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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Statistics for December

This past month we finally started to get some content back up on this blog and it showed in the viewership. In the past 31 days (well, not quite 31 as there is still three hours left in the month) there have been 380 hits to this blog, bringing the total to 3268.

These hits came from 221 different visitors, acounted by 185 first time visitors and 36 repeat customers. This was an average of 12 hits per day from 7 different visitors per day.

These visitors came from Georgia, Oklahoma, New York, California, Florida, Oregon, West Virginia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Colorado, along with Canada, Netherlands, Singapore, Czech Republic, Denmark, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Popular entries from this past month included:

People came across my blog from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Technorati, the AECT Distance Learning Division website, and my own website.

And that's all for another month...

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Virtual Schooling in the News

Adding a level to the Google news alert that I have been using to date, this entry uses search based on the terms virtual and school and the terms cyber and school...

Grant to create virtual school
Nashville City Paper - Nashville, TN, USA

Tennessee is one of nine states targeted in a new $20 million virtual learning initiative launched by the BellSouth Foundation. The five-year program will support the creation of a virtual school to offer online classes statewide, as well as foster intense technology development in at least one disadvantaged community. The announcement coincided with Tennessee’s recent $3.4 million investment in the development of online K-12 classes through the state’s e4TN program. The Tennessee grants will enable online high school courses developed in conjunction with Hamilton County Schools, which since 2003 has led the state in e-learning, to be used on a pilot basis in seven other Tennessee school systems.

Going to cyber school
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Regarding the Trib's "State-funded cyber school draws concern: Some officials question discrepancies between funding and costs" (Dec. 18 and TribLIVE.com), reporter Craig Smith's statement that "state lawmakers are looking to revise a funding formula that allows the state's 12 cyber charter schools to pocket more money than their expenses" was misleading on several counts. First, cyber charter schools are all nonprofit public schools. Neither individuals nor schools may enrich themselves at taxpayer expense. Second, cyber charters must provide a computer and high-speed Internet connection for each student. Also, curriculum costs are more, as cybers offer texts and online curriculum.

Going to cyber school II
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The Trib's article can be viewed as an indictment against all public schools. Given that the cyber schools, as public charter schools, must use a state formula that in essence makes reimbursable education costs 80 percent of what the student's traditional public school would have paid on a per-child basis, then the public needs to know the reason why traditional public schools are spending between $6,700 (a figure in line with Norwin's budget of a couple years ago) and $19,000 per child. Let's have a public discussion about education costs and start with a requirement that all (cyber and traditional) publicly funded schools post detailed budgets on their school Web sites, as well as the options available to parents to educate their children.

Going to cyber school III
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

I would urge taxpayers to consider several things. First, the idea of cyber schools is obviously working for many students or the enrollments would not be increasing at such a rapid rate. In light of this fact, it's no wonder the state and school districts are becoming alarmed. They're losing money that they could play around with. Second, every child has a right to learn in an environment conducive to his academic success, an environment free from drugs, disrespect, bullies and violence. Does your school district offer this?

Going to cyber school IV
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

If state Rep. Jess Stairs (R-Acme) is interested in addressing the costs of public cyber schools, his first goal should be to fix Pennsylvania's home-schooling law. Pennsylvania has the most burdensome and redundant home-schooling law in the country, and many home-schoolers are enrolling in state-funded cyber schools to avoid those burdensome requirements. Public cyber schools are perceived as providing an education similar to home-schooling, but without the burdensome requirements of the home-schooling law. Instead of discouraging public cyber schools, we should make sure that Pennsylvania has an attractive home-schooling law. This would save everyone time and money.

Going to cyber school V
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Craig Smith made the statement that "parents of cyber schoolers do not pay tuition." Then he writes that the public school district "pays" for cyber school students with state and local tax money. The writer fails to make the connection that the parents of the cyber schooler actually do pay full tuition, just like any other public school parents. The district only "pays" because everyone is involuntarily assessed school taxes, whether they have students in the public schools or not. The reason for the cyber charter schools' rapid growth is a direct result of the failures of the public school system.

