Virtual School Meanderings

September 30, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchools News Innovation Weekly.

Student: How a virtual education prepared me for higher ed

virtual education

For home-schooled students like me, the process of earning a high school diploma is a bit more complicated than it is for “traditional” pupils. Those complications extend into the higher education world where some colleges accept home-school diplomas and others require GED® test scores as part of the application process.

Similarly, the eSchool News Today.

Revolutionary MOOC-Ed puts teachers in students’ shoes for learning success

MOOC-ed teachers friday institute

In this video, Constance Seibert shares how the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed hosted by the Friday Institute helped her better understand the different ways her students learn. The course focuses on three constructs of learning that educators can use to better understand and support students’ learning needs: working memory, executive function,…

Next, the Connected Educator SmartBrief.

Some districts turn to virtual teachers

Some school districts are using Skype and other livestreaming technologies to address teacher shortages. One Georgia district used such technologies to hire 10 virtual teachers.
EdTech online (9/20)

And the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Ornberg’s Victory Highlights Miami Invite for @FGCU_WTen

Sofia Perez (Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) led the team with two singles wins and was also involved in two more doubles victories alongside …

Statewide virtual school enrolls 900 in inaugural year

ATHENS — A statewide public virtual school for grades K-12 that’s partnering with Limestone County Schools has reached an enrollment of 900 after …

“It’s never too late”: Virtual school helps people get diploma

Royer is enrolled in the Topeka Public Schools Virtual School. It’s a web-based program geared towards people over 19 that didn’t earn their high …

Gov. Scott: Florida Virtual School available for students displaced by Hurricane Irma

Rick Scott (R-FL) announced yesterday that Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students …

Scott: Florida Virtual School Available for Students Displaced by Hurricane Irma

Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students who …

Students across Green Country meet virtual teachers at annual picnic

(KTUL) –A group of students finally met the teacher they’ve only ever seen online. For the kids at Oklahoma Connections Academy, a virtual school, …

LA County to investigate public school system’s enrollment of Catholic schoolstudents

The inquiry centers on the Lennox Virtual Academy, an online school operated by the Lennox SchoolDistrict, which has about 5,000 students and is …

Reno County schools see enrollment go up, down

USD 312 has elementary schools in Haven, Yoder and Partridge, and the combined … The virtual schoolhas 47 students, down from 65 last year.

How Virtual Teaching Helps Remote K–12 School Districts

But some schools are being innovative when recruiting educators by turning to videoconferencing and collaboration tools to employ virtual teachers.

ECISD board meeting for a variety of purposes this week

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees is meeting … Early College High School and with the Texas Virtual School Network.

Statewide virtual school enrolls 900 in inaugural year

ATHENS — A statewide public virtual school for grades K-12 that’s partnering with Limestone County Schools has reached an enrollment of 900 after …

THE APPLE ORCHARD: ACS chief Holladay eligible for state, national honors after regional award

Athens Renaissance School (Alabama’s first virtual school) the SPARK STEM Academy, the Athens Academies and the Athens Creative Exchange …

Sept. 26 Letters: Shelly Simonds

His low scores are largely the result of his support for charter schools and a Virginia virtual school that would siphon much-needed money away from …

High Schoolers in Canada’s Tech Hub Spend Three Days Working Virtually

In some U.S. states such as Vermont, there is already an established and accessible virtual school network in place. A growing number of universities …

EdTech Hero: Candice Dodson, Indiana’s champion for blended learning

Dodson introduced and implemented a program to make virtual school days part of the state’s academic calendar. Emily Tate. By Emily Tate.

Lawrence school district enrollment up by 62 students; Baldwin City sees slight decrease, Eudora …

The district had 10,555 students enrolled in its 19 schools on the official date and another 1,129 virtual school students. The district’s official enrollment …

Virtual high school launches in Kitchener next week

Teachers have been preparing since the spring to become a virtual school. “I think the teachers are really excited, I think this is a cool new project …

Hoosier Academies Virtual Charter School To Close In June

The board of the chronically failing Hoosier Academies Virtual School voted Tuesday not to seek renewal of their charter, a decision that will cause the …

Lessons learned serving on the Upshur Co. Board of Education

Vaguely I had heard on the radio about such a virtual school one snowy January day five years ago driving through Ohio and Indiana on the way to …

‘Truth School’ brings classes to Greenfield

“We’re a pop-up, virtual school,” said Ayvazian, who continues to be inspired by the idea that came to her during a three-day train trip back from Austin, …

