Virtual School Meanderings

July 15, 2018

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, there were also no relevant items in the alert for cyber school I received.

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

So nothing to report this week.

July 14, 2018

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Innovation Weekly.

One Digital Reading Resource Supports Entire State’s K-12 Reading & Learning Program

Wisconsin had an idea to provide consistent and accessible reading and learning to all of their K-12 students. The challenge was how to undertake such a big initiative and fund it. Through collaboration with various agencies and organizations, Wisconsin achieved its goal, providing reading access to all students through one online resource, regardless of library size, number of students, and even remote school locations.

Next, the MiddleWeb SmartBrief.

Teacher: How to teach music online

Erin Goodridge, a middle-school music teacher, teaches in a virtual classroom and says it is not so different from teaching in a traditional classroom. In this blog post, she describes how she created the virtual space “Coffeehouse LIVE,” to allow students to perform their work virtually for an audience.
SmartBrief/Education (7/10)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Comic Con is serious fun

There was a “Leia” at the Lawrence Virtual School booth. Sheila Wilkins, of Lawrence, who was dressed as the early “Star Wars” princess, said …

New report tracks state’s turn from public schools

Billing the model as a “real virtual school,” organizers initially said the statewide school would offer occasional farm visits, but they wouldn’t be …

Facing state scrutiny, Indiana charter school steps back from virtual plan

An Indiana charter school is backing off its unconventional plan to open a statewide virtual school with a farm campus following scrutiny from state …

$900k grant means virtual school is a go

The Ripon Area School District received a $900,000, five-year virtual charter school planning grant last week that will enable the district to prepare for …

Ohio unsure of status of 2300 students from closed e-school

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Many of the students enrolled in Ohio’s largest online charter school when it closed in January have transferred to other …

New report tracks state’s turn from public schools

Billing the model as a “real virtual school,” organizers initially said the statewide school would offer occasional farm visits, but they wouldn’t be …

Ohio unsure of status of 2300 students from closed e-school

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many of the students enrolled in Ohio’s largest online charter school when it closed in …

Student Outcomes for Online School System Go Toe-to-Toe with TraditionalSchool Results

… achievement as that offered at traditional public schools and that they may be better positioned to succeed than they would in other virtual schools.

Tennessee Virtual Academy enrollment opens for grades 9-12

Currently, enrollment for Tennessee Virtual Learning Academy, a statewide online public school, is now open for the 2018-19 school year for student …

Global Virtual School Market Growth Opportunities, Driving Factors by Manufacturers, Regions …

Virtual School Market Business Strategies: Product Specification, New Opportunities and Future Prospects 2023 Along with Top Key Players like …

New technology coming to Wyoming County Schools

“We are in the process of buying several more systems,” Shumate noted. “The goal is to have at least one mobile virtual reality system in every school.”.

Tennessee Virtual Academy Meets to Serve High School Students for 2018-2019School Year

MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), an online public schoolof Union County Public Schools which has …

Tennessee Virtual Academy Meets to Serve High School Students for 2018-2019 School Year

… year where 164 TNVA students graduated from 8th grade, with many families expressing a desire to continue their education at the virtual school.

School libraries becoming “digital learning centers”

Through WV Virtual School, students will be able to take online classes that are not available at the high schools, Robin Hall, assistant superintendent, …

NAESP 2018: Creating ‘arts-rich’ schools and setting ‘wildly important goals’

Some principals — and one asked a question at the end of his talk — have the misperception that Khan Academy is some type of virtual school. Others …

Teenagers cook up three-course meal at pop-up restaurant alongside celebrity chef

School Diners with Chef Mark Lloyd, was organised by the council’s Virtual School for Children in Care, specifically for young people who were …

COLLEGE SPORTS: Valparaiso places 11 on Summit League honor roll

A total of 11 Valparaiso University athletes from men’s tennis and men’s swimming were named to the Summit League’s academic honor roll.

