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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...

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...

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