Virtual School Meanderings

July 18, 2015

Virtual Schooling in the News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Report: Blended learning should focus on tailoring instruction

Students learning
(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Blended learning will only be effective if it is accompanied by efforts to personalize instruction and tailor lessons to students’ individual needs, according to a report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. “Blended learning is not about the technology itself,” the report states. “It is about the shift in the instructional model to personalized, student-centered learning to ensure each student’s success.” Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/13)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Our Lady of the Lady to establish virtual high school

2, ninth-grade students who wish to attend a Catholic high school will have the opportunity to attend a virtual school operated by the Diocese of …

APS virtual summer school pilot: Online or off course?

My 16-year-old son finished a world history course yesterday through the state Department of Education’s Georgia Virtual School. The amount of time …

One-teacher virtual school has 68000 students

Roshni Mukherjee launched Examfear.com to post video lessons for classes 9 to 12, and her YouTube channel has more than 68,000 subscribers.

Wardynski gets near-perfect score on Huntsville School Board evaluation; higher goals set

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski received nearly a perfect score on his annual evaluation from the school board this week …

Enrollment to require additional classrooms for 2 county schools

Virtual school Principal Rachel Wilson said tutoring sessions are offered at least four times a week, and computers are made available to students in …

Online school to hold information sessions

A representative of the virtual school, which has an office in Woods Cross, will discuss kindergarten through twelfth grade programs and curriculum, …

Virtual schools a growingly popular option for both Glynn and students statewide

Glynn County Virtual School Facilitator Paula Galland has been an active part of the virtual learning network since it’s launch in 2001 and restructuring …

School notes: SPC schedules open houses, Virtual School meet and greet

Pinellas Virtual School, a local online Pinellas County K-12 school, will hold a final “meet and greet” eventJuly 21 for prospective students and their …

Virtual schools a growingly popular option for both Glynn and students statewide

Glynn County Virtual School Facilitator Paula Galland has been an active part of the virtual learning network since it’s launch in 2001 and restructuring …

One-teacher virtual school has 68k students

“It began when my maid told me her two children kept failing in their exams be cause teachers in the government school in Tamil Nadu, where they …

Mobile, Baldwin students earning full credit at home through virtual learning

Hundreds of students will be attending public school online for the upcoming year, thanks expanding programs in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

APS postpones planned virtual school

The virtual school is based on a blended learning approach, which combines face-to-face instruction with online learning. There are several models …

Our Lady of the Lady to establish virtual high school

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School will be the site of a virtual high school offered through the Superior Diocese with a ninth grade class set to begin …

APS virtual summer school pilot: Online or off course?

My 16-year-old son finished a world history course yesterday through the state Department of Education’s Georgia Virtual School. The amount of time …

Basic Education On Ukufunda Virtual School Application

The Ukufunda Virtual School application has grown from strength to strength since its official launch in September 2014. The application was …

One-teacher virtual school has 68000 students

Roshni Mukherjee launched Examfear.com to post video lessons for classes 9 to 12, and her YouTube channel has more than 68,000 subscribers.

Enrollment to require additional classrooms for 2 county schools

That and the school’s continued growth have made space scarce. … The board also voted to allow the Bradley County Virtual School to lease new …

Basic Education On Ukufunda Virtual School Application

The Ukufunda Virtual School application has grown from strength to strength since its official launch in September 2014. The application was …

Children living in care presented with awards

From left, Chris Snudden, head of the virtual school for children in care, award winner Scott Waterman, Steve Cole, author of the Young Bond spy …

Walker’s words: Scott Walker’s stand on major issues

Whether it’s a traditional public school, a charter school, a choice school, a private school, a virtual school or even a home school environment, every …

NC virtual school holds info sessions in Matthews, Gastonia

North Carolina’s new virtual charter school will hold in-person information sessions in Matthews and Gastonia on Wednesday. North Carolina …

Tooting their own horn — Lafayette school system starts marketing campaign to reach both former …

The flier also announces the school system’s expansion of its virtual school — eCampus, which previously offered part-time and full-time learning …

