Virtual School Meanderings

August 31, 2021

Statistics for August 2021

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Once again a quick statistics entry this month.  In August 2021 there were 1,532 hits from 1,009 distinct visitors.  This was about 200 fewer hits and 100 fewer visitors than we saw in July 2021.  It was about 1400 fewer hits and about 1100 fewer visitors as August 2020.

The top ten entries during the month were:

  1. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  2. Announcing The CARE-ED Research Brief On “The Shift to Online Education During And Beyond The Pandemic”
  3. From Sphere of Concern to Sphere of Control
  4. The Cult of Quality Matters
  5. FLVS now offers ACT/SAT prep!
  6. Virtual Schooling In The News
  7. The History Of K-12 Online Education???
  8. Why did a Covid test maker destroy millions of unused tests?
  9. FLVS And Web 2.0
  10. Edmentum to Acquire Apex Learning, an Industry Leader in Virtual and Hybrid Learning for Middle and High

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – which still sees some traffic.

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August 16, 2021

For many, pandemic learning was the worst of remote learning

A colleague forwarded to me this blog entry.  It came about because of one of many articles that was published a few months back that continued to conflate online learning with the emergency remote teaching, and later remote teaching, that folks have experienced over the past 18 months.  Check it out…

By:
Carol DeFuria

There was a time when I thought it would be great if everyone was aware of online learning and the impact it can have. How quality online learning gives students access to programs they need and want that are not available to them locally. Fast forward to 2020, and schools are forced to find the quickest emergency remote solution possible and implement it in a day! Because so many had bad experiences with the emergency remote solutions schools were forced to put in place, most people think they know what remote learning (and online learning as a whole) looks like. As a result, I spend much of my time explaining that what folks have seen over the past 18 months was not designed to foster a collaborative online classroom environment. There is a huge difference in the teaching and learning experiences when the curriculum is designed, and technology used to create a true virtual community for students and teachers.

We all know students and teachers who’ve used emergency remote learning over the past year. There have been mixed results. Some students had trouble finding quiet, uninterrupted learning from home, some were not engaged and fell behind, and some teachers had difficulties with this emergency education model, despite the best efforts of schools and educators. Several months into the 2020-21 school year, a survey suggested that many educators were still struggling to teach students online, Education Week reports.

What’s most frustrating to me is that I know a type of distance education that works well, because I’ve lived it and breathed, it, for more than twenty years. Back then, our goal at VHS, Inc. (now VHS Learning) was to discover if online learning could provide high school students regardless of their economic circumstance or geography, with equal access to education programs that prepare them for careers, college, and life. (Hint: yes it can!). Now, more than 700 high schools use the VHS Learning program to help provide expert training to local teachers, give their students access to a teacher-led, engaging, small online classroom experience, and help their students interact with their peers worldwide, taking subjects in all disciplines.

To continue reading, visit https://vhslearning.org/many-pandemic-learning-was-worst-remote-learning

July 31, 2021

Statistics for July 2021

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 11:59 pm
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Once again a quick statistics entry this month.  In July 2021 there were 1,737 hits from 1,133 distinct visitors.  This was basically the exact same number of hits, but about 80 fewer visitors than we saw in June 2021.  It was about 1200 fewer hits and about 1000 fewer visitors as July 2020.

The top ten entries during the month were:

  1. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  2. Stop Requiring College Degrees For Open Jobs
  3. A Pedagogy of Self-Care for a Post-Pandemic Fall
  4. The real grassroots movement reshaping public school curriculums
  5. Michael, you have 4 more citations
  6. The 2022 MACUL Conference Call For Speakers is OPEN
  7. REL Southeast Director’s Email—August 2021
  8. Save the Date for Free August PD
  9. [REMINDER] Webinar on Beyond Pandemic Pedagogy: What Lessons Have We Learned for the “New Normal”
  10. New report on early learning, back to school plans

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – which still sees some traffic.

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June 30, 2021

Statistics for June 2021

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 11:59 pm
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Once again a quick statistics entry this month.  In June 2021 there were 1,735 hits from 1,211 distinct visitors.  This was basically 200 fewer hits, but about the same number of visitors as we saw in May 2021.  It was about 1200 fewer hits and 800 fewer visitors as June 2020.

The top ten entries during the month were:

  1. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  2. Know Before You Go – Digital Learning Annual Conference 2021
  3. PPTA Collective News – Teaching council court action update, Education Conference 2021, NCEA teacher only days, School Guidance Counsellors National Conference and more…
  4. Blended Learning vs. Technology-Rich Instruction
  5. FLVS now offers ACT/SAT prep!
  6. From Sphere of Concern to Sphere of Control
  7. Scholarships Available for Digital Accessibility Certificate
  8. Pearson to Buy Stride Inc. (K12, Inc.)???
  9. FLVS And Web 2.0
  10. Survey Results for State of Michigan Teachers and Parents: K-12 Teacher and K-12 Parent Experiences with Remote Learning During COVID

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – which still sees some traffic.

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May 31, 2021

Statistics for May 2021

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 11:59 pm
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Once again a quick statistics entry this month.  In May 2021 there were 1,966 hits from 1,242 distinct visitors.  This was basically 100 more hits, but 100 fewer visitors as we saw in April 2021.  It was about 1300 fewer hits and 800 fewer visitors as May 2020.

The top ten entries during the month were:

  1. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  2. Pearson to Buy Stride Inc. (K12, Inc.)???
  3. Don’t miss LIVE keynote from John Hattie
  4. FLVS And Web 2.0
  5. FLVS now offers ACT/SAT prep!
  6. A right-wing think tank is bragging about destroying public education
  7. Virtual Schooling In The News
  8. PRESS RELEASE: United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Joins Broadband Equity for All Coalition
  9. From Sphere of Concern to Sphere of Control
  10. Self-directed learning: Niche approach or powerful innovation?

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – which still sees some traffic.

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