Virtual School Meanderings

April 22, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

Real talk: This is what successful blended learning actually looks like

blended learning

In theory, blended learning sounds straightforward: You replace a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction with web-based online instruction. In practice, though, launching and sustaining a blended learning initiative takes planning, training, tech tools, and the flexibility to change course midstream. Colorado District 49, where I am superintendent of the…

3 ways new-to-online students can thrive with virtual learning

virtual learning

Digital learning opportunities are widely available and abundant today. From MOOCs to digital study aids to virtual tutoring, there are many ways for students to hone their academic skills while still maintaining flexibility in their schedules. An added bonus? They can often do this from the comfort and convenience of…

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

@FGCU_MTen Displays Strong Performance in 4-2 Loss to #34 Memphis

Florida Virtual School/Florida) and Andres Alfonzo (Hollywood, Fla./Florida Virtual School/Texas Christian University) dropped difficult decisions at No.

Virtual school eyeing Wichita Falls students

Texas Connections Academy, which partners with the Houston ISD, is offering an informational session for interested parents and their children 6 p.m. …

Report: Virtual Schools Expand in US Despite Poor Performance

Virtual schools have expanded and proliferated in the United States, despite poor performance, lack of research support and inadequate policies, …

Are virtual schools the future of education?

Virtual school Aurora College is using state-of-the-art technology to address the growing gap in achievement between country and city students in …

State Board Approves, Then Balks at, Buying Ads for Virtual Schools

Two days after voting to pursue hiring a public relations firm to market the online schools sponsored by the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, the …

Virtual Schools Expand Despite Poor Performance, Lack of Research Support, and Inadequate …

Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2017, a three-part report released today by the National Education Policy Center, provides a detailed inventory of full-time …

Online learning offers flexibility to high school students

The virtual schools offer frequent social activities, online and in-person, such as National Honor Society, Future Educators of America and Creative …

During Resistance Recess, Join The Fight For Public Schools

“Perhaps even more concerning than the spread of voucher programs and charter schools is the expansion of the virtual school industry that relegates …

Here’s how to enroll in Wichita summer school

Summer school will be offered May 30 through June 15 at West High School and Chester I. Lewis Virtual School. The morning session is 7:30 to 11:30 …

Exclusive: Looked-after children three times more likely to move schools mid year

Virtual school heads, which were made statutory in 2014, are responsible for the looked-after children in a local authority. They negotiate with schools …

Virtual school eyeing Wichita Falls students

Texas Connections Academy, which partners with the Houston ISD, is offering an informational session for interested parents and their children 6 p.m. …

Plymouth student applauds teacher during appreciation week

Being in a virtual school, people tend to think that students can’t form connections with their teachers since they don’t meet in-person every day.

Blue Ridge Community Unit School District 18 Board of Education met April 19.

H. Discuss for Approval Proposal to Pay for Illinois Virtual School. IX. Closed Session. A. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Rep. Dush provides glimmer of hope to Brookville School Board

It keeps your absenteeism down and it keeps kids from going to cyber school or moving into alternative ed. By eliminating or reducing that position, …

Smethport school district looking at half-million budget shortfall

SMETHPORT — In his report to the school board Monday, District … Wertz mentioned the cost of $46,000 the district pays for cyber school students.

Both sides size up charter school bill

… complain that students they hadn’t identified as needing special education are classified as special-ed students when they enroll in cyber school.

 

April 17, 2017

Some Financial Insight on Connections Education

On a regular basis I post updates about the corporate actions of K12, Inc. – including both the MarketBeat update and Google alert this morning.  Folks that know me, and those that follow this space on a regular basis, know that I regularly say that we can learn a great deal about K12, Inc. from its corporate filings – often much more from what the SEC requires them to disclose than we can from what they report to various Departments of Education.  This is why I post the MarketBeat updates and Google alerts each time I receive them.

One of the difficulties with the field is that several years ago the other main provider of cyber charter schools (i.e., Connections Education) ceased to be a separate corporation and was swallowed up by the publishing giant Pearson Education.  In its corporate filings, it if often difficult to impossible to determine individual information about Connections Education.  However, last week this particular article came across my electronic desk.

