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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Let me start by saying that while I brought Lisa's iPod to Aderhold with me on Thursday with every intention of recording my presentation and the actual conversation from my defence to try and make one or more podcasts, the iPod never left my computer bag once I got into the building. So I guess the podcasting will have to wait. I may do one just to try where I just speak randomly about some aspect of virtual schooling.

In any regard, back to the virtual school items in the news, beginning with the Yahoo! News alert for virtual school.

Brunswick County schools going virtual
WWAY 3 Wilmington Mon, 30 Apr 2007 7:28 AM PDT

Brunswick county schools are going virtual. The county is offering students online courses in an effort to take education beyond the bounds of the conventional classroom.

Spokane virtual learning open house
KHQ Spokane Tue, 01 May 2007 12:12 PM PDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane virtual learning is holding an information session to learn more about the program and classes offered to high school and middle school students. Sessions are open to open anyone interested in learning more about SVL directly from the staff and families involved.

Angry virtual charter school advocates scramble for funding, alternative plan
Post-Tribune Wed, 02 May 2007 2:02 AM PDT

Indiana's first-ever virtual charter schools may not power on this fall. And if they do, they won't be recognized as public schools.

Michigan Virtual University(R) Chooses Meridian Knowledge Solutions to Provide New Learning Management System for Its ...
SYS-CON Media Wed, 02 May 2007 12:49 PM PDT

Michigan Virtual University (MVU(R)) announces a major leap forward in its technology foundation: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC, has been selected to provide a new learning management system (LMS) for the Michigan LearnPort statewide communication and professional development portal. The new LMS for Michigan's K-12 education community is easier to use, easier to upgrade and offers Web 2.0 ...

Virtual charter schools unplugged
The Indianapolis Star Thu, 03 May 2007 5:50 AM PDT

MUNCIE -- Ball State University is reviewing its sponsorship of the state's first virtual charter schools after the Indiana General Assembly denied it $21 million in funding for the initiative.

Virtual school registration begins Monday
Southeast Missourian Fri, 04 May 2007 10:42 AM PDT

State education officials will start accepting applications Monday at 8 a.m. for Missouri's new virtual school, offering online elementary and high school classes starting in August. The online...

Virtual school about to start online classes
Columbia Daily Tribune Fri, 04 May 2007 12:36 PM PDT

Parents can start enrolling their children into Missouri?s Virtual Instruction Program on Monday.

Virtual charter schools, parents scrambling without funding
The Times of Northwest Indiana Fri, 04 May 2007 12:49 PM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS - Pamela Bless thought she had found an exciting education answer when she enrolled her three children in a new online charter school slated to open this fall.

Missouri 'virtual class' applications open next week
The Springfield News-Leader Thu, 03 May 2007 2:51 PM PDT

State education officials will begin accepting applications next week for Missouri's first "virtual classes," which are set to begin in August, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educaton announced Thursday in a news release. A wide array of courses will be offered for Missouri students in grades K-5 and 9-12. The online registration process begins May 7 and will close May 29. ...

Missouri's virtual school expected to be a dig draw
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fri, 04 May 2007 11:00 PM PDT

The director of Missouri's first virtual school on the Internet is expecting a rush of applications when online registration for the program starts Monday.

Virtual charter schools, parents scrambling without funding
The Times of Northwest Indiana Fri, 04 May 2007 10:34 PM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS - Pamela Bless thought she had found an exciting education answer when she enrolled her three children in a new online charter school slated to open this fall.

Registration Begins Monday for Virtual Classes
KOLR/KSFX Ozarks Fri, 04 May 2007 1:39 PM PDT

Missouri students will soon be able to take virtual classes. Registration begins on Monday for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and ninth through 12th grade.

Next the Yahoo News alert for cyber school.

W-S district joins cyber charter funding fight
Delaware County Times Tue, 01 May 2007 0:03 AM PDT

NETHER PROVIDENCE - Members of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board are voicing support for state legislation that would have the commonwealth pick up the tab for students taking classes via cyber charter schools.

Cyber Security School
KOCO 5 Oklahoma City Wed, 02 May 2007 7:00 AM PDT

As reported on Eyewitness News 5 in the morning, Adam Slinger reports on how more than one hundred students go to cyber security school

Durban school logs on to cyberspace
Independent Online Wed, 02 May 2007 5:35 AM PDT

A school in Chatsworth has joined the e-School Cyber Labs programme.

Moving on to the Google News alert for virtual school.

Brunswick County schools going virtual
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - Wilmington,NC,USA

Brunswick and several other counties in North Carolina are offering kids the opportunity to complete coursework through virtual high school. ... [See all stories on this topic]

House passes bill changing school start dates, makeup days
The Rolla Daily News - Rolla,MO,USA

Lawmakers also approved an amendment that would allow students to enroll in an Internet-based “virtual school” program if their school districts are ... [See all stories on this topic]

Queen's celebrates school report
Sommerset County Gazette - Taunton,England,UK

... the innovative teaching initiatives such as Virtual Learning Environments, use of the school intranet and video-conferencing across all departments." [See all stories on this topic]

SC considers Web school
Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach,SC,USA

Forget chalkboards, paper and pencils: The SC Department of Education is working to establish a virtual school, which aims to give students a wider variety ... [See all stories on this topic]

Oversight lacking for virtual schools
Kansas City Star - MO,USA

Some districts could be illegally manipulating virtual school enrollment to attract more state dollars, the audit said. Auditors even found two new virtual ... [See all stories on this topic]

West Bend school district vows to ‘get going’ to stop students’ exodus
Greater Milwaukee Today - Milwaukee,WI,USA

Of 60 people surveyed who applied to leave the district, 19, or 32 percent, are headed to a virtual school, such as Northern Ozaukee, to which eight applied ... [See all stories on this topic]

Headteacher for the Virtual School Children in Care
PublicTechnology.net - UK

Our virtual school will include every child or young person in care. As the Headteacher of the school, your role will be to raise attainment, ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Gauging the cyber gap
Asia Pacific Media Network - Los Angeles,CA,USA

She points out that if a young person can't type or lacks basic computer and internet skills, they will have a hard time in school and finding a job. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Going back to school ought to be a class act
Contra Costa Times - CA,USA

One of my goals in life is to be a grumpy cyber-codger. As yet, I haven't enrolled in my class, but I've started considerable preparation to get myself into ... [See all stories on this topic]

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