Virtual School Meanderings

November 18, 2018

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Virtual School Leaders’ Experiences and Perspectives of the Benefits of and Barriers to Kindergarten through Grade 12 Virtual Schools in Florida
AU- Weiss, Erika
SO- ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
DT- 20180101
YR- 2018
PG- 231
PT- Dissertation
SU- Elementary Secondary Education; Access to Computers; Public Schools; Educational Technology; Technology Uses in Education; Educational Innovation; Leadership Role; Social Influences; Psychological Patterns; Disadvantaged Youth; Social Bias
GE- Florida
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- This applied dissertation responded to two public problems: digital divides and unequal access to educational opportunities via the growth of virtual schooling in kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) in the United States. A qualitative instrumental case study approach was used to explore the relative advantages and disadvantages of public K-12 virtual schools in Florida through the experiences and perspectives of 5 virtual school leaders. This research also evaluated the virtual school leaders’ level of innovativeness in relation to the innovativeness/needs paradox (INP) in Rogers’s theory of diffusion of innovations (DOI). The INP suggests that innovativeness plays a role in social stratification issues between the higher and lower socioeconomic individuals in a system. A demographic survey and interviews were used to gather descriptive details for the case analysis. The Innovativeness Scale collected empirical evidence on virtual school leaders’ level of innovativeness. Results participants were in the early majority category of DOI. Demographics suggested upward social mobility, high educational attainment, and tendencies toward innovativeness. Six themes emerged from the interviews: educational optimism, proinnovation bias, strategies of least resistance, fidelity to old-school norms, virtual schools are a public but private schooling niche, and the counterintuitive gauntlet of innovativeness: the legitimacy of virtual schools and stakeholder divides. Findings suggested innovativeness in relation to the INP does have the potential to fuel underlying divides between advantaged and disadvantaged students in public K-12 virtual schools in Florida. The interviews suggested additional factors may play a role in divides in association with innovativeness, specifically, individualistic and systemic epistemologies and cultural relativism. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
LA- English
IB- 978-0-438-07766-9
AN- ED587478
TY- ED
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2018

2. TI- Assessing Quality: Teachers’ Perceptions of State Virtual School Courses
AU- Diliberti, Rhonda K.
SO- ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oakland University
DT- 20180101
YR- 2018
PG- 263
PT- Dissertation
SU- Educational Quality; Teacher Effectiveness; Teacher Attitudes; Virtual Classrooms; Online Courses; Comparative Analysis; Conventional Instruction; Instructional Effectiveness; Elementary Secondary Education
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- As enrollment in K-12 online courses continues to grow, there is a need to ensure students are enrolled in quality online courses and that online courses provide an educational experience comparable to their face-to-face equivalents. Thus, this study investigated teachers’ views of the quality of online courses at state virtual schools. In designing this study, I developed a conceptual model of quality indicators gathered from the K-12 Quality Matters Rubrics, the Community of Inquiry framework, and the research literature. Using a complementarity mixed-methods approach, I invited state virtual school teachers, who also had experience teaching face-to-face courses, to respond to an electronic survey questionnaire consisting of eleven demographic questions, 43 quality indicator questions, ten online and face-to-face comparisons questions, and two open-ended questions. I used findings from five research questions to inform the quality of online courses at state virtual schools. Results of the study suggested about teachers felt one in six state virtual school courses are well-designed and need little improvement. Findings also indicated participants felt most (39 out of 43) quality indicators were present to at least a reasonable degree in most state virtual school courses. Quality indicators less likely to be present included proctored tests and exams, student-student interaction, direct instruction, and items related to continuous improvement. When viewed with respect to curriculum alignment, findings suggested the assignments/activities and assessments in some courses may not be effectively aligned to the learning objectives. While most teachers felt that student outcomes were equally likely to occur in both online and face-to-face courses, approximately 25% of state virtual school teachers believed students learn more in face-to-face situations. Results also indicated state virtual school teachers perceived online assessments and teachers’ responsibilities to be most related to student outcomes in state virtual school courses. State virtual school teachers also offered recommendations to improve the quality of state virtual school courses. Indicators with the greatest number of recommendations related to course assignments/activities, continuous improvement, course interaction, and assessments. Unanticipated findings suggested learner characteristics and mentors may play an even greater role than expected in student success in state virtual school courses. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
LA- English
IB- 978-0-438-26724-4
AN- ED587940
TY- ED
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2018

Next, I received the alert for cyber school.

Finally, I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

November 17, 2018

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eLearning Insider.

