May 31st

Elizabeth Smart visits Brawley Union High School

Elizabeth Smart visits Brawley Union High School
News from Imperial Valley Press:

BRAWLEY — Brawley Union High School students sat in rapt attention as they learned about human trafficking and sexual exploitation during a special assembly Friday featuring activist and kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart.

“Even though slavery has been illegal since 1865 there are still thousands of men, women and children who are forced into some type of slavery across the country and so it happens in the United State and it happens here,” Imperial County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Owen told the students. “It happens in the form of human trafficking where people, through power and control, force people into doing things that they don’t want to do and this also many times involves sexual exploitation.”

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Apr 29th

Abbott to talk education platform at Lubbock High School Tuesday

Abbott to talk education platform at Lubbock High School Tuesday
News from LubbockOnline.com:

Abbott to talk
education at LHS

Attorney General Greg Abbott will promote the second piece of his education platform, “Educating Texans,” in Lubbock Tuesday.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate will present at Lubbock High School at 1:10 p.m. The event is not open to the public, according to Abbott’s press secretary.

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Apr 17th

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award
News from Worcester Telegram:

A veteran Douglas High School teacher has been honored for his commitment to online learning.

On April 3, Al DeNoncour was presented with an award from Jim Dachos, director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School, recognizing him as a pioneer for K-12 online learning.

Mr. DeNoncour is part of a small group of educators in the state who have been promoting online education and expanding educational opportunities for local high school students through the Virtual High School program. The program started 15 years ago at Douglas High School.

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SU partners up with Marist College, technology companies for online …
News from SU The Daily Orange (subscription):

Syracuse University is partnering with an inter-state college and two leading technology companies to offer an online educational series with a curriculum based on computing operations.

The School of Information Studies, Marist College, the Linux Foundation and IBM are teaming up to present a three-part massive open online course series done online on enterprise computing.

The courses will be taught separately by each institution with the Marist College course beginning in May and the Linux Foundation course starting in August, according to an April 9 iSchool press release. The iSchool course, titled “Enterprise Computing Strategies,” begins September 2.

The iSchool course is free and self-paced with no prerequisites, according to the press release. Those who successfully complete the course will earn a certificate of completion from the iSchool and IBM.

Enrollment in the course is not limited and is open to anyone interested in mainframe and enterprise computing, said Vicky Williams, the iSchool’s director of online education.

The iSchool’s partnership with Marist College, Linux Foundation and IBM is the first of its kind, Williams said. It presented a unique opportunity to host a MOOC series between two schools and two leaders in computing industry, she said.

Williams said the partnership formed after iSchool faculty members…………… continues on SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

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Dec 8th

High school gets rid of snow days thanks to e-learning

High school gets rid of snow days thanks to e-learning
News from fox2now.com:

WATERLOO, IL (KTVI)– Mathew Schweitzer is making sure his students are prepared in case of a snow day Friday.

“Seems a little overwhelming right now, but I think the idea of being out May 22nd period, I think come April or May we’re going to like that,” says history teacher Matthew Schweizer.

A lot of students at Gibault High School are going to enjoy the end of the school year in May.

That’s because Gibault is changing the snow day forever.

“I was thinking, I don’t get any snow days this year,” says senior Blake Braun.  “I don’t get to stay at home.  But I do get to stay at home.  I get to wake up later than normal, and because there`s no set time limit I can go sledding. I can go out to eat with my friends if I want to.”

Students at the catholic school in Waterloo, Illinois had a snow day simulation on Monday.

Nobody showed up to this classroom.

“I woke up, opened my laptop in bed, signed in, checked in with my homeroom teacher and I was there,” says senior Ellie Wessel.  “I actually finished all my homework by 12.”

“It was a real time experiment where we all Monday stayed home and had our first E-learning day,” says Principal Russ Hart.  “Great success and very few problems, minimal.”

Using a program called My Big Campus; students check in and get their assignments.

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News from Global Strategic Business Report – Sacramento Bee:

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Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hvfr5b/elearning) has announced the addition of the “eLEARNING – Global Strategic Business Report” report to their offering.

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for eLEARNING in US$ Million. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2010 through 2018. A six-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets.

