online learning

FAQs about online learning

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has put together a list of frequently-asked questions about online learning, with sections for parents, teachers, and administrators. Information includes how to start an online or blended learning program, and how to find quality online courses to implement in your school.

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Using online learning properly

The American K12 school system is in a state of crisis. When compared to other industrialized nations, our children average lower in language skills, mathematics, and science in a world market that has become dependent on those skills. Cash-strapped schools are unable to hire enough qualified instructors to provide traditional public education. MOOCs can help turn this Titanic around.

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Virginia high schools go online

Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools, both in Charlottesville, Va., are ramping up investments in online courses, partly in response to a new state mandate requiring at least one online course for graduation. The district administrators also believe it’s the best way to prepare students for the challenges of college and careers.

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Richland (Wash.) School District looks to add digital learning materials

Lori McCord, director of teaching and learning, says Richland schools need to be prepared for 21st-century learners. That means using fewer traditional textbooks, and adding more tablet computers and online resources, such as articles, videos, and lectures.

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Across the digital distance: The virtual school

When I was a teenager, I used to dream of a future where I didn’t have to actually GO to school. The idea of an online school was a fantasy back in those days, but now, that idea is finally coming true.

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Eleven Idaho schools to get state grants

Eleven schools around the state, including one charter school, one virtual charter school, five middle schools, three high schools, and one elementary school, have been selected for the $3 million in pilot project grants for school technology that state lawmakers approved this year.

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Utah students make education work with the click of a mouse

Rachel Halliburton wanted to help her mother care for Rachel's 10 younger siblings. Madison Angelos had trouble focusing in a crowded classroom and was looking for time to train physically to enlist in the military.

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Clayton Christensen Institute publishes K12 blended learning study

In a recently released study, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen introduces a fundamentally new concept into the world of disruptive innovation: the theory of hybrids.

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Expanding evidence approaches for learning in a digital world

This report discusses the promise of sophisticated digital learning systems for collecting and analyzing big data as users interact with digital systems. It proposes that this data can be used by developers and researchers to improve learning systems and to strive to discover more about how people learn.

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Three districts come together to share online courses

This past school year has been less hectic for busy juniors and seniors at Hempfield High School, thanks to a new, online course-sharing initiative. The Hempfield School District, outside Lancaster, is one of three rural Pennsylvania districts that have implemented Open Campus PA, a program that shares high school teachers and allows participating students to take online classes on their own time.