A new study by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) confirms that online learning is on the rise. The study released in early November suggests that despite dropping enrollments at the postsecondary level, the number of distance education students continues to rise at most types of institutions. This trend holds true at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Read more.

Next, the eSchool News’ Innovations in K12.

Leave little to chance with a discovery-driven approach to blended learning

A strong blended program requires ongoing design decisions

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual School Market 2018 Opportunities, Competition from Opponents, Dynamics, Demand …

The Virtual School Market report provides valuable and unique information which is very essential. Further it also covers key players, application and …

Kootenai County crowned Ybarra education queen

The local Republican leader, who chairs the board of Idaho’s largest virtual school, Idaho Virtual Academy, also credited high local Republican turnout …

Rural health school bid not a threat to Waikato med school push: backers

A rural health school pitch “doesn’t go far enough” but would delay the need for a third medical school, Waikato med school backers say.

Bay District helps families restock clothes, supplies after Hurricane Michael

… her four children without warmer clothes, though without internet and devices she’s still struggling to get them back set up with Bay Virtual School.

North Idaho voters back GOP’s Ybarra

A Kootenai County Republican leader, who chairs the board of Idaho’s largest virtual school, Idaho Virtual Academy, also credited high local …

Virtual Schools Market 2018 Size, Application,Revenue, Types, Trends in Future, Scope to 2025

Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood …

Board holds special session

The Willow Springs School Board met in special session Monday for closed session regarding employment matters and an unspecified open planning …

Virtual Schools Market Production, Consumption Status and Prospects Professional Market …

“A virtual school operates on an online learning platform and offers courses pertaining to various fields entirely through digital methodologies.

Virtual Schools Market 2025: Important Facts with Geographical Analysis and Topmost Manufacturers

… Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood Virtual School, , , , and many more.

Robertson County Virtual School meets the needs of military families and rural students

Robertson County Virtual School in Springfield, Tennessee, provides military families and rural students full-time learning opportunities that meet their …

Boost in training health professionals rurally under ‘virtual’ school proposal

The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling …

Virtual health school pitched to ease rural staff shortages

A virtual school “embedded in rural New Zealand” has been proposed to ease the shortage of rural health professionals – and not just doctors.

60 Year Old Attends Virtual School

Only around 75 percent of high school students graduate within four years reports DoSomething.org. So, what happens to the other 25 percent?

West Plains School Board hears several reports

At its recent monthly meeting, the West Plains R-7 School Board heard reports about the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP), eMINTS grants …

Maine’s first virtual charter school gets 5-year renewal

The Maine Charter School Commission unanimously approved a five-year charter renewal for Maine’s first virtual charter school on Tuesday, but …

UNL’s Virtual Field Trip to Morrill Hall

Annie Mumgaard is the virtual education coordinator at Morrill Hall and today, through the magic of cameras and computers, Annie got to share here …

Virtual School Market Analysis and Prediction by Leading Manufacturers, Its Application and Types …

Virtual School Market report provides in-depth analysis of leading players with company profiles and strategies. Virtual School industry delivers a …

Virtual health school for rural areas

University of Otago associate Dean of Rural Health said the proposed virtual school could both attract people to work in rural areas and encourage …

Seaman reports small decline in graduation rate

Seaman High School’s 2018 four-year graduation rate dropped to 93.2-percent, down from 95.5 last year and 93.9 two years ago. That rate is a cohort …

Wey Education: How online education is revolutionising modern schooling

The virtual school. When twelve year-old Lilian Hardy attended open auditions for the ensemble of Matilda, she never expected to be offered the lead …

2018 Virtual Schools Market: Global Manufacturers Analysis, Revenue, Market Share, Types …

… K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood Virtual School,.

Virtual health campus plan still afloat

A mooted new virtual school for rural health remains a live proposition despite Health Minister David Clark yesterday rejecting a bid to set up a school …

Virtual rural health school plan unaffected by Govt move

A week-old proposal by the University of Otago and other providers to create a virtual school for rural health remains very much alive despite the …

The Public School With The Highest Attendance Rates In DC Is Empty Most Of The Year

Friendship Public Charter School Online is the only K-8 tuition-free virtual school in Washington, D.C., and it reported the highest attendance rates in …

Prepping for drone exploration of Mars

And 12-year old James Fagan, who attends the Riverside Virtual School in Riverside, Calif., is getting ready for that. He’s already built a simple wind …

Club News: Nov. 15, 2018

The program portion of the meeting was a presentation by Dr. Kathy Steele on Homeschool and Virtual School. Kathy shared information garnered …

Academy may become Decatur’s third high school

Decatur City Schools may open a third high school that will serve students attending the Career Academies of Decatur at the old Austin High campus …

Virtual Schools Market includes Revenue, Growth Rate, Applications and Gross Margin

Connections Education, K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood …

District Line Daily: Snow Daze

Friendship Public Charter School Online is a K-8 virtual school that only requires students to come to the brick and mortar school on Thursdays.

