Virtual School Meanderings

February 28, 2015

Statistics for February 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3.392 visits to this blog from 2,478 unique visitors (note that WordPress has added a new level of data) – which is down about 1,500 visits and 700 visitors since December, but is actually up by about 200 or so visits and 300 or so visitors compared to February 2014.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
    Student Holiday Notice
    Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
    We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
    Early Bird Special – May 2013
    Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
    Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning
    Review – Frog Dissection
    The History Of K-12 Online Education???
    Dissertation Research Ideas?

What is interesting to note is that not a single one of those entries were posted this month.  To find the first popular February 2015 entry it would be in the number 12 position with Tribune Opinion: Struggling Online School Model Raises Serious Questions, followed by the number 13 position with Reviewers Needed, the number 14 position with Recent Post #OnTheFly: Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, and the number 15 position with Becoming Tech-Savvy And Fearless.

In terms of visitors, the ten most popular countries from where folks viewed my blog are:

  • United States 2,632
  • Canada 216
  • Philippines 100
  • India 87
  • United Kingdom 76
  • Russia 50
  • Germany 41
  • Australia 39
  • France 33
  • New Zealand 26

So while I may be out of step with the dominant (i.e., neo-liberal) paradigm in the United States, it is nice to see that at least some Americans still find this blog useful.  It is also nice to see Canada and New Zealand in the top ten, as that is where a lot of my own research has focused.

As you can see, search engines continue to be the top driver of traffic to the blog (by a long shot).

It is also nice to see the places that I post my entries (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, and Google+) actually scoring well.  While Twitter posts automatically each time I post an entry (so does LinkedIn), I have to copy and paste the items to Facebook, Google+, and Plurk.

In terms of what people are searching for, during the month of February the top ten searches that drove traffic to this blog were:

  • ace school of tomorrow criticisms
  • early bird
  • reading for college success flvs answers
  • todaysmeet.com/beisel
  • notice for holiday in school
  • thormann, j. t., & fidalgo, p. p. (2014). guidelines for online course moderation and community building from a student’s perspective. journal of online learning & teaching, 10(3), 374-388.
  • ncaa rules on e2020 online courses
  • do learners really know best? urban legends in education
  • why start a virtual school presentations
  • posters for virtual placement

I suspect that many of these people were disappointed to land on my blog…  :)

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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January 31, 2015

Statistics for January 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 4,855 visits to this blog from 3,155 unique visitors (note that WordPress has added a new level of data) – which is up about 1,100 visits and 500 visitors since December, and about 1100 or so visits more than January 2014.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Student Holiday Notice
  3. A Revolutionary Approach to Blended Learning
  4. Pick EdITLib This Autumn!
  5. White Paper: 10 Blended Learning Trends
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  8. iNACOL Webinar | Jan. 15 – Think Like a Learning Engineer: An Instructional Design Approach
  9. A Look At The Impact Of Predictive Analytics On K-12 Education
  10. Comment – Bloomberg: What Went Wrong at the Upstart School Michael Milken Backed?

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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January 1, 2015

Statistics For 2014

In addition to the Your 2014 Year In Blogging [virtualschooling.wordpress.com] entry I posted earlier today, I did want to post some additional statistics for the year.  Beyond that preview of this earlier today, let’s look at a more thorough, less graphic-intensive entry – starting with the traffic…

 annual

daily

In trying to understand/rationalize these numbers, last year I wrote:

You can clearly see that 2011 was the peak year of activity – at least in terms of visits – and there has been a steady and regular decline in traffic every since.  For much of 2013 the traffic was on par with the level of traffic that I experienced in 2008, which was when I moved to WordPress from Blogger.

In pondering the rationale for this trend last year, I wrote:

I’ve been wondering all year why I have seen a steady increase in traffic up until 2012, but then a steady decrease in traffic throughout 2012.  I think one of the reasons may be due to the fact that I simply haven’t been posting as much original content as I used to (time being shorter than what it normally has been I suppose).  I also wondering if simply the increased number of blogger talking about K-12 online learning has had an effect.  Finally, over the past two years I have been more honest and blunt about the ideological undercurrents that we see in K-12 online learning – at least in the United States and with the main professional associations – and I wonder if people have stopped reading for that reason.

I suspect that the same three reasons are likely still the case, maybe a little more of the third than the first two as I continue to take positions based on what the evidence suggests we should do, and not what is being pushed by ideologically-driven professional organizations, think tanks, and special interest groups.

This is the best I can continue to suggest unless others have some thoughts?