Global Virtual Schools Market 2018 – 2025 Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education …

Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood …

Agriculture And Technology School Moves Away From Virtual Status

Leaders at a new agriculture and technology charter school say it won’t operate as a virtual school after all. The Indiana Agriculture and Technology …

Call to monitor Dorset’s home-educated children

Virtual school team head David Alderson described keeping track of the 454 children taught outside the school system as an “interesting” task, the …

State auditors find errors in county school budget

… taxes dropped during fiscal year 2016 – 2017, while Athens City Schools saw a rise in their ADM and ADA, thanks to their virtual school program.

Hillsborough headed for a new mark: 25000 charter school students

Also on deck is Florida Connections Academy, a virtual school that says it will start with 750 students in grades K-12. The school district’s charter office …

Trio of sisters to compete in national youth rodeos

Rebekah, a junior student at St Croix Central Virtual School, has earned a position on the Minnesota State National High School rodeo team and will …

Option for public school at home

I wanted to share my family’s experience with public school at home in the hopes of helping another family realize that there are free, high-quality …

Global Virtual Schools Market 2018 – Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White …

… Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood Virtual School.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Accountant in PA Cyber school fraud case gets 1 year in prison, must pay $50K

The Beaver County accountant who proved “instrumental” in helping Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’sformer CEO siphon $8 million in public …

Accountant Who Helped Pa. Cyber School Founder Commit Fraud Sentenced To Prison Time

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A former accountant who helped the head of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School commit fraud will serve prison time.

Scranton summer classes to go online this year

The opportunity for students to take the classes for credit recovery or enrichment come as the district ends its first year of offering its own cyber school.

Letter: Quality of education matters more than the setting

I have the privilege of attending multiple graduation ceremonies each year. Because Commonwealth Charter Academy is a cyber school that serves …

Ex-CPA who helped Nicholas Trombetta in PA Cyber scheme gets prison term

A former certified public accountant who helped the founder of PA Cyber Charter School shield millions of stolen taxpayer dollars from the IRS is …

Pa. Accountant Gets A Year In $8M School Fund Pilfering Plot

Accountant Gets A Year In $8M School Fund Pilfering Plot … him to pay $50,000 in restitution for helping acyber school’s administrator hide more than …

Accountant Who Helped Pa. Cyber School Founder Commit Fraud Sentenced To Prison Time

Follow KDKA-TV: Facebook | Twitter. PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A former accountant who helped the head of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School …

Scranton summer classes to go online this year

The opportunity for students to take the classes for credit recovery or enrichment come as the district ends its first year of offering its own cyber school.

Pa. Accountant Gets A Year In $8M School Fund Pilfering Plot

… him to pay $50,000 in restitution for helping a cyber school’s administrator hide more than $8 million in public funds funneled from the school.

Accountant in PA Cyber school fraud case gets 1 year in prison, must pay $50K

The Beaver County accountant who proved “instrumental” in helping Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’s former CEO siphon $8 million in public …

Sex victim of ex-Dover Area teacher has PTSD, doctor says

… attending Dover Area after 10th grade and for a short time went to a school for children with behavioral issues before enrolling in cyber school.

Pittsburgh-Area Assistant Police Chief Facing Additional Charges

The former former cyber school instructor was gunned down on Mother’s Day in the driveway of her mother’s home in Aliquippa, about 30 miles …

Will you pay more property taxes in 2018-19?

Cyber school tuition is one area costs continue to rise in every year, according to business manager Dr. Marcia Stokes. She said as the student …

Ghigiarelli Qualifies for National U16 Tennis Team

She went to cyber school so she could focus on the tennis court full time, driving to Allentown daily and that dedication has paid off.” “I’ve worked really …

July 8, 2018

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, there were also no relevant items in the alert for cyber school I received.

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

So nothing to report this week.

