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Eight years ago, Cobb County School District (CCSD) was looking for a way to provide students with additional course options. At the time there was no state virtual school program so CCSD made the ...

Eight years ago, Cobb County School District (CCSD) was looking for a way to provide students with additional course options. At the time there was no state virtual school program so CCSD made the decision to start their own Virtual Academy.

Join us for a web presentation to hear first-hand from CCSD on how they started their virtual academy, plans for expanding the program and more including:
• Getting started: tips and tricks for beginning the process
• Course creation ideas
• Challenges and lessons learned
• What's next for CCSD and online learning

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    Getting Started with a Virtual School Program featuring Cobb County School District Getting Started with a Virtual School Program featuring Cobb County School District Presentation Transcript

    • Monday June 28, 2010 Ryan Fuller , Online Learning Specialist, Cobb County School District Becky Nunnally , Supervisor, Cobb Virtual Academy, CCSD Cheryl Rowley , Cobb Virtual Academy Administrator, CCSD Mike Lange , Solutions Engineer , Blackboard K-12 Getting Started with a Virtual School Program featuring Cobb County School District
    • 20 million users 9 global offices across 4 continents Born from education in 1997 1,000+ of us, working with 5,200+ of you Extended by 2,500 developers and partners +
      • Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn
      • Deliver a 21st Century educational experience that is engaging, individualized and effective
      Our Vision:
      • An open, web-based teaching and learning platform for engaging and assessing learners in and beyond the classroom
      • 3,000+ clients, 15+ million estimated active users, at all levels of learning
      • Local or hosted deployment
      Engaging and assessing learners at all levels
    • Client Community
    • COBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
      • Blackboard Client Spotlight
    • Getting Started with a Virtual School Program Becky Nunnally Cheryl Rowley Ryan Fuller
    • Cobb County School District
      • Located in metropolitan Atlanta, GA
      • 106,000 students in 120 schools
      • 2 nd largest school system in Georgia
      • 26 th largest school system in the U.S.
      • Socioeconomically diverse
    • Cobb Virtual Academy
      • Administers:
        • Whole course instruction for high-school credit
        • Blended learning opportunities
      • Over 9,000 high school students have participated in courses for credit since 2001
      • Year-round course offerings
      • 22 core courses offered for block and traditional
    • Program Beginnings
      • Virtual HS eHigh Cobb
      • Consortium School Virtual
      • (1998) (2000) Academy
      • (2009)
    • Program Beginnings
      • Why did we start?
      • Mass public education vs. individualized instruction
      • Increased student mobility
      • Increased technology awareness
    • Launching the Program
      • Small group of online advocates
      • Funding
        • Seed money
        • Tuition funding
      • Partnered with Professional Learning
      • Select stable, reliable LMS
      • Developed Courses
    • Lessons Learned: Getting Started
      • Everything takes longer than you realize
      • Time should be focused on students, teachers, curriculum… NOT the Learning Management System
      • Know your Learning Management System
      • Establish district-level eLearning protocols
    • Growing & Sustaining
      • Develop champions of program within District
      • Establish guidelines, policies, and procedures
      • Core Team Focus
      • Teacher Identification and Development
      • Quality courses
      • Marketing
      • Creative funding
    • Lessons Learned: Growing and Sustaining
      • Don’t bite off more than you can chew: Learning Management System (1998), Content System (2003), Community (2008)
      • Quality takes resources
      • Don’t try to do it on your own but evolve quickly
      • Focus on graduation requirements
      • Network with other programs via conferences & national/state/local organizations
    • Course Creation: Develop In-House
      • Pro
      • Control
        • Standards Alignment
        • Course Organization
      • Familiarity
      • Involve multiple people in District
      • Cost
      • Con
      • Internal talent for digital curriculum development
      • Project management
    • Course Creation: Share with Other Organizations
      • Pro
      • Cost
      • Interactive Resources already developed
      • Can keep only the best parts
      • Con
      • LMS Portability
      • Time to Reorganize
      • Lack of familiarity
      • Hidden Costs
    • Course Creation: Purchase a whole course
      • Pro
      • Quality digital content
      • Time
      • Con
      • Cost
      • Standards gaps
      • LMS portability
      • Reorganization
    • Lessons Learned: Course Creation
      • Good Teachers may not equal good developers
      • Hidden costs – time, people money
      • Infuse quality in all aspects
      • Minimize gap between administration and deploying a successful course
      • Continuous course development process
      • Nothing completely ready out-of-the-box
      • Minimize technical requirements for students
    • Math I Aligned by State Standards
    • Math I Lessons and Assignments
    • Math I Lessons created in SoftChalk
    • Math I Assignments built in Bb Test
    • Blended Learning
      • Started in 2007
      • Today, over 5000 students and 500 teachers
      • Helps prepare students for post-secondary
      • Promotes online learning for students
      • Blackboard licensing
      • Builds online learning evangelists
    • Next Steps
      • Build courses to meet multiple needs (credit recovery, standards mastery, remediation for state-mandated tests)
      • Build an online environment to move students from teacher-directed to student-directed learning
      • Continue to search for alternative funding sources
    • Blackboard Case Study Innovative and Digital Learning in New Mexico: IDEAL-NM
      • State wide online learning system
      • 500,000 students
      • New Mexico
      Challenge: State-Wide Online Learning Opportunities Connect teaching, learning, and training for the state’s K-20, adult education, and government communities. Blackboard Solution: Anytime, Anywhere Access to Learning The IDEAL-NM initiative partnered with Blackboard to replace 22 different technology systems with a statewide integrated implementation of Blackboard Learn.
      • NM is the first state in the nation to deploy such a comprehensive, highly-connected, and scalable K20 and adult education system that facilitates life-long learning
      • Expanding professional development and training for state agencies
    • Blackboard Case Study Deer Valley United School District
      • 36,500+ students
      • 36 schools
      • Arizona
      Challenge: Expanding Access while Decreasing Costs Increase enrollments and reduce costs for their summer school program. Blackboard Solution: Anytime Anywhere Access to Learning Deer Valley switched from face-to-face to online summer school by leveraging Blackboard Learn.
      • Increased enrollments from 250 to 1,500 during the first online summer offering
      • Decreased operating expenses by 80% and still charges the same affordable tuition
      • More than 4 times as many classes are now available to students during the summer
    • Thank you! Questions?
      • Ryan Fuller , Online Learning Specialist
      • Becky Nunnally , Supervisor, Cobb Virtual Academy
      • Cheryl Rowley , Cobb Virtual Academy Administrator
      • [email_address]
      • cobbvirtualacademy.org
      • www.blackboard.com/k12/learn
      • (866) 424-9299 ext. 2427