RECESS: What to do for the Week of July 14

VIRTUAL SCHOOL INFO SESSION >> TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the state’s newest full-time, tuition-free …

Beloit Turner performs well again with AP

Students also have access to 11 additional AP courses being offered through the Beloit Turner Virtual School. These classes include: AP Art History, …

WIAA, schools pleased with Walker veto on athletic eligibility

Labecki says many people mistakenly believe many students are home schooled when in fact they are virtual school students. He says not every …

NAHL continues partnership with Apex Learning Virtual School | North American Tier III Hockey …

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the continuation of their partnership with Apex Learning Virtual School to serve …

Lafayette expanding ‘virtual learning’ program in effort to reach more students | News | The …

Starting in August, the school system will launch the eCampus Academy, a virtualschool for kindergarten through 12th grade that allows students to …

Texas Connections Academy Information Session – Austin Monthly

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston is a full-time statewide virtual school for students in grades 3–12 under the terms of the Texas Electronic …

Union Couty school board approves K12 Inc. pact

On Thursday, the Union County school board voted to continue its contract with K12 Inc., which provides the curriculum for the virtual school.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Letter: Cyber funding reform

School districts can provide high-quality cyber school education for $6,000 per student per year or less. Governor Wolf has proposed to cap cyber …

Two graduate from cyber school

Levi Beal, 18, of Rockwood and Keri Friedline, 17, of Somerset, received their highschool diplomas from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School at …

Letter: Cyber funding reform

School districts can provide high-quality cyber school education for $6,000 per student per year or less. Governor Wolf has proposed to cap cyber …

Cyber charter school grads

Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a public cyber charter school serving more than 8,000 students statewide, earlier this month held a …

PA Cyber charter renewal lag “nothing out of the ordinary”

MIDLAND — The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’s charter expired … A cursory review of charter renewal documents for other cyber schools on the …

Learn more about the Easton Cyber Academy | lehighvalleylive.com

Parents considering enrolling their children in the new Easton Area School District-affiliated cyber school can learn more at an information session …

Grad finds success in cyber school, gets ready to help others

Redford resident Laura Gibbs graduated from a Lansing cyber school and now has a job lined up at City Year to help at-risk students. (Photo: …

Administrator raises approved by Danville School Board

The salary of Dawn Brookhart, director of curriculum, instruction and technology, will increase from $100,076 to $103,078. Pam Burrows, coordinator …

 

July 12, 2015

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoBeginning with the EBSCO alert for virtual school, which I did receive but there were no relevant items.

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

 

Finally, I did not receive the EBSCO alerts for K-12 online learning this week.

So not much to report this week…

 

July 11, 2015

Virtual Schooling in the News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Education Week’s Industry and Innovation.

Open Educational Resources: What K-12 Leaders Need to Know

Many districts are experimenting with “open” resources—free materials that typically can be shared, modified, and repurposed by teachers and others. Read more.

(Marketplace K-12)

Next, the eSchool News.

Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action
A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. In particular, it takes a close look at the [ Read More]

Also, the ASCD SmartBrief.

Expert shares pros, cons of blended learning

Online Learning
(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

There is an increasing need for better “curation” of education technology as educators adopt blended learning programs, according to Shawn Rubin, director of blended learning for the nonprofit Highlander Institute. In this Q&A, Rubin explains the benefits of blended learning, but reminds educators that technology is just a tool — not a substitute for great teaching. The Hechinger Report (7/9)

 

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Survey: 97% of educators use digital content

Apple IPads
(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

About 97% of educators use some form of digital content, according to a survey of 1,000 teachers and administrators by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Of those who responded, about half also said they use mobile applications, websites or games in classroom lessons, while 58% expressed concern about privacy of student data. T.H.E. Journal(7/9)

 

 

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school

To get ahead, football star will stay behind

His virtual school requires online weekly sessions between students and teachers, but most of the week is unscripted. “I don’t know how it’s going to …

Pelham City Schools adopts Virtual School Program

PELHAM— Pelham High School students will have the option to take virtual classes in the upcoming school year after Pelham City Schools voted to …