Virtual Schools Market Status by Industry Association, Downstream Vendors, Types, And Forecast …

The major manufacturers covered in this report are: K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School …

KCC relaunches website for children in care

The website is run by Virtual School Kent (VSK), our service responsible for championing the voice, progress and educational attainment of children in …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Back to School Online

Recently, top-name schools and other institutions have posted courses online for everything from Python to Quantum Mechanics to Dutch.

Virtual Schools Market Report 2018: Business Segmentation by Revenue and Market Structure …

“An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. An online school can …

 

November 13, 2018

Profits To Be Made in K-12 Online Learning

So some six years ago I flagged an article out of an NPR outlet in Ohio that I wanted to come back to and write something about at a later time.  It was so long ago in fact that the article is no longer available online and I had to go through the Internet Archive to find a copy of it.

The original article was entitled “How Much Does It Cost to Run an Online School?” and at the time I had planned to write an entry that examined the literature related to what we know about the funding provided to K-12 online learning, and how much of the literature – that wasn’t coming from the corporations themselves or their neo-liberal proponent organizations – found that full-time online learning cost less.  See for example:

However, as I look back on the original article now, I’m reminded of another piece that I recently saved because I wanted to come back to it in an entry…

Virtual schools keep education publisher Pearson on courseThe Irish Times

The basic gist of this article is that, as a company, Pearson Education is a money losing business – or at least its profit has been significantly decreased – if not for the fact that some years ago it bought out Connections Education and the “demand for online courses and virtual schools” in the United States will essentially save the company during this fiscal year.

Image what could happen if all of those tax dollars were spent on public education, instead of enriching the pockets of Pearson executives and shareholders?

November 10, 2018

EBSCO Alerts

This is being posted today to avoid Remembrance Day.

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber school.

Finally, I also did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week, as I didn’t receive anything.

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eLearning Inside.

For anyone who follows edtech, a trend appeared to emerge in October: eLearning in early education is bad. Whether it’s aggressively marketed ‘educational’ apps, the spread of the Utah state-funded UPSTART program, or plain old screen time, numerous publications (respected or not) came out unequivocally against pre-K online learning. Many of these articles exhibited strong bias… Read more.

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Study considers effectiveness of credit recovery

Study considers effectiveness of credit recovery
(Pixabay)
Chicago Public Schools’ students performed about the same in credit-recovery courses for ninth-grade algebra whether they took the course online or in a face-to-face class, according to a study. However, both groups were less likely to graduate than students who had passed the class in ninth grade, data show.
Education Dive (11/7)

 

Online approach engages students in reading

A middle-school English teacher in Michigan is using an innovative approach to engage students with literature and reading. In this blog post, Jeremy Hyler shares how he uses a learning management system to engage students in online book clubs and reading groups.
MiddleWeb (11/7)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Hallsville ISD virtual school enrollment nears 4600

District Superintendent Jeff Collum said it’s “been an exciting journey watching” the virtual school enrollment grow. He said administrators were …

County Schools Hoping To Retain Home Schoolers With Online Academy

The GOAL curriculum is sourced from the Florida Virtual School, according to Moore. FVS was the United States’ first online school, after the Florida …

Hallsville ISD virtual school enrollment nears 4600

District Superintendent Jeff Collum said it’s “been an exciting journey watching” the virtual school enrollment grow. He said administrators were …

Online schools and student mobility: When kids churn, scores drop.

