Interest in online credit-recovery courses continues to surge, prompting some policy experts and educators to consider whether traditional rules requiring students to spend a certain number of hours in the classroom, rather than simply demonstrate their proficiency in the subject matter, are increasingly outdated.
Disrupting Class, a new book by Clayton M. Christensen, Michale B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson, applies Christensen's now famous theories of "disruptive" change to the field of education.
All students learn differently. Most of us know this intuitively. We learn best through different methods, with different styles, and at different paces. We remember being in school and struggling to master a concept while a friend of ours grasped it immediately. When a parent or teacher would explain the same concept in a different way, however, we understood.
This week, Innosight Institute, where I am the executive director of the education practice, released a landmark report, titled The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of Emerging Models, which profiles 40 different operators leading the rise of K-12 blended learning.
Most people think of online learning as a quiet, solitary experience. But over the past few months, after interviewing students, parents, and aducators, a different sort of picture has emerged.
With a wealth of online courses for school districts to choose from, plus an abundance of interactive activities, videos, and digital information to sift through to design such courses, school leaders are embracing a variety of approaches to build online curricula.
Helping students stay on track for graduation from high school has never been more important, or more challenging, than it is today. A high school diploma is essential for students to qualify for the jobs that will allow them to earn the income necessary to support themselves and a family, and education beyond high school is increasingly a requirement for the positions available in today's global economy.
The Simi Valley Unified school board has approved the purchase of an online learning program that will allow students to recover credits this summer and attend a virtual school in the fall. At a special meeting April 14, the board unanimously approved the purchase of the APEX Learning Digital Curriculum, which will operate from four computer labs at Simi Valley High School.
I went to observe a learning technology platform in Orlando, but soon was caught up in the importance of blended high tech with high touch. I had asked Cheryl Vedoe, the CEO of Apex Learning, to point me to one of the high schools where her company is involved.
Online learning is not easy, says Maureen Cottrell, a science teacher at iHigh Virtual Academy, a fully-accredited virtual public high school in San Diego, California. "Many students fully expect it to be easy and then bomb out."