Virtual School Meanderings

January 18, 2012

iNACOL Looking For Teacher Bloggers

inacolThis came through my inbox via http://txvsn.posterous.com/inacol-looking-for-teacher-bloggers.

iNACOL is seeking teachers who are already blogging – or who want to start – to help us share their stories of how online and blended learning is making a difference in the lives of students. Already have a blog? Let us know about it! Interested in guest blogging for iNACOL? Drop us a line! Please email me at spatrick@inacol.org if you are interested. (Make sure to put “Teacher Blogger” in the subject line.)

A common misconception about online learning is that it replaces the need for teachers. We all know how untrue this is. Teachers are the gold standard for quality in any educational setting – including online learning. Help us to get your voice heard.

Thank you for your consideration.

All the best,

Susan Patrick
President and CEO
iNACOL

December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays From NL BlogRoll

While the entries on this blog are rarely about Newfoundland and Labrador (unless I am talking about the CDLI), I am a proud member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Blog Roll.

As I normally do this time of year, I just wanted to send out a message of good cheer as you head off into the holidays.  I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family and best wishes to you and them going into the New Year.

2010 was a less than stellar year for the Newfoundland Labrador Blogroll.  With some massive changes coming in my life which lead to lack of posting,  combined with the shutting down of the BlogRolling service, things have been interesting to say the least. Have no fear though, everything is still alive and well in NL BlogRoll land, as we creep very close to the 5th anniversary of our little collection of blogs and the hub which hosts them.

2011 is shaping up to be a good year.  I’ve recently completed some renovations to the site which includes the categorization of all the 180+ Newfoundland and Labrador bloggers, now being displayed in an additional mini topical blogroll on the site.  A remodeling of the NL Bloggers Choice award will come in January as well, plus the return of the Blog of the Weeks let alone the few other surprises I have floating around in my brain.  As you can see, though things have been kinda down and out in 2010, heading into the 2nd decade of this new millennium is looking far more promising.  I hope you all continue to join me for the ride.

In closing, I just want to wish you the very best again as we close out 2010.  Happy Holidays!

Stephen
Newfoundland and Labrador BlogRoll
http://nlblogroll.blogspot.com

December 7, 2010

2010 Edublog Awards – Time To Vote!

I saw this in my RSS Reader posted at Scott McLeod’s Dangerously Irrelevant blog.

It’s time to vote for the 2010 Edublog Awards, the ‘Oscars of the education blogosphere.’ All votes are due by noon Eastern, December 14. Winners will be announced soon thereafter.

CASTLE nominees

2010ebawardlogoCASTLE blogs – including this one – have been nominated in several categories:

There are scores of excellent sites from which to choose. Go check out the lists and vote for your favorites!

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t actually know I was nominated. Thanks to whomever submitted my name.

November 7, 2010

CASTLE Blogs Now Automatically Posting On UCEA Twitter, Facebook

Okay, so Professional Development In Your PLN – Virtual Schooling Style wasn’t the only blog entry today…   As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, Virtual School Meandering is part of a group of bloggers that are associated with Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE).  Scott McLeod, who is the man behind CASTLE, regularly sends us updates about the various CASTLE blogs and other activities he is involved in to promote what we do.  While not directly related to K-12 online learning, I wanted to share with you this month’s update so that you can check out some of the other educational leadership blogs and activities that CASTLE and Scott are providing.

Blog posts: As promised pre-Convention, every time there’s a new post on Quality Leadership Matters (UCEA’s home page) or one of CASTLE’s blogs, that post now will be sent to UCEA Twitter and UCEA Facebook. This means that you won’t have to remember to send those to either UCEA account; they’ll just go automatically.

Exceptions: I did not enable UCEA Twitter/Facebook updates for CASTLE’s most tech-oriented blogs (1to1 Schools, Educational Gaming, and Virtual Schools). Even though Ed Leadership folks need a heavier dose of tech in their lives, they don’t necessarily realize it and I didn’t want to turn folks off of the UCEA Twitter/Facebook feeds by making them too tech heavy. What’s left for the UCEA crowd thus is primarily leadership-, not tech-, oriented…

BlogTalkRadio interviews: Every time there’s a new interview on UCEA’s BlogTalkRadio account, that too will go to both UCEA Twitter and UCEA Facebook.

My Twitter: FYI, I’m now automatically posting all QLM and all CASTLE blog updates (including the exceptions above) to my own Twitter account. That hopefully should result in a little greater exposure for everyone…

I’ll try and post these more regularly to help highlight my involvement with CASTLE and the interesting and thought-provoking colleagues I have in this community.

October 8, 2010

Guest Blogger: Voiceover For The Velocity

This is the final guest blog entry related to the Academic Blogging and Tweeting: Connecting People, Ideas And Research panel session at the EDGE 2010: e-Learning – The Horizon And Beyond… conference. This guest entry is written by Mickey Revenaugh, the Senior Vice President for Connections Academy and she is writing through the lens of a practitioner in the field of K-12 online learning.

I like to joke that time in the virtual school world should be measured like dog years, only faster: more happens in a virtual education day than in a year in traditional education, and each year counts as a decade. With so much happening so fast, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why blogs like Virtual School Meanderings are so important: they provide a narrative thread, a voiceover for the rush of events and ideas swirling around virtual education.

The company I work for, Connections Academy, is part of that swirl. We started out providing K-8 full-time virtual education in 2001, when that seemed like a downright bizarre thing to be doing. By 2005 we’d added high school, by 2009 we were offering our curriculum by the course, and this year we’re doing everything from powering hybrid programs to selling our LMS. The mission is steadfast – academic and emotional success for students – but the modes seem to multiply daily.

I’d heard of Virtual School Meanderings (VSM) but really began following it when I discovered Michael Barbour live-blogging during a presentation I was giving. The tone of VSM’s coverage of my talk – part “just the facts” reportage and part skeptical commentary – seemed like just the right corrective to a field prone to ecstatic hyperbole (of which I am personally guilty at least twice a day…I can’t help myself, isn’t this just the most awesome thing to happen to education EVER?!?).

Now I know to turn to VSM when I want to know the nuts and bolts of what’s happening in our field – what conferences, what deadlines, what new programs – and when I need a reality check. VSM asks the questions we all should be asking: What does the research really say? Where did that number come from? What’s it all mean?

Most importantly, VSM isn’t afraid to challenge its own conventional wisdom about what virtual education should be. After all, not so long ago the blog was called Virtual High School Meanderings, and the idea of reporting from inside a new virtual charter school would have seemed unthinkable. But there VSM is, adding to the knowledge base and posing all the right questions.

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