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Five Progressive Schools of Education

Five Progressive Schools of Education

| June 29, 2011 | 7 Comments

If the way we teach and learn is changing, the way that teachers learn should be changing, too. What are schools of education doing to keep ahead? The following is a handful of examples of teacher education schools and programs whose progressive, tech-infused approach toward 21st century teaching is helping educators enter the classroom well-prepared. […]

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5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools

5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools

| May 25, 2011 | 16 Comments

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 […]

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Its Flexibility Draws One Family to Virtual School

Its Flexibility Draws One Family to Virtual School

| May 17, 2011 | 7 Comments

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 […]

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A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student

A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student

| May 17, 2011 | 13 Comments

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 […]

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

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

| May 12, 2011 | 19 Comments

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 […]

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