State-funded cyber school draws concern
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The rapid growth of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has captured the attention of a lot of people, including state lawmakers who are looking to revise a funding formula that allows the state's 12 cyber charter schools to pocket more money than their expenses. The cyber school, based in Midland, Beaver County, expects $30 million in tuition revenue this year for 4,500 students in Pennsylvania and another 3,000 students in Ohio, New Mexico and Arizona, said Nick Trombetta, who serves dual roles as chief administrative officer of the cyber school and superintendent of the Midland Borough School District.

Cyber-class funding needs to be revisited
Carlisle Sentinel - Carlisle, PA, USA

The state Legislature is considering a change to the funding formula for cyber charter schools. Officials in the public school system have railed against this formula since it was implemented in 2000.The cyber charter schools are private organizations. Yet, parents don’t pay tuition. Instead, the school district in which a cyber school student lives pays the tuition with state and local tax money.

Law Banning Cyber Charter Schools May Be Harming Education in ...
The Heartland Institute - Chicago, IL, USA

A report released by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research on October 31 suggests the state's three-year-old charter school law, which expressly prohibits the authorization of cyber charters, may be preventing thousands of rural students from improving their education. "Cyber Charters in the Volunteer State: Education Options for Tennessee's Forgotten," by Shaka L.A. Mitchell, a scholar at the center, explains how utilizing technology to implement cyber charter schools could mean significant educational improvement opportunities for states with large rural populations. "I was really hoping to show that school choice is not just for kids who live in urban areas," Mitchell explained. "So often we get focused in on helping kids in the inner city, and we need to remember that school choice is an issue that impacts all children." [See all stories on this topic]

January 2006 School Reform News (PDF)
The Heartland Institute - Chicago, IL, USA

The January 2006 issue of School Reform News highlights cyber education: the federal e-rate program, online physical education programs and cyber charter schools. On page 1: a new Congressional committee report finds fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal E-rate program; school choice advocates in Florida push for new accountability measures; the Texas Supreme Court has ruled the state's school finance system unconstitutional; and rationing looms for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. [See all stories on this topic]

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

These New Students of Our's

Over the course of this past semester, there have been a number of entries that I have read on other people's blogs that have got me thinking about who these students are that we serve in our classroom, and more importantly how they learn or how they learn best. Take for instance this entry posted at The Committed Sardine Blog entitled Early Start At Odds With Teens' Need For Sleep, which describes a research study that indicates that the time in which we begin schooling - which is getting earlier and earlier, particularly in urban and suburban areas - doesn't jive with teenagers because of the sleep patterns that their develop. Or an entry posted at Distance-Educator.com's Daily News entitled High school students study in virtual world which describes how today's teenager learns in a very different way than you and I did when we were in the K-12 system. In fact, this item argues that they learn in a very different way than what you and I learn even now, living in the same world with the same technologies available to us.

This isn't the first time that I have posted about this new generation of learners that we are seeing in our schools (see Virtual School Students, Generation M?, Do today's students think differently?, Will the virtual classroom redefine what it means to be a student?, and Students with neomillennial learning styles). And it appears that others are noticing now too, as evidenced in posts by DrAlb (see Millennials Go to College), elearnspace (see Millenial Learning), Teaching and Developing Online (see Teens, like, do lots at once and Life Online), and Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ (see Graham Wegner - My Mate, Tom - Teaching Generation Z).

If these students are in fact a different kind of students, regardless of the reason (i.e., they are socialized differently - n.b., Darren from Teaching and Developing Online points us to an interesting item related to this at What technology does to your brain?, their brains are wired differently - n.b., Darren also points us to another item related to this one at Getting to grips with learning styles, they are simply new generation with different quirks, etc.) we have to start to ask ourselves are we going to adopt the same methods of distance education that have proven effective for adults in correspondence and online learning environments and assume that they will work with this new and different generation? Or do we need to do something more?

