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March 23, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 3.23.17

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

Recently, we released a report titled What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families and Communities. This paper is designed for education leaders to communicate with families, teachers, students and communities about the potential of personalized learning, and can be used to begin conversations around what modern learning environments look like and ways to best prepare students for post-secondary success. In case you missed it, we published a five-part blog series highlighting this report:

  1. New Report for Parents and Communities Opens Ideas on What is Possible with Personalized Learning
  2. What Does Personalized Learning Look Like in Schools?
  3. What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Students?
  4. What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Teachers?
  5. How Can Families and Communities Support Personalized Learning?

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

What Is Competency Education?
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in districts and schools across the United States and around the world. At the same time, new and innovative school models are developing and scaling, contributing to our…

Preparing Teachers for Personalized Classrooms
One of the necessary steps to ensure a district is creating a student-centered culture rather than one solely driven by standards is to prepare teachers for managing personalized classrooms. Pittsfield School District provided…

Continuous Improvement and Innovation
It is no surprise that Chugach School District received the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award in its seventh year after creating a performance-based system. Competency education creates the conditions for continuous…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

March Special Edition Webinar | Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework and a Well-Rounded Education
March 28, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

April Leadership Webinar | Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning
April 13, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

April Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students
April 20, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

April Special Edition Webinar | An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers
April 27, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Theme: “Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality”
Visit the Symposium website.

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Performance-Based Learning in a Dual Immersion School
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

One Brooklyn School Wants to Change How Kids – And Teachers – Are Taught
Amy Rolph, USA Today

How Design Thinking Helps Students Take Action
Sanjli Gidwaney, Education Week

Pushing the Boundaries: Positive Youth Development and School Design
JoEllen Lynch, edCircuit

Personalized Learning Reshapes School PD
Jessica Terrell, District Administration

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

Teachers at Two Rivers Roll Up Their Sleeves to Build Assessments from Scratch
Amanda Ronan, EdSurge

iNACOL in the News

5 Examples of Personalized Learning in Action
Laura Ascione, eSchool News
As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments. A new report from iNACOL gives…

What School Districts Want to Hear from Ed-Tech Vendors (Video)
Carmen Rojas, Education Week
In the crowded field of education technology, it’s important for vendors to pitch their products well. But what do school district officials want to hear?EdWeek Market Brief Senior Editor Sean Cavanagh attended the iNACOL…

The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning
Leila Meyer, THE Journal
Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents…

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USDLA Newsletter 2017 (03-22-2017)

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Properties of Teacher Networks in Twitter: Are They Related to Community-Based Peer Production?Teachers participate in social networking sites to share knowledge and collaborate with other teachers to create education-related content. In this study we selected several communities in order to better understand the networks that these participants establish in Twitter and the role that the social network plays in their activity within the community, especially related with […]

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Information technologies as a tool for agricultural extension and farmerto- farmer exchange: Mobile-phone video use in Mali and Burkina FasoMobile phones are widespread in the rural areas of Mali and Burkina Faso, but their potential as a tool for knowledge transfer by extension services in the region remains largely unexplored. The aim of this contribution is to evaluate the potential of video on mobile phones as a tool for farmer-to-farmer exchange and agricultural extension […]

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The Virtual Professor and Online Teaching, Administration and Research: Issues for Globally Dispersed Business FacultyChanges in the manner in which universities are delivering education are revolutionary. Learning spaces are changing, online learning is increasing, the demand for more flexible learning continues to grow, and the skill set for academics is expanding. Recruitment and retention of academic staff to work in this type of context creates a range of challenges […]

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Using cloud computing to develop an integrated virtual system for online GIScience programsUsing cloud computing to develop an integrated virtual system for online GIScience programs The variety of offerings of online Geographical Information Science (GIS) programs has been extensively reported in the literature, which describes various types of degrees and certificates offered by institutions all over the world. Most online courses have merely focused on delivering lectures, […]

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Northern Kentucky U Launches OneCampus Portal to Streamline NavigationNorthern Kentucky University recently launched a single point of entry for all of its programs and services. Using its new online portal, NKU’s nearly 14,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff members can easily connect to student services, academic support, transportation services and more categories in an online marketplace format. Campus Technology

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The Human Element: Faculty Collaboration in an Increasingly Digital WorldThe Human Element: Faculty Collaboration in an Increasingly Digital World Like most technologies, Web 2.0 learning tools can connect or divide us. The path we choose depends on how we understand and use the tools. Since ancient times, technological advances have stoked fears (among some) that our humanism will erode when new technologies grab hold […]

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Community colleges begin linking digital badges, ePortfolios and recruiting matchesPortfolium and Credly team up to integrate digital badges into ePortfolios to provide further evidence of learning and skillsets to potential employers. eCampus News

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D2L Releases Brightspace Spring17, Empowering Instructors to Reach Every LearnerD2L, a global learning technology leader, announces the Spring17 release of Brightspace, its award-winning learning management system (LMS). With the Brightspace Spring17 enhancements, it’s easier for instructors to reach every learner with an engaging and modern experience. “Mobile and social platforms have transformed the world and we need to make sure that learning experiences are […]

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Online Learning News – March 22, 2017 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 22 mars 2017

A newsletter from yesterday.

