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Friday, November 09, 2007

NACOL on PBS Television's "To the Contrary"

As a follow-up from the Virtual School Symposium, here's an item that I received just before the conference from NACOL.
Dear NACOL Member:

The North American Council for Online Learning is pleased to share you with a link to the recently podcast segment of PBS News’ "To The Contrary/Behind the Headlines: Public Schools go Virtual with Online Classes". The television program aired on October 26, 2007.

NACOL on PBS Television's "To the Contrary" on October 26, 2007
The Virtual Classroom segment
Podcast available (free):
http://www.pbs.org/ttc/rss/media/redir/http://www-tc.pbs.org/ttc/rss/media/ttc_102607.mp3

Susan Patrick is quoted extensively. Note the entire 30 minute program is on the podcast and the Virtual Classroom segment starts just short of 2/3 the way through the audio clip (Minutes 18:22 - 21:38).

My favorite quote from the program: "Being against online learning is like being against electricity."

Pros and Cons: Lots of good information about online learning; the balance part at the end seemed a little off, some of the discussion was about home schooling, the people trying to do the debate clearly didn't know the subject well, overall a very positive piece for virtual schooling.

Thank you for your continued support of NACOL to provide advocacy and leadership for K-12 online learning.
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