If you look over at Most Recent Materials in MERLOT Teaching and Technology, they have posted any entry that looks at this very issue and provides some guidance on how to go about Preparing Students to Learn Online. Unfortunately this piece, like some many others that are out there still focuses upon an adult population - in this instance who are engaged in web-based training for the most part.

There is a great deal of new research on brain development and how that will affect learning based upon this new generation. The good people over at Online Learning Update alert us to one such item that examines this in relation to online learning (see Brain-Based Learning: Possible Implications for Online Instruction - Stephanie A. Clemons, Intructional Technology and Distance Learning).

Having said all of this, if you do a quick title search on Amazon.com there are only two books that many any reference to millennials in the title (see Millennials Rising : The Next Great Generation (Vintage Original) and Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus) - both by Neil Howe and William Strauss. I mention this because at the e-Learn conference in 2004 in DC, a keynote speaker from the Department of Education gave a presentation that largely focused upon these millennial learners and how we were going to have to make changes to the education system - at the time he was pushing for a more consumer driven, technology-based model - which is in keeping with the current conserative agenda in the United States. The following day, one of my co-chairs (Dr. Thomas C. Reeves) was the keynote and in his address, he took this Department of Education guy to task - asking about the research behind these millennial learner and such, because (like myself) at the time he could only find one book that even referenced them and this is a non-research based book.

I guess the point or the main question from this post... We keep hearing about these millennials inthe popular media. There has been new and, I would argue, exciting research going on with regards brain-based scans of children engaged in various activities. However, I have still yet to see much actual research (outside of a loose connection provided in the work of Chris Dede - see http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~dedech/) to these new learners.

Are they real or is this a construct of the media?

N.B., As a side note to this post, an entry entitled English Exams, the Medium, and the Message over at What is the (Next) Message? is an interesting read along side this one, as the author is caught up in the experiences of his daughter, much as what led Chris Dede to pursue this line of research in the first place.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Requiring Virtual Schooling

Well, things are happening in Michigan... Over the past few weeks the Michigan Virtual High School has been accredited by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (see Michigan Virtual High School Earns Accreditation). And not only have they been accredited, but there are talks that the state will require each and every high school student to complete at least one online course prior to graduation (see Michigan Considers Requiring High-School Students to Take at Least One Online Course, High-School Students to Take at Least One Online Course, and Online ed for all).

This is an interesting development, as Michigan is the first state in the US to consider this requirement. As one of the largest virtual schools in the US, next to the Florida Virtual School and the Virtual High School. This move would bring the United States one step closer to a goal outlined in the National Education Association report titled Guide to Online High School Courses (see http://www.nea.org/technology/images/02onlinecourses.pdf), which stated "It is estimated that by 2006, a majority of high school students will have had an online course before graduating” (Fulton, 2002, p. 1).

Before we consider whether or not this will become a reality, we should first consider whether or not this should become a reality. Do we really want all of our students to enroll in an online course simply because they are available to them? I have often argued that the purpose of virtual schooling is to allow students who would not otherwise have certain educational opportunities access to those opportunities. There are others who have argued that virtual schooling is a way to allow students to get experience with the style of learning that will become the norm for the lifelong learning that they will be exposed to for the remainder of their lives. If this second statement is dominant view of virtual schooling, then it would serve those students well to require at least one online course prior to graduation.

Fulton, K. (Ed.). (2002). Guide to online high school courses. Washington, DC: National Education Association. Retrieved on October 2, 2004 from http://www.nea.org/technology/images/02onlinecourses.pdf

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Virtual Schooling in the News

From my Google news alert for virtual and school.

