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July 14, 2018

Some Summer Fun

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Check Out New Weekly Episodes This Summer!

The Be Education Podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things related to K-12 classroom teaching, including practical guidance for: implementing blended learning techniques, driving classroom culture, differentiation, how to approach rigor and mastery, and much more. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran educator, the Be Education Podcast has actionable tips to help you enhance student learning. Each podcast episode ranges from only 10-20 minutes, which makes for easy listening, anytime and anywhere. With 27 episodes currently available and weekly releases, you’ll always be able to learn something new.
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Behind the Be Education Podcast

Christina Corser

As an Educational Strategies Specialist at Highlander Institute, Christina has the privilege to work with administrators, teachers, and students to realize their visions of personalization. Christina believes blended learning is the lever for radical change in education and supporting student agency and equity. She previously supported students and teachers as a behavioral and academic interventionist, taught 4th grade in an intentionally diverse charter school, and taught K-12 in a residential behavioral health facility in Honolulu, HI. Christina holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master’s in Teaching from Rhode Island College. She lives in Portsmouth, RI with her husband, Matt, and her twin boys.

Nick Dinardo

Nick has worked in higher education technology for the past seven years for two Fortune 500 education companies, founded (and closed) a startup, and been a part of the executive team of a seed stage edtech startup based in Cambridge, MA. He is a founding board of trustees member for Argosy Collegiate Charter School, a proposed grade 6-12 college preparatory school focused on serving low-income families in Fall River, MA. Nick is also a City Year Boston mentor and an adjunct professor at the Johnson & Wales University College of Business in Providence, RI. Nick is a graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), and also holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Now Accepting Presenter Proposals for BPLC19

On April 4 – April 6, 2019 Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator are showcasing the best classroom, school, and district implementers from across the nation at our 2019 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, RI.

We are now recruiting the nation’s best practitioners to present at BPLC19. All lead presenters must be current teachers, building leaders, or district leaders. Non-practitioners are encouraged to apply if they can partner with a current practitioner to be the lead.

All presenters are invited to attend the Advanced Practitioner Summit on Friday, April 5. Lead presenters are offered free tickets to all BPLC19 events; co-presenters are offered tickets at a 50% discount. Additional presenter benefits will be based on our ability to secure travel grants and will be disclosed when invitations are issued to presenters.

Apply Here by September 15

Save the Date

RIAEA Summer Teacher Institute at Salve Regina University

Enhance your artistic practice with one of three Salve Regina University professors in a studio setting:

  • Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media with Ernest Jolicoeur
  • Digital Photography Boot Camp with Jodi Goodnough
  • Hands-on Raku Ceramics with Justin Gerace

Monday, July 30, 2018 – Friday, August 3, 2018;10am – 6pm each day

$100 RIAEA Members ; $250 Non-members (consider becoming an NAEA/RIAEA member and save $50!)

Fee includes admission to both Newport Art Museum and the National Museum of American Illustration, plus basic art supplies for week-long class.

Click here to register.

Seeking Director of High School Initiatives

The Providence After School Alliance’s (PASA) mission is to expand and improve quality after-school, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence by organizing a sustainable, public/private system that contributes to student success and serves as a national model. PASA is seeking a full-time Director of High School Initiatives. The Director will lead PASA’s new Career Pathway design and planning process involving faculty from 2 schools, consultant experts, community partners, as well as PASA and District staff. The Director will be responsible for managing PASA’s core high school initiatives: the Hub which runs after school programs as part of 21st Century Community Learning Center at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex and 360 High School and the credit-bearing Advance Course Network after school classes which are grounded in hands-on, work-based experiences and are funded by the RI Department of Education. The Director of High School Initiatives will report directly to PASA’s Deputy Director.

For more information click here.

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NCVPS E-lert – Summer Edition IV – July 12, 2018

A newsletter from a US-based online program that arrived in my inbox a couple of days ago.

