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Friday, June 16, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

The Yahoo news alert for virtual school this week.

Virtual school poised to grow
The News-Review Fri, 09 Jun 2006 8:01 AM PDT

SCIO, Ore. (AP) Oregon's biggest virtual school is still in its inaugural year, but its popularity is soaring and it may double in size by next year.

Virtual Academy offers parents series
Port Clinton News Herald Fri, 09 Jun 2006 7:40 AM PDT

The Ohio Virtual Academy, a statewide public community school that currently serves thousands of students across Ohio in grades K-9, is hosting a series of parent information sessions across the state.

Ozaukee e-school may add offerings
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thu, 08 Jun 2006 10:55 PM PDT

A virtual school housed in the Northern Ozaukee School District could expand to offer high school classes if...

Hopkinton schools craft technology vision
The MetroWest Daily News Thu, 08 Jun 2006 9:19 PM PDT

HOPKINTON -- Imagine a high school where students can finish their first year of college through online courses, or hone their Chinese skills via a virtual classroom based in Beijing.

Lansing hopes virtual school lowers teens' dropout rate
Lansing State Journal Sat, 10 Jun 2006 4:23 AM PDT

Lansing schools' leaders anticipate a jump in the high school graduation rate this school year after rolling out new computer-based programs at the Hill Center for Academics and Technology.

Online courses take heat out of summer school
The Clarion-Ledger Tue, 13 Jun 2006 3:21 AM PDT

Traditional summer school may become a thing of the past as more and more students are going online to take summer courses. More than 600 students have signed up for one of 12 free online courses being offered through the state Department of Education's Virtual School.

Blunt signs bill creating virtual school
Jefferson City News Tribune Tue, 13 Jun 2006 4:59 AM PDT

Some Missouri students will get to choose whether to sit in a classroom or in front of a home computer thanks to a new state law.

Michigan Leads the Country With New K-12 e-Learning Initiative
Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance Tue, 13 Jun 2006 9:30 AM PDT

Michigan Virtual University today announced a partnership with Blackboard Inc. to strengthen the delivery of online learning to as many as 450,000 Michigan high school students during the next three years. This reinforces the new high school graduation requirements signed into law by the Michigan Legislature and Governor Granholm in April 2006. The new high school graduation requirements include

Keeping the high in high-tech learning
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Mon, 12 Jun 2006 8:41 PM PDT

To Stephanie Hoffman, it was kind of a "Duh" question. Why do Minnesota schools need to beef up their technology? "Well ..." said the lead teacher at Minnesota Connections Academy, an online school bunkered on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Then she rattled off the ways: iPods, digital cameras, personal digital assistants, blogs, video conferencing, data crunching, distance learning, virtual science

Virtual school to open
Leavenworth Times Tue, 13 Jun 2006 10:34 PM PDT

A new Leavenworth school plans to open its doors, so to speak, in August. But don’t expect to see a new building. The Leavenworth Virtual School will offer curriculum to students whose parents, for whatever reason, decided to teach their children at home, according to Director Kevin Lunsford.

Blunt signs bill creating virtual school
Lake Sun Leader Tue, 13 Jun 2006 10:27 PM PDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some students will get to choose whether to sit in a classroom or in front of a home computer thanks to a new state law.

Virtual high school graduates seven
North County Times Wed, 14 Jun 2006 11:20 PM PDT

TEMECULA ---- Seven students will graduate from the Rainbow Advanced Institute for Learning charter school tonight at the Temeku Country Club in Temecula.

The Yahoo news alert for cyber school this week.

School's out, but state scores are in
The Plain Dealer Sat, 10 Jun 2006 1:44 AM PDT

Shortly after the last recess bell rings, teachers and administrators get hit with another wake-up call: state test scores. A preliminary breakdown of scores released Friday covers tests given in March in grades three to eight, as well as the Ohio Graduation Test given to 10th-graders.

Cyber school adds bricks-and-mortar 'blend' in Marshall
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sat, 10 Jun 2006 9:24 PM PDT

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is launching a tutoring and enrichment pilot program this month that, at first, sounds suspiciously like old-fashioned summer school.

Successful Charter School Leaders Launch Newest Statewide Public Cyber School
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 12 Jun 2006 5:00 AM PDT

Families across the Commonwealth now have access to a new high quality option in public education with the announcement of the Agora Cyber Charter School.

The Daily Item - Sunbury, PA
The Daily Item Sun, 11 Jun 2006 10:02 PM PDT

LEWISBURG — The SusQ-Cyber Charter School recently held graduation exercises in the Lewisburg Area High School auditorium. The Milton-based cyber school had an enrollment this school year of 203.

Next the Google news Alert for virtual school.

Virtual school poised to grow
News-Review - Roseburg,OR,USA

SCIO, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s biggest virtual school is still in its inaugural year, but its popularity is soaring and it may double in size by next year. ...

Ozaukee e-school may add offerings
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee,WI,USA

A virtual school housed in the Northern Ozaukee School District could expand to offer high school classes if discussions pan out between school officials and ...

Virtual school offers free second chance
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

... have 278 students who’ve already started or are continuing the recovery process,” said Gary Lewis, administrator and USD 497’s Lawrence Virtual School. ...

Lansing hopes virtual school lowers teens' dropout rate
Lansing State Journal - Lansing,MI,USA

... who originally estimated 100 students would use the new virtual program; nearly 400 did. Now she foresees long-term improvements for the whole school district. ...

New online summer school is a hit with Wilson students
The Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USA
... The response has been phenomenal and has drawn kids from across the state and the region, said Phyllis Copeland, coordinator of Virtual School in Hamilton ...

Blunt signs bill creating virtual school
Kansas City Star - MO,USA

The bill, signed by Gov. Matt Blunt on Monday, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a "virtual school" program by July 2007. ...

Finally, the Google news alert for cyber school.

Grand Forks schools block MySpace Web site
Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA

... to locate their home or school address, thus becoming easy targets for predators.". The Web site has become a favorite of child predators, cyber bullies and con ...

Successful Charter School Leaders Launch Newest Statewide Public ...
PR Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USA

... The new public cyber school, which will serve students in grades K - 10, is currently accepting enrollments from new students and hiring certified teachers ... [See all stories on this topic]

Women still excluded in ICT studies
African News Dimension - Johannesburg,South Africa

... people in Africa are women, and of the total out-of-school children, 60 ... Perhaps a job in cyber-law would be more ‘female,’ more acceptable.” IT analysts ...

Academics unearth new type of cyber-cheating
24dash.com - Hereford,Herefordshire,UK

Academics in Birmingham have unearthed a new type of cyber-cheating where students put ... Researchers at the business school found that one in ten of all bid ...

44 graduate from SusQ-Cyber Charter School
Sunbury Daily Item - Sunbury,PA,USA

... exercises in the Lewisburg Area High School auditorium. The Milton-based cyber school had an enrollment this school year of 203. ... [See all stories on this topic]

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kate Logan said...

I read the article from Lansing
Michigan
and saw that they use Plato as
a means to reduce thier drop out rate. Do any other's have opinions on Plato?
We used Plato when we first started our virtual high school and found it to be
very cold, hard to customize, and inconsistent in content quality. We ended up
dropping them after our first semester. I'm just curious about other people's
experiences with Plato.

10:21 AM  
Blogger MKB said...

Kate,

I pesonally have not used it in a virtula schooling context, only as a tool for remediation with literacy and numeracy with elementary and middle school students.

How about others?

MKB

10:31 AM  

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