Father Wins Battle for Son to Take Sign Language as Foreign Language Requirement

… State Representative Rene Plasencia of Orlando worked with Ladanowski recommended that he take ASL at Pasco County Virtual School where he …

Hoosier Virtual Academy, an online charter school serving 1750 students, to close in June

Hoosier Academies Virtual School will close at the end of the school year. The board of the online school, serving about 1,750 students across the …

Virtual Gaelic school commended for helping to cover teacher shortages and supporting …

A report of the e-Sgoil’s virtual school’s first year commended the council’s leadership team for its desire to help other local authorities and said the …

Bedford Cup Next Task for @FGCU_WTen

Sofia Perez (Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) finished the weekend 2-0 in singles play and earned two more wins alongside Sofia Blanno (Johns …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Local schools starting cyber education early.

(WRDW/WAGT) — Columbia County Schools are getting ready to roll out a new cyber education program for their middle school students over the next …

New Mid-Michigan online school outperforms hundreds across state

A brand new online school in Mid-Michigan is outperforming hundreds of other … Paris said it is a huge feat for a cyber school in its first year of online …

School choice forum held in Reading

“Private, parochial, cyber school, charter school, it’s about making sure every kid has access to a high quality school,” Cetel said. “I think the idea is we …

Back-to-School Celebration for Reach Cyber Charter School

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — Some students ditched their backpacks for drones and other technology in Luzerne County. Reach Cyber Charter School …

Cyber school shows students how to go green

Students of Reach Cyber Charter School are getting hands-on with STEM projects. The back-to-school event for the statewide, online public charter …

Hazleton Area looks to ease burden for non-English speakers

“We’re taking every step to make them feel welcome,” said Uplinger, adding that the idea for a cyber school was proposed before he started working …

Ditching backpacks for drones at REACH charter school

Students are celebrating the new school year by ditching backpacks for drones. The kids at REACH Cyber Charter School are getting hands-on with …

 

September 24, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school.

1. TI- A Place for Us? Latino Parent and Student Satisfaction in a Cyber School.
AU- Beck, Dennis1
AU- Maranto, Robert1
AU- Tuchman, Sivan1
JN- Educational Research Quarterly
PD- Sep2017, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p61-79
PG- 19p
DT- 20170901
PT- Article
AB- Research indicates that traditional public schools are less effective in serving Latino students. Yet latino students, but not their parents, exhibit greater school satisfaction than do their counterparts. The purpose of this study was to examine Latino student and parent satisfaction with their cyber school and prior traditional public school using results from surveys of students (53.7% response; n-269) and parents (n-2 3 2 ; response – 48.7%). ANOVA indicate that Latino parents rated their cyber school and prior traditional public schools more positively than other parents. Ixitino students rated the cyber school but not their prior traditional public schools more positively. We discuss implications and directions for further research. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Educational Research Quarterly is the property of Educational Research Quarterly and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies
to all Abstracts.)
DE- CYBERSCHOOLS
DE- ONLINE courses
DE- LATIN language
DE- LATIN philology
DE- PUBLIC schools
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
AD- 1University of Arkansas
IS- 01965042
AN- 125082621

Finally, once again I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

September 23, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Student: How a virtual education prepared me for higher ed

virtual education

For home-schooled students like me, the process of earning a high school diploma is a bit more complicated than it is for “traditional” pupils. Those complications extend into the higher education world where some colleges accept home-school diplomas and others require GED® test scores as part of the application process.

Next, the K-12 High Speed Network.

Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices 
The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That’s followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development for their staff, followed by limitations and problems with technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security. Read More.

How Houston Got Its Schools Back Online After the Hurricane
Lenny Schad has spent the past several years working to turn the 216,000-student Houston school district into a digital leader, setting a national example for how to manage the high-tech transformation of a large urban school system. Read More. 

On to the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

What are the top obstacles to digital learning?

What are the top obstacles to digital learning?
(Pixabay)
A lack of time and devices are among the top obstacles that teachers and administrators face when adopting digital learning, according to a survey by education-technology company Schoology. Most survey respondents said digital learning improved student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
T.H.E. Journal (9/18)

 

Similarly, the ASCD Smart Brief.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Want to see Irma’s power? Watch this University of Miami weather cam

… its inventor, Edward Mansouri, a Tallahassee-based meteorologist and software designer who created Florida’s public virtual-school programming.