Pearson shares decline on worries over virtual schools

UK stocks retreat, with Allied Mind slipping further below its 2014 flotation price

Pearson led the FTSE 100 lower on Thursday after Exane BNP Paribas raised concerns about virtual schools, one of its fastest growing businesses.

Exane worried that growth rates may not be sustainable for Connections Academy, an online-only public primary and secondary schools operator bought by Pearson in 2011.

Headwinds for the business include a lack of new school openings, enrolment caps on established schools and regulatory headwinds, it said.

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It is interesting in that the article points to the lack of potential growth of the Connections Education division within the larger Pearson corporate entity.

Pearson has no new virtual schools due to open for the upcoming academic year, against nine in the past three years, and caps on student numbers mean enrolment growth has been slowing since 2013, it said.

The broker also noted evidence that student performance is worse at virtual schools than regular public schools with research from the Walton Family Foundation non-profit last year showing cyber schools had “significantly weaker academic performance in math and reading”.

Nevada, New Mexico, Michigan and Ohio have all moved to cut funding for virtual schools, it said.

“We are increasingly sceptical about the group’s ability to return to growth in North America this decade.

So, still not a lot of information – but an interesting glimpse…

April 16, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school this week.

1. TI- Interactions and learning outcomes in online language courses.
AU- Chin-Hsi Lin1 chinhsi@msu.edu
AU- Binbin Zheng1
JN- British Journal of Educational Technology
PD- May2017, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p730-748
PG- 19p
DT- 20170501
PT- Article
AB- Interactions are the central emphasis in language learning. An increasing number of K-12 students take courses online, leading some critics to comment that reduced opportunities for interaction may affect learning outcomes. This study examined the relationship between online interactions and learning outcomes for 466 students who were taking high-school level online language courses in a Midwestern virtual school. Regression analysis was employed to examine how three broad types of interactions, learner-instructor, learner-learner and learner-content (Moore, ), affected students’ perceived progress and satisfaction. After controlling for demographic information, motivation and learning strategies, the results of multiple regression showed that learner-instructor and learner-content interactions had significantly positive effects on satisfaction, whereas learner-learner interaction did not affect satisfaction. Learner-content interaction was the only factor that affected perceived progress. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of British Journal of Educational Technology 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.)
AD- 1Assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University
FT- 9876
IS- 00071013
DI- 10.1111/bjet.12457
AN- 122273170

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

Finally, once again I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

April 15, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

5 reasons why blended learning programs fail-and how to save them
blended learning program

Too often, educators who are considering investing in blended learning pull back after hearing horror stories of good programs gone bad. Whether it’s botched rollouts, network snafus, or general apathy that kills an initiative, many telling signs can be traced back to the planning and initial support stages.

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Teacher shares recipe for blended learning

Teacher shares recipe for blended learning
(Pixabay)

For instruction to be truly blended, Carly Nation, an English teacher at a one-to-one device school in Florida, found that she had to revise the way she used technology to support instruction. In this commentary, she describes her recipe for blended learning.
EdSurge (4/11)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school meeting set for Tuesday

Kansas Connections Academy, a tuition-free K-12 virtual public school, will host a free information session in Parsons for families interested in …

Online school clicks for Alexandria family

The “virtual” school is called Minnesota Connections Academy. The Carter family of Alexandria says the concept has worked well for them.

WV Legislature passes home-school, virtual education bills

A board may then “contract with virtual school providers.” The legislation says students in the virtual programs must meet the same state testing …

Bill allows schools to use virtual instruction

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill Saturday allowing a county board of education or group of county boards to create a …

@FGCU_MTen Secures 5-2 Win Over Lipscomb

Florida Virtual School/Texas Christian University) put FGCU in front 3-2 win a crucial 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory at No. 4, setting up a pivotal victory for Felipe …

Pearson shares decline on worries over virtual schools

Pearson led the FTSE 100 lower on Thursday after Exane BNP Paribas raised concerns about virtual schools, one of its fastest growing businesses.

