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Tiny District Finds Bonanza of Pupils and Funds Online

An article in today’s NY Times online does a good job of presenting both sides of the story of a small rural school district that expanded through online learning. In Branson, Colorado, 65 students are physically present in the school building, but another 1000+ join in classes online. The online school began as a way to offer computerized courses to students (such as Calculus) for which the district did not have enough qualified teachers. Within four years, attendance grew from 25 students to over 1000 ( Free Online Courses ).

To read the complete article, click here. Amy Garrett Dikkers

State Virtual School Laws

Did you know NACOL maintains a web site with sample state laws pertaining to K-12 virtual schooling? This is a useful resource for policymakers, virtual school educators, state departments of education, and anyone else who likes to spend their free time perusing state legislation…Scott McLeod

New Master’s Program Prepares Online Teachers

Need some good online teachers for your school? Capella University and the Florida Virtual School have created a new Master’s degree program designed to prepare educators to teach in virtual schools. Courses in the program will focus on

  • instructional strategies,
  • technology skills,
  • assessment strategies,
  • communication skills, and
  • social issues related to virtual school teaching

and will include advanced classroom instruction practicum. All classes will be geared toward the needs of K-12 online teachers and will be aligned with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).Scott McLeod

Using Technology to Keep Kids in School

All over the country, individual teachers and teams of researchers are finding that technology can help keep students in school, even those who seem least likely to succeed. For example, a seven-year longitudinal study by the CUNY Graduate School in New York followed a group of low-performing fifth-graders through their school careers—students who were reading at 25–50 percent of grade level at the outset. Given computers with telecommunication connections at home and at school, these students achieved a higher high-school graduation rate than the rest of the students in the district ( Free Online Courses ).

Intrigued?  Read more here. Includes tried and true, practical ways for teachers to involve students in their academic work in new ways. From the February 2005 edition of Access Learning, brought to you by Cable in the Classroom. Douglas Levin (Cable in the Classroom)

Broadband Black History Resources (Free Online Courses)

TO SHOW THE STRENGTH OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S WORDS, WHAT could be more effective than for students to actually hear the civil-rights leader say them? The broadband resources profiled here for the February 2005 edition of Cable in the Classroom’s Access Learning enable educators to expand traditional textbook lessons on black history, whether by sending students on an interactive journey along the Underground Railroad or by showing them streaming video clips of people affected by the Brown v. Board decision. Douglas Levin (Cable in the Classroom)

Real World Doesn’t Use a Joystick (Free Online Courses)

It’s Monday morning and you’re at school when you hear a crash in the parking lot. One of your students has just deliberately crashed his car into a concrete divider pillar. No one’s hurt, but the driver and his passengers are very surprised. What happened? Maybe they’ve been playing Burnout 2 all weekend, a video game that rewards crashing your car as many times as possible. Sound far-fetched? This article in Wired News says otherwise: As these games become more life-like, gamers are having a harder time emerging from their gaming sessions to rejoin the real world.

NACOL Symposium

NACOL is sponsoring a regional professional development symposium for online educators on April 15 and 16 in Baltimore, Maryland. Topical strands are focused on online teaching, leadership, and technology tools. Registration information is here. Scott McLeod

The Future of the Internet

A wide-ranging survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts on the past and future impact of the internet brought to you by the fabulous Pew Internet & American Life Project in conjunction with Elon University. The report can be found here.

More in-depth info can be found here — including flamboyant, provocative, and 100% accurate predictions from yours truly on the future of the internet and education… Douglas Levin (Cable in the Classroom)

Release of National Education Technology Plan

Secretary of Education Rod Paige will release the National Education Technology Plan 2004, Toward a New Golden Age in Education: How the Internet, the Law, and Today’s Students Are Revolutionizing Expectations to Congress on Friday, January 7, 2019, at 3 pm EST. (Click here to view live webcast). The No Child Left Behind Act charged the Department of Education with developing the nation’s third National Education Technology Plan. The Plan establishes a national vision and strategy that supports the effective use of technology to improve student academic achievement and prepare them for the 21st century.

For more information, see: www.nationaledtechplan.org.Douglas Levin (Cable in the Classroom)

Online Educa Berlin 2019 ( Online Courses)

Online Educa Berlin 2019

[Note: Many of us will not be able to attend this conference in Berlin, Germany; however, I always find it interesting to explore conference agendas and see what issues are being addressed.]

A 10 Year Celebration of Best Practice in E-Learning!

With well over 1500 registered participants from over 60 different countries representing all continents, 118 exhibitors from 26 countries and 358 speakers from 38 countries ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2004 has once again established itself as the world’s largest international e-learning conference and accompanying the exhibition and also Europe’s largest gathering of e-learning and distance education professionals.

Taking place from December 1 – 3, 2004, this 10th consecutive yearly event brings together the experts in the vanguard of technology-supported learning from around the world. It offers the most extensive program, with 358 speakers from 38 countries taking part in plenary, presentation and demonstration sessions, panel discussions within 71 themed sessions and 21 pre-conference workshops. CASTLE

EDUCAUSE 2019 Annual Conference | Free Online Courses | IT From a Higher Vantage Point

EDUCAUSE 2019 Annual Conference | October 19-22, Denver | IT From a Higher Vantage PointDave Johnson

If you can attend only one conference in 2004, making it the premier IT event in higher education —EDUCAUSE 2004, October 19–22 in Denver, Colorado. Participate in an outstanding program designed to help you tackle current issues and prepare you for future challenges. Focused on the theme “IT From a Higher Vantage Point,” the program includes pre-conference seminars; track sessions; poster sessions; small group meetings; and corporate exhibits, presentations, and workshops.

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