Webcast: Virtual school helps at-risk students succeed
eSchool News (subscription) - Bethesda, MD, USA

Online instruction has helped several at-risk Illinois students finish their high school education and earn their diploma, when it's likely many of these students otherwise would have dropped out of the system, said Sarah Antrim-Cambium, the Illinois Virtual High School (IVHS) coordinator for participating schools in Cook County. Antrim-Cambium was speaking at a Dec. 14 webcast sponsored by the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL). The purpose of the event was to highlight how virtual schooling can be used to reach students who are at risk of failing or of dropping out of the traditional school system.

With school year half over, Caddo OKs 2005-06 goals
Shreveport Times - Shreveport, LA, USA

With one day to go before the end of the fall semester, Caddo School Board members approved the district's goals for the current school year. Superintendent Ollie Tyler's contract calls for her to prepare the goals by March 1 for each coming school year. She failed to meet that deadline last year -- having presented the 2004-05 goals to the School Board in October -- and this year. School Board President Willie Henderson of Shreveport said he hasn't given the March 1 deadline in Tyler's contract any thought, nor was he concerned about the 2005-06 objectives coming at midyear.

Picture this: A school in a virtual world
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee, WI, USA

... and Webcams. Before becoming a teacher for a virtual school district, Hennings was honored for her work at a traditional school. ... [Subscription required for a more detailed description]

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Friday, December 23, 2005

DAOS Link Removed

Okay, since it has been down now for over three months, maybe even four or five, I have finally removed the link to Deciding About School's Online from the list on the left hand side. The original URL for the site was always http://www.elearningcorridor.org/blog/.

While I didn't agree with a lot that they had to say, given their charter school focus, they were an interesting read, gave me things to think about, and had a really decent selection of links for virtual school and cyberschool resources. If anyone comes across them at another location or if this site goes live again, drop me a line so I can add them once again to the list of virtual schooling blog links.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Virtual, Cyber, and Home Schooling

I know that a more common theme that I've followed this past semester on this blog (that is in addition to the Virtual Schooling in the news feature) is the relationship between virtual schooling, cyber schooling, home schooling, and public education (see my entries on Cyber Charter Schools and Ohio and Another NCSW@yahoogroups.com CyberSchool Entry as examples). Anyway, I figured that it may be interesting to post what some others have had to say about the issue. From AHA Focus: Charter Schools, a blog that I follow in my bloglines account...

I'm not saying that I agree or disagree with the views put forth in these entries. But it is interesting to get another perspective on the issue.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Virtual Schooling in the News

From my Google News Alert for the tersm virtual and school...

Virtual school to be named after Regula
Canton Repository (subscription) - Canton, OH, USA

A ceremony will be held Friday to commemorate the statewide, virtual school focused on the new area of computational science. The ... [unable to get more of a preview due to subscription requirement].

Stay-at-home children log on for virtual school experience
Unison.ie - Bray, Ireland

IT claims to be the classroom of the future, with round-the-clock tuition and the end of the school run for just £2,000 (€2,967) a year. ... [unable to get more of a preview due to subscription requirement].

Thompson Writes to Eibeler
PSP Advanced - USA

Miami, Florida-based Attorney Jack Thomspon (also known as John B. Thompson) sent a letter Wednesday to the Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two Interactive, Paul Eibeler. The letter, which was forwarded to members of the press, members of Congress, various lawyers, and others, discusses the recent and ongoing issues that Eibeler is dealing with. A few of the issues mentioned are the "Hot Coffee" scandal, the recent naming of Eibeler as the "Worst CEO in America" by Marketwatch, and the possible corruption within Take-Two Interactive's legal representation (the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome).

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Mid-Week Comparison

Okay, for the past while I have been using and, more recently, posting the results of my Google News Alert service for virtual school to this blog. A week or so ago, a friend sent me her Yahoo News service alert for the same two words as a comparison point. So here it is:

CRM Knowledge Base
CRM Knowledge Base Thu, 08 Dec 2005 9:58 AM PSTPUSAN, South Korea

Like most 13 year olds, Jun Ji-hye likes to send e-mail to her friends. But she also uses her school-provided laptop computer to make calculations in math class and to look up the latest U.S. dollar-to-Korean won exchange rate during social studies. During the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last month, Jun and her classmates relocated their classroom from Daegu City to Pusan, South Korea's second-largest metropolis, to showcase the country's efforts to integrate cutting-edge technologies into schools, a move officials say will not only better prepare students for future careers but will help them to learn more quickly.