Virtual public school to hold information session in Provo

Utah Connections Academy, a tuition-free, full accredited virtual public school, will host an information session on July 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at …

TN Virtual Academy to enroll returning students only

Union County Public Schools has limited Tennessee Virtual Academy enrollment to returning students only this year. UCPS Superintendent Jimmy …

Virtual Virginia full high school pilot program raises concerns

Virtual Virginia is preparing to roll out a pilot program for an almost entirely online high school experience, something many see as an extra …

New state laws passed for missing child alerts, online high school classes

The law goes into effect Wednesday, but high schools have until the 2016-2017 school year to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for …

School is becoming virtually awesome in Richmond

Richmond Virtual School students Hannah Goertz, Edmond Wu, Kaelan Baker and Tal Mader sit outside Palmer secondary while attempting to …

As Virtual Virginia gears up for full high-school program, some concerns remain

Christina Draper has a son in high school who does very well on his …. The virtual high school experience is available to all students who are …

Nixon vetoes school transfer bill

Pearce said he talked with the governor’s staff and they told him they rejected the bill’s call for expanded virtual schools and tuition needed to be …

APS postpones planned virtual school

The virtual school is based on a blended learning approach, which combines face-to-face instruction with online learning. There are several models …

School notes: SPC schedules open houses, Virtual School meet and greet

Part-time and full-time enrollment in Pinellas Virtual School is under way for the 2015-16 school year. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at …

Mobile, Baldwin students earning full credit at home through virtual learning

The Baldwin County Virtual School was the first such program in the state. Unlike some school system that offer certain classes online, theirs offered a …

One-teacher virtual school has 68k students

She wanted to do PhD and become a teacher, but after her father’s death she had to take up a job in an MNC. However, Roshni Mukherjee found a …

School leaders agree with Florida residents on value of Spanish classes

Floridians say “si” to requiring students to study Spanish, although Treasure Coast school leaders wonder where they would come up with the dinero.

Josh Pastner Confidential, Part 3: The challenge of reclassification

A critical component of Dedric’s early graduation was enrolling in virtual school courses through the school district to offset the absence of a true senior …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Quaker Valley board renews church’s lease of Osborne school

Amid some debate, the Quaker Valley School Board has approved the … Approved a resolution calling for reform of cyber charter school funding.

Education formula doesn’t bode well for rural Pennsylvania, school officials say

“What I would like to see our legislators address is cyber school funding, PSERS (Public School Employees’ Retirement System) (to create a system in …

Two graduate from cyber school

Levi Beal, 18, of Rockwood and Keri Friedline, 17, of Somerset, received their high school diplomas from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School at …

 

July 5, 2015

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoBeginning with the EBSCO alert for virtual school.

1. TI- INNOVATOR.
AU- MERRICK, SCOTT  1
JN- T H E Journal
PD- Jun2014, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p7-7
PG- 1p
DT- 20140601
PT- Article
AB- The author discusses his innovative use of technology as V-Learning specialist at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) in Tennessee. He cites the establishment of MNPS’ virtual learning program, an online school option housed in Nashville Middle College High School. He talks about maintaining the high standards for enrollees, keeping students up to speed with its Performance Concerns support system, and a discussion-based assessment at the end of a module.
DE- TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
SU- EDUCATIONAL technology
SU- METROPOLITAN Nashville Public School (Nashville, Tenn.)
SU- COURSEWARE
SU- TEACHING
SU- LEARNING
AD- 1 V-LEARNING SPECIALIST, METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS (TN)
FT- 522
IS- 0192592X
AN- 103335907

2. TI- Online learning proves VITAL to success.
AU- DeNisco, Alison
JN- District Administration
PD- Mar2015, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p45-45
PG- 1p
DT- 20150301
PT- Article
AB- The article focuses on the Virtual Instruction to Accentruate Learning (VITAL) online learning program of Putnam County School System in Tennessee launched in the pre-K to 12 in 2008 that helped keep more students in school. Topics covered include teacher professional development and students following self-directed curriculum. Also mentioned are online classes using the Florida Virtual School structure, lower prices for full-credit classes and bring-your-own-device (BOYD) policy.
DE- DISTANCE education
DE- SCHOOL districts
DE- CAREER development
DE- CURRICULA (Courses of study)
DE- BRING your own device policies
IC- 624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
IC- 611430 Professional and Management Development Training
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
IS- 15375749
AN- 103336973