Summer Edition IV
July 12, 2018
Greetings, everyone!
We have a new progress report posted in the registration system today. See how your students are progressing this summer.
In This Issue
EOY Transition Update
New Courses Added to Catalog
The 1Million Project
2018-2019 Updates
Grade Reporting
Calendar Check / Important Links
Live Online Support
Tech Support
Previous News
Accessibility Statement
End of Year Transition Update
NCVPS is tentatively scheduled to complete its End-of-Year (EOY) data sync on July 28. Our registration system will be offline that evening.
During that time, we will be updating our records to reflect the completed NCDPI Powerschool EOY sync.
After the sync, schools will have access to their rising 9th graders and other students new to their schools.
As always, if you experience any issues or concerns after the sync is complete, please open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center.
New Courses Added to Catalog
We have recently added Japanese 3 Honors to our catalog. We know many of our Japanese 2 students have wanted this. The course has its first offering in the fall of 2018.
We have also added back AP Calculus AB to our catalog in both block and yearlong offerings.
See our Course Updates and Alerts for a full listing of new courses.
The 1Million Project
Eight North Carolina school districts have received grants from the 1Million Project Foundation. 45% of NCVPS students report accessing their courses from home, but many other students don’t have that home access to the internet. The 1Million Project’s goal is to help students who do not have reliable internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed internet access.
The 1Million Project Foundation may be able help your students who do not have home access to the internet. You can find the application on theFoundation’s website.
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 5 – Progress Report Posted in the Registration System.
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 12 – 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 to the NCVPS Director of Exceptional Children Services, Sherry Bell.
If you are aware that a student has course accessibility needs prior to the start of the semester, it would be very beneficial to discuss with Sherry Bell so that our team can ensure that the student has the access needed to the course content. Examples of accessibility options may include captioning for videos, or transcripts needed for audio.
Contact information for Sherry Bell at
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606


July 13, 2018

When Education Reforms Flounder, Where Should Leaders Look Next?

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

Online Learning News – July 11 2018 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 11 juillet 2018

A Canadian newsletter from a couple of days ago.

July 11, 2018 | View Online | Archive | Subscribe | Contact Us La version française suit

Find Out About 75+ EdTech Start-Ups 

in Canada and Around the World 

These companies develop communication/collaborative tools, learning management systems, and online tutoring, student assessment, and presentation/delivery tools, all focused on improving teaching and learning. They are seeking a piece of the $165 billion-dollar global online learning market.

Use the Contact North I Contact Nord Searchable Directory  


Selected Pockets of Innovation Now Available in French and Spanish

The 24 Selected Pockets of Innovation Pockets available in French and Spanish are organized in 8 key topics, with one topic offering examples of Facilitating Student Interaction. The English-language version of the Pockets featured under this heading can be read at Centre for Education, Technology and Cultural Diversity in Israel and University of Florida in the US.

For access to All Selected Pockets of Innovation in French, click here.

For access to All Selected Pockets of Innovation in Spanish, click here

Peer Evaluation as a Learning and Assessment Strategy at the School of Business at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) program at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, is delivered entirely online. An important learning outcome for the program is how to operate effectively in virtual teams, a critical competency in modern distributed businesses. Read how Dr. Tom Brown, his teaching team and two colleagues from the Centre for Online and Distance Education collaborated in introducing structured team peer evaluation as an integral part of the online learning environment. 

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Sources of Big Data

The volume of data we generate grows at a staggering rate each year. As we spend more time on connected devices, and devices themselves become connected to each other (i.e. Internet of Things), the opportunity to make use of this data is irresistible. How is higher education capturing, organizing and making sense of big data?

Read Sources of Big Data to Support Post-Secondary Education, with Some Cautions to learn:

  • What type of data constitutes “big data” in higher education?
  • What are the sources, current and potential, of this data?
  • What concerns does it raise?



List of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences from Around the World for June – December 2018

You can now search the 39th edition of the Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences by Contact North I Contact Nord Research Associate, Clayton R. Wright. This valuable list is now updated to include June to December 2018 conferences, using sort filters such as conference title, date, country, organizer, and venue as well as a keyword search.

The sort and search options are unique features offered by Contact North I Contact Nord to enhance your experience as you look through the more than 1,700 conferences listed in this directory.  

Search the Directory

CNEN16042018e.jpg Must-Read Books on Online Learning
features books and articles that may be of interest to all those involved in the expansion and improvement of online learning.

For Faculty & Instructors 

Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online

For Instructional Designers

Issues in Technology, Learning and Instructional Design

For Policy Makers and Administrators

Best Practices in Strategic Planning for Online Educational Programs

Explore All Must-Read Selections 


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Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference

October 10-12, 2018
Aarhus, Denmark

Blended and Online Learning: Changing the Educational Landscape

Attend to see how blended and online systems are important to accelerate innovation and to keep pace with the needs of learners of all ages and of society.

OOFHEC2018 topics

  • Blended and online education
  • Accreditation of online education
  • Quality Assurance in Blended and Online Education
  • Short Learning Programmes
  • Open Education and MOOCs, European MOOC Consortium 
  • Inclusiveness
  • Networked Curricula and Virtual Mobility
  • Changing the educational landscape: new competences for teachers

Visit for more information and to register.