Charter district could deny school transfers to Erskine College

Seven charter schools requested to transfer authorizers from the Public Charter School District to Erskine College’s newly created Charter Institute, but …

Kids to stay home as virtual high school goes online

Transforming into a virtual school would have been unlikely when web-enabled technology was new and the school didn’t have a full wireless network …

Teachers tackle white nationalism, other hot issues in the classroom

WAVE is a year-round virtual school that also offers face-to-face classes. The school enrolls students from across Washtenaw County, which has …

Suttons Bay Virtual School Sees Growth, Success After 2016-2017 School Year Changes

For years, Suttons Bay Virtual School has been teaching kids online, but with some recent changes it’s going beyond a computer screen. The last …

ALCA marks first year with ribbon cutting

Dean described the virtual school approach as a “really good fit for all types of students,” though those who are significantly ahead or behind in the …

EA Sues State, DOE And School Districts Over ‘Best & Brightest’ Teacher Bonus Program

That includes university lab schools, Florida Virtual School and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At issue: whether the state’s “Best and …

When classes and sport conflict, some of Maine’s elite athletes go virtual

… the Maine Connections Academy in South Portland, which was the first virtual school approved by the Maine Charter School Commission in 2014.

Virtual charters a growing part of state’s education landscape

She’s using the first day to acclimate herself with the schedule, make sure she can log in to the virtual school system and get a feel for the work ahead …

Suttons Bay Virtual School Sees Growth, Success After 2016-2017 School Year Changes

For years, Suttons Bay Virtual School has been teaching kids online, but with some recent changes it’s going beyond a computer screen. The last …

Suttons Bay virtual grad rate spikes

The 26 students represent the entire 2016-17 senior class of Suttons Bay Virtual School — a 100 percent graduation rate, which the online school has …

When classes and sport conflict, some of Maine’s elite athletes go virtual

Mavor, a 16-year-old high school junior from Yarmouth, and Ver Sluis, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Sabattus, are enrolled in the Maine Virtual …

The Latest: Irma-displaced students can take virtual classes

Rick Scott announced Monday that Florida Virtual School will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students who were …

Virtual charters a growing part of state’s education landscape

“I’m just making sure I can access everything and getting a feel for what classes I have,” said Jessica Huber, a junior at Epic Charter School, a virtual …

Kids to stay home as virtual high school goes online

WATERLOO — A Waterloo high school is about to do something unthinkable … They’ve been preparing since the spring to become a virtual school.

Local high school students to stay home, as virtual high school launches next week

The test project will be a virtual high school, teachers and students will use web-enabled laptops, educational software, smartphones and devices to …

Williams Bay to provide students with laptops

The school uses curriculum from the Wisconsin Virtual School and other, smaller services that provide classes that the WVS doesn’t, White said.

ALCA marks first year with ribbon cutting

ALCA, a fully-accredited virtual public school, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the former Owens Elementary campus to signal the …

Superintendent’s appraisal, class-size waivers focus of work session

Ector County Independent School District Trustees quickly ran through a … 2+1 Teacher Preparation Program and the Texas Virtual School Network.

“It’s never too late”: Virtual school helps people get diploma

Royer is enrolled in the Topeka Public Schools Virtual School. It’s a web-based program geared towards people over 19 that didn’t earn their high …

Local high school students to stay home, as virtual high school launches next week

Teachers have been preparing since the spring to become a virtual school, Miller says ” I think the teachers are really excited, I think this is a cool new …

The Latest: Irma-displaced students can take virtual classes

Rick Scott announced Monday that Florida Virtual School will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students who were …

Scott: Florida Virtual School Available for Students Displaced by Hurricane Irma

Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students who …

In Hurricanes’ Aftermath, Digital Tools Help Learning Continue

The lack of power and internet service was a major factor in the state’s largest provider of online courses, the Florida Virtual School, choosing to …

Another View: Don’t violate the Constitution for religious school supporters

… the sake of the almighty dollar, as seen in the controversial and legally problematic Lennox Virtual School/St. Francis Parish School arrangement.

ECISD board meeting for a variety of purposes this week

… Preparation Program, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin for Falcon Early College High School and with the Texas Virtual School Network.

