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December 12, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – December 11, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

December 11, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

2018 CALL FOR PROPOSALS. The call for proposals will be out soon for the 2018 AECT Convention, Learning for All, Kansas City, MO, October 23-27, 2018. Check the website and watch your inbox.

NEW PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY. AECT and Routledge are excited to announce the Key Issues in Learning Design and Technology series. Books published in this series may be individual books or edited volumes that translate cutting-edge research from developments in instructional design and technology into approachable, cross-disciplinary volumes for academic professionals and students. Each book in this series is poised to provide expert perspectives and principles on evolving areas of research, from personalized learning to data and analytics to visual design and beyond. To learn more about the possible topics and proposal guidelines, visit Questions about this opportunity may be directed to the series co-editors, Linda L. CampionCindy S. York, or Tonia A. Dousay.

CALL FOR CHAPTERS. The Division of Emerging Learning Technologies (DELT) is sponsoring a special issue of TechTrends related to current trends, issues, and research involving emerging learning technologies and their effects on the teaching and learning process. Both research and practitioner proposals are welcome, however, all submissions should include collected data. Additional information can be found in the Call for Chapters.

CALL FOR PAPERS. AECT’s International Division sponsors a Special Issue ofTechTrends with the theme, “Educational Technology Research with International Perspectives and Cultural Contexts.” Additional information can be found in the Call for Papers.

CUBA TRAVEL ABROAD. AECT Guest Program to Cuba is on schedule. Watch your inbox for more details or visit  Did You Know?… Cuban Spirit “The Cuban people are true entrepreneurs, often creating something from nothing. This aspect of Cuban culture is visibly evident when experiencing paladares or privately-owned restaurants. Farm-to-table is not a trend but a way of life. With limited resources, chef’s and restaurant owners use urban spaces, such as roof tops, to grow fresh produce to use in their daily menus. Owners care about the product they are presenting and it shows on the plate.”

SIX NEW PUBLICATIONS. Six new publications have been added as member benefits to an already extensive publications library found under the Publications link on AECT’s website.  The new publications are: ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing RegionsEmerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational ThinkingInstructional Design Standards for Distance Learning,Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know;Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development, and The 7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

Association for Educational Communication and Technology
320 West 8th Street, Suite 101, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Toll Free: 877-677-AECT Phone: 812-335­-7675 Email:

December 8, 2017

How Malaysian Schools Are Tackling Blended-Learning Challenges

From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body.

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute.
Christensen Institute · 425 Broadway St. · Redwood City, CA 94062 · USA

NCVPS E-lert – Dec. 7, 2017 – Fall Edition XIII

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Dec. 7, 2017 – Fall Edition XIII


Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links
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Current E-lert News


We are hosting a Q & A online meeting for OCS registration on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.  See the details below.
Also, check on the latest progress report to see how your students are progressing.
New Updates
Important Information
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

OCSRegNCVPS OCS Registration Q&A Session

Can you believe it is December and the fall semester is winding down?  It is time to get your spring 2018 NCVPS OCS Program courses in our registration system!
In order to help with the OCS registration process, we are offering a Question and Answer session next Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.  The session will be held in this “virtual room”:
At this session, we will provide training on creating OCS sections for your school and enrolling students! Bring any other questions you may have from your stakeholders!
Share this invite with anyone else in your school that might want to know more about our program!  It is always good to have a backup person at each school that can do the periodic enrolling of students in OCS online courses.
We look forward to seeing you there!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

TOYfinalistsNCVPS Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

We would like to congratulate the following NCVPS teachers who have been named the Top 5 candidates in the NCVPS 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year selection process. We know that many schools have developed a great relationship with many of our teachers and that you would want to see this update.
Here are the five finalists:
  • Lydia Richmond – Credit Recovery English 1
  • Herman Hall – Spanish 1
  • Coston Daugherty – Earth and Environment Science
  • Amy Lynn Rose – OCS English 1
  • Kim Loudermilk – Success 101
These teachers will move to Phase 2 and out of this group will come this year’s winner.
We are very proud of the work all of our teachers are doing and wish these candidates the very best as they move forward.
Teacher of the Year Process
Our Teacher of the Year selection team has been busy calculating scores from Phase 1 submissions for this year’s nominees.
To remove bias and help maintain the integrity of the selection process, the first phase includes “blind scoring,” in which selection team members were provided with the responses only and individual teacher names were removed from the submissions.
Each year, our TOY candidate pool becomes more and more competitive, and we believe this is because NCVPS has a phenomenal group of teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure students are successful!

NewCAOWelcome to NCDPI Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman

Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman is the new Chief Academic Officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Dr. Wilson-Norman has almost 25 years of experience and has held numerous leadership positions in public education. She has served as a teacher, principal and central office administrator.
NCPVS reports to the Chief Academic Officer at DPI, and we are pleased and eager to begin our work with Dr. Wilson-Norman!