With no other local alternatives, Brooke Hutchinson enrolled her son in Wisconsin Virtual Academy, the state’s largest virtual charter school, located …

Virtual learning at Clement

AUTRYVILLE — Using a stylus pen, Sheyla Gutierrez made ventricles of a brain float in the air, while wearing a pair of 3-D glasses. Gutierrez and her …

Quartermaster School aims to enhance virtual training program

FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) — Two Quartermaster School military occupational specialty courses are recipients of $4.6 million in funding earmarked …

Maine’s first virtual charter school up for state renewal

Maine’s first virtual charter school is undergoing its first comprehensive evaluation as it seeks to renew its state charter, five years after it launched …

After years of bullying, virtual academy revives autistic student’s love of learning

Autism has taken big pieces out of Kayleigh Lewis’ life. From a young age, she struggled in school. She laughed when others cried and she didn’t fit in …

Ohio starts hard look at e-school funding after ECOT mess

Students work on their online lessons at Akron Digital Academy, a small online school that, like ECOT, owed money back to Ohio for kids it could not …

Florida continues to expand school choice with new programs

Florida families continue to take advantage of school choice options in … Several districts provide online courses, as do Florida Virtual School and a …

Online schools and student mobility: When kids churn, scores drop.

In February this year, the virtual school kicked him out for failing to participate — which landed him back in Rhinelander’s public schools, even farther …

Maine’s first virtual charter school up for state renewal

Maine’s first virtual charter school is undergoing its first comprehensive evaluation as it seeks to renew its state charter, five years after it launched …

West Plains School Board hears several reports

The bill changes MoVIP to the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, allowing eligible students to enroll in online program courses of …

Cyesis: A ‘godsend’ for Sarasota’s most vulnerable young parents

Students can take classes through Florida Virtual School, and students who drop out can re-enroll through the district’s “Acceleration Academy”.

Virtual Schools Market 2022 Overall View of Opportunities, Challenges, Key Players, Growth Rate

Virtual Schools Market by Competitors: Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, …

Virtual Schools Market by 2023 Emerging Market Trends, Key Industry Players, Opportunities and …

Some of the key industry players include Connections Education, K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, …

The Advantages Of Virtual Schools Market 2023 with study of challenges and key players such as …

virtual school teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. It has been defined as “education that uses one or more …

Tottenham Hotspur honours young people in care

The awards ceremony, in partnership with Haringey Council Virtual School, rewards children and teenagers for the educational accomplishments they …

Virtual Schools Market Is Booming Worldwide | K12, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management

Company profile section of players such as Connections Education, K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, …

Virtual Schools Market Research Report to to Design a Cohesive and Predictive Business Strategy

Key Players, K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School (FLVS), Charter Schools USA, Lincoln …

Robertson County Virtual School meets the needs of military families and rural students

Robertson County Virtual School in Springfield, Tennessee, provides military families and rural students full-time learning opportunities that meet their …

South Milwaukee voters OK $3.8 million schools referendum

Of the $3.8 million, about 43 percent will be spent adding and expanding virtual school options, special education staff, early learning opportunities, …

Onsite Health Care Clinic at Ava Schools Can Help Keep Students in School

“We now have 31 virtual school clinics in 17 school districts, all in southwest Missouri,” Ferwalt added. The program is not only available to the …

Global Virtual School Market Report Analysis 2018: BrainCert, Saba Software, SAP SE, Docebo …

The global “Virtual School market” research report has thorough and in-depth research that encapsulates all the important aspects of the Virtual …

Children in care app launched in Kent

Jo Carpenter, from the virtual school for children in care, told the corporate parenting panel on November 1: “On the whole, feedback across the county …

Virtual Schools Market with Statistical Forecast, Geographic Segmentation and Competitive …

†Virtual Schools Market report provides detail analysis that will enterprise your business to the next level, it contains overview including market …

Boost in training health professionals rurally under ‘virtual’ school proposal

The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling …

60 Year Old Attends Virtual School

I got tired of hearing it, and so when I heard that Basehor [had a] virtual school, I said ‘oh I’m going to go get my diploma. I’m going to go get it.’ [People …

Virtual School Market Analysis and Prediction by Leading Manufacturers, Its Application and Types …

Virtual School Market report provides in-depth analysis of leading players with company profiles and strategies. Virtual School industry delivers a …

District receives ‘exemplary’ report card

Students who meet academic criteria may also enroll in Algebra I through the Illinois Virtual School. For more information about the Illinois Report …

Stingy Strobel

He was named the Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performer U16 Number one Star Goaltender in the NAPHL for the month of September. Strobel …

Potts Recognized for National Mentoring Month

Upperclassmen have received her wisdom and instruction in the Care Cats program, while students in the virtual school also receive her support as …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Mineral County school enrollment slightly up this year

… County Schools experienced a small increase in enrollment this year, and part of the reason could be the county’s new Cyber School program.

Letter: Probst will fight for you

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s appointee at the Department of Education, touted online learning, but in Pennsylvania, not one cyber school met the state’s …

 

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