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  2. A New Pedagogy is Emerging… and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor
  3. Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age: A New Understanding of Quality
  4. Developing Hybrid MOOCs to Serve Diverse Learners at Karlstads University, Sweden
  5. Tools and Trends
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Le 11 juillet 2018 | Voir en ligne | Archiver | Souscrire | Contactez nous Les hyperliens dans ce bulletin donnent accès à des documents disponibles en anglais seulement.

Renseignez-vous à propos de 75 jeunes entreprises et plus en
EdTech (technologie pédagogique) au Canada et à travers le monde 

Ces entreprises élaborent des outils de communication et de collaboration, des systèmes de gestion de l’apprentissage, de même que des outils de tutorat en ligne, d’évaluation des acquis, de présentation et de prestation, tous conçus dans le but d’améliorer l’enseignement et l’apprentissage. Elles cherchent toutes à se tailler une place dans le marché mondial de l’apprentissage en ligne estimé à 165 milliards de dollars. 

Consultez le répertoire de recherche de Contact North I Contact Nord 

Une sélection de grappes d’innovation est maintenant offerte en français et en espagnol

Les 24 grappes d’innovation de choix maintenant offertes en français et en espagnol sont regroupées selon huit dossiers clés, dont un qui propose des exemples d’appui en ligne pour les étudiantes et les étudiants. La version française des grappes présentées sous cette rubrique peut être consultée au Centre for Education, Technology and Cultural Diversity en Israël et l’University of Florida aux États-Unis.

Cliquez ici pour accéder à toutes les grappes d’innovation de choix qui sont offertes en français.

Cliquez ici pour accéder à toutes les grappes d’innovation de choix qui sont offertes en français.

L’évaluation par les pairs comme stratégie d’apprentissage et d’évaluation telle que pratiquée par l’école de commerce de l’Université Simon Fraser en Colombie-Britannique

Le diplôme de deuxième cycle du programme en administration des affaires, le GDBA à l’Université Simon Fraser de Vancouver en Colombie-Britannique (Canada) est offert intégralement en ligne. La capacité d’évoluer efficacement au sein d’équipes virtuelles, une compétence essentielle du milieu des affaires d’aujourd’hui, est un important résultat d’apprentissage de ce programme.

Cet ouvrage nous explique comment le professeur Tom Brown et son équipe, de même que deux collègues, tous issus du centre de formation en ligne et à distance, ont collaboré à l’intégration d’une approche structurée d’évaluation par les pairs dans un contexte d’apprentissage en ligne.

Pour tout savoir 

Sources de données massives

Chaque année, le volume des données que nous produisons augmente à un rythme vertigineux. À mesure que nous consacrons davantage de temps sur des appareils connectés et que ces derniers sont de plus en plus connectés les uns avec les autres (p. ex., Internet des objets), la possibilité de les utiliser devient irrésistible. Des secteurs d’activité aussi diversifiés comme l’assurance, le transport, les services financiers et les soins de santé investissent énormément dans des logiciels et des processus en vue de capturer, d’organiser et de comprendre les données massives. 

Mais qu’en est-il de l’éducation supérieure?

Consulter Sources of Big Data to Support Post-Secondary Education, with Some Cautions (Des sources de données massives pour soutenir l’éducation postsecondaire, avec prudence) pour savoir :

  • Qu’entendons-nous par données massives dans le milieu de l’enseignement supérieur?
  • Quelles sont les sources actuelles et futures de cette forme de données?
  • Quels en sont les enjeux?

Mise à jour!

Une liste actualisée des conférences à l’échelle internationale qui portent sur la technologie éducative et les secteurs apparentés pour la période de juin à décembre 2018 

Vous pouvez maintenant consulter la 39e édition du répertoire Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences produit par Clayton R. Wright, associé de recherche à Contact North I Contact Nord. Actualisé pour inclure les conférences de juin à décembre 2018, vous pouvez effectuer vos recherches au moyen de filtres de triage tel titre de conférence, date, pays, organisateur, lieu de réunion, et par mots-clés. Cette liste complète fournit une gamme d’options au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Europe, en Amérique latine, en Asie, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et dans les îles du Pacifique, qui couvrent l’enseignement, l’apprentissage et l’administration éducationnelle ainsi que la technologie dans l’éducation.

Les fonctions de tri et de recherche de ce répertoire sont des attributs uniques offerts par Contact North I Contact Nord afin d’améliorer l’expérience de recherche alors que vous consultez la base de données regroupant plus de 1 700 conférences à l’échelle mondiale.

