Virtual School Meanderings

June 29, 2015

EDTECH537 – Week 1

Today begins EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom. This week the students have a series of tasks to complete by the end of the week (i.e., midnight on Sunday). The main task is to decide on what blogging platform to use (i.e., Blogger, WordPress, or Edublogs) and then to create a blog. Once the students have created their blog, they should:

  • post an introductory entry
  • add some blogs to their blogroll
  • create an “about me” page

While I have most of these things already in place in my blog, I will be posting a welcome entry tomorrow morning. I will also update my blogroll and the two “about” pages to ensure that they are all current (and I will post entries about this process of doing this for all three pages on Wednesday).

In case you are wondering, the readings for this week include:

June 25, 2015

EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom

Starting on Monday, for the next seven weeks I will once again be teaching a course entitled EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom through Boise State University as a part of their Department of Educational Technology. This is the fourth time I have taught the course. During this period I will continue to maintain this blog as I always do, but I will also use this space as a part of the course as well – as a way to model blogging in education.

As I blog for this course I will use the tag EDTECH537 and each entry will have “EDTECH537 -” in the entry title (note that the course number prior to 2014 was EDTECH597, so you’ll need to use that tag to see the legacy entries from those semesters).

For those who may be curious, the description for this course is:

EDTECH 537: Blogging in the Classroom
Focuses on the use of blogs in education, including creating and maintaining blogs, using RSS readers and microblogging. Students will examine the nature and purpose of blogging, types of blog entries, blog promotion, disclosure guidelines, and building a blogging community.

So beginning on Monday, I’ll post the first week’s message for my students.

May 31, 2015

Statistics for May 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3,055  visits to this blog from 2,228 unique visitors (note that WordPress has added a new level of data) – which is down about 250 visits and about 100 visitors since April.  Unfortunately the new statistics page that WordPress.com now provides only goes back 11 months, so I can’t tell you how this compared to this month last year.

Also, the new statistics page that WordPress.com now provides doesn’t allow you to copy and paste, so I can’t copy and paste the top ten entries, the top referrers, or the top search terms. #Wordpress #fail

So this is a VERY quick statistics entry thanks to the #Wordpressfail

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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April 30, 2015

Statistics for April 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3,367  visits to this blog from 2,369 unique visitors (note that WordPress has added a new level of data) – which is down about 900 visits and about 700 visitors since March.  It is also down about 900 visits from April 2014, but is actually about the same number of visitors.

In terms of visitors, the ten most popular countries from where folks viewed my blog are:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Student Holiday Notice
  3. Review – Frog Dissection
  4. The History Of K-12 Online Education???
  5. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  8. Guest Blog Entry: Integration of Online Learning in Schools – A New Fully Online Graduate Program
  9. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  10. CORE Education’s Ten Trends 2015 Published

As you can see, search engines continue to be the top driver of traffic to the blog (by a long shot).

  • Search Engines (1,600)
  • Twitter (98)
  • Facebook (75)
  • scoop.it (23)
  • flipboard.com (21)
  • feedly.com (14)
  • Google+ (12)
  • usdla.org (9)
  • michaelbarbour.com (8)
  • outlook.office365.com (7)

In terms of what people are searching for, during the month of April the top ten searches that drove traffic to this blog were:

  • early bird
  • rosetta stone research
  • online k-12 education
  • setda + virtual learning
  • school holiday notice sample
  • plato courses and ncaa eligibility
  • online teaching jobs k-12 alberta
  • which virtual academy in california is better
  • advantages of k12
  • frogdissection images middle school

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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April 5, 2015

Allied Online High School Blog

Another one of these from Friday’s inbox…

Allied Online High School Blog

Link to Allied Online High School Blog

Summer school online can start early

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:45 PM PDT

Summer school online can start early

Parents, summertime is coming.  Have you given any thought to helping your students recover credits, improve their GPA, or create space in their schedule for the fall?

Why wait for May or June to arrive to help students get ahead?  Many Summer Schoolprograms fill up, or have enrollment deadline dates.

There are a number of things that you can do to plan ahead.

First, high school counselors and school administrators are the best resource!

Here are a few suggestions on how you can prepare yourself for a phone call with the Counselor or Administrator at the student’s school of record, and how you can proceed from there:

1.  Speak with the student’s high school counselor or administrator about their academic needs.

          a. Does the student need to improve a grade in a single course?  If so, which specific course or courses? English 10A?  Algebra 1B?  Get clear on the details and why.
          b. For college-bound students, does the student need to take an additional semester course to increase their GPA for college application or graduation purposes?
          c. Or would the student benefit from working on a credit that would create space in their schedule in the fall so they can add a special class of interest?  (music, AP, etc)

2.   Ask the high school counselor or school official what the criteria is for what is known as a “transfer of credit”, or “single course for credit”.  Ultimately, you will want the course your student takes to be transferred back to their full-time high school’s transcript, so be sure to find out what is acceptable to them.   More questions to ask:

         a. What type of regional accreditation is needed?  i.e., WASC, SACS, NCA, etc.?
         b. Does the school offering the individual course need to be in a brick and mortar setting, or does the school of record allow online courses?  Online courses offer more flexibility for you and the student, so this is good information to know.
        c. What is the date the student can begin coursework, and most importantly, when is the date by which the school needs to receive the transcript showing successful completion of the course?
        d. Is there any other criteria that you need to be aware of?

3.  Find out which schools, programs and courses are available, and start your research early – some programs are limited to a certain number of students, some courses are not available, and some have strict entry deadlines and attendance requirements.

4.  When speaking with a school you are considering for a course or two for credit, ask as many questions as you need to!

a. What type of accreditation and approvals does the school have?  Can you find it on their website and independently verify that they are regionally accredited?

b. Schools offering courses will very often have a process for you to follow in order to ensure that the course will be transferred for credit.  What are the forms that need to be completed?

c. How does their program work?  Is it online?  Are there set days & times for classes, or is the schedule flexible?  Are there teachers, and what are their qualifications?  What is the required teacher response time?  What type of student progress reporting and support is available?  Will the school send you progress reports and also keep the school administrator updated, if that is what is requested?

d. Can the school support you in determining how long the course will take, how many hours per week the student must work, and assist you in expediting the mailing of the final transcript to the student’s school of record?

e. Does the school offer payment plans, or is all tuition required up front?  Can they work with you if you have a budgeting concern?

f. Is a representative of the school willing to answer any questions you have and assist you in the enrollment process?  Very often, the first phone call will tell you a great deal about what you need to know and the ongoing experience you and your student will have.

Fortunately, there’s a great solution: Allied National High School!

Allied National High School enrolls students year-round, is regionally and nationally accredited.  We are 100% online, have payment plans, and offer two types of grading to accommodate a variety of start dates and completion deadlines.  You can enroll your student right now, and have them “ease” into the course they need to complete, then accelerate once the school year has finished.  This may give them some time they didn’t anticipate having available to enjoy their summer break.

Enrolling early may also relieve some of the pressure students can feel if they start a summer school session in June or July.  Additionally, students who enjoy other activities can still do so with ANHS, as they can work through a course during whatever hours work best for them.  A student can enjoy summer days with friends and family and do their studies at night (or vice-versa), and parents don’t have to drive them to class, either!

Call us today at 800-968-4034 for more information.

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