Virtual School Meanderings

January 7, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the K-12 High Speed Network.


Report: Digital Curriculum Spending up 25% in 2016, Most Schools to Increase in 2017
A new survey from The Learning Counsel finds that nearly four in five (78 percent) students have access to a computing device for “a good portion of the school day” or longer. Read More. 

Next, the eSchool News Today.

5 questions to answer about OER use

OER use

As open educational resources (OER) grow in popularity, school leaders are tasked with identifying the best way to find, organize and use these resources. But that process can be overwhelming,…

Also, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

What do educators think about OER?

What do educators think about OER?
(Pixabay)
A panel of education leaders during a recent webinar offered insight into the use of open educational resources. The panel addressed issues such as how OER changes teaching and learning and who should select digital resources.
eSchool News (free registration) (1/6)
Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

School-choice advocates place hope in Greitens

The parents then could pay tuition to a private or virtual school, buy textbooks, hire tutors or pay for any number of things approved by the state.

Florida virtual school accepting enrollment until January

Tech-savvy millennial generation views education through new lens, interested in online options such as Florida Virtual School Full Time Millennials …

Kudos: Manatee schools, students earning greater success in graduation rates

Online classes through the Florida Virtual School favor youngsters who shy away from high school culture. Students eager to learn a trade can lay the …

2016 in review: Safety, innovation highlight year in education

Over the last year, Athens and Limestone County Schools continue a … Sisk said the district’s virtual school will also be headquartered at Owens.

New Benicia school board member champions education

DeVos said she will bring a renewed approach to education, with an emphasis on expanding school vouchers, charter schools, virtual schools, …

Virtual Student Coming to Sparta Schools

SPARTA, NJ – A virtual student will be attending Sparta Township schools. The VGo was introduced at the December board of education meeting.

Versailles State Representative files school transfer legislation; bill would only impact Normandy …

Wood tells Missourinet that Speaker Richardson realizes other provisions, such as charter and “virtual”schools, could be added by other lawmakers.

12-year-old skater pursues dream in flexible ‘classroom’

… one of two main online school systems, the Ramirez family has their own unique situation for which virtual school has become a great solution.

Why online learning works for these Indiana kids

Tori: Back when I first started virtual school, it was rough, and I wanted to go back just because the socialization wasn’t the same. After I got through …

K12 International Academy Offering New Year Savings for Midterm Enrollments

As a virtual school available to any student with an internet connection, K12 International Academy (iCad) has a unique student population that …

Plans underway for annual MLK birthday celebration

At noon, Cynthia Williams, Principal of St. Johns Technical High School &St. Johns Virtual School, will offer a few words at the Plaza de la Constitucion …

Mike Miles, former superintendent in Colorado and Dallas, opening charter school in northwest …

Indiana’s virtual school classes can enroll upwards of 50 students at a time. But for most Indiana students in online schools, the flexibility and lack of …

Schools are Getting Rid of Snow Days Because Nothing Is Sacred Anymore

Several schools in the Northeast are responding to more frequent weather-related closings by offering — wait for it — virtual school days. Yep, kids are …

Q5 MTC Sophomore Showcase

The admissions process for private school, home-school and virtual school students is similar to students in Meridian’s district high schools, but we’ll …

Osnaburg Local hosts panel on online, blended learning

Brown serves as national manager of sales for Florida Virtual School Global. The panel discussed strategies for success, policies and procedures, …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Vestaburg to authorize new cyber school

VESTABURG — A new cyber school is coming to West Michigan at the start of the new year, thanks to Vestaburg Community Schools and Success …

 

January 1, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

Next, I similarly received the alert for cyber school – again with no relevant items.

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

So nothing to report this week…

December 31, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the MiddleWeb SmartBrief.

Pa. school adopts hybrid learning model

Pa. school adopts hybrid learning model
(Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)
Students at a middle school in Pennsylvania are learning under a hybrid model that allows teachers to establish stations for individuals to work, collaborative learning and to get instruction from the teacher. Educators say the model has proven effective since it was implemented about three years ago.

The York Dispatch (Pa.) (12/28)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Pupils take globe-trotting trips without leaving the classroom

… as a guide and take their class of explorers on virtual school trips around the world and beyond, using only a tablet device and cardboard headsets.

Kids take a virtual trip around the world

The virtual school trip uses a simple cardboard viewer to send synchronised three dimensional 360 degree panoramas to each student’s cardboard …

School-choice advocates see opening in Missouri

The parents could then pay tuition to a private or virtual school, buy textbooks, hire tutors or pay for any number of things approved by the state.

Achievers: Milestones and accolades

Florida Virtual School, a statewide public school district and international provider of award-winning education products and services, has been …

Bay District’s graduation rate soars

With the robust virtual school option and teachers that rotate through the high schools to provide in-person assistance to virtual school students, …

Education notebook: School District names teachers, rookie teachers of the year; Nease principal …

… County School District’s 2016-17 Teachers of the Year have been selected from each of the district’s 36 schools as well as St. Johns Virtual School, …

School-choice advocates see opening in Missouri

The parents could then pay tuition to a private or virtual school, buy textbooks, hire tutors or pay for any number of things approved by the state.

Pasco School Board members raise concerns about Florida Virtual Academy of Pasco charter school

The Florida Virtual Academy of Pasco, a charter school that almost didn’t get approved to open, was put on notice Tuesday that its performance since …

Virginia school pilots ‘checkology virtual classroom’ from The News Literacy Project

Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA, teaches students how to assess the validity of viral stories and determine whether they are propaganda, ads …

Manatee’s graduation rate continues to climb. Why?

