This authoritative volume is the first to provide a thorough, detailed account of the virtual high school. Based on a 5-year study conducted by experienced researchers at SRI International, it provides crucial information to assist educators and policymakers in creating, adapting, and learning how to effectively use these new online schools. This book answers such questions as: What is the difference between an online and face-to-face classroom? What is it like to take, or to teach a course online? Are online courses effective? What are the problems with its use?
Virtual schools are a result of widespread changes in knowledge about learning, in available technology and in society. Virtual schooling is growing in popularity and will continue to attract students because of the benefits it offers over traditional schooling. Stakeholders in virtual schools need information to guide their decisions. For the foreseeable future, virtual schools will continue to meet diverse student needs, and to evolve in response to further change. Development and Management of Virtual Schools: Issues and Trends brings together knowledge of virtual schools as a reference for scholars and other groups involved in virtual schools. The chapters review best practice from concept and development, through implementation and evaluation.
"This timely and thoughtful book argues that technology can and will play a central role in efforts to achieve crucial education goals, and that it will be an essential component of further improvement and transformation of schools. Author Andrew A. Zucker develops his arguments by drawing on the most up-to-the-minute information about digital technologies and what we know about how they affect teaching and learning in real schools." "The book is marked not only by Zucker's cutting-edge sophistication about digital technologies, but also by his longstanding engagement with and commitment to K-12 education. It is destined to be recognized as the crucial volume on digital technology and education, and it will be essential reading for school leaders and teachers, policymakers, and those members of the general public - among them parents and engaged citizens - for whom the fate of education is a vital concern."--BOOK JACKET.
Today, millions of school-age children are learning outside of a traditional classroom and using cutting edge educational options. Policy experts predict that in a decade half of all education will be delivered virtually. In Virtual Schooling three top authorities help you navigate the fastest growing movement in education -- regardless of whether your child attends public school, private school or is home schooled. You'll discover how to: · Find opportunities and programs to optimize your child's learning, strengths and aptitudes. · Create a personalized learning plan for your child, which can remove barriers, ignite their passions and propel your child to new levels of learning. · Prepare your child for success in the workplace in any future economy.
A step-by-step guide explores the concept of virtual school libraries, summarizes the latest information about student and teacher use of electronic resources, and addresses the concept of virtual school libraries in the context of program administration, information access and delivery, and learning and teaching.
Solar-powered, housecleaning robots, and a Jetson's-like view of the 21st century--these are all fantasies that have fallen by the wayside. Wired asked more than 100 experts to assess the most favored future fantasies of our time, including an AIDS vaccine, contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, a cancer cure, food tablets, and the paperless office. Reality Check reveals the real future. 75 duotone photos.
Abstract: As education systems continue to grow and evolve with new advancements in technology, so do methods of instruction. Technological advancements have helped to further distributed learning, making instruction available to students in various geographic locations and times. Virtual secondary education is a form of distributed learning where secondary students complete their degrees fully online, outside of a brick-and-mortar school. There is a lack of information regarding the experiences of these students as they transition to traditional colleges and universities after attending virtual high schools. This study sought to describe the experiences of virtual high school graduates as they transition to traditional colleges and universities. The study was qualitative in nature, and used phenomenological research methods to form an understanding of these experiences. The study was completed in the fall semester of 2012. A total of 12 virtual high school graduates from South Carolina virtual high schools were interviewed. Nine of the students were attending traditional, brick-and-mortar four year degree awarding higher education institutions, and three students were attending technical colleges. The findings revealed four themes, two related to the academic aspect of the transition, and two related to the social aspects. The academic themes were time management and learning environment preferences. Participants indicated that attending the virtual high schools helped them to learn time management skills, which transferred to their skills in college. Participants had a variety of learning environment preferences, and felt there were benefits to both online and face-to-face classes. The social themes were involvement and homeschooling misconceptions. Participants believed that involvement was key to success in virtual high schools, and staying involved in college helped their transitions. Participants also indicated that many peers and faculty had misconceptions that they were homeschooled. The overarching essence of the study revealed a need for more support and understanding of their educational backgrounds. Specifically, the participants perceived a lack of understanding about their backgrounds. Professors, administrators as well as other students could benefit from learning about virtual education. Additional studies following virtual high school graduates throughout their college experiences are needed. Further, forming support networks or programs for them would be beneficial for this student group.
This all-inclusive guide to building and renovating schools covers every step of the process – from initial planning, needs assessment and design, right through moving into the new facility. An essential resource for anyone concerned with new school construction or renovation, including architects and engineers, contractors and project managers, facility managers, school administrators and school board members, building committees, community leaders, and anyone else who wants to ensure that the project meets the schools’ needs in a cost-effective, timely manner. The contributors to this book – architects, construction project managers, contractors, and estimators who specialize in school construction – provide start-to-finish, expert guidance on the process. FEATURES: Includes guidance on: Planning and design Selecting a design team Green design standards and technologies Integrating computer and building automation technology Security equipment, design approaches and cost issues Design considerations for specialty spaces like performing arts centers, library/media centers, computer labs, and science and art classrooms.
Effective moderation is a critical but often forgotten aspect of turning a netcourse or online discussion group into a goal-oriented learning community. This guide identifies principles and forms of dialog that support effective moderating, looks at key roles moderators play, and presents strategies for maintaining functional online groups. Intended for professors, corporate managers, and secondary school teachers. Collison and other contributors are members of the staff of The Concord Consortium, a nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to revolutionizing education through the use of information technologies. The book is not indexed. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR.