Aug 22nd

More Nevada students choose an online education

More Nevada students choose an online education
News from KLAS-TV:

By Patranya Bhoolsuwan | pbhoolsuwan@8newsnow.com, Mark Mutchler

Published 08/20 2015 04:03PM

Updated 08/20 2015 06:02PM

More Nevada parents are going the non-traditional route when it comes to the education of their children.

Online classes are becoming more popular and virtual schools are expanding their programs to meet the needs of students.

One online school that has seen significant growth in recent years is the Nevada Connections Academy.

The school has been around since 2008 and has continually added programs.

The love of learning has always come easy for 15-year-old Devon Kisfalvi. For him, the challenge was staying focused in a traditional classroom.

“Before in regular schools, I didn’t feel happy like some kids are, I didn’t feel motivated,” he said.

That all changed six years ago when his mother Diana enrolled him in the Nevada Connections Academy, an online charter school where students get to learn from home, at their own pace.

“They don’t put a child in a box or classroom setting where everyon…………… continues on KLAS-TV

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Online K-12 Education Dissected
News from Education World:

K-12 technology in the classroom is one thing, but what about classes that are designed to facilitate lessons from home or help students learn anywhere they can get a Wi-Fi connection? K-12 online classes might raise plenty of questions from parents and educators, but one reporter is setting out to debunk the myths that often go along with such institutions.

“At our school, Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s largest tuition-free virtual public charter school for students in grades K-12, we receive inquiries from hundreds of families considering switching their students to online school,” according to Allison Galvin of the Statesman Journal.

Galvin does preface her dissection of K-12 online by saying that it’s not for every student. If there is anything educators and administrators have learned over the years, it is that not all students learn the same way. She also insists that these schools still use resources from public schools, including state-certified teachers.

She takes on five myths: “online school is the same as homeschooling, students spend all of their time in front of a computer, vir…………… continues on Education World

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Aug 18th

Online education can isolate students, professors

Online education can isolate students, professors
News from Central Florida Future:

Deanna Ferrante, Central Florida Future 9:38 p.m. EDT August 18, 2015

When you have a question in a class or you don’t understand something, what do you do? You raise your hand. You approach your professor after class.

But what if your professor couldn’t see your hand? What if you couldn’t walk to the front of the classroom to receive immediate answers?

This, I feel, is the real problem with online classes. They create a boundary, a cyber wall, which has the potential to cut us off from the knowledge we need and the person who can provide it to us.

This year, the University of Florida introduced a program called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment. The program requires incoming freshman to spend two semesters taking only online classes.

They must earn 15 credits through the program, and when they r…………… continues on Central Florida Future

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Apr 17th

District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online

District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online
News from Education Week News:

Published Online: April 13, 2015

Published in Print: April 15, 2015, as K-12 System Loans Hotspots for Connectivity

At Washington Middle School in Green Bay, Wis., library media specialist Kristin Brouchoud has 11 mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices to lend to students who want to take the Internet home with them. One recent day, they were all checked out.

The devices are part of a districtwide experiment to make sure that students have handy access to the Internet outside of school hours for homework or research. In past years, students without home service might have had to seek out a coffee shop, a McDonald’s, or a library or community center to do their online work. But the 22,000-student district is quietly trying a new approach this year.

“A lot of our teachers have changed the way they teach, and their lessons are all digital,” Ms. Brouchoud said. “It’s important for us to provide that service so we’re not giving some students an advantage while others are at a disadvantage.”

Students can take home those hotspots—a

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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 21st

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …

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News from Economic Times:

NEW DELHI: e-Learning firm Educomp Solutions today launched its new product ‘SmartclassOnline’, which will allow students and parents to access course material, s…………… continues on Economic Times

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Plymouth Schools to make up snow days with eLearning on Saturdays
News from WSBT-TV:

PLYMOUTH –

What would your child think about having school on Saturday?

Believe it or not, Plymouth students are happy to do it because it means not having to make up snow days at the end of their school year.

Students will be doing online eLearning curriculum on three Saturdays: April 11, April 18 and May 16.

Last year was a test year for Plymouth high schoolers. They had eLearning classes from home for one Saturday.

“It was just like school,” says Angel Ulloa, a junior. “Wake up, do your normal routine, and do your homework.”

It went well, so the corporation decided to do the same thing this year for all grades.

The corporation says this is possible because every single one of their students is given a computer. Grades 2 through 12 have laptops, kindergartners and first graders have iPads.

While they know not everyone is a fan of school on Saturdays, assistant superintendent Andy Hartley says it’s better than the alternative.

“Adding onto the end of the year makes it rough, so the more we can keep things in line with the typical school year calendar, the better,” Hartley explains.

Hartley says homework won’t be due until the following Tuesday. Plymouth High School will be open for those who need Internet access, and teachers will be available to h…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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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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Mar 10th

ELearning Backpacker Uses Innovative Tool Suite to Engage Students

ELearning Backpacker Uses Innovative Tool Suite to Engage Students
News from University of Cincinnati:

ELearning Backpacker Uses Innovative Tool Suite to Engage Students

College of Allied Health Sciences professor Gary Dick learns new ways to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for his students using eLearning technology through the eLearning Backpack Project.

Date: 3/10/2015
By: Rebecca Butts
Other Contact: Tara Spacy
Other Contact Phone: (513) 558-7584

When Gary Dick, a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences, applied to be an eLearning Backpacker he said, “I’m at a point where I would like to start the journey.”

The Backpack project, started by the Center for Excellence in eLearning, provides UC professors with innovative tools to help them create and deliver course information and engage with students.

Ten professors from six different colleges within UC were selected and given a backpack full of tools to enhance their teaching methods. The tools included: an Apple TV, iPad Air 32GB, a wireless USB mic, Swivl and Camtasia Studio Software. 

Dick has over 30 years of teaching experience but was inspired to a…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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Launch of eLearning platform hailed
News from Jamaica Gleaner (subscription):

From four students under a tree to more than 300 students today in classrooms, Ricardo Allen on Tuesday took the next step in education by launching a four-course eLearning platform called “MyLocker”.

Speaking during the launch of One-on-One’s online platform on Tuesday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew, Allen said since students who have participated in its traditional programme thus far have been so successful, he decided to move the courses from the classroom to the World Wide Web.

“Thankfully our students have been doing well. One hundred and five students who sat mathematics (last sitting) all passed the exam,” said Allen, who is the company’s managing director.

He continued: “Given our successes in the classroom we have decided to leverage what we have been doing in the classroom, to go online. We want to ensure that all Jamaicans can get that 100 per cent in all the four courses we have developed so far.”

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, who was in attendance at the launch of the platform, lauded the efforts of Allen, saying that the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) like the new eLearning platform is an important endeavour and welcome move.

“The ministry is supportive of the use of ICTs to aid teaching and learning. The launch of the platform i…………… continues on Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

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Mar 4th

Competency-Based Education: 4 Considerations for Online Students

Competency-Based Education: 4 Considerations for Online Students
News from U.S. News & World Report:

While many competency-based programs grant federal financial aid to students, there are a number of new programs, called direct assessment programs, that may not.

?Traditional brick-and-mortar education was not a fit for 27-year-old Tyler Harris. He tried attending classes at a few colleges in his native Utah, but didn’t find the courses challenging.

“I would go and get bored,” he says. “I felt like I was wasting my time.” 

Then ?Harris discovered the competency-based program at Western Governors University, which allowed him to move through online courses at his own pace. He enrolled in July 2014 and aims to earn his bachelor’s degree in in…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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Feb 9th

Gibault students add online classes to their busy schedules

Gibault students add online classes to their busy schedules
News from Belleville News Democrat:

— Whether its learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School.

And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state.

Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”

Matthew said he’s learned how to say “N?n h?o” so far, which means hello, and to write a few Chinese characters.

“Learning a language online is really self-dependent,” he said. “I have to definitely have a lot of discipline to learn it.”

This semester marks the first time Gibault partnered with the Illinois Virtual School, an accredited school that employs certified teachers, to offer additional elective classes that were not previously included in the curriculum such as Mandarin Chinese, oceanography, international business, java programming or digital photography. All the instruction is delivered online and is available to students at any time.

With regular classes and extracurricular activities, it’s challenging for the high school students to find time for their online elective cla…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Will: Education is the business of the states
News from Roanoke Times:

In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility for primary and secondary education. Reagan, a former governor, was receptive. But Democrats, who controlled the House and were beginning to be controlled by teachers unions (the largest, the National Education Association, had bartered its first presidential endorsement, of Jimmy Carter, for creation of the Department of Education) balked.

In 1992, the former Tennessee governor was President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of education. He urged Bush to veto proposed legislation to expand federal involvement in K-through-12 education. He said it would create “at least the beginnings of a national school board that could make day-to-day school decisions on curriculum, discipline, teacher training, textbooks and classroom materials.” The veto threat derailed the legislation.

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