Virtual School Meanderings

August 3, 2017

EDTECH537 – Poll Entry: Would you be willing to have your child earn all of their high school credits online, just some, or none at all?

Another sample for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom, as I indicated on Monday in my Week 6 entry, I wanted to post an example of a poll entry this morning.

The question I am using today was taken from a survey given to folks in Virginia from the Virginia Commonwealth University (see page 17 of the Commonwealth Education Poll 2016-2017).

You’ll note that I personally use PollDaddy, which has a great integration with WordPress.

August 2, 2017

EDTECH537 – Video Entry: CANeLearn Live! Webinar – Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (June 6, 2017)

Another sample for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom, as I indicated on Monday in my Week 6 entry, I wanted to post an example of a video entry this morning.

I actually wanted to highlight an organization that I am involved with – the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn).  They host regular webinars, the latest of which was “Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment,” which was described by the organization as “Terri Reid, from Black Gold Regional School Divison, shares her well received CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.”

Note that you can subscribe to the CANeLearn YouTube channel at

August 1, 2017

EDTECH537 – Audio Entry: CBC Yukon – Aurora Virtual School

Another sample for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom, as I indicated yesterday in my Week 6 entry, I wanted to post an example of an audio entry this morning.

In looking around for an audio file, I spent some time searching on Soundcloud.  I came across a news item from CBC Yukon that focused on the Aurora Virtual School.

The news item is described at the site as:

Yukon’s newest school is in its first year of operation. The Aurora Virtual School is open to high school students across the territory. Meagan Deuling talked to students & teachers about distance education based in the Yukon.

You can find out more information about the Aurora Virtual School at

July 31, 2017

Statistics for July 2017

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Generally speaking I try to post a more detailed entry while my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom is running, but this year the end of the month just got away from me between travelling and work.  So, unfortunately – once again – a relatively quick entry this month…

This month there were 5,056 hits from 2,460 different visitors.  This was up by about 800 hits and 600 visitors from June, but up about 1500 hits and 500 visitors from July 2016.

The top ten entries over the past 30 days (keeping in mind I’m drafting this message 10 days into August) include:

  1. Student Holiday Notice
  2. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  3. EDTECH537 – Potential Hazards Of Blogging
  4. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  5. Special Offer For Your Family From K12
  6. EDTECH537 – Guest Blog Entry: Civil Rights and Online Learning
  7. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  8. EDTECH537 – Examining Generational Differences
  9. 101 Recently Uploaded Papers Mention The Name Michael Barbour
  10. FLVS And Web 2.0

Interestingly, although not surprising, three of these 10 entries are related to my EDTECH537 course (and one of them – the Questions About The School of Tomorrow entry – was referenced in one of those EDTECH537 items). Oddly, the top two items were from 2011, but when you look at the search terms that brought people here, it does make a little sense.

  1. notice for holiday to students
  2. school holiday notice sample
  3. academia we found your name
  4. educational technology thesis topics
  5. notice for holiday in school
  6. notice for school holiday
  7. academia, 251 kearny st., suite 520, san francisco, ca, 94108
  8. a review of open access literature
  9. teanau tuiono
  10. 19 papers mention the name marko jaglicic

As with most months, search engines brought in the vast majority of traffic.  For example, in the past 30 days search engines accounted for 1,214 visits.  The next closest referrers were Facebook (i.e., 71 visits), WordPress Reader (i.e., 71 visits), and Twitter (i.e., 50 visits).  So what people search for generally does drive what my top entries are – and it is also important to notice that the search terms have little to do with K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning.

Anyway, I traditionally end these monthly entries with the statistics from my old blog site (which still does generate some traffic)…


EDTECH537 – Image Entry: FLVS at InstructureCon 2017

As most of my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom students know, I was at the InstructureCon 2017 conference this past week. One of the things that surprised me about the conference was the fact that the Florida Virtual School was there as a vendor (the only real K-12 online and/or blended learning vendor that was there to be honest).

As I indicated earlier this morning in my Week 6 entry, I wanted to post an example of an image entry this morning, so I figured I could post the materials that I got from their booth in the exhibition area.

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