State grant to expand online curriculum
Tennessean Thu, 08 Dec 2005 0:14 AM PSTCHATTANOOGA

Hamilton County educators providing online courses for public school students will use a $2.7 million state grant to develop an expanded curriculum for students in other Tennessee communities, Hamilton schools superintendent Jesse Register said yesterday. Register described the county's 3-year-old program getting the e4TN grant as a model for providing coursework on the Internet to students who do not otherwise have access to specific courses they need or who are homebound.

Latest advice to Seattle district: Close schools
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Thu, 08 Dec 2005 0:05 AM PST

School closures, staff reductions, scaled-back student busing and a host of other cuts are necessary to help Seattle Public Schools overcome projected multimillion-dollar deficits, according to a high-powered citizens' advisory committee. The preliminary recommendations, unveiled today, also call for a slew of investments in the classroom to boost overall academic performance.

Blaney and Bartelski chew up competition
Orlando Sentinel Thu, 08 Dec 2005 1:18 AM PST

By the time the final race of his high school career came around, Celebration senior Sean Blaney had chopped a lot of things off his to-do list.He had crossed his share of finish lines in first place, leaving behind competition that trotted at a pace 10 or 20 or 120 seconds slower. He had won conference, district and regional championships.

Like the Google one, there were five other stories that had both words "virtual" and "school" in them, but had nothing to do with virtual schooling. So, what do you think? A good supplement to the Google one? A replacement even? Let me know...

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Virtual Schooling in the News

From the Google News Alert service this week.

Virtual school seeing virtually no profits
Science Daily (press release) - USA

Wisconsin's first statewide virtual high school is not the money maker that the school officials had hoped. The Waukesha School Board had estimated that the school, called iQ Academies at Wisconsin, could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Now the school expects to be $1.2 million in the red by next summer.

Virtual school seeing virtually no profits
United Press International - USA

Wisconsin's first statewide virtual high school is not the money maker that the school officials had hoped. The Waukesha School Board had estimated that the school, called iQ Academies at Wisconsin, could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Now the school expects to be $1.2 million in the red by next summer.

No tide of cash from virtual schools
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee, WI, USA

With a contract to open the first statewide virtual high school before them, the mood of the members of the Waukesha School Board at their January 2004 monthly meeting was effusive. A cost simulation showed that the school - called iQ Academies at Wisconsin - could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by the 2006-'07 school year. School Board members gushed.

Most Benchmark results for online school top averages
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - AR, USA

Arkansas public school students who take their classes online in their homes exceeded the state averages in most grades on the state’s Benchmark Exam, according to data released this week by the Arkansas Virtual School. The Virtual School, which is operating at its maximum capacity of 430 students in kindergarten through eighth grades, posted average scores that were 6 percentage points to 25 percentage points higher than the statewide averages in the literacy and math portions of the exams.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

An Article of Interest

My friends over at NCSW@yahoogroups.com sent this my way...

Virtual school seeing virtually no profits
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20051205-104305-5152r

WAUKESHA, Wis., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Wisconsin's first statewide virtual high school is not the money maker that the school officials had hoped. The Waukesha School Board had estimated that the school, called iQAcademies at Wisconsin, could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Now the school expects to be $1.2 million in the red by next summer. Revenue has been below expectations, with fewer students bringing fewer> dollars to the school than originally predicted. Costs also have been running higher than expected. When the idea of virtual schools with students attending from home via computer first emerged, it seemed a surefire way for a savvy schoold istrict to make some extra cash, the newspaper said.

