K-12 online learning that I am blogging is:

Online Credit Recovery – Reducing the Stress and Strain on Teachers and Classrooms!

Ryan Hauber, Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School, Canada

Tuesday, March 3 12:10-12:30 PM in Coco B View on map

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Coco B Tuesday, Mar 03 2015 11:30AM-12:30PM
Gilbert Kalonde: Coco B, 2015-03-03 11:30:00-2015-03-03 12:30:00

For the past four years, our Cyber School has been offering access to credit recovery units online. We offer over 50 asynchronous online high school courses and allow for students to take individual units or sections of all of our classes. The credit recovery option allows for students to get a credit for a class when they can’t attend their face to face schools for various reasons, or if they need to improve upon an individual unit to be granted a credit. This reduces the stress and strain on our teachers and classroom sizes since students do not necessarily need to spend time in a face to face setting, redoing an entire class, to be successful. This presentation will discuss how we initiated the program, the feedback and responses we have encountered, and the details as to how it can be integrated in to your own virtual learning programs.

Ryan and Todd began with a bit of background on the Saskatoon Cyber Catholic School, which was founded in 1999 and is the oldest K-12 online program in the Province of Saskatchewan, serves about 2000 students right now.  The sessions focused specifically on credit recovery, and Ryan told us that the basis of the credit recovery program was to essentially divide up their existing courses into smaller units (or a modularized approach) to allow students to take one or two units within a course to make up work that the student failed to perform.  So a students may have taken math in the classroom and barely passed units one, two, and five in the course; but failed units thre and four and that caused them to fail the course overall.  This student could come back and take just these two units and pass them, to allow them to pass the course.  This could also apply to a student who was ill long-term and wanted to keep up with their schooling or a student that was moving and we’d be out of school for an extended period of time.

The courses can be modularized in a couple of ways, it can be broken down by outcome – following the outcome-based assessment that the Ministry has adopted.  So students have the option of going in and simply completing the content of the specific outcomes that the student failed to achieve.  The student would complete what is required with a SCCS teacher, once they have completed the outcomes the SCCS teacher would send the home school the students performance on those outcomes and it is up to the home school to assign an overall grade based on how they calculate the students online work with their face-to-face work.

At this stage, Ryan and Todd opened things up to questions.  They had questions about the grade book and the early warning notification system – via e-mail and SMS that they have created to try and ensure students are continually making progress.

The ended with a quick highlight of their website – http://www.gscs.sk.ca/cyber

SITE 2015 And Virtual Schooling

Please note that I had hoped to post this earlier, but with problems with the Academic Experts system that SITE is using again this year and then significant travel and luggage issues over the past 48 hours, I am only now getting to post this.

Anyway, these are all of the sessions at the 2015 annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education that I was able to find related to K-12 online learning.

Tuesday, March 3rd

12:10-12:30 PM in Coco B
Online Credit Recovery – Reducing the Stress and Strain on Teachers and Classrooms!

1:45-2:45 PM in Amazon H
Data Visualization Research in K-12 Online Schools

Susan Lowes , Peiyi Lin, Joe Cozart & Joseph Freidhoff
1:45-2:45 PM in Tango
Exploring Online Education in K-12 Environments

Wednesday, March 4th

11:30 AM-12:30 PM in Amazon A
Research Panel on Supporting Teachers and Accessibility in K-12 Online and Blended Learning Contexts

Leanna Archambault , Jean Larson, Wendy Oliver, Anne Roycroft & Raymond Rose
1:45-2:45 PM in Amazon H
Explorations and Evolution Within the Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning

1:45-2:15 PM in Conga A
Online Teaching Among World Language Teachers

Binbin Zheng , Chin-Hsi Lin & Nancy Romig
2:25-2:45 PM in Amazon Q
Lessons Learned From the Development of an Online Teaching Certificate Program for K-12 Teachers

3:00-4:00 PM in Tango
Information Literacy, Libraries, and Virtual Schools

3:00-4:00 PM in Amazon Q
Recruiting, Hiring, Training, Supporting, and Evaluating Teachers

Kathryn Kennedy , Joseph Freidhoff , Amy Michalowski & Joe Cozart
4:15-4:45 PM in Amazon T
At-Risk Student’s Journey With Online Course Credit; Looking at Perceptions of Care and Their Lived Experience

Thursday, March 5th

10:15-10:45 AM in Conga A
Effects of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in an Virtual School World Language Courses

10:45-11:15 AM in Conga A
Teacher Perceptions of Parental Engagement at a Cyber School

11:30 AM-12:30 PM in Amazon I
Panel on Research on Supporting K-12 Online and Blended Students

Lori Werth , Kim Huett, Jered Borup, Jamie Worrell & Lindsey Wahlbrink
1:45-2:45 PM in Amazon M
Panel on Research Using Data to Ensure Quality in K-12 Online Education

Christine Voelker, Kerry Rice , Joseph Freidhoff , Kristen DeBruler , Kathryn Kennedy & Bruce Friend
2:15-2:45 PM in Amazon R
Disconnect Between Policy and Research

