Wednesday May 27, 2009 Phyllis Lentz , Director of Global Services, Florida Virtual School (FL) Mike Petersen , Manager, K...
20 million  users 9 global  offices across  4 continents Born from  education  in 1997 1,000+ of us,  working with  5,200+...
<ul><li>Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver a 21st Century educat...
<ul><li>An open, web-based teaching and learning platform for engaging and assessing learners in and beyond the  classroom...
Client Community
FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL <ul><li>Blackboard Client Spotlight </li></ul>
Launching A District Virtual School: Featuring Tips for Success from Florida Virtual School Phyllis Lentz
“ In our current system, time is the constant and achievement the variable.  We have it backwards.  Achievement should be ...
In  Prisoners of Time , the Commission recommends that we &quot;fix the design flaw&quot; in American schools and that &qu...
The Internet and education are the two great equalizers in life. Put them together as e-learning and they have the potenti...
<ul><li>Which Labels fit  today’s students? </li></ul>Gen Y Millennials Digital Natives Echo Digital Immigrants Baby Boome...
<ul><li>“ Technology has been completely transparent to the Net Gen. It doesn’t exist. It’s like the air.” </li></ul><ul><...
Today’s classroom “ Ours is a world of 24 hour news cycles, global markets, and instant messaging. Our education system [o...
If you build it, will they come?
<ul><li>Florida TaxWatch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/110507FinalReportFLVS.pdf </li...
What do you hope parents and students say about your teachers?
Communication
Policies for Success Grade Earned in Subject Traditional School (2005) FLVS (2006) A 39% 55% B 28% 27% C 17% 12% D 8% 3% F...
Course  Rigor and Quality
Continuous Professional Development
<ul><li>“ In  10 years , computer-based, student-centric learning will account for  50 percent  of the ‘seat miles’ in U.S...
Blackboard Case Study Innovative and Digital Learning in New Mexico: IDEAL-NM <ul><li>State wide online learning system </...
Blackboard Case Study Cobb County School District <ul><li>Rapidly growing community </li></ul><ul><li>107,000 students </l...
Blackboard Learn <ul><li>Common Challenges : </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding course offerings for all students </li></ul><ul><...
Quick Start Solutions: Virtual Schools Challenge: “ Developing online courses takes time and resources but I need to make ...
Quick Start Solutions: Virtual Schools Challenge: “ I don’t know how to start an online program at my district. Who can I ...
www.k12perspectives.com “ Online learning is about extending class days and class time for struggling students who many no...
Thank you! Questions?  <ul><li>Phyllis Lentz </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Global Services </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Virtual...
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District leaders are facing mounting pressures to improve and expand educational programs to ensure that students graduate and that they do so prepared for workforce and college-level challenges. But with scarce budgets, student scheduling conflicts, and limited teacher availability, districts are looking to online learning for cost-effective and flexible student learning opportunities that are interactive, connected and personalized.

However, as districts look to start a virtual school, they often do not know where to begin or how to demonstrate early success of the program. The time and resources necessary to create courses may seem overwhelming and districts often need to build expertise necessary to bring learning online.

Phyllis Lentz, Director of Global Services at Florida Virtual School (FLVS), describes how districts are expanding learning opportunities through online courses and shares recommendations on how you can get started at your district. With over 90 courses, 54,000 current students, and 100,400 enrollments,* FLVS has the proven experience to offer insight on how districts can efficiently move courses online and build a successful virtual school.

Also shared in the presentation is how Blackboard Learn and the Blackboard Virtual School Quick Start Solution are helping districts achieve their goals.

* As of April 13, 2009, based on the 2008-2009 school year thus far. FLVS completions are measured as half-credit enrollments, based on student completions during a 12-month period.

