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  1. 1. Montana Digital Academy<br />You can learn anywhere in Big Sky Country!<br />
  2. 2. Created by the Montana Legislature in 2009<br />
  3. 3. Serve K12 Students in Montana through Public Schools<br />Governing Board<br />Director (CEO) Curriculum Director (Vice CEO)<br />Montana licensed teachers<br />Core subjects, dual credit enrichment<br />Created by the Montana Legislature in 2009<br />
  4. 4. K-12/Higher Ed. Partnership<br />
  5. 5. Unique Educational Partnership<br />
  6. 6. MTDA Governing Board<br />
  7. 7. 45 core high school courses, including electives and AP offerings<br />9 dual credit college courses<br />New MTDA Connect - Launched February 2011<br />Courses available at 9-12 levels; <br />2010-2011 courses available at no cost to Montana students/parents and schools<br />MTDA Program Overview<br />
  8. 8. MTDA Enrollment Data 2010-11<br />
  9. 9. MTDA Courses<br />
  10. 10. Licensed in Montana<br />Employed by Montana school districts<br />Trained by MTDA on course development and online pedagogy<br />Monitored and mentored by MTDA staff<br />MTDA Teachers<br />
  11. 11. MTDA Teachers<br />
  12. 12. Red = Teachers Purple = Students<br />MTDA Teachers and Students<br />
  13. 13. What Students See<br />
  14. 14. Mathematics – AP Calculus simulation<br />
  15. 15. Resources – Video Science Labs<br />
  16. 16. Moodle Discussions, Audio, Video and Text Chat<br />Communication<br />
  17. 17. MTDA Online Delivery Tools<br />GENIUS SIS<br />
  18. 18. Usually defined as an in-school opportunity for students to earn academic credits that they have lost, or are about to lose, by failing a regular course. <br />– 10/20/2008<br />Credit Recovery or Credit Retrieval<br />
  19. 19. MTDA Can Help Your Students Make-Up Credits!<br />MTDA Connect <br />Credit Retrieval Program<br />Connecting MTDA Coach-Student-Local Site Facilitator<br />Credit Retrieval<br />
  20. 20. Examples of MTDA Connect Courses<br />
  21. 21. Charged by Montana to do so <br />Requests before and after original credit rolled out<br />High cost of solutions, especially for small schools<br />Why credit retrieval to keep pace?<br />
  22. 22. Focused Learning Efforts<br />K-12<br />After school programs<br />Saturday or summer School<br />Block scheduling<br />Academies<br />Early ID of at-risk population<br />College<br />Fast-track/focused programs<br />Adult Basic Ed<br />Veteran’s Upward Bound<br />Types of Credit Retrieval<br />
  23. 23. Commercial Products<br />Aventa<br />PLATO<br />NovaNET<br />Apex<br />Florida Virtual<br /><br />Khan Academy ( <br />Commercial Computer-Based Solutions<br />
  24. 24. Time-based model<br />Based on Caroll (1963) <br />“Quality instruction is defined by a structure based on knowing what objectives are, access to content and carefully planned and specified wide range of instructional events”<br />Mastery Learning Model<br />Based on Bloom (1987)<br />Bloom preferred self-paced learning or adjusting the time to the student’s aptitude<br />---Loupa (2010)<br />PLATO Learning Environment (PLE)<br />
  25. 25. Notify of objectives<br />Organize into small units<br />Materials and strategies should be identified and used consistently<br />Each unit has pre-test<br />Allow for/provide supplementary instruction<br />Bloom’s 5 Steps For Mastery Learning<br />
  26. 26. Combine intrusive, focused, supported mastery learning <br />With individualized/computer based solution<br />MTDA Connect- home-grown attempt to:<br />
  27. 27. Assess individual learner gaps<br />Individualized instructional path<br />Self paced<br />Flexible<br />Internet Resources<br />Offline activities<br />Regain lost academic ground<br />MTDA Connect<br />
  28. 28. Accessible/secure/comprehensive solution<br />Purchased centrally, shared widely<br />Technical support<br />Enrollment management<br />Curricular oversight<br />Integrated solution? Coming Soon<br />MTDA Connect Charge<br />
  29. 29. District Rep contacts us<br />Fills out enrollment form(s)<br />Go through short orientation<br />Figure out how to support students locally<br />How Schools Get Involved<br />
  30. 30. MTDA + local facilitator + academic coach<br />Online access 24/7 to curriculum<br />Modular, individualized, self-paced<br />Module tests open for 2 tries<br />Post-tests unlocked manually and monitored locally<br />How MTDA Connect Works<br />
  31. 31. PLATO Vocabulary<br />Tracking and communication <br />Pre-test, module exemption or module mastery, post-test<br />Grade reports<br />How MTDA Connect Works<br />
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  36. 36. Wide variety of programs at local level<br />Balance with local needs to provide support<br />Grading or teaching needs<br />Changes equation for students<br />Subject matter certified – Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Computers, Health<br />Can make modifications to curriculum<br />Why use coaches?<br />
  37. 37. Monthly meeting with MTDA and Coaches<br />PLE messaging<br />Email to facilitators and students<br />Google docs and for shared files<br />Toll free fax to email service for written work<br />Phone calls<br />Communication<br />
  38. 38. Analysis of curriculum/prioritize offline activities<br />Support Site<br />Teacher Materials<br />Curriculum maps<br />Suggestions for improvements<br />Modifications and Planning<br />Monthly Update Meetings<br />Taking Content Retrieval to the Next Level<br />
  39. 39. Class management<br />Local eyes and ears for MTDA Connect<br />Passwords<br />Enrollments<br />Tracking and Management<br />Help logging in then making students do it<br />Working on curriculum<br />Formative assistance<br />Conduit for communication<br />Tracking work<br />Grades and final assessment<br />Facilitators<br />
  40. 40. Great conversations happening now!<br />Wide variety out there<br />Sometimes none<br />Poor past experiences/mixed results<br />Resource hurdles - technology, staffing, time<br />Potential for us to share/create a model <br />Creating A Solution for Montana<br />
  41. 41. Do get “intrusive” in Credit Retrieval<br />Don’t expect different results without changing the variables<br />Do’s and Don’ts<br />
  42. 42. Rolling for first time from Spring to Summer<br />Modifying curriculum<br />Research adding alternate systems or courses<br />Full integration with SIS for enrollment and enhanced data tracking/reporting<br />Training and presentations to propagate best practices with facilitators/coaches, etc<br />Future<br />
  43. 43. Roles State<br />
  44. 44. The Status of Online Learning (Fall 2009)<br />
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  46. 46.<br />Keeping Pace with Online Learning<br />
  47. 47. SIZE- Range from a few thousand to about 16,000 course enrollments 2009-10.<br />Funding - Funded primarily by legislative appropriation, sometimes supplemented by charging course fees.<br />Grade level - Primarily high school, although half offer middle school courses. <br />Full -time students Most provide supplemental courses to students who are enrolled in another school full time. <br />Attributes of State Virtual Schools<br />
  48. 48. Organization type - Run by or within the state education agency.<br />Accountability for student achievement - Most state virtual schools work in partnership with local school districts, which grant the credit for the online course. The state virtual school provides the grade for the course.<br />Attributes of State Virtual Schools<br />
  49. 49. Questions and Comments<br />
  50. 50. Contact Ryan Schrenk<br /> <br />406-243-6122<br />Skype: ryan.schrenk<br />Twitter: ryanschrenk<br />This presentation is available at slideshare:<br /> <br />Questions? Interested in discussing or partnering?<br />