Apr 6th

EDUCATION: New online test arriving at Inland schools

EDUCATION: New online test arriving at Inland schools
News from Press-Enterprise:

ABOUT THE NEW TEST

What are the Smarter Balanced assessments?

A. They are new computer-based tests that measure students in the Common Core curriculum in English and math. They replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice exams.

Why does California need new tests?

A. Educators say the new Common Core curriculum includes more rigorous academic standards that emphasize critical thinking, analytical writing and problem-solving skills. The new exams were created to measure these skills by requiring that students explain their work, cite evidence or mark more than one correct answer.

How will testing work?

A. The tests will be taken entirely online. The average student will spend 8 to 10 hours testing over the course of a couple weeks. Teachers should receive results within a few weeks, instead of several months under the old testing system.

How were the new exams developed?

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Apr 5th

Online schools offer customized education for students

Online schools offer customized education for students
News from UpperMichigansSource.com:

Many parents are now looking to the internet for their children’s education.

The Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy is online school run by K12.com. They provide education for students from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. They are classified as a public school, so they are accredited just like any other public school. This also means the costs for the school would also be covered by the state.

Those interested in applying can sign up online. According to a representative at K12.com, they have a rigorous application process to see if online education is appropriate for the student. They talk to their parents and look at their class history to see if a virtual academy would be the right fit. Online programs can be tailored to a wide range of students, from special needs to advanced placement.

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Apr 4th

Schools Test Online Learning for Disabled Students

Schools Test Online Learning for Disabled Students
News from Education World:

New technology is allowing digital lessons to be adjusted to different learning styles, and a growing number of programs are evolving to help students with disabilities take online courses.

“While such options are still not readily available for most students in special education, virtual programs are being seen as a means to fill gaps in special education services in cost-effective ways,” according to an article on EducationWeek.org. “Some schools are offering online speech therapy classes that feature video interactivity, for instance, while others are turning to digital curricula designed specifically for special education students, rather than trying to adapt existing online courses to meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

According to the article, “these developments—which are part of a bigger trend to blend face-to-face and online learning in public schools—are raising questions about the role and effectiveness of online course taking for students with disabilities because there is little evidence that the approach improves student achievement for those students. Some educators also question whether companies touting new online-learning services for special education students truly appreciate the investments they will need to make to meet the needs of those students.”

“This is very time-intensive, and it’s not one-size-fits-all,” sai…………… continues on Education World

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Mar 29th

As eLearning grows, schools could be left behind – Muncie Star Press

As eLearning grows, schools could be left behind – Muncie Star Press
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Mar 20th

Online schools give students extra choices for busy lives

Online schools give students extra choices for busy lives
News from Fresno Bee:

• Online schools allow students flexibility to continue their education and pursue career goals.

• Online schools remain a small piece of California’s education community.

• Different curricula are offered in California’s online schools programs.

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The Delsid family calls Kingsburg home, but it’s really more a base of operations as they deliver their children to dance classes in Clovis, martial arts training in Visalia and acting classes and auditions in Southern California.

When their children’s manager calls from Los Angeles with an audition opportunity — no matter which day — they dash off. So it’s not surprising to find daughter Jalene in the back seat of the family sport-utility vehicle immersed in a school lesson.

“She can do a live lesson on the road,” said her mother, Crystal Delsid. “I plug in our phone as a hot spot and she can do school work from her laptop. Her teacher never even knows we’re on the (Highway) 99.”

Online school lets the Delsids help their three older children realize their dreams. All three attend school through

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Kevin Cookingham: Clovis Online School an alternative to traditional education
News from Fresno Bee:

A lot of attention has been paid to what isn’t working well in education, but there is a new option that has helped many students who have struggled in a traditional school environment to become successful.

Clovis Online School, a direct charter of Clovis Unified School District, started about five years ago to meet the needs of the 7%-10% of students who want and/or need another option for attaining their high school diplomas.

We now deliver to 360 students in grades seven-12 an option that meets their personal, unique circumstances in a high-quality, online environment. Clovis Online School services students from throughout Fresno County and its eight surrounding counties.

We are commonly asked, what kind of students attend Clovis Online? The answer is all kinds. We have students who travel with hockey teams, actors, race car drivers, students who have day jobs, teen moms, brilliant students who want to work on their own, students who were bullied and/or have anxiety concerns, and, of course, students who have made poor decisions and need another educational option.

