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Webinar 10/3 @2 CST - for K-12 Online and Blended Educators - Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative 

Webinar 10/3 @2 CST - for K-12 Online and Blended Educators - Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative  | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Transforming Professional Learning - Meeting the Needs of Online and Blended Educators by Michele Nickels | This newsletter was created with Smore, an online tool for creating beautiful newsletters for for individual educators, schools and districts
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Learn about a new survey tool from expert researchers. They report on their first survey. 

Agenda

2:00-2:05 p.m.Welcome & Introductions

2:05-2:25 p.m. Research Tool Development for Professional Learning Challenges & Preferences

2:25-2:35 p.m. Evidence from the Field: The Data Says and Implementation Strategies

2:35-2:50 p.m. Educational Practitioners Perspectives from the Field

2:50-3:00 p.m. Questions and Closing Remarks

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Developing a Survey Instrument for Evaluating K-12 Blended Teacher Readiness - Webinar 9/21/18

Developing a Survey Instrument for Evaluating K-12 Blended Teacher Readiness - Webinar 9/21/18 | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Blended teaching — which combines online and in-person instruction — is becoming more commonplace in K-12 schools.  In this webinar, we share the results of a two-year long project to develop an instrument for evaluating K-12 blended teacher readiness. We also provide list of core competencies for blended teaching along with resources can be used in professional development for in-service or pre-service teachers.
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Free Webinar sponsored by Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.  September 21, 2018 at 3:30 EST.

 

If you're blending or preparing to blend k-12 instruction... be there!

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How Do Diverse Classes Fare with Video-Based Active Learning?

How Do Diverse Classes Fare with Video-Based Active Learning? | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Classroom environments that use digital tools and active learning get a lot of attention these days. But discussion tends to lack nuance. An educator might implement a new pedagogy and measure learning outcomes, grades, engagement, or some other ‘across-the-board’ metric. But how does video-based active learning work for students from different socioeconomic backgrounds? With different learning abilities? With different GPAs? A recent study by professors from California State University, Fullerton asks just that. Published in the June issue of the Online Learning Journal (put out by the Online Learning Consortium) the study is titled “Student-Produced Videos Can Enhance Engagement and Learning in the Online Environment.”
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Video based active learning! New research on student engagement.

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Safe YouTube videos - free technology tools for teachers, kids and others

Safe YouTube videos - free technology tools for teachers, kids and others | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
You may be a teacher searching for free technology tools for teachers which enable them to watch and share YouTube videos with students in classroom in a safe and friendly way without any distractions or offensive comments that may scatter their attention, and in that case, Safe YouTube is for you.
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Here's a great way to safely use YouTube videos in your classroom. This system create a 'safe url' that blocks out ads that your students don't need to see.  Give it a try. Free! 

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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K–12 Edition

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Take a look at what's coming in K-12 EDTECH.  The Horizon Reports are important research. 

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7-12 Teachers: Be the First to Test NLP’s checkology™ Virtual Classroom | The News Literacy Project

7-12 Teachers: Be the First to Test NLP’s checkology™ Virtual Classroom | The News Literacy Project | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
For a limited time, NLP is offering premium-level access to this exciting new e-learning environment for free to teachers who qualify for one of our mini-grants.
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Needed: Middle and High School teachers interested in information fluency, critical thinking and digital citizenship.

 

"NLP is currently accepting applications from 7th-12th grade teachers to pilot the virtual classroom at no cost. The pilot begins on September 12 and runs through the end of the 2016. The e-learning assets are aligned with Common Core State Standards and NLP provides comprehensive teacher training and support. The unit requires at least 12-15 student hours online in a 1:1 setting, such as a computer lab or laptop classroom. Teachers without 1:1 capability are free to register for basic (one-to-many) access."

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The Six Hats a Personalized Learning Leader Needs to Wear (EdSurge News)

The Six Hats a Personalized Learning Leader Needs to Wear (EdSurge News) | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
These are the hats personalized learning teachers wear: coach, mentor, tutor, curator, facilitator, and analyst.
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Six hats and one head --- being a 21st Century Educator is endlessly fascinating.

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Vicki Davis: How to Teach Students Discussion Forums

Vicki Davis: How to Teach Students Discussion Forums | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discussion forums have been around a long time but I have found few schools who teach them.  Sites like Reddit and most technical support sites use this threaded discussion format. But it is easy to teach using wikispaces. Here’s the video I use  to teach my students how to use discussion forums properly.
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Understanding how to use a discussion forum is a 21st Century literacy.  Teach your students how to use this technology!

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Carol Hancox's curator insight, February 25, 2016 6:44 PM

Tips on discussion forums

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Understanding how to use a discussion forum is a 21st Century literacy.  Teach your students how to use this technology!

