Category Archives: Virtual Schools

What U.S. K-12 Teachers should know about #OER

In light of this week’s TES survey results on OER referenced by business , instructional technology, and  education sites, here’s what every teacher should know about OER and what policy makers and developers should know about how to support the creation, spread, … Continue reading

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Redesigning the Virtual Classroom: Applying @educonphilly

The previous post focused on the microcosm of my own classroom, and how I might answer the following questions within my own course: “What does empathy look like in an online school?” “What does it mean to acknowledge silent voices … Continue reading

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Taking @educonphilly into my Virtual Classroom

Two previous posts discussed my experiences at EduCon 2.8: Narrating Privacy without Fear and Listening to Voices. The entire weekend itself was valuable, but it would be a waste to merely attend, write about it, and then close my notebook, never … Continue reading

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Listening to Voices @educonphilly

One thing that struck me about EduCon 2.8 in Philadelphia last week was the emphasis on voice. The event began with a series of interviews followed by a panel discussion. The next day, following the keynote address, a series of … Continue reading

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Narrating Privacy without Fear @educonphilly

This will be one of a few reflections on EduCon 2.8, a conference and conversation in Philadelphia January 29 to 31. For the first conversation Saturday, I listened to Fran Newberg, Jim Siegl, Jeff Graham, Bill Fitzgerald present Four Perspectives … Continue reading

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Helping Students Write Worthy Discussion Board Posts

In an online course, the discussion board can be a place for lively dialogues among students. Ideally, the course facilitator only moderates by pinning model threads or by adding additionally commentary to guide students. If this doesn’t sound like your … Continue reading

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Building a Better DB Post with Surveys #eteachertool

Google’s Forms opened my eyes to a new way of getting input from my students. Five years later, I still use various online survey generators (Excel Online or ones in my LMS) to ask students communication questions (“When is the … Continue reading

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Talking Collaborating @GAvirtual

This is the third of three posts wrapping up my third semester with the Georgia Virtual School. The first focused on discussion boards, the second on synchronous sessions, and now the third is on collaboration. Particularly teacher collaboration, because I … Continue reading

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Students MIA during synchronous sessions: What’s it Mean?

The synchronous session in an online class is essential for building community among the students and for strengthening the relationship between the student and the teacher. I know this. And now you know this. But my students…. Do they know … Continue reading

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Communicate 4.1.2 – Rubric Redesign #eteachertool

 Communicate 4.1.2 – Rubrics Quest Rubrics make grading easier and fairer. They help teachers evaluate subjective criteria by providing a list of objectives. Most teachers by now are familiar with the grid rubric, which is a good way of showing … Continue reading

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