3. TI- Interactive Distance Learning in PreK-12 Settings : A Handbook of Possibilities
LA- English
AU- Yates, Jan M.
PB- Westport, CT : Libraries Unlimited
DT- 20030101
PY- 2003
PT- eBook
PT- Book
SU- Distance education–United States
SU- Internet in education–United States
SU- World Wide Web
SU- Study skills–United States
SU- Computer-assisted instruction
SU- Videoconferencing
SU- Television in education
SU- EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
IB- 9781563088209
IB- 9780313023217
AN- 104130

Next, the EBSCO alert for cyber school.

1. TI- Creating Cyber Libraries : An Instructional Guide for School Library Media Specialists
LA- English
AU- Craver, Kathleen W.
PB- Greenwood Village, Colo : Libraries Unlimited
DT- 20020101
PY- 2002
SE- Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides in School Librarianship Series
PT- eBook
PT- Book
SU- Internet in school libraries
SU- Digital libraries
SU- Libraries–Special collections–Computer network resources
SU- LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / School
Media
IB- 9780313320804
IB- 9780313009280
AN- 80776

2. TI- The Same Thing Over and Over : How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas
LA- English
AU- Hess, Frederick M.
PB- Cambridge, Mass : Harvard University Press
DT- 20100101
PY- 2010
PT- eBook
PT- Book
SU- Education–Aims and objectives–United States
SU- Public schools–United States
SU- Educational change–United States
SU- School improvement programs–United States
SU- Education–United States–Evaluation
SU- EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
IB- 9780674055827
IB- 9780674058859
AN- 668839

Finally, the EBSCO alerts for K-12 online learning.

1. TI- Connecting Libraries with Classrooms : The Curricular Roles of the Media Specialist
LA- English
AU- Bishop, Kay
PB- Santa Barbara, Calif : Linworth
DT- 20110101
PY- 2011
PT- eBook
PT- Book
SU- School librarian participation in curriculum plann
SU- Media programs (Education)
SU- EDUCATION / Curricula
IB- 9781598845990
IB- 9781598846003
AN- 358358

2. TI- Online learning softens impact of snow days.
AU- DeNisco, Alison
JN- District Administration
PD- Mar2014, p31-31
PG- 1p
DT- 20140301
PT- Article
AB- The article focuses on the use of online learning by schools to keep students learning during winter weather closures. It mentions that Illinois-based Chicago Public Schools’ teachers post online coursework for students to complete on snow days. It include comments from says Allison Powell of the International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL), that school districts are restructuring and moving to online learning. It adds the law in Ohio for the same.
DE- DISTANCE education
DE- SCHOOL children — United States
DE- WINTER
DE- SCHOOL districts
SU- UNITED States
PE- POWELL, Allison
IS- 15375749
AN- 103369697

So something for each item this week…

July 4, 2015

Virtual Schooling in the News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Report: Blended learning, STEAM drive ed-tech adoption
Blended learning and STEAM — or science, technology, engineering, arts and math — are expected to accelerate the use of education technology in classrooms worldwide, according to a New Media Consortium Horizon Report released Monday. The report features education trends identified by 56 experts from 22 countries. The Hechinger Report (6/29)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Another attempt to fix school transfers is vetoed

It would have allowed students in St. Louis County and certain other areas of Missouri to attend private virtual schools at the expense of their districts, …

Winter Park woman awaits first pro MMA fight

Felicia Spencer teaches algebra at Florida Virtual School and has signed to fight professionally in MMA. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel).