July 7, 2018

News Article: Blended Learning Is Proving More Effective Than Traditional Education

This is another example of a piece of research – as well as the researchers – overreaching.  It is a limited study, but the headline (and even commentary) makes it seem quite different.  It is an excellent example of everything that is wrong with K-12 distance, online, and blended learning research; and educational technology research in general!

Having said that, as there are a couple of K-12 examples in this article I did want to pass it along.

Blended Learning Is Proving More Effective Than Traditional Education

By Henry Kronk July 06, 2018

blended learning

Online learning remains unpopular amongst professors and even with the general public. While many work actively to promote the notion that an online setting can serve as an analog to in-person education, there’s a wholly less controversial use of digital technology being used in and out of the classroom. It calls for a blend of online and in-person education, and there’s growing evidence that it surpasses traditional methods. Blended learning has proven itself as not only a teaching strategy that allows greater flexibility, but one that is more effective than traditional methods.

Recent Findings from the University of Iowa

Last month, researchers from the University of Iowa presented new findings to the American Physiological Society (APS) Institute on Teaching and Learning in Madison Wisconsin. Especially among students at risk of failing a course, they found, blended learning helps boost grades.

Led by Professor Jennifer Rogers of the University of Iowa, the team investigated an undergraduate physiology course. Comparing a group of learners in a blended version versus a traditional one, Rogers’ team found evidence that overwhelmingly supported blended learning.

“Greater than 95 percent of students enrolled in the blended course section earned course grades [of] C- or higher, compared with 82 percent in the large lecture sections and 81 percent in the online sections,” Rogers told Science Daily. In addition, fewer students who took the blended version withdrew from the class and fewer reported end-of-semester anxiety.

That’s the ‘what.’ But answering the ‘why’ is less straightforward. Rogers believes that a good deal has to do with the network possible in a blended format.

“The blended course structure we utilized facilitated bidirectional information flow, fostering conversations not only between the instructor and students but among the students themselves (peer learning),” she said, according to Science Daily.

Tennessee’s Blended Learning Pilot Program

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Education concluded and reported on a pilot program of blended learning this April. The initiative was tested out by 50 math teachers at 37 different schools. Put simply, students improved their test scores in each of the participating schools.

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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eClassroom News.

10 tools for blended schools

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. For over five years, we at the Christensen Institute have been collecting data on blended-learning schools from around the world. In 2016, we launched our…

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Study considers outcomes at online schools

Study considers outcomes at online schools
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Students attending an online public school may perform on par with their peers in traditional brick-and-mortar schools, according to an analysis by SRI International and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Data show that students at Connections Academy schools performed as well as students in traditional schools in math and reading and outperformed students at other virtual schools in reading.

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Akron virtual school meets demise in ECOT fashion

AKRON — Earlier this month, the Akron Digital Academy quietly went out of business, after repayments to the state of Ohio became too much of a …

Jigsaw Interactive’s Virtual Classrooms Help iForward Online Students Send Experiment to the …

Even more remarkable is that iForward is a completely online virtual school, where students often live hundreds of miles from each other across the …

Global Virtual School Market 2018 | In-depth Study, Industry Revenue, Top Manufacturers 2025

Virtual School Market Research Report introduce the overview of Virtual School industry. The Virtual School market confess global and worldwide …

State Releases 2018 School Grades; See How Bay County Schools Performed

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – School grades are now out in the state of Florida. The Bay District received an overall B letter grade, the same as last year.