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Five Key Questions About the State of Online Learning
Universities and colleges are changing both what they teach and how they teach to reflect the new work of teaching and learning in a digital age. Let’s look at the current state of play and raise five big questions about the future. Full Story
A Nation-Wide Teaching Training Initiative Focused on Enhanced Student Learning Led by the Fundación Omar Dengo in Costa Rica
To support the teaching of educational informatics, as well as thinking and learning skills, the Fundación Omar Dengo in Costa Rica offers primary and secondary school teacher training programs using blended learning. Teachers who specialize in educational informatics receive more extensive training than teachers of other subjects, but both groups benefit from training that mixes theory and practice, with ongoing support and research for development. Full story
Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced (OOFAT) Models for Education: Survey launched!
Consider taking part in a new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS), funded by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) to develop models that demonstrate different practice in terms of how one or more elements of OOFAT are used to offer flexible learning in a sustainable modelComplete the survey.
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Browse the updated list of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences, compiled by Clayton R. Wright, providing a range of options in Canada, the US, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand, covering teaching, learning, and educational administration, as well as technology in education. Full Story
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Cinq questions clés à l’égard de l’état de l’apprentissage en ligne
Les universités et les collèges sont en train de modifier ce qu’ils enseignent ainsi que les manières, dont ils effectuent cette tâche afin de refléter les nouvelles réalisations en matière d’enseignement et d’apprentissage à l’ère numérique. Il nous faut donc examiner l’état de la situation actuelle et poser cinq grandes questions au sujet de l’avenir. Lire l’histoire complète.
Une initiative nationale de formation en enseignement, menée par la Fundación Omar Dengo au Costa Rica, vise à améliorer l’apprentissage des étudiantes et étudiants
Pour appuyer l’enseignement de l’informatique éducative ainsi que la réflexion et les aptitudes à apprendre, la Fundación Omar Dengo au Costa Rica propose des programmes de formation à l’intention du personnel enseignant des écoles élémentaire et secondaire utilisant l’apprentissage mixte. Les enseignantes et enseignants se spécialisant en informatique éducative reçoivent une formation plus approfondie que leurs collègues, qui enseignent d’autres matières. Toutefois, les deux groupes bénéficient d’une formation qui fusionne la théorie et la pratique avec un soutien continu et la recherche pour le développement. Lire l’histoire complète.
Les modèles en ligne, ouverts, flexibles et améliorés par la technologie (OOFAT) pour l’éducation : le sondage est lancé!
Nous vous invitons à envisager de participer à une nouvelle collaboration de recherche entre l’OER Hub (carrefour de recherche éducative ouverte) et Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS), financée par l’ICDE (Conseil international pour l’éducation ouverte et à distance), en vue de mettre au point des modèles démontrant une pratique différente en ce qui a trait à comment un ou plusieurs éléments OOFAT sont utilisés pour offrir l’apprentissage flexible selon un modèle durable. Répondre au sondage.
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Consulter la liste des conférences sur la technologie éducative et reliées à l’éducation, compilée par Clayton R. Wright. Elle présente une gamme d’options au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud, en Europe, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande, qui couvrent l’enseignement, l’apprentissage et l’administration éducationnelle ainsi que la technologie en éducation. Lire l’histoire complète.
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March 22, 2017

FLVS Corkboard: March Highlights

Another item from Monday’s inbox…

March Highlights

It’s March, and minus the cold snap madness, spring has sprung—and FLVS continues to sow seeds of learning!

While you may be rooted in the “here and now” of schoolwork and tasks to accomplish this semester, we understand that some of you may already be thinking of life after high school. For many, that may mean college. Or, maybe you think you’d like to go to college but aren’t sure if you “have what it takes” or if you can afford it.

Great news! If you are a student in Florida, you can learn how to prepare for college without leaving your home. (But we do recognize that leaving the home is ultimately the goal of every child—and their parents.)

Virtual College Week

You can explore the notion of college all from your living room if you make plans now to participate in Virtual College Week , April 4-6. Presented by FloridaShines, students and parents can get free expert advice on all things college-related, including the admissions process and financial aid. Gather important information, ask questions, hear from others—demystify college at no cost.

Learn more about Virtual College Week here.