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Nov 22nd

University of Miami offers e-learning to high school pupils

University of Miami offers e-learning to high school pupils
News from Virtual College:

The University of Miami Global Academy (UMGA) has launched a massive open online course (MOOC) for high school students.

Due to begin on November 26th, the teaching will focus on general biology, ecological and molecular subjects in order to prepare the pupils for their science SAT Subject Tests.

The free e-learning programme is looking to use the services that have already been offered to undergraduates and adapt them to meet the needs of those at colleges and schools.

Rebecca Fox, dean of the university’s division of continuing and international education, said the UM is excited that its digital middle school has rolled out the courses.

She added: “We pride ourselves on making it possible for students to have an online experience that keeps them at the centre of the learning process and that is the principle that undergrids our new MOOC.”

MOOCs are vastly increasing in popularity across many of the world’s most prestigious universities, including the University of Texas, the University of Western Australia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Students who sign up for the courses will be able to digitally interact with biology teachers so they can answer any queries, while live lectures are also to be recorded to give those who miss…………… continues on Virtual College

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Vubiz Elearning Launches Video Division
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

Vubiz Elearning is excited to announce the launch of a new video division after acquiring Vertical Line Media.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2012

Vubiz Elearning is excited to announce the launch of a new video division after acquiring Vertical Line Media. Val Blolowski will head the new division as Vice President and continue leading the successful video business while expanding it further into Vubiz elearning offerings.

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Aug 17th

Newark charter high schools make strides in online education

Newark charter high schools make strides in online education
News from NJ.com:

Rebecca Onderdonk of Ocean Township works on her math at the Ocean Township High School where they are taking classes on the New Jersey Virtual School to recover school credits.

NEWARK — In just over a week, 80 sixth-graders will walk into a brick office building in downtown Newark, flip open their wireless laptops, and log on to class in one of the state’s newest schools.

Merit Preparatory Charter School will begin classes Aug. 27 on one floor of a Broad Street building, with walls removed to create a large open space, glass partitions defining classrooms, and wireless routers dotting the ceiling.

Students have been using computers to learn for years, but Merit Prep, and Newark Prep, a new charter high school, are unique in that students will primarily learn math, language arts, social studies and other subjects online. They will spend only half the school day working with one of seven instructors in small groups to sharpen their knowledge of the class material.

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Parents, students explore online learning options in Rochester
News from Post-Bulletin:

By Matthew Stolle
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

This fall, for the first time, Rochester parent Lizzi Clobes plans to “send” one, if not two of her three school-age children, to an online school.

The biggest reason: an online school, Clobes says, offers a more conducive environment for the unique learning style of her eldest son, Dawson, who has special needs and was occasionally overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Rochester middle school he attended. He was also occasionally bullied at school, she says.

Clobes reached her decision Thursday after attending an open house hosted by three public online schools whose growth has mirrored the growing popularity of virtual education. Thursday’s event was held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in southwest Rochester and drew about 80 parents and children, organizers say.

The open house, called “Discovery Day,” underscores the changing landscape of K-12 education. Parents today have a diverse array of educational options to choose from. Where once parents were limited to public or private schools, that menu of options now includes choice schools, charter schools, online schools, home-schooling or schools outside their home district.

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Jun 15th

Earn High School Credits in Online Summer School

Earn High School Credits in Online Summer School
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Students can utilize online education courses during the summer to gain high school credits.

Students who want or need to earn high school credits during the summer used to rely on school districts to provide summer school options. Now, due to difficult budgetary times, many districts have been forced to slash those programs.

In California, the Los Angeles Unified School District cut roughly 95 percent of its summer school programs, while The School District of Philadelphia can now only offer free summer school options to seniors…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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News from Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Hundreds of thousands of photographers around the world follow the creativeLIVE interactive workshops each week. The workshops are free on the day they’re live, but each instructor has a small live audience to help make the presentations more effective. Recently, Seattle area photographer, Jared M. Burns was selected to be in the creativeLIVE audience for Marketing for Photographers, hosted by photo industry executive and author, Skip Cohen.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

In his continued efforts to expand the broad selection of cutting edge client support, Jared M. Burns recently attended creativeLIVE’s workshop, Marketing for Photographers, featuring photo-industry executive and author, Skip Cohen.