Several new education laws to go into effect July 1

A law that makes the altering of a student transcript by an employee of a school district, charter school or virtual school and retaliation by an education …

Security Issues Top LUHS Board Agenda

Szews reported 64 students are enrolled in virtual school credit recovery coursework with 16 courses completed to date. Fifteen incoming ninth grade …

Flagler Schools maintains ‘B’ grade, Buddy Taylor Principal takes on new role in district

A breakdown of schools in Flagler County shows Indian Trails Middle School and iFlagler Virtual Schoolearning an “A” grade. Belle Terre Elementary …

PolitiFact: No action on Abbott’s vow to repeal online course limits

Abbott called next for any student to be allowed to take any Texas Virtual School Network course provided it’s aligned with state curriculum guidelines …

Julie Frosch is preparing for her new role as principal at Notre Dame High School

Virtual school will also be an option again this year, Frosch said. This is an opportunity she’s excited to be able to offer the students again, because it …

New technology systems will improve learning, communications

The new learning centers will consist of a combination of up to 20 to 25 desktops and mobile labs for virtual school offerings. There will be 60 mobile …

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

for implementing full-time, statewide virtual school opportunities to provide students with rigorous online courses in a learning model that meets their …

Holmen student’s project launched into space

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – Holmen virtual school student Grace Mullikin had her project launched up to the International Space Station. The experiment ..

Marketresearchnest: Global and Regional Virtual Schools Market 2018 Industry Growth with CAGR …

Connections Education, K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood …

Akron virtual school meets demise in ECOT fashion

Akron Digital Academy’s closure comes as the Ohio Department of Education makes new efforts to hold e-schools accountable, following a watershed …

Bill protecting e-school heads to governor

COLUMBUS — A bill shielding what is now Ohio’s largest online school and its sponsor from the negative consequences of accepting thousands of …

Virtual learning policy could create new Cyber Academy for home-school students

Secondary Education Director Russell Penner said that the virtual school program was created under Senate Bill 630, which allowed county boards or …

Tennessee Virtual Learning Academy accepting enrollments for 2018-2019

Tennessee Virtual Learning Academy is enrolling for grades 9-12.TVLA is a fully accredited public school that offers a tuition-free online learning …

GOP advancing e-school changes, protecting schools who took ECOT students

Ohio lawmakers are set to protect what is now the state’s largest online charter school from seeing its sponsor’s rating impacted by the large number of …

Thousands of High School Seniors Find Success with Online School, Graduate with Connections …

COLUMBIA, Md., June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — More than 5,300 virtual school students graduated across 23 states as Connections Academy …

Bill Protecting Ohio E-School Heads to Governor

The language applies to all public schools, not just e-schools although the Ohio Virtual Academy has accepted more ECOT students than any other …

Global Virtual Schools Market Production, Sales and Consumption Status and Prospects …

Orbis Research has announced the addition of the “Global Virtual Schools Industry” to store by company, by country, and by application/type for the …

Florida’s 2018 school grades are out. Here’s a breakdown on how Manatee County fared.

Of the 60 Manatee schools listed, 15 received A’s, 18 received B’s, 20 received C’s and six got a D. ManateeVirtual School received an “I,” or an ..

PolitiFact: No action on Abbott’s vow to repeal online course limits

Abbott called next for any student to be allowed to take any Texas Virtual School Network course provided it’s aligned with state curriculum guidelines ..

Global Virtual School Market Growth Opportunities, Driving Factors by Manufacturers, Regions …

Virtual School Market Business Strategies: Product Specification, New Opportunities and Future Prospects 2023 Along with Top Key Players like …

Teen transitions from online studies to UC Davis

Enrolling in a virtual school let Faber log into online classes on a variable schedule, rather than coming into town for a more conventional high school ..

Student Outcomes for Online School System Go Toe-to-Toe with Traditional School Results

… as well in math as students in other virtual schools; and they outperformed other virtual school students in reading by nearly eight percentage points.

Students and teachers honoured at Lincolnshire Media Golden Apples Education Awards 2018

Primary Virtual School Achievement Award – Freya Barratt, highly commended, … Secondary Virtual School Award – Megan Halliday-Coull, highly …

Holmen student’s project launched into space

Error loading player: No playable sources found. Holmen virtual school student Grace Mullikin had her project launched up to the International Space …

Franklin School For The Performing Arts To Host Open Houses

Provided Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in partnership with TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), …

Local School Updates

Lauren Brown of Boca Raton, Palm Beach Virtual School. Kaylee Cunningham of Boca Raton, Olympics Heights Community High School.