As William Shakespeare would say, “It’s not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

Speaking of destiny and Shakespeare…

The English poet, playwright, and actor, William Shakespeare, is an undeniable and unforgettable literary figure. His 37 plays and 154 sonnets are considered the most important and enduring ever written. Many people think of him as a professor of flowery language. But did you know, Shakespeare is directly responsible for a great deal of the English we use today?shakespeare-fest

He liked to make up words, yet these are words we know well and use regularly. “Eyeball,” “bloodstained,” “radiance,” “assassination,” and “lackluster” are a few credited to him. Chances are you’ve also used some of his phrases such as: “in a pickle,” “seen better days,” “caught a cold,” “break the ice,” or said “good riddance.”

(I know, right!)

FLVS is hosting its 9th Annual Shakespeare Festival, April 10-14. Stay tuned for more information on opportunities to join live lessons and presentations that celebrate Shakespeare’s life, work, and continued influence.

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Wednesday, April 5, is FLVS Day at the Capitol and several FLVS staff and students will visit with legislators in Tallahassee. Sowing the seeds of learning begins at an early age, and some of our youngest sprouts (elementary students) and their parents want to share how virtual education has been the right fit for their family. We will be taking pictures and sharing on social media throughout the day.

Follow along on the FLVS Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter or by searching for #FLVSDay as we share how FLVS makes a difference for our families.​

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In support of National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, FLVS is hosting an educational event to increase driver safety and awareness. Teen Driving Day will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waterford Lakes Town Center in Orlando, and will feature multiple vendors who help promote safe driving.

Parents and students are encouraged to attend as driving safety tips are offered, as well as the opportunity to learn more and sign up for the online Driver’s Ed course at FLVS.

If you’re in the area, stop by and join in the fun!

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March 21, 2017

March Update 2017

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March Update 2017

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners
VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners, by Rachel Whalley

Expressions of interest are sought for appointments to VLN Primary Governance Group by Rachel Whalley

Our AGM is coming up soon, and we are looking for new trustees who will help take our work to the next level. If you are passionate about empowering our young people with equity & access to education, you have networks and experience in business and community, and are serious about making a difference then we need you! Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

Things have got off to a great start with our online classes this year. We have a record number of classes on our weekly timetable, and at last count over 580 learners! It is great to see so many schools picking up on these opportunities for their children. Welcome to our new schools – Kiwitea, Waiotira, Puriri, Viscount, Waverley Park, The Gardens & Ngatapa. It is awesome to see such a mix of different schools from across the country. We also have three new families who have enrolled their children in our classes.

In this newsletter:

We profile our German class. Stephanie who teaches this class from Kaimata has been teaching online for many years and is one of our first VLN Primary eteachers. German is often overlooked when choosing a language of study and for students who continue in their studies there are some great scholarship opportunities.

We have, as always, had a high demand for Te Reo Māori and have had to close off taking more enrolments for now until we can find another team member to work with Koka Jules. If you know someone who would love this opportunity, here is the information. It is currently advertised in the Gazette.

Our ALLiS (Asian Language Learning in Schools) team has had it’s first PLD meeting for eteachers recently in Auckland. If you are interested in doing more with Asian languages in your school for your students or for your own professional learning find out more here. We profile the opportunities for hosting visiting teachers through AFS to immerse yourself in a cultural experience and encourage you to start your planning for this now.

We share with you a couple of competitions that your children will find interesting and challenging. Look for a way to integrate them into your school programme. Add ons are often difficult to manage – plan to participate, make time to participate and map against the curriculum to make these experiences purposeful and relevant to where your children are at. Check out the new open resources about Soil, Food & Society.Teachers are invited to give feedback on these resources and join their online community.

Last but not least we are inviting interest for appointments to our Governance Group. The VLN Primary School is your organisation – get shoulder tapping in your community with people you think would stand up for this opportunity to make a difference for our learners. Save the date for the AGM – Thursday 6th April 4 pm – We need you there!

Kia pai tō ra

Ngā mihi nui


Prince Harry visiting the German class, Halfmoon Bay

Learn German online with Frau Michel

Some pretty exciting things have happened in our German classes and there are always spaces for new faces. Read more

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 

Wanted – another Te Reo Māori kaiako to join our awesome team!

Are you a registered teacher with a sound knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga & kaupapa Māori? Have good level of digital fluency? Want to develop your skills as an online kaiako? We have a part-time position & would love to have you join our team! Read more

ALLiS Teachers Explore Zoom

Asian Language Teachers PLD

VLN Primary ALLiS teachers had their first PLD session of 2017. They not only explored the tools for teaching online, but shared their experiences unique to teachers who work in the online environment. Read more

Yaju with the Junior students at Halfmoon Bay School.

Immerse Yourself in a Cultural Experience

AFS Educational Advantage Teacher Exchange  coming up soon. Contact Prue at AFS & prepare to participate now. Read more

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Soil, Food and Society: An open education resource.

Check out this great new open online science resource for Primary teachers. Read more


Create a GIF around a Gaffe  

Create a short GIF* to best showcase an intercultural or a linguistic gaffe of some kind.                                            Read more

Learning from Nature

This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Read more

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