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Feb 3rd

Scottsburg schools to test eLearning in place of snow day

Scottsburg schools to test eLearning in place of snow day
News from WAVE 3:

SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) – In the past, when snow days left hallways empty, students may have turned to technology for entertainment while at home. Now, Scott County School District 2 Warriors will be testing Apple products as e-learning tools.

Students at Scottsburg High School are no stranger to e-learning in the classroom, but next month they will instead spend at least one day doing their technology-based school work from home.

“We’re calling it a planned e-learning day,” said Scott County School District 2 Superintendent Marc Slaton.

“I kind of like it,” said Tristan Gentile, a senior at Scottsburg High School. “There’s been days where I’ve been sick and I’ve actually been able to get more work done at home than at school just because sitting there I can focus.”

With technology now rolled out at all grade levels, district leaders said they are ready to give the idea of replacing snow days with virtual e-learning days a district wide test run.

“Kindergarten to second grade,” began SCSD2 eLearning Director Bobby Doriot, “they have iPad minis. From third grade to eighth grade, they have iPads and then 9th grade to 12th grade, they have Mac Books.”

“We had a snow day back in November,” said Slaton. “On Feb.16, we’re going to do a virtual e-learning day.”

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Dec 17th

Snow days melting away in many Indiana schools with eLearning

Snow days melting away in many Indiana schools with eLearning
News from WSBT-TV:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) –

One of the best parts of winter could be melting away for many Indiana students as advances in technology make snow days rarer than an igloo in July.

The state Department of Education has granted 37 public school districts and 13 private schools permission to hold online learning days in cases of inclement weather this school year. Supporters say the practice will ensure students don’t miss critical instructional time ahead of the high-stakes spring ISTEP+ test and will help districts avoid extending the school year to make up missed days.

“When we add days at the end of the year, that’s past the time our students have taken the assessments by which we’re measured,” said East Allen Community Schools Superintendent Ken Folks, whose district of about 9,100 students missed 14 days due to weather last year. “To be able to capture instructional time prior to those assessments is key to us.”

But the move to replace face-to-face lessons with virtual instruction has sparked concern from members of the State Board of Education.

Board member Brad Oliver said he thinks the virtual option is worth exploring but wants assurances from the Department of Education about how attendance and instruction will be monitored. He also thinks lawmakers should define what constitutes an instructional day in a vi…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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How e-learning can affect the future of the dental hygiene profession: Part 2
News from Dentistry IQ:

Read Part 1 of the e-learning article here.  

How are we preparing the future generation of dental hygienists to meet current trends in health care and dental hygiene? Is the traditional curriculum model as seen in Part 1 in line with preparing dental hygienists to explore unique career settings and independent or collaborative practice models? What tools are we providing in the curriculum to prepare students to be more business savvy, and more knowledgeable about alternatives to the traditional clinical settings?

The health care arena is moving toward a new era of group type practices, mobile businesses that reach out to underserved populations, and more opportunities in public health and private health care-related companies. We want the public to perceive us as more than just professionals who take care of teeth. But are we doing enough to equip existing and future dental hygienists with the necessary tools to be perceived as more than “teeth cleaners”? 

   

E-learning
So how can we ke…………… continues on Dentistry IQ

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Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning (What’s New in Education)
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Aug 22nd

How schools can use eLearning tech to keep up with Generation Z

How schools can use eLearning tech to keep up with Generation Z
News from BetaNews:

It’s well known that the Millennial Generation or the so called Generation Y who were born after 1982 are having a profound effect on business and government as they become workers and citizens.

But, what’s also becoming apparent is how the children of the Millennials who have never lived without digital technology are going to shake up how our educational systems use technology for teaching and learning. These digital natives, often described as Generation Z, are entering schools and colleges with a digital outlook and set of behaviors that educational institutions need to respond to and harness.

A recent study into the attitudes of this new generation, Generation Z, towards learning revealed that students are more willing to learn online and view the future of education as more virtual and social media driven. When asked what they saw coming next in education, 39 percent of students said that it would be more virtual and 19 percent said that they’ll be using social media to engage in the classroom.

However, educational organizations are struggling to keep up with the rapidly changing technology trends and the growing expectations of their digitally savvy students.

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Global e-Learning Industry – MarketWatch
News from Global e-Learning Industry – MarketWatch:

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report:

Global e-Learning Industry

https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/315760/Global-e-Learning-Industry.html

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for e-Learning in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Academic eLearning, and Corporate eLearning. 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 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 384 companies including many key and niche players such as –

Adobe Systems Inc.
Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Articulate Global, Inc.
Assima PLC
Blackboard, Inc.