New technology coming to Wyoming County Schools

The new learning centers will consist of a combination of up to 20-25 desktops and mobile labs for virtual school offerings. There will be sixty mobile …

$900k grant means virtual school is a go

The Ripon Area School District received a $900,000, five-year virtual charter school planning grant last week that will enable the district to prepare for …

Georgia Connections Academy opens enrollment

Interested families are invited to attend the in-person information session to see first-hand about the virtual school. For more information, to enroll or …

Principals Batson, West switch schools, helm Cheatham Park, Coopertown Middle

She served as principal of the Robertson County Schools Virtual School from 2012-2016, before being named principal of Coopertown Middle School …

Rise & Shine: Memphis students weigh in on efforts to revamp job training in schools

VIRTUAL SCHOOL Blount County Schools is offering families two new options this year for students to learn at home with local educators’ support.

Global Virtual School Market 2018 Detailed Analysis Research Report by BrainCert, Saba …

Global Virtual School market 2018-2023 report completely generated with broad interpretation and succinct evaluation of realistic information over the …

Bnms Academy Offering Online Summer Booster Classes for Students

The summer booster classes will be offered through a virtual school, with a maximum of 8 students in a class, ensuring students get the maximum …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Taxes higher under Charleroi school budget

… new health care consortium, restricting administrative positions, outsourcing technology services, an in-house K-12 cyber school, combining efficient …

Super day for Super Kids

Seventh – Breylin Hagerty, of Titusville, Cyber School. • Eighth – Austin Hamilton, of Hermitage, Hickory High School. The rest of the 2018 Super Kids …

Virtual learning policy could create new Cyber Academy for home-schoolstudents

by Kate Evans. The Morgan County School Board is considering a new policy that could allow local home-schooled students to take online courses at …

North Hollywood High School Wins Title at California Cyber Innovation Challenge at Cal Poly

Twenty high school teams competed in simulated cybersecurity challenges during annual statewide competition. SAN LUIS OBISPO — After …

Pension, cyber fees fuel budget hike

Newport School Board has approved a 2018-19 budget that includes a 1.75 percent tax hike to cover costs of rising pension fund payments and cyber …

Connellsville school board adopts balanced budget with no tax increase

Some of the rising costs were offset by savings of $1 million to cyber school spending through the operation of the district’s own Falcon Online …

Charleroi school board passes budget with tax increase

Business Manager Crystal Zahand noted that increases in retirements, cyber school tuition and special education services are driving up costs for the …

Super day for Super Kids

Seventh – Breylin Hagerty, of Titusville, Cyber School. • Eighth – Austin Hamilton, of Hermitage, Hickory High School. The rest of the 2018 Super Kids …

Pension, cyber fees fuel budget hike

Changes that might reduce the payments or reduce pension and cyber school costs would have to come from the state, they said. Board member Pat …

19-year old elected to lead Northumberland County Republican party

Caleb Shaffer, a 2017 Cyber School graduate, was elected by the Republican party committee at a recent Republican party meeting held at the …

Global Virtual School Market Growth Opportunities, Driving Factors by Manufacturers, Regions …

Pune, India — (SBWIRE) — 07/03/2018 — “An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or …

Where are they now?

Taylor owns Spyder Learning, an international cyber school corporation based in Upper St. Clair. The son of Bonnie and Bill Taylor resides in …

19-year-old elected chairman of Northumberland County Republican Party

SUNBURY — Caleb Shaffer, 19, of Sunbury, was elected chairman of the Northumberland County Republican Party during a June 28 meeting at the …

Letter: Quality of education matters more than the setting

I have the privilege of attending multiple graduation ceremonies each year. Because Commonwealth Charter Academy is a cyber school that serves …

 

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