If you look at the top twenty entries for 2014 based on traffic, it is another interesting tale:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Pick EdITLib This Autumn!
  3. John Hattie – Why Are So Many Of Our Teachers And Schools So Successful?
  4. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  5. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  6. Review – Frog Dissection
  7. Student Holiday Notice
  8. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  9. Dissertation Research Ideas?
  10. Problem With Cyber Charter Schools – PA & NJ Edition
  11. Introducing Our New Social Media Course at FLVS
  12. Defining A Dissertation Topic – Which Aspect Of K-12 Online Learning?
  13. New Webinars | 10 Educators To Follow On Twitter, Coding For Kindergarten, And More!
  14. Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning
  15. AERA 2012 – Affective and Motivational Factors of Learning in Online Mathematics
  16. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  17. K12 for Schools and Districts is Now Fuel Education
  18. Online Education – In Ontario
  19. The History Of K-12 Online Education???
  20. Presentation: Visible Learning, Tomorrow’s Schools, The Mindsets That Make The Difference In Education – John Hattie

Only four of these 20 entries were written in 2014 (which is the same proportion as last year).

The top 15 referrers for 2014 included:

  1. Search Engines
    • Google Search
    • Bing
    • Yahoo Search
    • Google Image Search
    • Ask.com
    • AOL
    • Google Mobile
    • duckduckgo.com
    • swagbucks.com
    • dogpile.com
    • mywebsearch.com
    • search.genieo.com
    • Excite
    • Yandex
    • search.comcast.net
    • WordPress.com Search
    • search-results.com
    • Conduit.com Search
    • search.findwide.com
    • search.incredibar.com
    • isearch.avg.com
    • Yahoo Image Search
    • wow.com
    • Yahoo Mobile
    • search.babylon.com
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Google+
  5. michaelbarbour.com
  6. go.nlinevideos.com
  7. WordPress.com Reader
  8. teachercertificationdegrees.com/top-blogs/school-technology/
  9. usdla.org
  10. scoop.it
  11. pinterest.com
  12. moodle.learnnc.org
  13. paper.li
  14. plurk.com
  15. linkedin.com

So search engines accounted for almost 18,000 views and the various Google tools accounted for just over 15,000 (guess we know who is winning the search engine wars).  I find it interesting that Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are the next three (and that Plurk and LinkedIn also are in the top 15); as each entry is automatically sent to Twitter and LinkedIn and then I manually add it to Facebook, Google+ and Plurk.  So that work is paying off some.

In terms of what people are searching for, this is an interesting bit of data – as there is so few consistent things.  Here are all of the terms that have more than 5 searches:

  1. early bird – 37
  2. motivational and affective factors – 19
  3. school of tomorrow curriculum – 17
  4. virtual school meanderings – 16
  5. palomark12 – 12
  6. susan c aldridge – 12
  7. https://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/about-michael-barbour/ – 9
  8. north carolina cyber school – 9
  9. connexus (connections learning) – 8
  10. pros and conss of online school k-12 – 7
  11. brick and mortar school – 7
  12. online student teaching – 7
  13. susan aldridge – 7
  14. cyber schools in nc – 6
  15. oxford virtual academy – 6
  16. ace school of tomorrow reviews – 6
  17. benefits of k12 – 6
  18. oxford virtual academy reviews – 6
  19. notice for holiday to students – 6
  20. cyber school statistics – 6

Not a lot near the top that is relevant specifically to this blog (and at least seven of these 20 that have little to do with my blog at all).  In the group of terms that have five searches, there are five of the eight searches that are relevant to the content of this blog.

Well, I think that’s about it for another year…  I guess the next bit of naval gazing will happen on my next blogversary!  Until then…

Your 2014 Year In Blogging [virtualschooling.wordpress.com]

I didn’t get this e-mail this year, but was able to find the appropriate URL for the data all the same.

Your Annual Report from WordPress.com

Your 2014 in blogging

Our stats helper monkeys have been busy putting together a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 31, 2014

Statistics for December 2014

In what is a bit of an oddity, this entry is actually being written slightly in advance of the end of the month (so the statistics are as of approximately 3:00pm on 31 December – granted I doubt too many folks are checking this blog on New Year’s Eve).

This past month there were 3,710 visits to this blog from 2,335 unique visitors ( – which is down about 1,000 visits and 300 visitors since November, but still about 1300 or so visits more than December 2013.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Pick EdITLib This Autumn!
  2. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  3. Student Holiday Notice
  4. Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning
  5. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. 2015 Annual USDLA Conference Call for Proposals – OPEN!
  8. Dissertation Research Ideas?
  9. Virtual Learning Awards Celebrating Outstanding Online And Blended Learning
  10. New Webinars | Digital Tools, Blended Learning, Character Education…

Search engines continue to account for 10 hits to this blog for every one hit from another source. The top search terms that were used included:

  • virtual school statistics 2014
  • holiday note to students
  • school of tomorrow curriculum
  • barbour, m. k. (2012). training teachers for a virtual school system: a call to action. in d. polly, c. mims, & k. persichitte (eds)., creating technology-rich teacher education programs: key issues (pp. 499-517). hershey, pa: igi globa
  • ace education australia criticism
  • which students will not typically benefit from k-12 online learning?
  • north carolina cyber school
  • cartoon of frustrated college student
  • how to start virtual school
  • early bird

And in a great example of how to screw up a good thing, it seems that all of the new statistical features that WordPress has introduced are useless for reporting into one’s own blog as you can’t copy and paste any of the information. Great #fail WordPress.com!!!

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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