Virtual School Meanderings

November 20, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I did not receive the alert for virtual school.

Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.

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

So nothing to report this week.

November 19, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Studies: Students benefit from digital materials

Studies: Students benefit from digital materials
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College students that use digital-learning materials tend to do better on exams, improve their academic performance and are less likely to drop out, according to multiple studies. A report from McGraw-Hill Education found that 81% of students said digital-learning tools helped them improve both their grades and their efficiency.
eCampus News (free registration) (11/14)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Fulton High School offers innovative virtual reality class

The goal is to build a virtual school for new students to help them learn their way around before ever stepping foot on the real campus. Senior Nancy …

Owens Elementary to become virtual school headquarters

Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk says it will become the headquarters for the district’s virtual school program as well as house …

Virtual school to open in 2017

The Arkansas State Board of Education approved Thursday the creation of a charter school for the Van Buren School District, according to a news …

Local student takes to online high school

“It brings the community feel to an online virtual school where we don’t see each other in the hallways on daily basis.” Although Irvin hasn’t met …

Owens Elementary to become virtual school headquarters

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Sugar Creek Elementary School will absorb the elementary students of West Limestone High School and Owens Elementary …

Virtual school to open in 2017

The Arkansas State Board of Education approved Thursday the creation of a charter school for the Van Buren School District, according to a news …

Beloit’s virtual school program growing

Another draw, Paepke said, is the newly restructured Beloit Virtual School. She noted that virtual schoolstudents are also eligible to take advantage of …

Owens Elementary to become virtual school headquarters

Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk says it will become the headquarters for the district’svirtual school program as well as house …

Superintendent: Owens to become virtual school headquarters

The building, he said, will become the headquarters for the district’s virtual school program as well as house some new and existing career tech …

Michigan sees spike in K-12 online school enrollment

This year, more than 1,700 kids are enrolled at Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), which is a K-12virtual school. Alayah, Ah’Nyah, and Layla …

Here’s how a school’s graduation rate soared double digits two straight years

Last week’s news that the Muscogee County School District’s graduation … Whether it’s through Apex Learning or Georgia Virtual School, the Carver …

Early signing period: Junior tennis stars Victoria Emma, Stevie Kenndy pick Di-I programs

Emma and Kennedy, both 17, take their high school classes online through the Florida Virtual School so they can train during the day. They both made …

Virtual School Students Visit the Capitol

Nearly 100 students, parents and teachers from the Michigan Connections Academy visited the Michigan Historical Museum and capitol today.

Newport News School Board to set legislative positions

The draft of legislative positions also includes continued opposition to the creation of a Virginia Virtual School Board. The Newport News School Board …

Virtual school students visit the Capitol

Virtual school students visit the Capitol. FOX 47 News. 7:05 AM, Nov 15, 2016. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material …

American Education Week: Limestone Education goes on display

With the addition of an alternative virtual school, Sugar Creek Elementary and expanded career technical programs, it’s not a far stretch to imagine the …

Virtual school hires new teacher from Leominster

BOSTON — TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), the Commonwealth’s newest and largest virtual public school, has announced the addition of …

Letter: This school works

Though a virtual school, field trips are still scheduled so that students can interact with their fellow classmates and teachers. It’s a wonderful program …

‘Bold steps’ ahead for Beloit schools

Beloit Learning Academy, Roy Chapman Andrews Academy and Beloit Virtual School have an alternate rating system and do not have report cards.

oard approves track replacement

The Nettie Hartnett Education Center already houses other programs such as Parents as Teachers and a virtual school. But Roth said probably less …

Boys removed from FPC over alleged threat still barred from school two months later, but no …

In the meantime, Gavin said, the boys are doing coursework through online programs like iFlagler and Florida Virtual School, and are not being …

Waterloo School Board awards snow plowing bid

There is a move to more online courses to extend the district’s support of AP courses and courses offered through the Wisconsin Virtual School.

Sherri Pankratz fills Centre board vacancy

They asked Superintendent Susan Beeson to develop a board policy regarding what activities virtual school students can participate in at Centre …

Orlando virtual school teacher fired after grade-changing accusation

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando virtual school teacher accused of giving students grades they didn’t deserve will not be allowed to teach for at least a …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

CEO: Cyber charter school offices changing location

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A local cyber charter school is set to move its administration offices to a location with better internet connectivity that will improve …

 

November 13, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- YOUR LIBRARY GOES VIRTUAL: Promoting Reading and Supporting Research.
AU- Church, Audrey1 Email Address: churchap@longwood.edu
JN- Library Media Connection
PD- Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p10-13
PG- 4p
IL- 2 Color Photographs, 3 Illustrations
DT- 20061101
PT- Article
AB- The article focuses on the use of virtual Web settings by school libraries to promote reading habits and research work among students. School children prefer to use library sources and information services through the virtual school library. The library Web page can promote reading habits among students by using online catalog, creating online games based on books and by providing the provision of access to the electronic books. It can support research by creating pathfinders and posting them on the school library Web site.
DE- Electronic reference services (Libraries)
DE- Digital libraries
DE- School libraries
DE- Internet in education
DE- Libraries & education
DE- Electronic books
DE- Library users
DE- Websites
SU- School children
AD- 1School Library Media, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia.
IS- 15424715
AN- 22924173

Next, I received the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.

