Virtual School Meanderings

August 10, 2015

EDTECH537 – Week 7

Today begins week seven or the final weeks of my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course. The students this week have a couple of blogging activities and a couple of assignments that they have to complete by the end of the week (i.e., midnight on Sunday).

The readings for this week are:

  • Kirkup, G. (2010). Academic blogging: Academic practice and academic identity. London Review of Education, 8(1), 75-84.
  • Ewins, R. (2005). Who are you? Weblogs and academic identity. E-Learning, 2(4), 368-377.

On the blogging front, they simply have to post two entries, of any kind, on any topic that interests them. The first entry should be posted by the end of the day on Wednesday, 12 August and the second entry by the end of the day on Friday, 14 August.

There are also two assignments that are due this week. The first is a Blogging Plan for the next month. Essentially, I borrowed the activities from these three challenges:

For the second activity, they have will design an activity that uses blogs in your own classroom. I have left this assignment open-ended to allow for the variety of students and subject areas that may be taught by my BSU graduate students.

Finally, I have asked that they continue to use Twitter throughout the week, and to use the hashtag #EDTECH537 for all class related tweets.

Later this morning I will post one sample entry (a Commentary Entry). Tomorrow morning I will post a second sample entry (probably a Discussion Entry). Finally, on Wednesday morning I will post a sample entry of the Blogging Plan.

August 6, 2015

EDTECH537 – Poll Entry: Would You Send Your Child To Virtual School?

In the introductory to Week 6 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I mentioned that today I would be posting a sample of a poll entry.

In previous semesters I have created an original poll, but this year I decided to borrow a poll from someone else and re-post it here.

The original poll – with results and comments – is available at http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/sep/would_you_send_your_child_virtual_school/

August 5, 2015

EDTECH537 – Video Entry: What I Really Do At Virtual School

In the introductory to Week 6 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I mentioned that today I would be posting a sample of a video entry.

Instead of creating a video, I decided to see what I could find that was a bit original and till relevant to my blog.  I came across this video blog (vlog) entry from a 15 year old young lady that was quite entertaining – with a hint of truth to the nature of full-time K-12 online learning when the “learning coach” (i.e., the parent/guardian) is not an active part of the process.

August 4, 2015

EDTECH537 – Audio Entry: Virtual Schools Bring Real Concerns About Quality

In the introductory to Week 6 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I mentioned that today I would be posting a sample of an audio message.

This is a news item from National Public Radio, the original and transcript is available at http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/02/02/382167062/virtual-schools-bring-real-concerns-about-quality.

August 3, 2015

EDTECH537 – Image Entry: Infographic – Growth of K-12 Online Education

In the introductory to Week 6 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I mentioned that later today I would be posting a sample of an image message.

I’m not sure if I have posted this infographic before – and the original was posted by Connections Education back in 2013 – but I wanted to highlight it again today.

infographic-about-growth

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