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April 2015

April 2015 Virtual and Online School News

Presented by Mark Sivy, Ed.D.

Study of Online Passing Rates in Michigan Suggests That Online Learning Is Not For Everyone (Keeping Pace)

In this post I review more deeply one key aspect of the study: the rates at which students are passing online courses, and implications for how online courses and schools are made…

Supporting Teachers in Using Online Inquiry-Based Games (Next Gen Learning Blog)

As part of a pilot project, we’ve been working with teachers to implement The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. The Radix Endeavor is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) developed at the MIT Education Arcade; it is designed to improve…

Inquiry-based Learning

Online regulation bill quickly killed (Chalkbeat Colorado)

This year’s proposal to change the regulation of online schools that operate across multiple districts was killed Monday by…

The Instructor Role in the Virtual Classroom (Virtual School Leadership Alliance)

For many, the virtual classroom is difficult to understand without first-hand experience. It is true that a virtual classroom does not have walls, rows of desks or an end-of-class bell, but…

It Really Is Different: Observing Online Teachers in an Asynchronous Environment (Virtual School Leadership Alliance)

As states adopt teacher observation protocols and frameworks to observe and evaluate teachers, such as the Danielson Group’s “Framework for Teaching,” educational leaders are determining how the process for observing online teachers is…

Michigan Study Provides Detailed Online Learning Data; Shows Student Attributes and Growth in Online Enrollments (Keeping Pace)

The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, which is a center at the Michigan Virtual University®, has recently released its latest Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report. The study reviews virtual learning in Michigan during school year 2013-14. The report provides summary information showing…

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Anyone Can Be a Teacher at Skillshare, an Online School (The New York Times)

Susan Orlean was considering giving up teaching. She had taught courses at New York University and at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College but was finding it difficult to maintain a…

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Virtual Learning News – August 2014

Virtual Learning News – August 2014

by Mark Sivy

Here are this month’s news highlights related to virtual learning.

Online school programs growing, despite challenges (The Greenville News)

virtual learning newsAs thousands of Upstate children hopped in big yellow school buses and headed off to big brick schoolhouses last week, the state’s virtual schools hit the “on” button and booted up another year of cyber education. South Carolina was ahead of the curve six years ago when its first three online schools…

Rural Yukon schools going online in bid to improve learning (CBC News)

Three more Yukon schools are changing the way they deliver courses, following a pilot project in Watson Lake. Yukon Education is investing in a program called blended learning. It allows students to pursue online courses offered through Moodle: an open source website…

First day at Dugger / Union as part of online charter school (Tribune-Star)

Kyle Foli hugged his daughter, Kyndall, as she prepared to enter Dugger/Union school as a high school freshman. It was just after 7:30 a.m., and they had joined about 80 other people to pray around a flagpole and launch a new year – and a new era. Dugger/Union school is now a campus of Indiana Cyber Charter School…

Access, activity, and outcomes in digital learning (Keeping Pace with K-12 and Blended Learning)

Virtual school newsAs we are nearing completion of writing Keeping Pace 2014, we’ve been thinking quite a bit about the different lenses through which to consider the digital learning landscape. Among the words that best describes the landscape is uneven. Three of the key elements of digital learning that may be described as uneven are access, activity, and outcomes…

Berkeley County schools to offer online learning (Post and Courier)

Brick-and-mortar classrooms will no longer be the only learning space available to Berkeley County students. The Berkeley County School Board voted 6-0 to approve a new district policy allowing online learning. The online learning program is through the state’s VirtualSC, which serves kindergarten through 12th grade….

Virtual school’s enrollment on rise (The McPherson Sentinel)

A growing number of Kansas students no longer have to attend school to be enrolled in school. The Smoky Valley School district created its virtual school to provide students with educational opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. Since the school opened in 2005, it has continued to develop an online curriculum that appeals…
Virtual Schools: A Flexible Option for Students (KTVT –TV)

NewspaperMost students spend the first day of school finding their locker or their home room. But Tristin Thomas spent his first day of 8th grade at home, logging into his virtual classroom. “We’re just going to look around the live lesson room,” Thomas told his teacher online as he scrolled around a home page…

Online Courses Offer PHS Students another ‘Choice’ (The Prescott News)

The motto for the Prescott Unified School District is “The Smart Choice,” and at Prescott High School the word ‘choice’ has been truly embraced. With high academic standards, college dual enrollment opportunities, athletics and numerous extracurricular activities, PHS offers their students…