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS
Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
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Aug 19th

How can schools keep up with Generation Z through eLearning technology?

How can schools keep up with Generation Z through eLearning technology?
News from ITProPortal:

It’s well known that the Millennial Generation or the so called Generation Y who were born after 1982 are having a profound effect on business and government as they become workers and citizens.

But, what’s also becoming apparent is how the children of the Millennials who have never lived without digital technology are going to shake up how our educational systems use technology for teaching and learning. These digital natives, often described as Generation Z, are entering schools and colleges with a digital outlook and set of behaviours that educational institutions need to respond to and harness.

A recent study into the attitudes of this new generation, Generation Z, towards learning revealed that students are more willing to learn online and view the future of education as more virtual and social media driven. When asked what they saw coming next in education, 39 per cent of students said that it would be more virtual and 19 per cent said that they’ll be using social media to engage in the classroom.

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3 Great Ways to Make Sure Your Next eLearning Program is Not Your Last
News from Business 2 Community:

The 3 fundamental keys you need to achieve learning engagement, and 3 major mistakes to never repeat again in your training program.

The most common question that I hear from corporate education heads – usually Human Resources (HR), Learning & Development (L&D), Marketing Team leads and Digital Executives – is a big one: “How do you get engagement?”

Without engagement, your eLearning program is simply not providing the value that it needs to, which is a huge missed opportunity for any business. The most challenging hurdle of all is getting employees to engage in the on-demand, self-paced environment of eLearning. Simply put, it’s not an easy task but it is very possible if you take the right steps.

1. Integration into Goals & Systems

After you have done the proper pilots and testing to establish a strong eLearning program, the next step is to align your existing company rewards and review programs (ex: 360 reviews) with eLearning use and the engagement of your employees. When they know that this training counts toward professional development goals, the motivation to engage will be built in to your system. Tie the eLearning engagement metrics with your goals and objectives.

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Mar 16th

PHM schools to add 3 days, eLearning to make up snow days

PHM schools to add 3 days, eLearning to make up snow days
News from WSBT-TV:

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY –

It’s a new way to make up snow days, but some Penn Harris Madison parents aren’t crazy about the idea of their kids learning online.

Indiana’s Department of Education just approved the plan Wednesday. It’s something PHM Superintendent Jerry Thacker says the district has thought about doing for a while and parents may see more of it in the future. It’s a brand new concept through the DOE called eLearning.

“We knew we could deliver really good learning experiences for students and extended learning experiences outside the school day,” Thacker said.

PHM missed 9 days this year because of bad weather. The DOE waived 2 of them – those don’t have to be made up. But 4 others do and the makeup dates are March 21, June 4, June 5 and June 6.

eLearning will happen between March 17 and May 12 and kids will do most of the work on their own time.

“A second grader, doing online classes?” asked parent Brent Longley. “I don’t know how all that’s going to work out.”

“I think it’ll be fun because I know when they get to jr. high and high school they do a lot of things online so I think it’ll give them a taste of what it’s like,” said parent Tracy Gnivecki.

“I feel like having a teacher helping them instead of me is always better because my kids don’t always listen to me like they shou…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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AWP Operator eLearning Available Across the US
News from ForConstructionPros.com:

IPAF’s aerial work platform (AWP) operator eLearning module is available across the US in both English and Spanish.

“Together with supervised written and practical testing of operator skills, the eLearning module can lead to a PAL Card which proves that the operator has successfully completed the training,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman at the Lift Safety Zone during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in Las Vegas.

AWP operator eLearning does not replace practical training. With the eLearning module, trainees complete the theory (traditional classroom) part of the course online at their own pace and time, using the same material as in a classroom session and learning the same subjects.

Trainees who complete the online session must still pass a supervised theory test at an IPAF-approved training center and must successfully complete a half-day of practical training and testing before being issued a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration) as proof of successfully completed operator training. IPAF training is managed in the US and Canada by American Work Platform Training (AWPT), IPAF’s North American subsidiary.

“Whenever an operator card is shown on site, the person in charge should look at who performed the training, how it was performed, and what level of testing stands behind the card issued,” said Whiteman. “Some cards appear to confirm traini…………… continues on ForConstructionPros.com

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