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Our mission is to serve the students, school districts, and the State of Idaho by providing a high quality public school education, aligned with state achievement standards, utilizing innovative e-learning methods of delivery.
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Via Diigo: Vicki Davis 22 Sep 12 12:50:55These are complete mini-topics that are a week's worth of activities and lesson plans on each topic for ages 4-11. This pulls together lesson plans, interactive whiteboard resources, and printables and will be helpful for teachers in a tight or who need to quickly emphasize a topic where they know students have problems.
“European Union funding to add impetus to the Virtual School is imminent, not in Africa but in the UK, where top teachers and schools are combining resources to leverage their own knowledge both for mutual benefit and to make the highest possible quality materials available to people who have no other hope of access to good quality learning.”
25 websites featuring awesome virtual learning experiences.
Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to ana
Check out these really impressive virtual high schools, including tuition-free and even 3D virtual world schools.
This item showed up in my inbox yesterday. Thursday Churn: Online roadmap Education News Colorado … by the institute and the Donnell-Kay Foundation and featuring Susan Patrick, CEO of the Int...
Be sure to read Michael Barbour's commentary on this report!
Yesterday I began the week with an entry on the rhetorical question of Why Do Cyber Charter Proponents Lie? (although one person did feel the need to answer). Later in the day, these two items ...
Provocative and interesting commentary from Professor Michael Barbour
Clark, T. (2001). Virtual schools: Trends and issues – A study of virtual schools in the United States. San Francisco, CA: Western Regional Educational Laboratories. Retrieved from http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/virtualschools.pdf
As the nation's oldest and largest state virtual educator, the Florida Virtual School is often held up as a model for similar state-backed endeavors to follow when crafting a funding system and putting e-school accountability measures in place.But at the same time, this major symbol of the virtual education movement is facing increasing scrutiny about its effectiveness as the popularity of online education has expanded in Florida and the country. Some observers of the field want more proof that the FLVS model leads to academic success for students.
Starting with the AOA blogs, which include AOA Today Blog, AOA Announcements Blog, School Newsletter Blog, AOA Update Blog, and Trends and Tips Blog. How Social Interaction Enriches Learning Studen...
Online K-12 Education in Iowa?
Students take classes over the Internet from teachers employed by the corporate partner, not by the physical schools. Representatives from K12Inc. say this new-wave educational approach is perfectly tailored for students who are either home-schooled, like Theo had been, or struggling in traditional schools. Critics say the schools are not only illegal but also a way that for-profit companies can siphon off millions in tax dollars while delivering dubious results.
Expanded learning time schools, after-school and summer programs offer the ideal time, places and conditions to equalize and advance technology-enabled learning. Community organizations such as Y’s and Boys and Girls Clubs typically operate these programs or partner with these schools, which overwhelmingly serve students with great academic and economic needs.
This piece follows two teenagers in PA -- Courtney Dunn and Nate Kusich. Dunn is a student at PA Cyber School, and Kusich is a former student at another cyber school. Their experiences as cyber students were drastically different. This is a companion piece to a look at cyber charters that aired on PBS NewsHour in February of 2012; it was produced by John Tulenko of the Learning Matters group.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has granted more than $1.8 million to the Indiana University School of Education to expand the immersive le...
You probably never thought you could attend a virtual lecture, discussion, exam, or lab in 3D. In fact, this is already possible. Virtual worlds have clear advantages over traditional classroom settings.
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By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist A while back, I asked what the future of higher education might look like with the advent of distance learning.
This is the question that was posed to me when I was invited to write this article for eLearn magazine.
Update: This afternoon the House Education Committee passed the online learning bill with the mandate removed.
Now, the bill urges school systems to maximize digital learning rather than mandating that students take at least one online course to graduate.
Watson, J. F., Winograd, K., & Kalmon, S. (2004). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: A snapshot of state-level policy and practice. Naperville, IL: North Regional Central Educational Laboratory. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPace_2004.pdf
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"In this special webinar, brought to you by K12 Inc., Kim McClelland, Assistant Superintendent of Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs, will discuss how her district leveraged lessons learned from the implementation of a full-time, online virtual school to address a much broader spectrum of student needs. Opening the district’s Falcon Virtual Academy in 2010 helped tackle the challenges of a crowded district and improve student performance.
"Based on the success of that experience, McClelland and her team took online learning to the next level. Now, as Innovation Leader for the district’s iConnect Innovation Zone, McClelland and her team have developed nine additional part-time and blended learning schools and programs, meeting more individualized learning needs of more students. Next up for the district is the addition of online credit recovery, RTI interventions, gifted-and-talented enhancement, and foreign-language programs."
As districts move in this direction, they are taking a harder look at how they will evaluate their local models of virtual education.
In innovation-friendly pockets across the country, the number of hybrid charter schools—those that blend online and face-to-face instruction—has been growing over the past five years.
But now, the educational model seems to have shifted into overdrive.
Major philanthropies—most notably, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—have launched funding initiatives directed specifically at hybrid school models, which because of their unorthodox ways of allocating resources often are able to operate best as charter schools.
Two Iowa school districts will face heavy scrutiny next school year as they begin offering virtual academies to state students, said Jason Glass, Iowa Department of Education director.Connections Academy, based in Baltimore, and K12 Inc., of...