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Friday, June 30, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

Starting of with something from my ASCD SmartBrief for June 29, 2006.

Alabama expands distance-learning program

Alabama will use $1.8 million in federal and state grant money to add another 20 schools to the 24 already in its distance-learning program. Gov. Bob Riley said the distance-learning push, coupled with other initiatives in place to boost test scores, should propel the state's students from near bottom to the top of the nation's academic list. The Huntsville Times (Ala.) (6/29)

From my Yahoo news alert service for virtual school...

Virtual Academy
Times and Democrat Thu, 22 Jun 2006 9:12 PM PDT

Imagine taking high school courses at any time, anywhere and at your own pace. High school and adult education students are now getting that opportunity through the OCEBA Virtual Academy, says Donna Elmore, associate vice president at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

Board rejects charter school
Casper Star-Tribune Fri, 23 Jun 2006 1:17 AM PDT

LANDER -- With one abstention, the Fremont County School District 1 board Tuesday night voted down an application for a proposed K-8 charter school in Lander.

‘Virtual’ school has tentative guidelines
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Fri, 23 Jun 2006 10:32 PM PDT

A Fort Wayne man looking to open an online charter school in the city is pleased with the proposed guidelines Ball State University announced this week for how such schools should operate.

Virtual Academy
Times and Democrat Fri, 23 Jun 2006 9:16 PM PDT

Imagine taking high school courses at any time, anywhere and at your own pace. High school and adult education students are now getting that opportunity through the OCEBA Virtual Academy, says Donna Elmore, associate vice president at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

Virtual School Leaders Encourage Growth of K-12 Online Learning; Discuss High School Reform at Regional Summit
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 26 Jun 2006 11:46 AM PDT

The North American Council for Online Learning an international K-12 non-profit organization representing online learning practitioners in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and Florida Virtual School , a leading provider statewide public virtual school and model online learning program, hosted a regional professional development summit where teachers and administrators discussed how virtual

Online academy to offer session
Akron Beacon Journal Mon, 26 Jun 2006 0:22 AM PDT

Ohio Virtual Academy, a statewide, online charter school, will hold a parent information session. It will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Belden Village, 4520 Everhard Road N.W.

Washington Virtual Academy Launches State's Premier Online Public School Program
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Tue, 27 Jun 2006 11:00 AM PDT

Parents across the state of Washington now have access to a new high quality option in education for their kids with the announcement of the Washington Virtual Academy -- the state's premier online public school program.

Virtual School Leaders Encourage Growth of K-12 Online Learning; Discuss High School Reform at Regional Summit
SYS-CON Media Mon, 26 Jun 2006 4:27 PM PDT

The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL.org) an international K-12 non-profit organization representing online learning practitioners in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and Florida Virtual School (FLVS.net), a leading provider statewide public virtual school and model online learning program, hosted a regional professional development summit where teachers and administrators

Virtual School Leaders Encourage Growth of K-12 Online Learning; Discuss High School Reform at Regional Summit
RedNova Mon, 26 Jun 2006 3:18 PM PDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The N

Virtual School and E 4 TN Building
WDEF Chattanooga Tue, 27 Jun 2006 2:01 PM PDT

Hamilton County's Virtual School will soon open at a new location across the county Board of Education headquarters. A ribbon cutting ceremony showcased the facility, which also houses the state's new "E" Four Tenn.

Washington Virtual Academy Launches State's Premier Online Public School Program
SYS-CON Media Tue, 27 Jun 2006 3:28 PM PDT

the state's premier online public school program.

Comment on this story. Virtual Academy to host parent session Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The Canton Repository Wed, 28 Jun 2006 1:47 AM PDT

JACKSON TWP. - The Ohio Virtual Academy will host a parent information session at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Belden Village, at 4520 Everhard Rd. NW.

Virtual course a first in B.C.; awaits approval
The Abbotsford News Thu, 29 Jun 2006 3:02 PM PDT

A ground-breaking animation and modelling course for high school students has been approved by Abbotsford school trustees. The course, which Abbotsford Virtual School principal Don Martyn said will be a first in B.C., is awaiting Ministry of Education approval this week.

ACCOUNTING STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF A VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: SPRINGBOARD OR SAFETY NET?
Accounting Education Thu, 29 Jun 2006 6:56 PM PDT

This research study elicits students' perceptions of the extent to which a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports, or indeed enhances, their learning experiences.

From my Yahoo news alert service for cyber school.

Cyber school for cheats
The Sunday Mail Sat, 24 Jun 2006 8:09 AM PDT

STUDENTS are outsourcing their homework and assignments as part of a global cyber scam dubbed "contract cheating."

Cranberry to offer cyber school alternative
The Derrick Tue, 27 Jun 2006 8:21 PM PDT

The district will off courses online through a cyber services program with Intermediate Units 5 and 6. An alternative to cyber charter schools, set to be offered through Cranberry Area School District next year, could save the school district thousands of dollars.

Virtual course a first in B.C.; awaits approval
The Abbotsford News Thu, 29 Jun 2006 3:02 PM PDT

A ground-breaking animation and modelling course for high school students has been approved by Abbotsford school trustees. The course, which Abbotsford Virtual School principal Don Martyn said will be a first in B.C., is awaiting Ministry of Education approval this week.

Next from my Google news alert for virtual school.

Virtual school is a virtual reality
Hope Standard - B.C., Canada

The Virtual School website is available to all students in the Fraser Cascade School District and Provincially. You can visit the ...

Quizam Software Gains Momentum and Signs its 44th School as ...
CCNMatthews (press release) - Toronto,ON,Canada

("Quizam" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:QQ) is pleased to announce Kamloops/Thompson Virtual School's Special Education Department has signed an agreement ...

‘Virtual’ school has tentative guidelines
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA

... Birkhold said the advantage for parents to seeking an education from a virtual school as opposed to home schooling their children is the students will receive ...

Virtual school, real education
Seattle Times - United States

Some educators, parents and kids were in town to describe what it's like to go to a virtual school, a public K-8 school that exists in minds and computers, not ...

Virtual School Leaders Encourage Growth of K-12 Online Learning ...
Yahoo! News (press release) - USA

... K-12 non-profit organization representing online learning practitioners in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and Florida Virtual School (FLVS.net), a ...

And finally from my Google news alert for cyber school.

Why every Australian family needs the internet
The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia

... the nation into internet "haves" and "have-nots" and creating a new cyber underclass. ... to 94 per cent of 12-to-14-year-olds - used it for school or education ...

Cyber school for cheats
Queensland Sunday Mail - Brisbane,Queensland,Australia

... their homework and assignments as part of a global cyber scam dubbed ... A Sunday Mail investigation has revealed high school and university students are using ...

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