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Please remember that districts and charter schools must test all students enrolled in NCVPS courses that have an EOC, CTE, or North Carolina Final Exam. This includes OCS courses that are taught jointly between the LEA and NCVPS. Schools must also administer Advanced Placement tests for students taking those tests.

Please check your rosters to see if you have students enrolled in these courses with NCVPS. You do not need to report the scores back to NCVPS, but you will need it to determine the final grade for students in those courses.
Transfer Students: It’s too late to transfer into fall block course, but transfers for yearlong courses are still open.
Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
Grade Report Updates
November 30: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
December 21: Final Grades Posted for Early Calendar Courrses
December 21: Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.

MusicCanceledMusic Appreciation and Music Business & Recording Closed 2018
NCVPS has closed its sections of Music Appreciation and Music Business & Recording for Spring 2018. Each course is in need of revisions. After reviewing the necessary revisions, we have decided to pull both courses from our spring catalog.

If you are looking for electives, we do have our visual arts courses. We hope your students may be interested in one of those offerings. Visit the NCVPS Course Catalog to see all of our course options.
Thank you, and we apologize for this inconvenience!

SpringUpdatesSpring 2018 Updates

Registration remains open for Spring 2018 block courses.
Be sure to see our Course Capacity List for courses that are closed, at capacity, or nearing capacity.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Music Appreciation and Music Business and Recording
NCVPS has closed its sections of Music Appreciation and Music Business & Recording for Spring 2018. Each course is in need or revisions. After reviewing the necessary revisions, we have decided to pull both courses from our spring catalog. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience.

If you are looking for electives, we do have our visual arts courses. We hope your students may be interested in one of those offerings. You can see our catalog here:
Thank you, and again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

DownloadAppDownload the NCVPS App!
NCVPS has a new free app developed by School Info App, which is recognized by District Administration Magazine as one of the Top 100 school applications in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Download the app in the Google Play and iTunes stores. Search for “NCVPS” to find the app in either store.
Current app features allow users to do the following:
  • Receive calendar and news notifications
  • Have quick access to course catalogs, online learning tools, and important documents
  • Translate messages to 30+ languages
  • See NCVPS social media posts
  • Follow specific teacher announcements
The app is not required for students or teachers. However, some of our teachers will be using the app as an additional way to contact students. We already have a few early adopters. iKeepSafe has certified the app for COPPA, CSPC, and FERPA compliance; although, no account is necessary to receive announcements or notifications from teachers or the staff.
New features and additional capacity will be added throughout the year.
We hope to see you in the app and look forward to your feedback!

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip: Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan.
NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”

Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan

Saving your work is an important step in protecting hours of hard work and the effort you’ve made in your NCVPS course. You may not think you will need the work later, but this type of planning is a key trait of a successful online learner. Guarding and safely storing your data is also a key part of being a responsible internet user.
Read all of our tips at our Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan webpage.

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe

The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for all students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
Dec. 6: French Holidays from Around the World
Dec. 7: Ebony Fashion Fair at North Carolina Museum of Art
Dec. 12: Christmas in Costa Rica
Dec. 13: Christmas Songs Around the World
Dec. 14: Arabic Eid Celebration

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.

If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version Version 61.0.3163.100. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses in Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

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North Carolina Virtual Public School

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SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
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Join The Speak Up Webinar Today, NEW Coding & CS Data, More! – December 7, 2017 Speak Up News

Note the webinar listed in this newsletter, which is starting about now.


Speak Up News, December 7, 2017

We’re hosting a webinar this FridayDecember 8th, to wrap up Speak Up America week and to offer any school leaders the chance to learn more about Speak Up, get a sneak peek at some of this year’s data and to ask any questions you may still have about Speak Up participation.

We just released new data on computer science and coding findings from Speak Up 2016 and some sneak peeks at preliminary 2017 data from teachers, students and parents.

Be sure classrooms and students are aware of our photo, video and design challenges this year. Deadline for entires is January 12th.

And, don’t forget, it’s Speak Up America Week! All surveys submitted this week increase participating schools’ chances of winning conference registrations, memberships and professional development opportunities from some of our national and regional partners!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team


Speak Up 2017 Webinar, December 8th

Join Julie Evans this Friday afternoon for a Speak Up 2017 webinar! If you are new to Speak Up, still making plans for participation or a Speak Up veteran, there will be something for everyone! And, we will leave plenty of time for your questions!

Register today for the webinar on Friday, December 8th at 3pmET/noon PT.


