NYC Virtual School 2010 Pilots To better understand the benefits and challenges of virtual schooling in NYC, the Innovation Zone will pilot variations of online learning models in 42 schools serving approximately 4,000 students:
20 high schools will pilot use of online Advanced Place courses.
10 high schools will pilot use of online Credit Recovery courses.
12 high schools will pilot a new blended school model that incorporates substantial use of online instruction, out-of-school resources and experiences, differentiated teaching roles and staffing models, and mastery-based instruction.
Pilots will be evaluated formatively to inform future plans for large-scale virtual schooling, and for impacts on student achievement and growth. 2
CISCO Virtual Learning Platform The DOE will pilot the CISCO Learning Environment (CLE) to manage online course catalog and enrollment, online course participation, teacher and student collaboration, and integration with DOE data systems. Planned functionality
Schools access a common catalog of online courses and rich video licensed from third parties and authored by teachers.
Teachers from different schools team-teach selected online courses using video conferencing technologies.
Students work collaboratively on shared documents, wikis, videos, and other files.
Master teachers provide online coaching and mentoring to newer subject area colleagues across the collaborative.
External experts join classes via video conferencing technologies.
Teachers manage course and homework assignments, grades, calendar, and alerts.
New York Virtual School Strategy Development Strategic planning project We are proposing to organize a 90-day strategic planning project to better understand key issues and questions related to developing a virtual school strategy for New York City and, potentially, with NYSED and otherdistricts. 4
K-12 Online Learning: Key issues when starting a virtual school John Watson Evergreen Education Group www.evergreenedgroup.com
We work with: State education agencies: Texas, Wyoming, Maryland State virtual schools FL, MI, NM, CT, AL, NC, WI Non-profit organizations Monterey Institute for Technology and Education Online content and technology companies Connections Academy, K-12 Inc, Angel Learning, Apex Learning, Pearson Education
How many students are online? Sloan Consortium: 1.03 million K-12 online students in district online programs State virtual schools: 320,000 course enrollments Full-time online schools: 175,000 students
Trends: 2010 And Beyond Continued growth Shift to districts Increase in blended learning Competition
Continued Growth Online charter schools: Moving into new states; increasing in numbers in existing states State virtual schools: New states adding, but existing state schools threatened by budgets Districts: Focal point of most growth
Shift To Districts Varied program types: Both full-time and supplemental Blended: Focal point of most growth