Controversial Robertsdale High pep rally sign makes national headlines

“I don’t know why she posted that in the first place, it’s really offensive,” said Baldwin County Virtual School student Molly Leslie. Leslie spent three …

Virtual classes available for Florida students displaced by Irma

Governor Rick Scott announced Monday that Florida Virtual School will provide remote access to educational resources to students who were …

Gov. Scott: Florida Virtual School available for students displaced by Hurricane Irma

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) announced yesterday that Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida …

Students across Green Country meet virtual teachers at annual picnic

(KTUL) –A group of students finally met the teacher they’ve only ever seen online. For the kids at Oklahoma Connections Academy, a virtual school, …

LA County to investigate public school system’s enrollment of Catholic school students

Los Angeles County education officials have launched an investigation into fiscal and legal questions surrounding a small public school district that …

Reno County schools see enrollment go up, down

Haven USD 312 conducted the state-required annual enrollment count Wednesday, and the smallest class caused concern. The class with the fewest …

Online students in Hays encouraged to show up for ‘count day’

The celebration centered around “count day” in Hays extends to its learning center, an online virtual schoolwhere students of all ages can earn their …

Boy Scouts aid WWII vet with post-Irma problem

“It’s just a chance for us to come out and be helpful,” said Liztenberg, a virtual school student. “That’s part of the Scout law: A Scout is helpful.” That the …

@FGCU_MTEN Begins Fall Season With Home Invite

… welcomes back six players from last season, including the ASUN Freshman of the Year Felipe Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School).

Teen mom explains what she sacrificed: ‘everything. Financially, mentally, physically’

“We also have virtual school,” Bostick said. “We have one in virtual school who is expecting. It’s hard for them to get caught up. For a kid who takes two …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

The Thomas sisters, Trinity and Tesia: Outstanding in their own way

She left West York School District in ninth grade to enroll in cyber school. She is the older sister, the one most likely to mother her four siblings.

Gov. McAuliffe announces Thomas Nelson Community College’s designation as a National Center …

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced Thursday, Sept. 14, that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of …

Brighton School Online Program Seeing Success & Profits

The person who tracks the individual students is Lynette Daig, who was honored last year by the Michigan Virtual Schools as a cyber school “Mentor …

Program in Erie aims to get students ‘back on track’

Three teachers are assigned to the Recovery Academy and another three to the district’s regular cyber school program, also based in the Family …

Are cyber charter schools making the grade?

Students who have specific circumstances that require great flexibility in scheduling may benefit the most from cyber schools. There are positive …

Brighton School Online Program Seeing Success & Profits

The person who tracks the individual students is Lynette Daig, who was honored last year by the Michigan Virtual Schools as a cyber school “Mentor …

Program in Erie aims to get students ‘back on track’

28, Hailey and 159 other Erie School District high school students have been attending the … “It’s not like a cyber school, where you do it on your own.

Seeking a cure Anti-bullying programs are great, but more is needed

As it is now, districts must foot the bill for students who opted for a charter or cyber school education. When that choice has been prompted by bullying, …

School choice forum met with protest in Reading

“Private, parochial, cyber school, charter school, it’s about making sure every kid has access to a high quality school,” Cetel said. “I think the idea is we …

New Mid-Michigan online school outperforms hundreds across state

Paris said it is a huge feat for a cyber school in its first year of online learning. “We were really excited you know to see that we made the top 20 and …

Edmonds School District students have built 40 houses since 1975

Others came from Cyber School, Home School Resource Center and Shoreline Christian School. In 2003 students from 12 high schools completed …

Methacton strike at forefront of school board meeting

“Not all residents are benefactors of the Methacton School District,” she said “ There are many that live here that home school, cyber school, use …

Convicted child rapist to serve up to 87 years for abuse of six girls in Lower Southampton

They are now attending cyber school, she said, and one is pursuing college credits. Most important, Kohler added, the victims are out of Kaplan’s …

Methacton teachers head to arbitration; classes to resume Friday

“There are many that live here that home-school, cyber-school, use charter schools or pay for private education. There are low-income residents and …

Pa. man gets 30-87 years for abusing child ‘wives’

The girls now have jobs, attended summer camps and are enrolled in cyber school. Prosecutors have said they are adjusting well to their new life.

 

September 17, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

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

Finally, once again I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So, nothing to report this week.

September 16, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Wyoming Connections Academy is a free public virtual school for K-12 students

WYOMING Established in July of 2009, Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA) is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school that students attend from …

Offering free computers, a small LA school district enrolled Catholic school students from Bakersfield

That Lennox had created a virtual school was not so remarkable. Online public schools operate across California in almost every form imaginable.

Online Public School Enrolls Private School Students. Is That Legal?

A small and shrinking school district near Los Angeles came up with a novel way to stem its enrollment loss: Set up a virtual school and enroll students …

Essential California: An earthquake coming to a neighborhood near you

That Lennox had created a virtual school isn’t remarkable, but the program operated in what legal experts have called a murky regulatory environment …

eLearning Helps Classes Stay on Track During Hurricane Season

Just as some schools located in northern regions of the nation have started to replace snow days with virtual school days, in the South, a growing …

Reflecting on year one of Nebraska’s first virtual school

Omaha Virtual School, launched in August 2016, will experience some changes in its second year. School leaders reveal what they’ve learned so far.

