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National University Virtual High School

AP and College Prep

Guided Study: $295 (4-`6 wk) AP: $375 (816 wk)

Science courses not approved



Guided Study – Mostly asynchronou s AP – Both Sync and Async Asynchronou s

Summer program – self paced.


Synchronous and asynchronou s

Partnere d with K12, appears. Not sure why less expensiv e than K12 Unclear if individu al courses are



Will set up auditor access. Pending email receipt. You have to go to online textbook website. Good video files, but ebook doesn’t run them on browser. More cumbersome to switch websites. Seems like there is more chat and discussion possibly. Have to present in a virtual classroom. Have access – expires Friday. Somewhat cheesy dialogs. Mixes spanish and English and errors in spelling. Easy to follow along practice problems, good practice problems. Unclear where discussion boards are Hasn’t gotten back to me, but seems robust.f

Brigham Young University Independent Study (BYU)

Has learning checkpoints where you must meet with instructor online. Required to meet instructor before can move on. More personal contact. Have to submit audiofiles to be graded. Seems like it has a lot of student/teacher interaction.

$132/0.5 credit

National Connections Academy ate-school/home.aspx



Have to call 888.440.2899

319-349 per semester

Fixed Class Schedule – Has online demo

Requeste d Online Trial x


K12, Inc. –


$425$475/semeste r or summer

Fixed - have summer courses with specific start dates. Can do a demo or a monthly enrollment to try course before purchasing fully

Laurel Springs

Submitted form requesting info

$650$750/Semeste r + $100 application fee

Not fixed. Can do summer

$80 app fee + $3,400

Central to coursework at OHS are synchronous discussions held in the online classroom. These mandatory sessions are conducted in a real-time video-

Kaplan Virtual Education Stanford Online High School

Lots of classroom interaction with video conferencing.

Has demos of how works, open houses. WEBLIN K BROKE N


conferencing environment. Looks like summer is a residential program. Not flexible Education20 /20

Florida Virtual School nts.aspx

PASS Program/Cy ber High .aspx



Accelerated and ap

Not impressed. Can’t find price. Seems very for profit. Not much substance to website. Publicwhatever that means – free for florida residents. Has tour Seems part of public school, designed for credit remediation, migrant students. Not sure if private students qualify. Only from

Virtual School

certain counyties

UC College Prep Online

Narrow offerings


UC Irvine Extension VHS, Inc. Virtual High School Global Consortium

$225 – 4 week/semeste r $400 8 week/year long

Unsure about credits. All materials visible online. No teacher support until Fall 2013 Doesn’t seem high school oriented. Cosynchronous. No simultaneous login, but set due dates. Seems very legit. Has demo course.


Are any programs free or only when associated with a given public high school? Florida has free programs for florida residents. California? Yes, uses k12 platform but appears to be only for full time enrollment and have fixed class meeting times.

National University Virtual High School offers both regular and AP courses. Prices range from $275 to $375 per course and there are some scholarships available. • National Connections Academy offers both regular and AP courses. Prices range from $345 to $445 per course. Choose the part-time enrollment option to take individual courses. • K12 International Academy offers both regular and AP courses. Prices range from $375 to $750 per course. Choose the part-time enrollment option to take individual courses. • Apex Learning Virtual School offers both regular and AP courses. Courses are $350 per semester ($700 per year-long course). • Laurel Springs Online o San Francisco Flex Academy uses k12 but then has onsite classes. Full time only. •

Anna middleb 571-392-2777 Ben Jenkins - MIT online U – via itunes Stanford’s continuing Ed – Physics – a theoretical minimum – free itunes U. School of one email address bounces Concern about having digital immigrants teach online course to digital natives. Does their immigrant status discredit their ability to teach an online course? MOOCs give democratic access to education, but only most motivated students complete courses. Drop out rate is much higher for online courses than standard courses for at risk populations. Fewer personal relationships, support, accountability. See editorial in NYTimes. May appear to give lower income students more access, but in reality, lack of support does little to promote positive outcome. Seems that blended model works best. Human relationships still honored. Be wary of financial backing. Coursera is Harvard, Stanford, etc. Udacity is Kaplan, for profit backing. Retention rates in online learning are not as high as in person. People postulate that it is due to lack of human touch. - article says that online learning has an edge over face to face in terms of students learning the material but that it isn’t due to technology but rather time, since they have much more time and can repeat in online context. (My question: were the assessment methods the same? Do online courses tend to favor a wider variety of assessment or narrower?) Level of engagement needs to be high whether online or traditional course.

That research “demonstrate[d] that students feel more satisfied in their online courses when they feel engaged through human presence design, Read more: Inside Higher Ed - Use of video and audio files adds human element. – importance of social presence. I personally think that the emotional communication is key. When a story is told that connects to emotions – students remember that story. Video can have more affect and emotion than text can. “There is a huge qualitative difference between learning about something, which requires only information, and learning from something, which requires that the learner enter into a rich and complex relationship with the subject at hand.” “Now consider that a study reported in U.S. News & World Report estimated that the current generation of children, with its legions of struggling readers, would experience one-third fewer face-to-face conversations during their school years than the generation of 30 years ago. It may well be that educators are trying to solve the problem of illiteracy by turning to the very technology that has diminished the experiences children need to become literate.” “We must help our young people develop the considerable moral and ethical strength needed to resist abusing the enormous power these machines give them.” “So it seems that we are faced with a remarkable irony: that in an age of increasing artificiality, children first need to sink their hands deeply into what is real; that in an age of light-speed communication, it is crucial that children take the time to develop their own inner voice; that in an age of incredibly powerful machines we must first teach our children how to use the incredible powers that lie deep within themselves.” My question: Can online classes help students feel that they matter? That their actions have consequence? Character education? I see online as a good substitute for the large lecture style course, and perhaps even for some discussion sections if use google meetup, but doesn’t build relationships as effectively. My question: What does collaboration look like online? Google Meetups? From the course website: What online tools are available for making my digital artefact? There are many online tools you could use to create and/or publish your artefact. Here are just a few ideas:

Voicethread: - useful for making a slide show that allows for shared recorded commentary attached to each slide. “Create dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos” Storify: - Gather stories from social media and elsewhere into one location. Xtranormal: Xtranormal instantly turns your words into a 3D animated movie Pixton: - Comic making platform Issuu: A way of making an online magazine from your documents. Storybird: Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories. Weebly: - website building Animoto: spiced up slideshow of still images Prezi: dynamic presentation building Wikispaces: A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of. Wikispaces is special because we give you a visual editor and a bunch of other tools to make sharing all kinds of content as easy for students as it is for their teachers. TedEd: You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube. - See more at: Google Sites: -website builder or any blog, web space or wiki site! This wiki has more ideas: ‘50+ web 2.0 ways to tell a story’: Other possibly useful resources: Wordle: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. Brainstorming

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