Virtual Schools for Credit Recovery A’KENA LONGBENTON PETE WILHELM IT 6230 4.10.12
Welcome Avatar on Online Learninghttp://www.voki.com/mywebsite.php● Click on the above link● Once opened, under the image, click the “play” icon.
What is Virtual Schooling? “…instruction via a web-based educational delivery system that includessoftware to provide a structured learning environment (Watson, J. F., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, B., & Rapp, C. 2011).“Types of Virtual Schooling ● Online instruction can be teacher-led over A virtual environment. Strong technological skills are necessary on the part of both student and teacher. ● Blended instruction has some face-to-face instruction and online instruction. ● Teacher-facilitated learning puts the teacher in the role of coach and guide as the student directs their learning. ● Self-paced learning is done by the student with little to no guidance from an online instructor.
Virtual Schooling as a Credit Recovery Option Online programs vary and their goals related to credit recoveryand at-risk students vary with each online program. Watson and Gemin (2008) indicate that the programs are often focused on one or more of the following:● Help students make up credits to meet graduation requirements● Meet graduation deadlines● Prepare students for state exams● Get dropout students back in school● Provide educational equity for all students● Meet budgetary concerns while trying to serve all students
Credit Recovery In-Practice Watson, J., & Gemin, B. (2008) Promising practices in online learning: Using online learning for at-risk students and credit recoveryAldine Independent Schools, TexasA school district adds an online component to provide an alternative to theclassroom for at-risk studentsFlorida Virtual SchoolCredit recovery courses delivered by a state-led supplemental programJackson School District, Alternative School, Jackson, MichiganUsing online content to increase course options within the Alternative SchoolOnline Learning Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District, CACredit recovery courses offered by a large school district in a blendedenvironment
Virtual School Benefits● Virtual schools will allow our at-risk students to graduate timely with their peers.● These courses can be taken in a hybrid environment—online independence and during the school day.
Wrap Around System “All Hands on Deck”● Board of Education● Principal● Counselor● Online Teacher● Local Teacher● Technology Specialist● Students● Parents
Virtual School BenefitsBelow are resources in support of virtual schooling. Please browse them with an openmind to see virtual school benefits for our students.● Included in the below website are benefits of virtual schools and myths debunked. http://new.sisdvs.org/benefits-virtual-school.php ● Below is a scholarly paper on virtual schools as presented at an annual Distance Teaching and Learning conference. http://www.uwex. edu/disted/conference/Resource_library/proceedings/03_71.pdf●● This link below is an article which discusses how the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of virtual schooling. http://www.college-university-directory. com/internet_5.html● National Overview of Virtual School Benefits●