Williamson may hold summit on student growth

Looney said he has tasked staff members to research how a virtual school would work for Williamson County. However, he said he was not optimistic …

Suwannee Schools: breakfast in classroom expanded, virtual school employee at local office

Breakfast in school classrooms and a blended-style virtual school program were two items discussed at a workshop and later passed at the Suwannee …

Maine’s First Virtual High School Graduates Only Met At Ceremony

Maine’s first virtual school recently held a small ceremony for their first graduates. The five students who have completed their high school education …

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfer bill, blocking charter and virtual school expansion

Nixon rejected House Bill 42, which went far beyond the transfer law and proposed expanding opportunities for public charter schools and virtual …

Califone Launches Virtual School Starter Kit at ISTE 2015 – PRWeb

The Mobile Peripheral Pack offers tools that support virtual school students and those who work in flexible learning environments. San Fernando, Calif …

Califone Launches Virtual School Starter Kit at ISTE 2015

To flourish in virtual or classroom learning environments, students need technology that is as mobile as they are. Califone International, LLC, a leading …

Williamson may hold summit on student growth

Virtual schools enable students to attain their entire education online or take select courses online. There are nine public virtual schools in the state, …

Charter school to serve high-schoolers

Earlier in her career, Bogen was the principal of Sheridan AllPrep Academy, a virtuallearning program in the Sheridan School District. Even at that …

More steps toward online school

And Virtual Virginia, the commonwealth’s online high school program, is poised to recruit as many as 100 students to pilot the state’s first full-time …

County boards propose fall schools summit on growth

Williamson County county commissioners and school board members at a Saturdaymorning retreat delved into virtual schools and building bigger …

Winter Park woman awaits first pro MMA fight

Felicia Spencer teaches algebra at Florida Virtual School and has signed to fight professionally in MMA. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel).

Suwannee Schools: breakfast in classroom expanded, virtual school employee at local office

Breakfast in school classrooms and a blended-style virtual school program were two items discussed at a workshop and later passed at the Suwannee …

Pelham City Schools adopts Virtual School Program

PELHAM— Pelham High School students will have the option to take virtual classes in the upcoming school year after Pelham City Schools voted to …

Local Students Look to Online Classes to Support their Learning

They heard about Apex Learning Virtual School, an online school that provides the opportunity for students to take an additional course online to …

Virtual public school to hold information session in Provo

With increased education options, the purpose of this information session is to answer parents’ questions as to how a virtual school operates and …

TN Virtual Academy to enroll returning students only

State test scores will determine the future of the school — a statute authorizes the state’s education commissioner to close a virtual school that earns a …

School is becoming virtually awesome in Richmond

Richmond Virtual School students Hannah Goertz, Edmond Wu, Kaelan Baker and Tal Mader sit outside Palmer secondary while attempting to …

New state laws passed for missing child alerts, online high school classes

The law goes into effect Wednesday, but high schools have until the 2016-2017 school year to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for …

City council allies with school board

Proposed legislation would allow home-schooled students and virtual school students to participate in any extracurricular or athletic team the district …

GA Teacher Honored at 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Summit in Philadelphia

… from Oconee Middle School and Georgia Virtual School, were named Local Digital Innovators and will represent Georgia over the next year.

Rep. Jason Chipman: Education Reform in Missouri Schools

The bill also would have given students new educational opportunities by allowing for more charter schools and providing a virtual school option.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Letter: Taxpayers pay, school districts forward funds

Maybe they believe, think or know that their child is getting a better education at the charter/cyber school. When will people learn that increasing taxes …

PA Cyber Charter School graduates 1200

PITTSBURGH, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter Schoolgraduated 1,200 members of the Class of 2015, …

Jeannette school taxes will rise by 1.53 mills

A $600,000 increase in expenditures in the 2015-16 budget is largely the result of higher pension contributions and cyberschool costs, officials said.

Marion Center board pares down spending plan

And an open house introduction day may be held in August to help make students and their parents more comfortable with the cyber school’s …

Quaker Valley board renews church’s lease of Osborne school

Board members said it was unfair to ask local taxpayers to pay for cyber school tuition under the current structure because the tuition the district must …

Farewell, Keith

The district also reconfigured the middle school to allow for all-day kindergarten, and developed Cyber School and the Early Middle College program.

 

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