4:15-5:15 PM in Amazon H
Research Panel on Professional Development and Teacher Preparation for K-12 Online and Blended Settings

Scott Petri, Keryn Pratt , Susan Poyo , Kathy McVey & Mary Lucille Smith

Friday, March 6th

10:15-10:35 AM in Amazon P
Innovative Public Education or Glorified Homeschooling

11:30-11:50 AM in Amazon P
US and International K-12 Online Learning

Note that Kathryn has posted all of the Virtual Schooling SIG sessions at http://www.mvlri.org/Blog/ID/86/SITE-2015-March-2-6 – some of these are different, as I found a couple sessions that weren’t in our SIG and there are some in our SIG that don’t appear to deal with K-12 online learning.

February 16, 2015

EdITLib Toc Alert: Journal of Technology and Teacher Education

Also from Saturday’s inbox…

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Journal of Technology and Teacher Education

Vol. 23 , No. 1 (January 2015)

Table of Contents

  1. Novice mathematics teachers’ use of technology to enhance student engagement, questioning, generalization, and conceptual understanding

    Virginia Fraser , Indiana University Southeast, ; Joe Garofalo , University of Virginia,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/114712/

  2. Mobile video collection in preservice teacher practicum placements

    Christopher Dann , University of the Sunshine Coast, ; Bill Allen , University of the Sunshine Coast,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/129814/

  3. Examining TPACK’s Theoretical Future

    Royce Kimmons , University of Idaho,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/130072/

  4. Online Case Studies as a Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers of Elementary Reading

    Anita Vereb , University of Michigan, ; Joanne F. Carlisle , University of Michigan, ; Emily Mihocko-Bowling , University of Michigan,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/130081/

  5. Technology Integration in K-12 Classrooms: The Impact of Graduate Coursework on Teachers’ Knowledge and Practice

    Crystal Machado , Department of Professional Studies in Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, ; DeAnna Laverick , Department of Professional Studies in Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/130168/

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EdITLib Toc Alert: Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

From Saturday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael Barbour,

The latest issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education is now available on the Ed/ITLib Digital Library.

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Vol. 14 , No. 4 (December 2014)

Table of Contents

  1. New Technologies, New Possibilities for the Arts and Multimodality in English Language Arts

    Wendy Williams , Arizona State University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/129864/

  2. Examining Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Emerging Practices in Online Environments

    Signe Kastberg , Purdue University, ; Kathleen Lynch-Davis , Appalachian State University, ; Beatriz D’Ambrosio , Miami University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/131301/

  3. Approximating the Practice of Mathematics Teaching: What Learning Can Web-based, Multimedia Storyboarding Software Enable?

    Patricio Herbst , University of Michigan, ; Vu-Minh Chieu , University of Michigan, ; Annick Rougée , University of Michigan,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/147298/

  4. Effect of Faculty Member’s Use of Twitter as Informal Professional Development During a Preservice Teacher Internship

    Michael Mills , University of Central Arkanas,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/147316/

  5. Pedagogy for the Connected Science Classroom: Computer Supported Collaborative Science and the Next Generation Science Standards

    Brian J. Foley , California State University, Northridge, ; John M. Reveles , California State University, Northridge,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/147877/

  6. Data-Driven Decision-Making: Facilitating Teacher Use of Student Data to Inform Classroom Instruction

    Catherine Schifter , Temple University, ; Uma Natarajan , University of Massachusetts, Boston, ; Diane Jass Ketelhut , University of Maryland, ; Amanda Kirchgessner , Temple University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/148436/

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February 13, 2015

EdITLib Toc Alert

From yesterday’s inbox…  No K-12 online learning items though (I should note that IJEL has never been friendly towards K-12 distance education submissions and has published VERY few articles of that nature).

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International Journal on E-Learning

Vol. 14 , No. 1 (January 2015)

Table of Contents

  1. Organizational Support in Online Learning Environments: Examination of Support Factors in Corporate Online Learning Implementation

    Thomas Schultz , Iowa State University, ; Ana-Paula Correia , Iowa State University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/39246/

  2. E-Learning Instructional Design and the Mismatch between E-Learners and E-Educators’ Learning Styles

    Osama Hassanein , Asyut University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/40595/

  3. Student Attitudes And Preferences Toward An E-Mentoring Program: A Survey of Journalism Students

    Jamie Switzer , Colorado State University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/40622/

  4. Exploring awareness of online reading strategies used by EFL learners in a developing country: A study on undergraduate students in Bangladesh

    Mohammad Shahedul Islam , Military Institute of Science and Technology, ; Mohammad Shamsur Rahman , Military Institute of Science and Technology, ; Enamul Haque , Khulna University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/40649/

  5. Physical and Psychological Well-Being and University Student Satisfaction with E-Learning

    Genevieve Johnson , Curtin University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/41234/

  6. Management of Change

    Shad Morrow , Grand Canyon University,

    Abstract: http://www.editlib.org/p/41283/

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