Virtual school meeting set for Tuesday

Kansas Connections Academy, a tuition-free K-12 virtual public school, will host a free information session in Parsons for families interested in …

Virtual school a real problem for Pearson

John Fallon, chief executive of the beleaguered Pearson educational group, came under renewed pressure yesterday after a City analyst raised fresh …

Colquitt County schools to offer virtual classes

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Colquitt County Schools will take another step into the 21st century this fall when it opens the VirtuPack Learning Center, allowing …

WV Legislature passes home-school, virtual education bills

Lawmakers Saturday completed legislation giving home-schoolers access to public vocational education centers, giving them access to public school …

WV House Ed passes bill to expand online classes, allow online diplomas

The House Education Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow West Virginia county school systems to offer full-time K-12 virtual …

Bill allows schools to use virtual instruction

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill Saturday allowing a county board of education or group of county boards to create a …

Education bills still being debated on final day of WV Legislature

It would allow home-school students to participate in West Virginia … It would allow county school systems to offer full-time K-12 virtual education and …

Engineering a powerful way of learning

Offered through the PSSD Virtual School, students take all their theory and quizzes online and then get hands on experience job shadowing at a …

Comeback Ends in Heartbreak as @FGCU_MTEN Falls to Kennesaw State 4-3

Florida Virtual School/Florida) at No. 2. Landert had claimed a 6-4 first set win over Fermin Calvo Barcelo but suffered a 7-6 loss in the second to force …

Are virtual schools the future of education?

Virtual school Aurora College is using state-of-the-art technology to address the growing gap in achievement between country and city students in …

State budget still ‘up in the air,’ but deep education cuts seem less likely

They can then issue contracts with virtual-school providers. “They will still have to meet the same testing requirements and coursework requirements …

Virtual Schools Expand Despite Poor Performance, Lack of Research Support, and Inadequate …

The virtual education research base is not adequate to support many current virtual school practices. More than twenty years after the first virtual …

Here’s how to enroll in Wichita summer school

Summer school will be offered May 30 through June 15 at West High School and Chester I. Lewis Virtual School. The morning session is 7:30 to 11:30 …

First-time teachers head to school of hard knocks

One school that is being proactive about bridging the disadvantage gap is ‘virtual school’, Aurora College, which serves a population of 41,000 people …

Report: Virtual Schools Expand in US Despite Poor Performance

The virtual education research base is not adequate to support many current virtual school practices, according to the report. More than 20 years after …

Special Ed School Vouchers and the Burden of a ‘Simple Fix’

A special-needs child attends an online virtual school from home in Florida. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times. Two weeks after President …

New Career Technical Virtual Charter School, Indiana Connections Career Academy, Approved to …

“We’ve worked with Connections Academy to provide K-12 virtual school to Indiana students for more than five years, and I’m thrilled to expand this …

Exclusive: Looked-after children three times more likely to move schools mid year

Virtual school heads, which were made statutory in 2014, are responsible for the looked-after children in a local authority. They negotiate with schools …

During Resistance Recess, Join The Fight For Public Schools

“Perhaps even more concerning than the spread of voucher programs and charter schools is the expansion of the virtual school industry that relegates …

LETTER: More than one route for education

… school systems before becoming the superintendent of schools for TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), the commonwealth’s virtual school.

Career Technical Charter School Approved to Open

“We’ve worked with Connections Academy to provide K-12 virtual school to Indiana students for more than five years, and I’m thrilled to expand this …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Middleton–Cross Plains School District offers cyber session for parents

MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) – Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is making sure parents are informed when it comes to social media.

Edtech leader vets digital tools for students, teachers at cyber charter school

Edtech leader vets digital tools for students, teachers at cyber charter school … Courtney Kofeldt, because it is an online-only cyber charter school.

Rep. Dush provides glimmer of hope to Brookville School Board

It keeps your absenteeism down and it keeps kids from going to cyber school or moving into alternative ed. By eliminating or reducing that position, …

April 9, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I did receive the alert for virtual school this week, but there were no relevant items.

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

Finally, once again I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

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