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5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools

Most people think of online learning as a quiet, solitary experience. But over the past few months, after interviewing students, parents, and educators, a different sort of picture has emerged. We’ve learned about who teaches and learns online, and why, what works and what doesn’t, and perhaps most importantly, whether online learning affords the same … Continue reading 5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools →

Its Flexibility Draws One Family to Virtual School

Because her husband’s military career kept the family on the move, Patti Joubert — the mother of two full-time students at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) — always homeschooled her daughters. Now that they’re in high school, Joubert wanted to find a more resource-enriched alternative. “[Online schools] offer extra classes that aren’t necessarily in a regular … Continue reading Its Flexibility Draws One Family to Virtual School →

A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) students Christianne and Carylanne Joubert are pretty advanced for their age. Christianne, at 13, is already a published novelist; Carylanne, 14, is about to start 11th grade. The Jouberts would probably succeed at any school they attended, but they attribute a large part of their progress to online learning. (And for … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student →

The Highs and Lows of Virtual School: One Teacher’s View

For Rian Meadows, an economics instructor at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) — the nation’s first-ever statewide virtual public high school — the newly passed legislation requiring every K-12 student to take an online course prior to graduation makes sense. “I think it’ll bring students into the 21st century,” she says. Requiring a virtual course will … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Virtual School: One Teacher’s View →

Who’s Best Suited to Teach and Learn in Virtual Schools?

Online learning is not easy, says Maureen Cottrell, a science teacher at iHigh Virtual Academy, a fully-accredited virtual public high school in San Diego, California. “Many students fully expect it to be easy and then bomb out.” Cottrell, who’s been teaching for a decade, has spent the last two years at iHigh, the first completely … Continue reading Who’s Best Suited to Teach and Learn in Virtual Schools? →

Online Learning: It’s Complicated

Online learning in K-12 classrooms has gotten some bad press recently. The articles portray low-quality computer programs replacing teachers in a short-sighted effort to cut costs. That simplistic portrayal does not address the whole picture. “It’s a lot more complicated than that,” says Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, a digital curriculum provider in both … Continue reading Online Learning: It’s Complicated →

How Learning Environments Are Changing

In this post The 3 trends: Virtual Theme-Based Deconstructed What these trends means A school’s perimeters are no longer the only place students learn. Kids are learning about the world from their homes, from the community, and anywhere it’s available to them. Here’s a look at trends in the future of learning environments. The Three … Continue reading How Learning Environments Are Changing →

Finding Ways to Be Social in Virtual Schools

Virtual schools have lots of advantages — ease of access, students learning at their own pace, flexibility with timing, extending education to hard-to-reach rural communities. But as someone who thrives on collaboration and working off the energy of others, I often wonder if it’s too much a solitary experience for learners. How will important social … Continue reading Finding Ways to Be Social in Virtual Schools →

College Classes Filled? Try Going Online

My 20-year-old cousin has been taking classes at her local community college for two years, and she’s still nowhere near the required units she needs to transfer to a four-year university to pursue her degree in psychology. Why? The classes she needs are filled to capacity. My advice to her was to start looking into … Continue reading College Classes Filled? Try Going Online →

A College Professor Who Doesn’t Lecture

By Sara Bernard Dr. Michael Kolta is a full-time online instructor in Computer Information Systems at Strayer University, a large online adult university with nearly 80 traditional campuses around the country, and an adjunct online instructor at Walden University, a 100% online degree university for working professionals. He also teaches online courses at University at … Continue reading A College Professor Who Doesn’t Lecture →

New York Times Magazine Highlights Education

I’m excited this weekend to receive the tell-tale blue bag on my doorstep — the New York Times, which will be bundled with the Sunday magazine’s Education Issue. Though I’ll probably read most of the articles online (I linked to the story about teaching with video games on Wednesday), the print issue’s a keeper. Here’s … Continue reading New York Times Magazine Highlights Education →

Online-Only Classes Get Mixed Reviews

I linked earlier today to a story in the New York Times about a recent report that found a group of students did “noticeably worse” in online classes than their in-classroom counterparts. According to the report, 312 university undergrads were divided into two groups: one online and one in classroom lectures. From the article: Hispanic … Continue reading Online-Only Classes Get Mixed Reviews →

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