Chosen to be one of Cohen’s live audience members, Burns spent two days in Seattle at creativeLIVE’s studio.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be a professional photographer or to have images created by a professional. I want to make sure my website and marketing tools reflect the highest quality images and our clients are getting the…………… continues on Seattle Post Intelligencer

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Jun 7th

E-learning ‘should impact high schools’

E-learning ‘should impact high schools’
News from Virtual College:

High schools ought to become involved with online learning, an expert has said.

In an article for Newsday, former superintendent of Valley Stream Central and Bellmore-Merrick Central high school districts Marc Bernstein highlighted the virtual learning environments recently unveiled by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

As these two prestigious educational centres have begun to provide free online learning courses for college students, this is considered a “stamp of approval for this use of technology”, he declared.

The two facilities have joined other institutions in determining that e-learning projects can be an “effective way to advance education”, the specialist stated.

He noted this approach could herald “a true revolution” to learning and teaching within high schools, pointing out online training does not require instructors and students to partake in regularly-scheduled meetings.

Traditional models of education involving around 30 pupils, sat in “tidy rows” and facing a teacher, “can and should be replaced” by a combination of face-to-face tuition and interactive online learning courses, focused on a curriculum that motivates students, the expert declared.

Former superintendent Geoff Johnson recently made a…………… continues on Virtual College

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May 26th

More Students Use Online Education from High School to College

More Students Use Online Education from High School to College
News from U.S. News University:

In the era of technology, the Internet has established itself as an integral part of education, giving students the chance to engage in personalized lessons regardless of whether or not they are in a classroom. The use of online education begins early in students’ academic paths, as a new report by the Department of Education shows that in 2009-2010, about 53% of public school districts allowed high school students to enroll in distance learning courses. During this academic year, about 1.3 million of them used distance learning, compared to only .3 million five years earlier.

“There’s
Students begin using online education early in their academic careers.
really been a big shift in how these courses are delivered,” Jack Buckley, commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, told The Huffington Post.

Students’ participation in online courses does not end in high school. Various reports show that when these tech-savvy students get to college, they are also willing to take some of their classes over the Internet. According to a 2011 survey by the Sloan Consortium, more than 6.1 million college students took at least one web-based class in the fall 2010 seme…………… continues on U.S. News University

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May 21st

McHill High School Continues Growth in Online Education

McHill High School Continues Growth in Online Education
News from Virtual-Strategy Magazine:

McHill High School is one of the very few progressing institutions whose enrollment rate increased for the fourth straight term by 12%.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 21, 2012

McHill High School, one of the highly recognized and established online institutions showed persistent growth by record enrollments in the month of April 2012.

A study conducted by McHill High School in collaboration with a leading research group proved that the number of students enrolled in online high school diploma program increased for the fourth straight term by 12%. “With this substantial growth when enrollments in online diploma programs are declining, McHill High School once again proved to show consistent growth patterns,” said, Director Admissions at McHill High School.

“The outlook of online education is ‘just as superior as’ face-to-face medium of education. At the same time there has been sluggish enhancement in the percentage of online high schools that has a constructive view of the comparative quality of learning resulting in a dependable and sizable majority that see online education superior to traditional way of teaching,” the s…………… continues on Virtual-Strategy Magazine

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Schools Go Into the ‘Cloud’ to Embrace the Popularity of Social Media
News from New York Times:

SINGAPORE — The newest catchphrase in online education is social learning.

Several start-up companies have begun offering cloud-based platforms that combine education and social media. Companies like Teamie, based in Singapore, provide software that lets teachers create, share and manage academic content, and also let students collaborate on assignments on platforms that are similar to the “walls” used on Facebook.

Learning management systems, or L.M.S.’s, have been around since the late 1990s, when Blackboard, a company in Washington D.C., introduced an online platform to help educators customize course management. Today, there are more than 60 companies providing such services worldwide.

“Blackboard, Moodle and Sakai have a philosophy that hasn’t changed much since Blackboard first invented the space in the ’90s,” said Hunter Horsley, the head of marketing and operations at Lore, referring to other learning-management systems. “They are typical L.M.S.’s — software that’s licensed, often for quite a bit of money, to school administr…………… continues on New York Times

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