Students who aren’t keen on high school’s social dynamic can take classes from home through the Florida Virtual School. Students pursuing a trade …

School-choice advocates place hope in Greitens

The parents then could pay tuition to a private or virtual school, buy textbooks, hire tutors or pay for any number of things approved by the state.

Kudos: Manatee schools, students earning greater success in graduation rates

Online classes through the Florida Virtual School favor youngsters who shy away from high school culture. Students eager to learn a trade can lay the …

2016 in review: Safety, innovation highlight year in education

Sisk said the district’s virtual school will also be headquartered at Owens. Creekside Elementary School also underwent a major change this year.

Florida virtual school accepting enrollment until January

Tech-savvy millennial generation views education through new lens, interested in online options such as Florida Virtual School Full Time Millennials …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Rising costs of cybercharter tuition beleaguer Pa. school districts

Pennsylvania has seen a significant growth in cyber charter schools. … School districts pay tuition for each child who opts to go to a cybercharter, …

Rising costs of cyber charters beleaguer Pa. school districts

Cyber charter education is now nearly a half-billion dollar industry in Pennsylvania, according to Public Citizens for Children & Youth, an advocacy …

Rising costs of cybercharter tuition beleaguer Pa. school districts

Rising costs of cybercharter tuition beleaguer Pa. school districts … Pennsylvania has seen a significant growth in cyber charter schools. (AP Photo/Pat …

Local student succeeding at Georgia Cyber Academy

So, in the middle of grade six, she left her middle school and enrolled in the Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA). A year later, she is in grade seven, doing …

 

December 26, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoThis is normally posted on Sunday, but I pushed it to Monday due to Sunday being Christmas.

Anyway, first I did not receive the alert for virtual school.

Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school.

1. TI- Important Perspective Lacking From Virtual Charter Reporting.
JN- Education Week
PD- 11/30/2016, Vol. 36 Issue 14, p24-24
PG- 1/4p
DT- 20161130
PT- Letter to the Editor
AB- A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article “Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry” in the November 3, 2016 issue.
DE- VIRTUAL schools
DE- DISTANCE education
SU- UNITED States
IS- 02774232
AN- 120150365

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

December 24, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Board votes to close New Mexico Virtual Academy

FARMINGTON — The Farmington school board voted today to deny reauthorizing the charter for New Mexico Virtual Academy and opted to close the …

Editorial: State must pay attention to virtual schools

… Hoosier Academy-Indianapolis, Insight School of Indiana, Indiana Connections Academy, Indiana Virtual School and Wayne Township’s virtual high ..

Robots, virtual reality and the future of education

… on a virtual school visit to any place in time and space. The purchase of Oculus, the technology company, by Facebook makes this eventuality all the …

Former Volusia teachers cite pay, lack of respect for leaving

Another former teacher, Libby Evans, who left Volusia in 2014, said she enjoys more support in her current role as a teacher for Florida Virtual School …

Virtual school operator K12 Inc. faces challenge from stockholders demanding transparency

Virginia-based K12 Inc. is the largest operator of for-profit charter schools in the country and is a national leader in running online full-time public …

Cyber Charter Schools Grow In Popularity

However, over time, students began gravitating to the virtual school’s program as a substitute rather than a complement to traditional public schools.

The broken promise of online schools

Virtual charter schools were meant to help nontraditional students maintain consistent education. That could include Olympic athletes who train for …

Board votes to close New Mexico Virtual Academy

FARMINGTON — The Farmington school board voted today to deny reauthorizing the charter for New Mexico Virtual Academy and opted to close the …

Leon County Schools announces new principals

Prior to her current responsibilities, Mrs. Gregory served as the principal of Godby High School and the Leon County Virtual School.

Panel grants Fayetteville district’s charter change

There are various reasons a virtual school appeals to some students. JoAnna Lever, Fayetteville Virtual Academy’s director, noted one sixth-grader at …

U.S. Education Abroad with International Connections Academy: Sponsored

The virtual school allows English-speaking students living abroad with expat parents to receive a high-quality education that meets U.S. standards, …

Bay District’s graduation rate soars

With the robust virtual school option and teachers that rotate through the high schools to provide in-person assistance to virtual school students, …

St. Johns County School District announces Teachers and Rookies of Year

… each of the district’s 36 schools as well as St. Johns Virtual School, First Coast Technical College and The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Rising costs of cyber charters beleaguer Pa. school districts

… educating the child,” he said. “The more important issue that some people raise is: Is that cost reasonable relative to the cost of the cyber school?” …

Manatee’s graduation rate continues to climb. Why?

Students who aren’t keen on high school’s social dynamic can take classes from home through the Florida Virtual School. Students pursuing a trade …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

5 doctoral degrees awarded at ESU’s commencement

William L. Vitulli is currently employed by the East Stroudsburg Area School District as a district elementary principal, the district’s cyber school …

Berrien Springs schools sign pact with charter operator

Year two of the cyber school project will likely see the opening of five more centers around the state. He said no other locations have been identified …

Cyber Charter Schools Grow In Popularity

Cyber charter schools merge two types of reform – the charter school movement and online learning. Like traditional charter schools, cyber charters …

Berrien Springs schools sign pact with charter operator

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien Springs school district is embarking on a new cyber charter school project. Superintendent Dave Eichberg said …

What Cyber Charter Schools Are and Why Their Growth Should Worry Us

… charter schools: The report found that a small percent — 13.6 percent of cyber school students in those schools — were previously homeschooled.

 

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