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Equity Matters: Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

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Here is recent research on the impact of online learning on k-12 students with disabilities. 

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VSLA- Virtual School Learning Alliance

VSLA- Virtual School Learning Alliance | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
About VSLA Combining more than 130 years of online and blended learning operational experience, the Virtual School Leadership Alliance is an association of the chiefs of some of the most innovative virtual schools in the US. Consisting largely of leading state virtual schools, and several outstanding consortia, the member organizations serve over a quarter of …
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If you're looking for opportunities to teach in K-12 virtual, one place to start is here.  Review the program descriptions form a dozen different online and blended virtual schools working at the state level. 


This is a good place to research k-12 virtual in general as well. 

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e-Jobs perspective: K-12 - Which States Use Virtual Schools to Fill the Gap?

e-Jobs perspective: K-12 - Which States Use Virtual Schools to Fill the Gap? | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"We know that online courses can help fill the gap, and Keeping Pace 2014 research shows how some states are supporting state virtual schools to help meet the needs of students seeking online courses."

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e-Jobs perspectives:

As an online teacher you can leap state lines in a single bound (although you may bounce a bit on landing).

Do some research.

Get perspective.

Your job hunt is national (perhaps international) in scope.


This article details which State Virtual Schools are growing and which are withering. Important information for your K-12 Virtual Teaching Job hunt! 


 

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iNACOL - Virtual School Symposium 2012 - Student Panel

This is "iNACOL - Virtual School Symposium 2012 - Student Panel" by iNACOL on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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E-Learning Certificate Program: Webinar: Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: Annual Review of Policy & Practice.

E-Learning Certificate Program: Webinar: Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: Annual Review of Policy & Practice. | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A quick reminder that the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute will host the next Research Webinar on December 10th from 3-4pm eastern time. Presenter John Watson, Founder of Evergreen Education Group, will talk about "Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: Annual Review of Policy & Practice."
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Webinar is on 12/10/2014.  PDF of report is available now.  The 2014 Report ..."Keeping Pace tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states, with support from sponsors across the spectrum of K-12 online and blended learning. "

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9/26 Webinar: Teachers and Mentors: Students Talk about Online Learner Supports

9/26 Webinar: Teachers and Mentors: Students Talk about Online Learner Supports | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Teachers and Mentors: Students Talk about Online Learner Supports
Webinar — Live Wednesday, September 26 @ 4:00 p.m. EST

During a series of focus groups, 51 students from three Michigan high schools shared their perceptions and feedback about instructional and facilitation support for online learners. Two reports — the last in a series of four — are being published about these findings. At this webinar, we will share some of what we learned that may help improve other students’ experiences and increase their likelihood of success in online courses.

 

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom — so please use the live chat feature to ask questions and leave comments.

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Listen and learn:  Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute webinar.  Feedback about online learning experiences from 51 high school students.

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Learning Trajectories in K-12 Online Mathematics Courses

Learning Trajectories in K-12 Online Mathematics Courses | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Present research has devoted attention to a long-standing problem: how to better serve students who take K-12 online mathematics courses by investigating learner subgroups based on their semester-long learning trajectories. Mixture growth modeling was used to examine month-by-month scores students earned by completing assignments. The best-fitting model suggested four distinct subgroups representing (1) nearly linear growth, (2) exponential growth, (3) hardly any growth, (4) and early rapid growth. Follow-up analyses demonstrated that two different types of successful trajectories were more likely associated with advanced level courses, such as AP or Calculus courses, and foundation courses, such as Algebra and Geometry, were with the unpromising trajectory. Given those results, implications for practitioners and researchers were discussed from the perspective of self-regulated online learning and evidence-based mathematics instructional practices.
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New research from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. If you teach math online (or blended) you MUST read this report.  

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The Data Tells All: Teacher Salaries Have Been Declining For Years | EdSurge News

The Data Tells All: Teacher Salaries Have Been Declining For Years | EdSurge News | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Economists following the teacher protests in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona say they saw this coming. As the costs of living, higher education, healthcare and retirement are rising, researchers studying salary trends note that the average pay for teachers has dipped.
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Year of 'do more with less' are taking a toll on families, children, teachers, and America. 

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Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market - EdSurge News

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market - EdSurge News | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. After all, what better way to secure a foothold in the market than impressing one’s brand to future consumers at a young age?
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Here's an overview article to help you understand the current k-12 online classroom environment. 

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This is a battle that most systems are having 
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Webinar: 2/22 at 2pm EST - Choice, Cyber Charter Schools and the Educational Marketplace for Rural School Districts

Webinar: 2/22 at 2pm EST - Choice, Cyber Charter Schools and the Educational Marketplace for Rural School Districts | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This session will highlight findings from a study on enrollment patterns of students in brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, and how these enrollment patterns differ across geographic locale.
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Excellent webinar for all interested in the latest research on cyber charter schools. K-12 online teachers should plan to attend.  An archive of the webinar will be available after the event.

