Virtual High School
In addition to tracking on-line colleges, Accredited Schools Online tracks on-line K-12 schools, broken out by state and public or private. These schools can provide classes that are live (set schedule), on-demand (access anytime), or combine both live and on-demand instruction.
E-School in Hawaii can be accessed over the Internet and/or instructional television and is supported by videos and CDs. 26 different secondary schools offer credit for its classes. And one student, moving to Florida, will be able to complete his work in his new home. This effort is one part of a DOEd Technology Grant program.
The Open Learning Agency in Canada contains a component for K-12, called the Open School. Traditional courses in science, such as biology, and art can be completed online. This model follows the schoolbymail pattern. It also includes workplace and career preparation.
The Concord Consortium holds workshops to train teachers in developing online courseware and provides a strong support desk capability. Their current curricular goal revolves about supplementing schools whose resources cannot address a full range of student needs, such as AP courses in small rural schools.
The Concord Consortium also draws upon the experience of its staff in inter-disciplinary and telecommunications-based science curriculum, such as microcomputer-based remote sensing investigations.
MOODLE allows you to quickly create – or experiment with – your own on-line learning environment. MOODLE is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.
Moodle is a free, open source, online Learning Management system enabling educators to create their own private website filled with dynamic courses that extend learning, any time, anywhere. Moodle's extremely customizable core comes with many standard features. It includes multilingual capability, support of open standards, and is free to use and customize.
Until recently, at the college level--and beyond--a mix of technologies have been used to deliver and respond to advanced, personalized learning opportunities. Now, some of these possibilities are trickling down to the K-12, especially high school, level. Many states are offering advanced placement courses, for instance, to regions in which such a small number of students sign up that a classroom teacher is prohibitively expensive.What are the pros and cons of this capability?