Virtual School Meanderings

March 18, 2017

Meet The Needs Of Your Diverse Digital Learners

I haven’t received much from SoftChalk in a while, but this item did show up yesterday.


Flip the switch to a digital curriculum!

Change the way YOU deliver creative and accessible content to your diverse digital learners. Quickly and easily learn new ways to address all of the needs of each student when creating lessons using SoftChalk Cloud.

Create – Sky is the limit when it comes to the content YOU make to inspire your digital learner. Activities, quizzes and media will engage and push your students to new heights inside and outside the classroom.

Manage – From learning content and assessments to your own lesson branding, managing it all is simple with SoftChalk Cloud.

Share – Whether it is for your students or the world—anytime, anywhere on any device, collaborate on content development with colleagues… all from the Cloud.

Register for a free demo today and we will show you how SoftChalk Cloud can meet all of your needs and more with our award winning SoftChalk Create authoring solution for creating lessons that integrate with any learning management system!

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We look forward to seeing you at a demo!

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

March 17, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: Adaptive Learning: Future Ready Digital Strategies

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…


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Upcoming Webinar: Adaptive Learning: Future Ready Digital Strategies
March 28, 2017 | 1:00pm EST

Well-designed adaptive courses are powerful tools to support instructors in providing students with a more personalized learning experience. Adaptive platforms are based on robust and scalable technology and a holistic approach to impact learning and teaching.

Join this panel webinar discussion to learn how others implemented adaptive learning and are now moving to scale. Register today!

March 16, 2017

Join Us for an Upcoming OLC Workshop

Note these webinars occurring over the next few weeks that may be of interest to K-12 distance, online, and blended learning teachers.

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Upcoming Workshop Offerings
Enhance your online teaching skills with OLC workshops.

OLC workshops are a cost-effective way to collaborate with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning.  We are committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all of our workshops. Toward that end, our workshops will utilize numerous proven teaching strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Upcoming Workshops

Strategies for Supporting & Advising Students
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty | Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
Introduction to Screencasting Tools
Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 1
Strategies for Supporting & Advising Students
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How are your students doing in their online and blended courses? What challenges are they facing? As institutions reach out to students through new web interfaces, technologies and portals, such services also improve access for face-to-face students.  Join facilitator Linda Algozzini in this workshop where you will address these new roles and learn best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.

Supporting Online Faculty| Evaluating Online Faculty
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March 27 – April 2, 2017

Whether they are industry specialists, retired academics, freelancers or scholars, an institution’s ability to effectively orient and engage part-time faculty in the institutional culture is even more important online. In this workshop, facilitator Dr. Ruth Newberry will help you explore strategies for providing effective support for these faculty, including training, faculty development, and recognition for quality work. Register >

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April 12-14, 2017

In this workshop, you will focus on designing or refining evaluations used for online faculty, which can consist of student evaluations, peer evaluations, and overall evaluations. Facilitator Dr. Donna Scribner will help you learn about different models for evaluation, theory, and strategy with a focus on evidence-based methods for effective evaluations. Register >

Introduction to Screencasting Tools
April 12-14, 2017

Join facilitator Angela Gunder in this workshop where you will look at a variety of web-based, desktop, and mobile screencasting tools to find the right one for your teaching and learning needs. You will engage in the process of creating a screencast, including planning, storyboarding, preparing your screen, recording, and publishing.

Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 1
April 11, 2017

Whether you are new to online course design and delivery, or a seasoned professional looking to deepen your knowledge on the ins and outs, it is increasingly true that possessing a working familiarity with copyright and fair use is a professional necessity. Join facilitator Linda Enhagen in this workshop where you will develop an understanding of the basic framework of the applicable law and learn how to avoid copyright infringement through the application of Six Rules for Course Design. Register >

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CIDER Session March 2017

Note this webinar focused on the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report that I co-author.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the March CIDER session. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour of Touro University Mare Island and Randy LaBonte of CANeLearn, presenting the annual State of the Nation for K-12 e-learning.

Title: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be Canada’s unique benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. This ninth edition of the annual report continues the strong tradition of incisive analysis of the state of K-12 online and blended education in Canada.

Canada continues to have one of the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and programs of any jurisdiction in the world and was one of the first countries to use the Internet to deliver distance learning courses to students. In many ways Canada provides an interesting exemplar for the rest of the world, due in part to its division into 13 provinces and territories of widely varying population and geography, leading to a wealth of relevant comparisons with other countries/regions of similar population. Canada is also a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, leading naturally to comparisons with other English-speaking countries, but also with Quebec being linked to la Francophonie, leading to relevant role models for two major linguistic regions. And finally, Canada, through its offerings to indigenous communities, provides a role model for other countries for the provision of education to indigenes and minority populations..

When: Wednesday, March 22, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

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March 15, 2017

Reminder: iNACOL Webinar | 3/16: An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers

And a final item from the neo-liberals…

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An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers

Thursday, March 16, 2017

6:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a webinar to showcase how teachers are introducing maker education to their students.

Maker education is about giving students access to a new class of technologies, enabling students to design, build, invent and problem solve in new and unique ways. This type of “maker” learning allows students to transform ideas into reality, sparks interest in STEM careers and develops growth mindset, curiosity, self-efficacy and collaborative problem-solving skills.

How can teachers introduce maker education into their schools or classrooms? Join this webinar to learn how to get started with makerspaces, and leave with practical examples to engage your students. Experience first-hand how teachers are integrating self-directed personalized learning using real materials in the areas of coding, circuits, toy hacking, construction, robotics and more. Learn how to co-design interactive, highly engaging makerspace plans and projects with students.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Maker education creates pathways for students and teachers interested in design and problem-solving by cultivating learning environments that inspire students to invent, co-design and develop vital skills for success in today’s modernized, global economy.”

This webinar is free to attend – participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers


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About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

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