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

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

| April 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

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 […]

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Online Learning: It’s Complicated

Online Learning: It’s Complicated

| April 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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How Learning Environments Are Changing

How Learning Environments Are Changing

| February 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 Key Trends 1. Virtual. Whether it’s to cut costs or give students more […]

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Finding Ways to Be Social in Virtual Schools

Finding Ways to Be Social in Virtual Schools

| January 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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College Classes Filled? Try Going Online

College Classes Filled? Try Going Online

| January 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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A College Professor Who Doesn’t Lecture

A College Professor Who Doesn’t Lecture

| October 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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