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    1. 1. Wednesday May 27, 2009 Phyllis Lentz , Director of Global Services, Florida Virtual School (FL) Mike Petersen , Manager, K-12 Solutions Engineers Launching A District Virtual School: Featuring Tips for Success from Florida Virtual School
    2. 2. 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 +
    3. 3. <ul><li>Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver a 21st Century educational experience that is engaging, individualized and effective </li></ul>Our Vision:
    4. 4. <ul><li>An open, web-based teaching and learning platform for engaging and assessing learners in and beyond the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>3,000+ clients, 15+ million estimated active users, at all levels of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Local or hosted deployment </li></ul>Engaging and assessing learners at all levels
    5. 5. Client Community
    6. 6. FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL <ul><li>Blackboard Client Spotlight </li></ul>
    7. 7. Launching A District Virtual School: Featuring Tips for Success from Florida Virtual School Phyllis Lentz
    8. 8. “ In our current system, time is the constant and achievement the variable. We have it backwards. Achievement should be the constant, and time the variable.” 1992 SCANS Report Opportunity of Online Learning
    9. 9. In Prisoners of Time , the Commission recommends that we &quot;fix the design flaw&quot; in American schools and that &quot;state and local boards work with schools to redesign education so that time becomes a factor supporting learning, not a boundary marking its limits .” The 1994 National Education Commission on Time and Learning (NECTL) report, Prisoners of Time , p. 31 Opportunity of Online Learning
    10. 10. The Internet and education are the two great equalizers in life. Put them together as e-learning and they have the potential to level the playing field for organizations, companies and countries worldwide.” John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Opportunity of Online Learning
    11. 11. <ul><li>Which Labels fit today’s students? </li></ul>Gen Y Millennials Digital Natives Echo Digital Immigrants Baby Boomers 911 Generation Gen X Net Generation
    12. 12. <ul><li>“ Technology has been completely transparent to the Net Gen. It doesn’t exist. It’s like the air.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ At their fingertips they have access to </li></ul><ul><li>much of the world’s knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning for them should take place </li></ul><ul><li>where and when they want it.” </li></ul>Net Generation Don Tapscott – Grown Up Digital
    13. 13. Today’s classroom “ Ours is a world of 24 hour news cycles, global markets, and instant messaging. Our education system [our classrooms] should reflect the times we’re living in.” Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education
    14. 14. If you build it, will they come?
    15. 15. <ul><li>Florida TaxWatch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/110507FinalReportFLVS.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annual Surveys http://www.flvs.net/educators/annual_external_evaluations.php </li></ul>Accountability and Evaluation
    16. 16. What do you hope parents and students say about your teachers?
    17. 17. Communication
    18. 18. Policies for Success Grade Earned in Subject Traditional School (2005) FLVS (2006) A 39% 55% B 28% 27% C 17% 12% D 8% 3% F 8% 3%
    19. 19. Course Rigor and Quality
    20. 20. Continuous Professional Development
    21. 21. <ul><li>“ In 10 years , computer-based, student-centric learning will account for 50 percent of the ‘seat miles’ in U.S. secondary schools.” </li></ul>Trajectory of Online Learning Disrupting Class “ About 80 percent of courses taken in 2024 will have been taught online in a student-centric way.”
    22. 22. Blackboard Case Study Innovative and Digital Learning in New Mexico: IDEAL-NM <ul><li>State wide online learning system </li></ul><ul><li>500,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>New Mexico </li></ul>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. <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding professional development and training for state agencies </li></ul>
    23. 23. Blackboard Case Study Cobb County School District <ul><li>Rapidly growing community </li></ul><ul><li>107,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>8,800 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia </li></ul>Challenge: Providing an alternative to classroom instruction Anytime, anywhere learning for students who need the flexibility to complete required courses but are not able to take them during the normal school schedule. Blackboard Solution: Personalized and Connected Learning Using Blackboard Learn, CCSD created eHigh School, which allowed students to complete required courses anytime, anywhere. <ul><li>eHigh School now offers 61 courses—from middle school Latin to personal fitness—to more than 1,800 students each year. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Blackboard Learn <ul><li>Common Challenges : </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding course offerings for all students </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping students engaged in their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Operating within limited and declining budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Raising graduation rates </li></ul><ul><li>Solution : </li></ul>Blackboard Learn provides the foundation for a district-based virtual school that engages students with personalized and connected learning opportunities and optimizes district resources.
    25. 25. Quick Start Solutions: Virtual Schools Challenge: “ Developing online courses takes time and resources but I need to make the courses available right away.” --Director of Instructional Technology <ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Quick Start Solutions will help you get started quickly and achieve early success </li></ul><ul><li>Enroll up to 50 students in Florida Virtual School courses </li></ul>
    26. 26. Quick Start Solutions: Virtual Schools Challenge: “ I don’t know how to start an online program at my district. Who can I turn to?” - Director of Instructional Technology <ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the Florida Virtual Leadership Course (1 seat) </li></ul><ul><li>Become certified to teach and learn online with 1 seat in 3 Blackboard Training Courses: Teaching and Learning Online Certification Series (Building Courses, Enhancing Communication, Assessing Learners) </li></ul>
    27. 27. www.k12perspectives.com “ Online learning is about extending class days and class time for struggling students who many not have gained competency across the curriculum and for students who need additional courses that are not locally available.” . Susan Patrick, President and CEO International Association for K-12 Online Learning
    28. 28. Thank you! Questions? <ul><li>Phyllis Lentz </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Global Services </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Virtual School (FLVS) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.blackboard.com/k12/learn </li></ul><ul><li>(866) 424-9299 ext. 2427 </li></ul>

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