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

November 12, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

School overhauls support blended learning

Some schools are redesigning their learning spaces as they adopt blending learning programs, according to a white paper from Evergreen Education Group and Fuel Education. The researchers looked at three such schools and found common characteristics — leaders ready to think outside the box, teachers who use an online curriculum and a culture that embraces change.
eSchool News (free registration) (11/10)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Sponsored Post: K-12 Washington Virtual Academy

“I wanted to attend virtual school so I could have a more flexible schedule and ultimately go to martial arts all day, every day,” Enzo said. His mother …

Graduation rates in local schools are above 90%

… Central High School, Walker Valley High School, alternative school GOAL Academy and the Bradley County Virtual School, which allows students to …

Georgia Superintendent of Schools to Recognize Georgia Cyber Academy for Family Engagement

9, at 10 a.m. to congratulate the virtual school’s family engagement team for winning the Department of Education’s Parent Engagement Month video …

@FGCU_WTEN Completes Fall Slate at Dick Vitale Intercollegiate

Florida Virtual School), Sara Kelly (Naples, Fla./Florida Virtual School) and Maja Ornberg (Kil, Sweden/De la Gardiegymnasiet, Lidkoping) to compete …

School district offers virtual school program

The program run by Omaha Public Schools is the first K-8 virtual school in the state and started offering classes in August for the 160 students in its …

Omaha school district offers virtual school program

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Dozens of Nebraska home-schoolers are forging a new educational path at Omaha’sVirtual School. The program, run by …

Do online high schools make the grade?

Nearly 460 full-time charter, privately run or district-operated virtual schools enrolled more than 261,000 students during the 2014-15 academic year, …

Sponsored Post: K-12 Washington Virtual Academy

“I wanted to attend virtual school so I could have a more flexible schedule and … Enzo is an 11th grader at Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA).

Children with positive care experience outperform at school

Children with positive care experience outperform at school … Results (NCER), the National Association ofVirtual School Heads (NAVSH) and the …

A Virtual Mess: Inside Colorado’s Largest Online Charter School

In June 2016, the Colorado state board of education approved the creation of two new statewide virtual schools. Both will be managed by Ken Crowell …

Enrolment keeps falling

It should be stressed that none of the above enrolment counts include Vista Virtual school, which serves 5,364 students within a distributed learning …

Connections Education: A Defense of Cyber Charters

“Some of these groups are clearly making a political decision to sacrifice virtual schools and for-profit education management organizations.”.

Parents know better than charter school organizations

Virtual school works for our family and my children are doing great! As school choice comes under attack, I hope our lawmakers and education officials …

Superintendent: Owens to become virtual school headquarters

The building, he said, will become the headquarters for the district’s virtual school program as well as house some new and existing career tech …

Beloit’s virtual school program growing

Another draw, Paepke said, is the newly restructured Beloit Virtual School. She noted that virtual schoolstudents are also eligible to take advantage of …

For some students, virtual can be best educational fit

BELOIT — Although Beloit Memorial High School wasn’t a good fit for Nathan Brown, virtual school in the School District of Beloit has helped him …

Here’s how a school’s graduation rate soared double digits two straight years

Whether it’s through Apex Learning or Georgia Virtual School, the Carver participants dramatically can change their academic outlook.

Early signing period: Junior tennis stars Victoria Emma, Stevie Kenndy pick DI programs

Emma and Kennedy, both 17, take their high school classes online through the Florida Virtual School so they can train during the day. They both made …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Erie cyber school program could recoup students, tuition dollars

The makeshift classroom is home base for the Erie School District’s cyber school, created in 2012. High school students work mainly online at home …

Connections Education: A Defense of Cyber Charters

Connections Education has heard the mounting criticism of full-time online charter schools, including calls for reform from prominent pro-school-choice …

Erie cyber school program could recoup students, tuition dollars

The makeshift classroom is home base for the Erie School District’s cyber school, created in 2012. High school students work mainly online at home …

Georgia Superintendent of Schools to Recognize Georgia Cyber Academy for Family Engagement

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Helping to debunk a longstanding myth that online families are not sufficiently engaged in student learning, Georgia …

Cyber Charters vs. ‘Multi-District Online Schools’

GOAL Academy is a charter school, authorized by Colorado’s Falcon District 49 and governed by its own board of directors. Rocky Mountain Digital …

Is Public Education Endangered? Will We Evolve Or Die?

Now think about the predator version of education — Cyber School. A student can experience everything that he/she would experience in the brick …

 

November 7, 2016

[Special Report] Rewarding Failure: An Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry

More on this Education Week series from last week…

View Rewarding Failure: An Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry.    Click to view this as a webpage.

EDUCATION WEEK

An Education Week special report | Personalized Learning: The Next Generation
View Rewarding Failure: An Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry, online now.
With growing evidence that the nation’s cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling. The result is a deep-dive account of what’s wrong with cyber charters.
A Virtual Mess: Inside Colorado’s Largest Online Charter School
At Colorado’s 4,070-student GOAL Academy, just 1 in 4 students uses the learning software each day. The founder helped direct millions of dollars to his for-profit management company.
READ MORE
Outsized Influence: Online Charters Bring Lobbying ‘A’ Game to States
Savvy lobbying, well-connected allies, and impassioned parents have helped keep online charters growing across states even in the face of often-poor results.
READ MORE
Cyber Charters: Widespread Reports of Trouble
Education Week reviewed hundreds of news stories and dozens of state audits that document problems in the sector that date to the early 2000s.
READ MORE
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