"I think the assumption was everybody saw it as a quick way to make a dollar. And it's not," said William Harbron, superintendent of theNorthern Ozaukee School District, which runs a virtual elementary school.
This is kind of interesting, as most of the literature that I have read on virtual schooling suggests that it isn't cheaper, but actually costs more money. When you consider that the Florida Virtual High School, as an example, spends tens of thousands (and in many instances over a hundred thousand dollars) for a sinle course. It is well recognized that a classroom teacher can accommodate more students per teacher than an online teacher can. For example, in my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador a teacher would typically have 150-180+ students (25-30 students per class for 6 classes in a seven slot schedule), whereas the virtual high school in Newfoundland, the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, has indicated that roughly 80 students is enough for a full course load for an online teacher.

If anything, virtual schooling is more expensive, but it is a matter of is it money well spent?

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Virtual Schooling in the News

Arkansas Virtual School Shows Strong Results on AR Benchmark Exams
PR Newswire (press release) - New York, NY, USA

Students in the ArkansasVirtual School (ARVS) posted strong scores on the state benchmark examinationsfor the 2004-2005 school year, according to the results recently released bythe Arkansas Department of Education. ARVS students in grades 3 through 8 took the criterion-referenced testswhich compares students' performance to other students in the state andagainst the Arkansas frameworks in math and literacy. The Arkansas Departmentof Education (ADE) defines the benchmark exams, which are a part of theArkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program(ACTAAP), as important indicators for individual student progress.

County to join virtual school franchise
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, FL, USA

When the new semester starts in January, there's a good chance that a couple hundred students won't show up to class - that is, a class inside a traditional brick and mortar school building. Instead, those students will be home, at the library or even at a McDonald's that offers Internet access, browsing course material online and e-mailing their completed assignments.

Montana virtual school hosting open house
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle - Bozeman, MT, USA

Abaetern Academy, Montana's virtual school, will host an open house on Friday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in celebration of its completed course catalog containing a full listing of culturally integrated distance courses for 2006.Abaetern Academy is working with Tribal Nations in Montana to deliver online and field courses to Native and rural students. Project Director Dulce Whitford and Abaetern Director Ivy Merriot will share their vision and program for rural and place-based education in Montana at the open house.The Abaetern office is at Suite 2B, 2023 Stadium Drive, next to the Montana State University stadium.

RVSD continues to get high marks
Cochrane Times - Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

It’s report card time again, but not just for students.The Rocky View School Division’s annual Education Results Report is in, and although it wasn’t given a specific grade, there were clearly more accomplishments and progress made than improvements needed in the system.“Graduation and completion rates remain above the provincial average, and we can attribute that to our alternative programs,” said Lyall Thomson, superintendent of schools for the RVSD at the Nov. 24 board meeting.Alternative programs the division has implemented are those like the Cochrane Learning Connection, and the Rocky View Virtual School, located in Airdrie.Completion rates were just one of the areas the RVSD excelled in.

School adopts new schedule
Chetek Alert - WI, United States

The Board of Education approved the trimester schedule at its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 28. The schedule features a six-period day during 12-week trimesters. The day will begin at 8 a.m. instead of 8:15 a.m., but will still end at 3:20 p.m. The high school currently operates under a five-period modified block schedule, with 45- or 90-minute class periods. Instrumental music instructor Bruce Kamrath addressed the board in opposition of the schedule change. Kamrath said his biggest concern is that the new schedule will reduce his class time with students by one-third. His band classes will now be reduced to 30 minutes from 45 minutes.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Statistics for November

Well, this continues to be an interesting exercise for me (I'm sure the majority of my readership could care less), but it is always nice to see that people actually come here, read some of the items, and come back.

Anyway, this month there were 318 unique visitors to this blog, of which 257 were first timers and 61 were returning visitors. That's an average of 11 visitors a day (which I think is my most yet).

This past month, most people came from the United States, followed by Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, France, Sweden, and Turkey.

The popular pages this month were

Finally, the average person spent from 30 seconds to 5 minutes here and two of the last hundred visitors were here for longer than an hour.

See you next month...

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