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MVU: Online Class Size and Teacher Load

MVU: Online Class Size and Teacher Load | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Class Size and Teacher Load: The Effect on Students' Online Learning Outcomes
Wednesday, 8/31/16, 2pm EDT
Presenter: Dr. Chin-Hsi Lin, Michigan State University
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Michigan Virtual Learning webinars present important research about k-12 virtual education. Class size is a subject all online teachers will want to know more about.  If you miss the webinar, dig into the MVU archives for some fine research resources.

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Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The goal of the paper is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and how the ideas integrate in order to create new learning models. Read this paper to make sense of these terms and discover how they fit

Via Nik Peachey, juandoming
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To learn more about K-12 Virtual School, master the vocabulary.

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juandoming's curator insight, March 3, 2016 11:20 AM

A reallyuseful free PDF ebook with some useful definitions and descriptions.

yetitrailadventure's curator insight, March 4, 2016 10:24 PM

A reallyuseful free PDF ebook with some useful definitions and descriptions.

wernerio's curator insight, March 8, 2016 1:17 PM

To learn more about K-12 Virtual School, master the vocabulary.

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Official SAT Practice Free from Khan Academy and CollegeBoard

Official SAT Practice Free from Khan Academy and CollegeBoard | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Get to know the redesigned SAT (March 2016)
See personalized practice recommendations
Stay on top of important SAT dates and news
Practice anytime, anywhere, at no cost
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K-12 Teachers (virtual and traditional) take note.  This is effective free practice for the SAT.  Pass it along! 

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iNACOL - Course Access for Students Nationwide

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This is an opportunity for students to take high quality online courses that might not otherwise be available to them within their school districts.   

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e-Jobs: Online High School Instructors Needed - Georgia Virtual Learning

e-Jobs: Online High School Instructors Needed - Georgia Virtual Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Georgia Virtual School, a program through the Georgia Department of Education, is a national leader in quality online education for middle school and high school students. Online instructors at the Georgia Virtual School facilitate the courses using a learning management system and course content developed by expert staff. Our program is growing rapidly and we are recruiting exceptional instructors to join our faculty. Over the past three semesters (Spring 14, and Summer 14, Fall 14 ) Georgia Virtual School has had 25,000 enrollments. Our Fall 14 semester experienced 25% growth over Fall 2013. Georgia Virtual needs teachers committed to teaching these students and learning the best practices of online education."

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Georgia Virtual Learning (from the Georgia Department of Education)  has recently posted e-Jobs in the following areas:


  • AP Physics
  • Science (Broadfield)
  • Physical Science
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Latin


I do not know if Georgia will accept an out of state online teacher.  Here is information about Georgia's certificate and reciprocity policies:  http://www.gapsc.com/MovetoGeorgia/outOfStateEducators.aspx


UW-Stout E-Learning Certificate holders:  If you follow up on this, keep me posted on your experience? ~ Dennis 


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K-12 Virtual Schools: Is anybody learning anything?

K-12 Virtual Schools:  Is anybody learning anything? | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Millions of kids, some as young as 5, now get their schooling online. Just one problem: Nobody knows how well it works."

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If you are an online k-12 teacher, or hope to be one: READ this article.


Reporter Darren Samulesohn provides a non-partisan overview of k-12 virtual schooling.  This is a refreshingly in depth story about the recent history of k-12 online schools. You'll also get a good sense of current political, economic and educational realities in this booming field.


There are a number of researchers who would contest the claim that "Nobody knows how well it works".  But it is more than clear that the results are mixed and far from complete. 

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asli telli's curator insight, September 24, 2015 12:35 AM

Assessment of online learning may be missing...

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International Landscape of K-12 Online and Blended Learning - Michael Barbour May 14, 2015 2pm EDT

International Landscape of K-12 Online and Blended Learning -  Michael Barbour May 14, 2015 2pm EDT | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Michigan Virtual Learning Research:


Many involved with K-12 online and blended learning are familiar with the American context that surrounds us in the media and published research; however, while there are many similarities, there are also several key areas where there are differences in how K-12 online and blended learning occur internationally. Join us to gain some global insights and participate in a lively discussion.

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Here's a great opportunity to get a more global understanding of K-12 Online Blended online.  I know Michael Barbour's work well and have had the pleasure of talking with him at length about this topic. Dr. Barbour has practical experience, international perspective, and powerful ideas. Don't miss this chance to see outside the 'box'! ~ Dennis

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