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April 20, 2009

Report: Virtual Ed. On the Rise, But Better Oversight Needed

A new report put out by the Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University and the Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder asserts that virtual education is growing at a rapid pace throughout the nation and suggests steps for policymakers to supp...

April 15, 2009

More Money for Virtual Ed. in Idaho?

This AP article points to a possible change in the way virtual education will be funded in Idaho. Although it still needs to go through the Senate, the measure, backed largely by Republicans, allows schools to shift 5 percent of the money they use to pay teachers, which they either "use or lose," an...

March 25, 2009

Technology Counts 2009 Released Today

Ed Week's annual report on educational technology, Technology Counts 2009, was published today. The full report and individual state reports are available for download. This year's report focuses on issues and trends in online learning and grades the states on educational technology use and capac...

March 20, 2009

Breaking Down the Cost of Virtual Ed.

As a follow-up to my co-blogger Kathleen's post about the story I recently wrote for Education Week about the cost of virtual education, I thought I might take a few minutes to talk about some of the challenges of writing this article as well as some of the information I found that didn't quite make...

March 20, 2009

Is Online Learning Saving Districts Money?

In the midst of tremendous growth in online learning opportunities there's an ongoing debate about how cost-effective it is for districts and states to provide virtual courses versus traditional classroom offerings. Katie Ash focuses on this issue in her Ed Week piece this week. There are competin...

February 06, 2009

E-Learning: An Audio Interview with Elizabeth Pape

Like most of my colleagues at Digital Directions, I am knee-deep in a bunch of stories about how online education is impacting K-12 schools, which is the focus of this year's upcoming Technology Counts report (to be released at the end of March.) At this point, I've talked to countless people about ...

January 13, 2009

Training Future Online Teachers

Six college students at the University of Central Florida will be taking part of their practical training in education as interns with virtual teachers at the Florida Virtual School. The trial internship program will help address the online school's need for teachers with appropriate skills and the...

January 06, 2009

Students Think, and Discuss, Globally with Web 2.0

Web 2.0 technologies are showing flashes of potential for allowing K-12 students to collaborate globally about important issues. I glimpsed some of that potential recently in a Web conference on global warming that involved some middle and high school students on the east and west coasts of the Uni...

December 30, 2008

An Inside Look at the Georgia Virtual Academy

Here's an in-depth article from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiling one family which has enrolled its children in the Georgia Virtual Academy after deciding that online education is the right choice for them. The Georgia Virtual Academy has become one of the biggest in the nation, with about ...

December 19, 2008

Distance Learning Opens Doors for Rural Districts

As many folks have predicted, I think we've just seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to distance learning, which is pretty much an umbrella term for any situation where a teacher interacts with students who are not in the same classroom, such as online classes or interactive-TV classes. This A...

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