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Title: The 21st Century Classrooms: Virtual Learning in Traditional Environments or What we now know that w


1
The 21st Century Classrooms Virtual Learning in
Traditional Environments or What we now know
that we wish we knew before
2
Agenda
  • Introductions
  • Lessons Learned
  • Virditional Course Delivery
  • Financial Considerations
  • Technical Issues
  • Questions

3
Todays Panelists
  • Jane Glass, Dave Hanna
  • Manheim Township
  • Kristie Clements
  • Buchanan HS of Technology
  • Liz Pape
  • Virtual High School

4
Virditional Course Delivery
  • Jane Glass,
  • Online Course Developer, Manheim Township
    HS
  • David Hanna, Head High
    School Principal, Manheim Township HS

5
Manheim Township SD
  • The Convergence
  • of Virtual and Traditional
  • Learning Experiences

6
Manheim Township SD
  • 1999 the Virtual beginnings…..
  • Virtual courses at MT originally planned to
    meet the needs of
  • the highly motivated, responsible, and
    disciplined
  • the strategic schedulers who desired flexibility
  • the non-traditional students with unique needs
  • (the vocational-technical students,
  • the homebound students, etc.)

7
Manheim Township SD
  • 2000 the Virtual expansion …..
  • Recognized that more steps exist between the
    two worlds of traditional and virtual
  • Many students were virtually reluctant
  • the technologically insecure and unsure
  • the conservative, cautious and complacent
  • the quiet, passive and introverted
  • the self-challenged in
    time-management,
    discipline, initiative, and responsibility

8
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2000 the Virtual expansion ….. leads to
    ANOTHER Delivery OPTION
  • VIRDITIONAL
  • What is it?
  • Why try it?

9
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2000 Another ONLINE Delivery option
  • VIRDITIONAL
  • VIR-tual
  • tra-DITIONAL
  • Virditional

10
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2000 Another ONLINE Delivery option
  • VIRDITIONAL
  • The virtual part
  • curriculum / activities of
  • the web-based courses
  • opportunities for individualized, flexible
    pacing
  • customized enrichment

11
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2000 Another ONLINE Delivery option
  • VIRDITIONAL
  • The traditional part
  • individualized assistance
  • smaller group facilitation
  • direct large group instruction
    face-to-face contact with a teacher
  • structure of daily classroom meetings

12
the Manheim Township (Lancaster, PA) Virditional
Online Program
13
… a relaxed atmosphere where I can work
at my own pace…
14
… I also like working with classmates.
…There is a lot of flexibility.
15
I didnt feel as rushed to complete things
as I did in other classes…
16
In this course, I got to express my
creativity, independence and self-disci
pline.
17
I love how you can self-pace and work ahead…
It was a nice feeling that I was truly
accomplishing something!
18
… in a (regular) class setting you are
sometimes held back by other students ...
… here, it doesnt affect you.
19
I feel that I have more contact with my
Virditional teacher than many of my other
teachers .
20
I like how when you have a question about a
certain issue, you have the teachers
one-on-one attention to help you …
21
… while everyone else may not need the
teachers help at the same time…
22
…when I do understand something, I don't need
to listen to a teacher sit and explain it
for a whole entire period.
23
In a traditional class, I wouldn't really be
able to ask individual questions, and if I DID
ask, I wouldn't be able to ask as many
questions.
24
It gives more of an opportunity to learn
about computers and how to use them.
25
Discussion boards gave me time to
plan my response, and pull materials
together.
26
I like the discussion board. It gives everyone
an equal opportunity to talk … …and you can
talk without feeling embarrassed.
27
… Also, some people can better organize
their thoughts in writing.
28
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2001 the Virtual expansion …..
  • Benefits of bridging the virtual divide
  • Develop a variety of academically-oriented
    technology skills
  • Develop a strong foundation for web-based
    learning
  • Provide daily structure for success
  • Provide immediate teacher support and feedback
  • Provide flexibility, self-pacing, and
    individualization
  • (contd)

29
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2001 the Virtual expansion …..
  • Benefits of bridging the virtual divide
  • (contd)
  • Develop skills of time management and pacing
  • Develop confidence to elect totally virtual
    delivery
  • Transform passive seat learners into more
    active learners
  • Prepare students for an information-based 21st
    century world of technology-oriented jobs,
    training and living !

