Virtual School Meanderings

July 22, 2018

Coming Up | 7 New edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars. - edWebinars for Every Educator

STEM edWebinar ELA edWebinar SEL edWebinar Music in Early Learning edWebinar

Professional learning doesn’t end with the school year! Summer is a great time for edWebinars that are free and fun. Register for an upcoming edWebinar and catch up on any you missed. Join edWeb to connect with colleagues around the world who are passionate about teaching and learning!

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Free edWebinars with CE Certificates

Mitchell Malpartida
Jackie Tan

Starting Your Makerspace
Tuesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Mitchell Malpartida, Founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy and seasonal adjunct at Loyola Marymount University; and Jackie Tan, Maker Educator at South Tahoe Middle School, CA
Visit STEM Learning

Christine Fox
Jeremy Wartz

From Print to Digital:
Discover and Implement Quality Instructional Materials for Learning
Tuesday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA; and Jeremy A. Wartz, Instructional Materials Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education
Visit Essential Elements for Digital Content

Susannah Moran

Thinking in Action: The Power of Digital Literacy
Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Susannah Moran, Senior Project Manager, myON, by Renaissance
Visit ELA Today

Support Social Development in the Early Childhood Inclusion Classroom with Music
Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Carol Ann Blank, Ph.D., LCAT, LPC, MT-BC, Manager of Research and Special Needs Services for Music Together Worldwide
Visit Music in Early Learning

OTasha Morgan Ph.D.
Derrick Hershey

7 Must-Haves for Successful and Sustainable Social-Emotional Learning
Wednesday, July 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. O’Tasha Morgan, District Lead School Counselor, Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC; and Derrick Hershey, Principal, Shiloh Point Elementary School, Cumming, GA
Visit Mindsets for Social-Emotional Learning

David J. Schonfeld MD

Supporting the Grieving Student
Thursday, July 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by David J. Schonfeld, MD, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Visit Teaching All Students

Frances Amato

Apps to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Frances Amato, STEM Educator, Technology Liaison, Doctoral Candidate
Visit Teaching Students with Autism

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Summer’s a great time to catch up on edWebinars you missed. Browse and search by keyword, topic, community, or air date. View the recordings and take a quiz to earn your CE certificate. Learn more.

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EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I did not receive the alert for virtual school.

Next, the alert for cyber school.

1. TI- 21st Century Virtual Language Learning Environments (VLLEs).
AU- Mroz, Aurore  1
JN- Language & Linguistics Compass
PD- Aug2014, Vol. 8 Issue 8, p330-343
PG- 14p
DT- 20140801
PT- Article
AB- Learning a foreign language (L2) has never been more efficiently done than through immersion in the target culture. By comparison, learning in a traditional classroom has proven to lead only to limited proficiency. But traveling to the target country is still inaccessible for many L2 learners. Investing in the tremendous array of technologies that have emerged since the beginning of the 21st century could bring us one step closer. This essay overviews the body of research on Virtual Language Learning Environments (VLLEs), considered as promising venues to approximate the type of naturalistic learning that happens in real-life immersion. Drawing on research in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories, this paper intends to provide a clearer picture of what virtuality entails for the L2 learning process, and to offer research-based suggestions on what to look for to integrate VLLEs in the L2 curriculum. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Language & Linguistics Compass is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for  individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the  accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of  the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
DE- Foreign language education
DE- Classroom environment
DE- Second language acquisition
SU- Computer assisted language instruction
SU- Twenty-first century
SU- Comparative studies
IC- 611630 Language Schools
AD- 1 Department of French & Italian, Colby College
IS- 1749818X
DI- 10.1111/lnc3.12089
AN- 97654068

Finally, I also did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning this week.

So nothing to report this week.

July 21, 2018

Accreditation: What Is The Department Of Education Thinking?

As I say each week…  From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute. 
Christensen Institute · 585 Broadway St. · Redwood City, CA 94063 · USA

This particular entry is funny, as the Christensen Institute has been on this accreditation kick for a few weeks now.  What is funny about it is the fact that it is the neo-liberal elements that they support that forced this accreditation agenda on higher education.  Because if universities can’t be trusted to simply provide higher education, they must create ways to measure common objectives that all students must meet.  If not, then they mustn’t be high quality institutions.

Share Your OLC Accelerate Story And Win!

Also from Thursday’s inbox…


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  2. Share your video on social media, remember to include @OLCToday and #OLCAccelerate.

Let the OLC community know how beneficial attending OLC Accelerate was and just how much you learned! Submit your video before August 31st to be eligible to WIN a $25 OLC gift card or $50 off your OLC Accelerate 2018 registration!

NCVPS E-lert – Summer Edition V – July 19, 2018

A newsletter from Thursday’s inbox.

Summer Edition V
July 19, 2018
Greetings, everyone!
We are more than halfway through our summer session. We posted another progress report in our registration system today. Please check out how your students are progressing.
Also, see the details about our NCVPS Virtual Open House in August and forward the registration page to anyone who may be interested in attending.
In This Issue
Virtual Open House
2018-2019 Updates
Grade Reporting
Calendar Check / Important Links
Live Support / Tech Updates
Previous News
Accessibility Statement
Virtual Open House – Aug. 14 & 16
NCVPS invites you to its 2018 Virtual Open House.
We have two dates: Tuesday, August 14, 11 AM – 12 PM or Thursday, August 16, 7 PM to 8 PM
See our Virtual Open House Announcement for more details and registration.
2018-2019 Updates
Summer Program Details
Summer school with NCVPS is a fast-paced program. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students will spend 3-5 hours each day, Mondaythrough Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too.
See our Summer School Guide for complete program details.
2018-2019 Registration Details
If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information.
Please remember that there is only one login per school. If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password. If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, Quick Registration Guide or our Registration System User’s Guide.
Catalog Updates
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
Course Updates and Alerts
See our Course Updates and Alerts webpage for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.
Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.
Grade Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
July 19 – Progress Report Posted in the Registration System.
July 19 – First Session Final Health Grades Posted
July 19 – Day 3 Status Report for Second Session Health
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 26 – Progress Report Posted in the Registration System.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Calendar Check and Important Links
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
Final Grades Posted: Aug. 16.
Fall 2018 Dates
Early Start: August 13
Early Start Drop/Add: Aug. 24
Traditional Start: Aug. 27
Traditional Drop/Add: Sept. 10
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Live Support and Tech Updates
NCVPS offers live online support each week for ELAs and facilitators.
Dates and Times: Mondays from12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Access: Access Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
See our Tech Updates and Messages page for the latest news from our technology department. We are currently reporting on the following:
  • Issues with certain emails
  • Chrome updates
  • Opening tickets with our support center
  • password resents
  • Confirming student emails in canvas
Previous News
Accessibility Statement
The North Carolina Virtual Public School is continually striving to improve our courses for all students, ensuring courses are accessible to everyone. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding the accessibility of a course please do not hesitate to reach out to the NCVPS teacher or open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center.
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