Consultez le répertoire 

Les lectures essentielles sur l’apprentissage en ligne proposent tout un ensemble d’ouvrages et d’articles d’intérêt pour ceux et celles qui œuvrent au développement de l’apprentissage en ligne.À l’intention du personnel enseignant 

Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online (Les échanges en classe au palier collégial : comment assurer une meilleure participation étudiante en modes face-à-face et virtuel)

À l’intention des concepteurs pédagogiques

Issues in Technology, Learning and Instructional Design (Les enjeux technologiques, d’apprentissage et de conception pédagogique)

À l’intention des cadres et des responsables des politiques

Best Practices in Strategic Planning for Online Educational Programs (Les pratiques exemplaires de planification stratégique pour les programmes éducatifs en ligne)

Consulter l’inventaire de lectures essentielles sur l’apprentissage en ligne


Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant!

Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference

(Conférence sur l’enseignement supérieur en ligne, ouvert et flexible) 

10 au 12 octobre, 2018
Aarhus, Danemark

L’apprentissage mixte et en ligne : un paysage pédagogique en mouvement

Soyez témoins de l’apport important des systèmes d’apprentissage mixte et en ligne comme vecteurs d’innovation et comme véhicules permettant de rester à l’affut des besoins changeants des apprenantes et des apprenants de tout âge et de la société dans son ensemble.

Thèmes de la conférence OOFHEC2018 

  • L’apprentissage mixte et en ligne
  • L’accréditation de la formation en ligne
  • L’assurance de la qualité en matière d’apprentissage mixte et en ligne
  • Programmes d’apprentissage courts 
  • La pédagogie ouverte et les cours en ligne ouverts à tous et toutes (MOOCs), le consortium européen des MOOCs (European MOOC Consortium)
  • L’inclusivité 
  • Les programmes en réseau et la mobilité virtuelle 
  • Paysage pédagogique en mouvement : de nouvelles compétences pour les enseignantes et enseignants 

Consultez pour de plus amples détails et pour vous inscrire.

Les liens les plus populaires du portail
  1. Searchable Directory of 1,700 Upcoming Education and Technology Conferences from Around the World(Un répertoire de recherche sur plus de 1 700 conférences à venir sur l’éducation et la technologie dans le monde)
  2. A New Pedagogy is Emerging… and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor (Une nouvelle pédagogie émerge… et l’apprentissage en ligne en est un facteur d’influence
  3. Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age: A New Understanding of Quality(L’enseignement et l’apprentissage à l’ère numérique : une nouvelle interprétation de la qualité)
  4. Developing Hybrid MOOCs to Serve Diverse Learners at Karlstads University, Sweden (Élaboration des MOOC (cours en ligne ouverts à tous) hybrides au service des apprenantes et apprenants à la Karlstads University, Suède)
  5. Tools and Trends (Les outils et les tendances)
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July 12, 2018

WATCH: AERA President Amy Stuart Wells Discusses The 2019 Annual Meeting Theme; Submissions Close July 23

In particular, notice the call for proposals for the annual conference that is fast approaching.

Dear Michael Kristopher Barbour,

AERA is pleased to release a new video of AERA President Amy Stuart Wells discussing the 2019 Annual Meeting Theme, “Leveraging Education Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence.” The video is available on AERA’s YouTube channel here. The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on April 5-9, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

President Wells explains in the video that “This years’ theme is perfectly designed for an organization like AERA that has a diverse membership in terms of our disciplinary perspectives, methodological approaches, and our epistemological understandings. We’re hoping to receive submissions that are interdisciplinary and that bring members of AERA together who have never been in a session before.”

The theme advanced by President Wells and 2019 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Jennifer Jellison Holme and Janelle T. Scott presses us to reach beyond our silos and single perspectives and work collaboratively across the borders and boundaries of our field.

We would like to remind you that the deadline for the Call for Submissions is 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on July 23, 2018. If you have not already done so, login now to start the process of advancing a paper or session submission and finalizing your work. After you login, click ‘My AERA’ at the top of the page. On the ‘My AERA’ page, scroll down to the 2019 Annual Meeting and click ‘Online Program Portal’. For further information on submissions, see the open Call for Submissions for AERA divisions, SIGs, and committees. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

For more information on the 2019 Annual Meeting theme, please click here.

If you are a 2018 AERA member, thank you. If you are not yet a 2018 member, please login and renew. If you prefer to renew by mail or phone, contact the AERA membership team or 202-238-3200. The membership team will ask for your AERA record ID 232269.

Best wishes,

Felice J. Levine
Executive Director

Robert L. Smith
Director of Meetings

2019 Annual Meeting Page | Theme | Contact AERA
2019 Annual Meeting
“Leveraging Education Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence”
Friday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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