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    1. 1. EDTC 601: 5.2 Online Learning Proposal Betty Hustead April 19, 2011
    2. 2. Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future. (Jeffco Schools 2011)
    3. 3. A   Mission Best practices for education  Educational options for studentsG   Which option fits which student? Pros/Cons of online learningE   Best practices for teaching K-12 online Educational methods N  Jeffco district online classes Jeffco classes and training  Recommendations to improve online learningD  Future recommendations for further improvements  BibliographyA
    4. 4. Best Practices for EducationTraditional Education Online Education Accredited  Accredited Ease of credit transfer  Policy for transfer of credits Licensed teachers  Licensed (credential) teachers Graduation rate  Student/Teacher ratio Counseling support  Graduation rate Variety of courses (AP, Honors)  Designed support system Run by district  Program is backed by reputable source Program has positive track record (University based High School programs Receive support from businesses are usually high quality)  Variety of courses Free to attend (hidden costs?)  Price of program (no hidden costs?) Sports/Activities/Clubs Prevalent  Run by school or a business?  Program has positive track record
    5. 5. Education Options for Students“We know that educational success means differentthings to different people; that’s why our onlineclasses are designed to meet a wide variety of needs.Study full time and receive a Jeffco high schooldiploma, go part time while attending classes atanother Jeffco school, or take credit recovery classesto catch up on credits.” (Jeffco Schools 2011)
    6. 6. Which option is best for the Online Student Self Evaluation student? Online Student Best Practices for Traditional Student Success Best Practices for Students need: success  to set goalsStudents need:  a distraction free study area proper supplies (pens,  to ask questions paper, computer access)  time manage (be proactive, responsible)  know learning style study time  to communicate well communication skills  to understand how to use technology responsible  to be willing to manage know learning style emails, chats, phones, discussions attend classes  reward accomplishments
    7. 7. Pros for Student Online Learning Cons for Student Online Learning•Students will be familiar and comfortable with •Parent involvement is much higher for k-8 onlineadvanced technology systems than traditional school•Students will have an advantage when pursuing •Some students will miss the interaction with otherfuture career or college students•Families are actively involved in all aspects of •Students with IEPs and other special learningtheir child’s education plans may have trouble with online•Students are more engaged with the learning •Student may have trouble motivating self to do theprocess than in a traditional school setting work•Parent/teacher communication is significantly •Issues with internet accesscloser than in traditional school settings•Teachers know students more intimately than in •Digital Divide for student and teacher with thetraditional school classrooms – smaller number of parent may interfere with learning andstudents communication•Individual learning plans are used per student•Teachers can suggest specific courses per child’s (Online Schools 2011)interests•students may participate in extra-curricular events•Students have 24/7 access, own pace, own time•Gifted AND at risk students flourish
    8. 8. Best Practices for Teaching K12 Online Learning Consistent assignment deadlines Time for evaluation (no time for procrastination) Assess on quality not quantity Interactive activities keep interest and engage students (chats, blogs, conferencing, revisions, comments, presenta tions, and more) Timely feedback to assure students the support is there Excellent communication skills Willing and able to get to know students and parentsNational Standards for Online Teachers (Inacol 2010)
    9. 9. Educational MethodsJefferson County online classes follow the Colorado State Standards, 21st Century Skills, the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards, CAP documents and use the Universal Design for Learning strategies.Teachers use Marzano’s strategies to engage students and help them become life-time learners. Technique examples include cooperative learning projects, discussions/Q&A, research and graphic analysis.Bloom’s hierarchy of digital learning is also used to achieve the higher learning everyone desires and deserves by making the students think outside the box to find answers.
    10. 10. Jeffco District Online ClassesInclude: Watch Student Video Virtual learning Certified teachers H. S. diploma Our Mission: CDE credit/NCAA credit To provide a quality Student/parent access to grades education that prepares all Free to Colorado students (small fee students for a successful for out of state) Meet Colorado standards future through a rigorous Full-time/Part-time/Recovery curriculum, strong options connections, and a vibrant Personalized attention learning community 24/7 access to class and teachers
    11. 11. Jeffco Classes Offered Online English: Lang. Arts 1 - 4,  World Language: Spanish 1- Boys’ 9th Eng 2, Native learner, Chinese 1- Math: Pre-Alg, Alg 1-2, 2, Russian 1-2 Geometry, Pre-Calc/Trig,  Visual Arts: Digital Photo Honors Trig  Music: Music History, Science: Earth, Biology, Songwriting Physics, Chemistry  Electives: Anthropology, Social Studies: World Career Exploration, Geography, World History, Forensics, Health Fitness, US History, US Gov’t, Journalism, Marine Biology, Economics Psychology, Study Skills
    12. 12. Jeffco Teacher Training Licensed Teacher Teach licensed content Complete online training Jeffco offers online training Jeffco pays for training or subs
    13. 13. Recommendations to improve online learning in our district1. Blended classes are the ideal method for learning. a. Students attend school 1 time per week in class b. Complete assignments on line c. Use virtual lectures, chats, and cooperative learning d. Field trips for relevance and deeper understanding e. Cost to create this style of learning is none to very small2. The Virtual Academy program needs updated to match the Jeffco expectations in network application ability. a. Better communication with online help situations both at district and host sites – research and take bids for host
    14. 14. Future Recommendations to improve online learning in our district1. Add class choices at the High School level to reach the students at high risk – help graduation rate and drop out rate2. Advertise throughout the state, not just within schools – more enrollment3. Add adult blended classes at night or on weekend – support community and charge for classes4. Add class choices for 1st grade – 8th grade – homebound and home school students stay with Jeffco
    15. 15. ReferencesJeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy. (n.d.). Retrieved April, 2011, from Jefferson County Public Schools website:, J. (2011). eSN special report: Blended learning on the rise. eSchool news: Technology News for Today’s K-20 Educator. Retrieved from http://www.eschoolnews.comNational standards for quality online teaching. (2010). Retrieved April, 2011, from International Association for K-12 On-line Learning website: e%20Teaching.pdfNew report highlights barriers to online learning. (2011). eSchool News: Technology News for Today’s K-20 Educator. Retrieved from highlights-barriers-to-online-learning/print/On-line schooling K-12. (2011). Retrieved April, 2011, from Solutions for Teaching and Research: Maximize your effectiveness through the use of technology. (2008, August 4). Retrieved April, 2011, from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Division of Information Technology, Academic Technology website:, B., & Grigg, K. (2011). Michigan uses online learning to reach at-risk students. eSchool News:Technology News for Today’s K-20 Educator. Retrieved from students/print/