Wyoming Connections Academy is a free public virtual school for K-12 students

WYOMING Established in July of 2009, Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA) is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school that students attend from …

Virtual school provides options when the classroom doesn’t fit

By Blake Spurney Special Newton Now Two years ago, Xena Zuno got into trouble at school because she has a tendency to talk to classmates and …

Virtual Schools: Where Are We Headed?

Ever since they first came on the scene during the twentieth century, virtual schools have taken the nation and the world by storm. Policy makers and …

Enrollment of Catholic school students in an online public school raises questions

That Lennox had created a virtual school was not so remarkable. Online public schools operate across California in almost every form imaginable.

Online Public School Enrolls Private School Students. Is That Legal?

A small and shrinking school district near Los Angeles came up with a novel way to stem its enrollment loss: Set up a virtual school and enroll students …

Growing role for computers in Massachusetts school systems

Personalized learning is somewhat of an umbrella term that encompasses virtual schools as well as brick-and-mortar schools. The basic idea is that …

LA Charter Taps Private-School Students for Online Program to Boost Enrollment & Funding

This allowed Lennox to claim to the state that the students, while going to Catholic school, were enrolled full time in the Lennox Virtual Academy.”.

NC students improve on state exams, and more are graduating from high school

The state’s two virtual schools – N.C. Virtual Academy and N.C. Connections Academy – continued to struggle. They received D grades in their second …

The Big Business of Virtual Education

Nearly bankrupt, the rural Omak School District in central Washington was operating on borrowed money eight years ago. It couldn’t even afford new …

LA Charter Taps Private-School Students for Online Program to Boost Enrollment & Funding

… financial and health information with Lennox, and teachers were supposed to “log on to Acellus Academy, the virtual school’s coursework program, …

10 websites where you can study for free

CLF e-School, a virtual school, delivers digital learning content for Class XI and Class XII students of CBSE curriculum. The content, which includes …

ECISD to discuss agreements, superintendent’s appraisal

… for approval of public school district and open-enrollment charter school agreement 2017-18 between ECISD and Texas Virtual School Network.

Robertson Schools show gains in all areas of ACT testing

Virtual School: 19.4, up from 18.3. And while remaining steady at 20.2, White House Heritage High still scored above the state average. The total …

John Carroll High AP students recognized for achievements

St. Lucie Public Schools’ Mosaic Digital Academy is a K-12 virtual school offering a progressive choice for families, providing expanded curriculum …

BitTiger shows its stripes in IT educational field

The 27-year-old electronic circuit researcher was looking for a new challenge but needed to go back to virtual school. “I’m preparing for a new career …

Suttons Bay virtual grad rate spikes

The 26 students represent the entire 2016-17 senior class of Suttons Bay Virtual School — a 100 percent graduation rate, which the online school has …

Williams Bay to provide students with laptops

The school uses curriculum from the Wisconsin Virtual School and other, smaller services that provide classes that the WVS doesn’t, White said.

Superintendent’s appraisal, class-size waivers focus of work session

… such as Head Start, Texas Tech University and Odessa College for the 2+1 Teacher Preparation Program and the Texas Virtual School Network.

Lincoln Learning Solutions, Moon Area School District form partnership

… Lincoln Learning Solutions has tripled its business with Inspire Charter Schools; is now an approved online virtual school and homeschool provider …

Holladay named D-8 Superintendent of the Year

Athens Renaissance School, Alabama’s first virtual school, the SPARK STEM Academy, the Athens Academies and the Athens Creative Exchange are …

Marshall Ellis Dance School Still Accepting Dancers for Elite Training Program

ME Dance is partnering with Florida Virtual School, and its training schedule supports students’ academic success. The Elite Training Program is …

Power ‘Is the Number One Problem’ for Florida Schools Trying to Re-Open

Fifty-five of the state’s 67 K-12 school districts, including its virtual school district, remained closed on Wednesday. “The power is the number one …

Test scores show most students below proficiency

The PEAK results also show Ketchikan High School, Fast Track Virtual School and Schoenbar Middle School all tested above state levels in English …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber school is back in session

GIRARDVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some kids in our area aren’t doing much to get ready for their first day of school. Students …

Skipjacks trying to turn York into ice hockey hotbed

Skipjacks players come from all over the country to play for the club, which is a tuition-based program where all the players attend cyber school.

 

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