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August 06, 2009

State Policy Suggestions for Virtual Schools

A new report outlines the variety of state policies surrounding online learning and gives suggestions on how those policies could be changed to better support an online learning environment.

July 15, 2009

Want to Start an Online School? iNACOL Shows You How

A new series of Webinars from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning provides a how-to on building virtual school programs.

July 09, 2009

Online School for GLBTQ Teens

You may remember a year or so back in Chicago, there was talk of opening a brick-and-mortar school that would specifically be designed for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning students. Those plans never came to fruition, but it looks like the concept has moved instead to the online a...

June 26, 2009

"Blended Learning" More Effective than Face-to-Face

A new federal report concluded that "blended learning" is somewhat more effective than strictly face-to-face or online programs alone, but K-12 studies on the topic are lacking.

June 19, 2009

Online-Only School for Girls to Open

The Bethesda, Md.-based Holton-Arms School, a private college preparatory school for girls in grades 3-12, announced today that it, along with a consortium of other all-girls schools such as the Laurel School in Cleveland, the Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., and Harpeth Hall School in Nashvill...

June 09, 2009

Virtual Ed. Budget Battles and Graduations

According to this AP article, there's trouble brewing in Indiana for virtual school advocates. Virtual school supporters scored a victory when Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, included $7 million in his two-year budget proposal to create a state-led online education program and help fund pre-existi...

June 05, 2009

Online Ed. Growth Prompts Teachers' Concerns

From what I know about Jim Burke, he isn't the type to worry about his relevance as an English teacher. Burke, the founder of the English Companion Web site, Ning, and a long-running listserv, as well as the author of a bunch of books about teaching, has had a huge influence on thousands of his coll...

June 04, 2009

N.C.'s Online-Credit Program More Than Triples Enrollment

Online dual credit programs are certainly proving popular with North Carolina students. In just two years, the number of high school students who registered for online college-credit courses was up to more than 5,400 in 2009, compared with about 1,400 in 2007, according to state officials. The Lear...

June 03, 2009

Socialization in Virtual Education

Socialization is a huge issue in online education. It comes up from both supporters and critics of virtual education in almost every interview I do. It's one of the main reasons that the National Education Association does not recommend full-time online education for younger students—the teachers ...

June 02, 2009

Florida Virtual School Makes History Learning a Game

The Florida Virtual School has just launched a new game-based online American History course. The game, called Conspiracy Code, is an espionage-themed course-long game that will count for a full credit of American History. Designed by 360Ed, the game is available to students starting this month. I...

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