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Monday, November 05, 2007

VSS2007 (Guest Blogger) - Welcome and Opening

Session notes from our guest blogger, Abby.

Susan Patrick
  • 44% attendees 1st time attending.
  • Primary goal: make sure every child learns
  • Online Learning at “cusp of a revolution”
    • World future society – Top 10 breakthroughs for transforming life globally
    • #1 alternative energy, ...#8 Virtual education and learning.
  • Global Expansion
    • Fundamentally going to shift supply chain and huge inequities that exist globally with learning.
    • Gave China example – growth of internet. 21st century skills. World open.
    • 58 billion dollar k-12 online education deal. UK and China deal in October.
    • Singapore online learning in 100% of high schools. Have e learning week. Second life training.
  • K-12 online learning has potential “To spark the interest of the disaffected students.”
  • Many models of K-12
    • state, district, for profit, charters, etc. Pull from all.
  • 4 Key things know about K-12 online learning
    1. Expand opportunities for kids
    2. Growing—30% a year
    3. It is effective: equal or better.
    4. Improves teaching – Susan Lowe's study
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