Student Interest in Computer Science and Coding

In honor of Computer Science Week and Hour of Code, we released Speak Up 2016 findings from students, parents, administrators and community members about their views on computer science and coding:

63% of middle school students said they would be interested in a class or after school activity to learn how to do computer programming or coding (up from 52% in 2014).
In 2013, 20% of HS students were interested in taking an online programming/coding class. In 2016, 42% said they were interested & 15% were already taking these classes online.
Among students who are already in computer programming programs or classes, 41% of middle schoolers and 46% of high schoolers say they are very interested in a career in a STEM field. Comparatively, only 1/3 of all students in grades 6-12 say they are very interested in a STEM career.

Check out the blog post for more!


Speak Up 2017 – Sneak Peek at Preliminary Data!

We pulled some preliminary data from surveys submitted from more than 10,000 teachers, 26,000 high school students and 8,000 parents during the early weeks of Speak Up 2017. Take a peek at what they are saying this year about their views on technology and learning, digital citizenship, views on math education and more:

Only half of all high school students say they are learning about any digital citizenship skills in school; 49% say their parents have had the biggest influence on what they know about being a good digital citizen, followed by learning on my own (41%) and classroom teacher (39%).
While 64% of teacher say they are better able to differentiate instruction because of technology, 46% put this topic on their wish list for PD.
37% of parents said the best mobile situation for their child would be to use a mobile device that the school assigns for use at school and at home (top selection of several mobile device situations).

Check out the blog post for more!


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA | The School Superintendent’s Association, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE, MassCUE, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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December 7, 2017

Education News And Advice – CORE December Newsletter

And for my Kiwi readers.

Inspiration for educators | Professional learning | Resources | Articles
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Kia ora Michael

As we rush towards the end of term, and reflect on another year of educational challenges and achievements, we hope you are all looking forward to a well-deserved break.

We feel very fortunate to work with so many across Aotearoa, helping you all push the boundaries of educational possibility for our ākonga, and we look forward to continuing these relationships.

No doubt 2018 has already featured in a number of conversations; this month we feature a few of CORE’s professional learning solutions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us now, so we can discuss what you’d like to focus on as you plan your next educational year. We’re always happy to chat!

Centrally-funded PLD – how is your 2018 looking?

Whether you have clear direction or are seeking help in shaping your PLD, our nationwide team of expert Facilitators can make a difference to you and your ākonga. Wherever you are in Aotearoa, whatever your needs, we can help.
Learn more about our Facilitators >
Make an enquiry >

Be inspired by our 2018 Workshops

There’s nothing like a hands-on, in depth workshop to get you going in Term 1 – and we have an extensive range to inspire you. Face-to-face, online, on your site, centrally funded or direct to kura … whichever way works for you, we have you covered. You can register now so you can start your year with some inspiration.
Browse our 2018 Workshop selection >

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL)

Are you looking to build knowledge and practices that develop deep learning and foster whole system change? The NPDL programme provides an ideal focus for Kāhui Ako activity.
Find out more about this global project >
If you’d like to delve deeper you should attend NPDL’s NZ Deep Learning Lab, to be held in Auckland, 19-20 July 2018.
Find out more about NZ Deep Learning Lab 2018 >

Innovative Learning Environment planning matrix

Early next year the updated ILE planning matrix will be released by CORE Education. It is a matrix designed to support your thinking and planning as you create and transition to these new innovative spaces. For more information, or if you would like to discuss support for transitioning to an ILE, contact

From the blog

The four most significant shifts in modern pedagogy
The four most significant shifts in modern pedagogy
Nikki Urlich summarises shifts in education, how overwhelming “getting it right” may be, and celebrating successes and accomplishments.  More >
Building collaboration - chicken or egg?
Building collaboration – chicken or egg?
What makes collaboration work in some contexts and not in others? Explore further with Greg Carroll.
More >
Powerful play
Powerful play: Continuity and inquiry for children
Keryn Davis talks about allowing children space and time to play.
More >
Subscribe to the blog >

Professional learning – workshops, programmes & events

Online Programme
Introduction to Innovative Learning
Starts 12 February
Establishing iPads in your classroom
Establishing iPads in your classroom
Dunedin – 5 March
Online Programme
Innovative Learning Practice
Starts 12 February
Tūranga Why Why? Localising curriculum
Tūranga Why Why? Localising Curriculum
Auckland – 5 March
Online Programme
Innovative Learning Assessment
Starts 12 February
Numeracy in ILEs - Junior Primary
Numeracy in innovative learning environments – junior primary
Wellington and Christchurch – 6 March 2018

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback and ideas of topics you’d like to read about.
Feel free to email us anytime!

Wherever you are located in New Zealand, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development you can talk to one of our consultants who can tailor PLD to meet your needs and those of your school or Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Have a deeper discussion with one of our consultants to find out how we can help.

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