30
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • 2002 the Virditional Effect
  • Doors of opportunity opened for traditional
    teachers
  • Online course tools supplement lessons
  • Infuse technology into delivery and instructional
    strategies
  • Provide immediacy and scope of Internet-based
    research
  • Level the field for class participation
  • Individualized attention when and where needed
  • Self-pacing options create less anxiety and
    stress
  • (District) Technology competency skills enhanced
  • Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants
    Marc Prensky, author of Digital
    Game-Based Learning

31
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • Virditional Learning
  • The future?

32
Manheim Township SD
VIRDITIONAL
  • Links
  • CoSN materials
  • http//www.mtwp.k12.pa.us/jane_glass/
  • Virditional segment handout (MS PowerPoint)
  • Students Virditional comments (PDF version)
  • No Bells, No Books, No Chalk 5 year history of
    program (.ppt)
  • Virditional.net site http//www.virditional.com/
  • Information for administrators educators about
    MTSDs program
  • MTHS Online Program http//www.mtwp.k12.pa.us/sch
    ools/newhs/academic/virtual.html
  • Information for parents students about MTSDs
    online program
  • E-Mail jane_glass_at_mtwp.net

33
Financial Considerations
  • Kristie Clements, Principal, Buchanan High School
    of Technology

34
Money, money, money
  • Building hosting your own program
  • Total Cost of Ownership analysis
  • Personnel administrative, teachers, help desk
  • Staff development training
  • Technology hardware, software, ISP
  • Building updating courses
  • Web assist or full courses

35
FTE or Tuition?
  • FTE
  • State or district rules
  • Siphoning from other schools/districts
  • Legal issues within state or district
  • District budget or program budget
  • Tuition
  • Extra period or part of school day
  • Technology fee only
  • Scholarships

36
Outsourcing
  • 3rd party provider
  • Start up costs
  • Student security
  • Reliability
  • Additional costs
  • Buying seats or horse trading
  • Quality
  • Scheduling
  • Forecasting needs and/or growth

37
Technical Considerations
  • Liz Pape, CEO, Virtual High School

38
Infrastructure
  • Registration
  • Grading
  • Counseling
  • Course Delivery
  • Buy
  • Build
  • Support
  • Help-desk
  • Tutoring
  • Training

39
Building Registration
  • Online vs paper
  • Students select?
  • How open?
  • How does this tie to course delivery?
  • What else is needed to support effective
    registration?
  • Tie to SIS?

40
Building Grading
  • How to disseminate
  • When?
  • To whom?
  • Security?
  • Ties to course design, assessment design
  • Type of feedback

41
Building Counseling Services
  • Who and Where are the counselors?
  • How accessible?
  • Are they trained in online?
  • What tools do we provide?

42
Building a Support Structure
  • Help-desk
  • 24/7?
  • Technical?
  • Curriculum?
  • Tutoring
  • Whats available online?
  • Teaching staff or online tools?
  • Training
  • What skills do students and teachers need to
    learn in order to succeed in online delivery?

43
Building the Platform
  • Cost
  • Technical considerations
  • Security
  • Support
  • Design
  • Maintenance and updates
  • Pedagogical support whos driving?

44
One Model to Consider
  • Evaluation
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Course Migration
  • Weighted Evaluation
  • Template Creation
  • Selection
  • Evaluation Results
  • Financial Results
  • Migration
  • Pilot Migration
  • Full-Scale Migration
  • Training

45
Criteria and Weights
  • Asynchronous Threaded Discussion (5)
  • Overall Ease of Use (5)
  • Team Capabilities (5)
  • Participant Training (3)
  • Class Management (4)
  • Course Building (4)
  • Grading (4)
  • Infrastructure (4)
  • Staff Training (4)
  • Other Features (3)

46
Asynchronous Threaded Discussion
  • Sorting capabilities
  • Ability to lock messages (private vs public)
  • Ability to easily see history
  • Ability to lock thread starters and reopen
    on a scheduled basis

47
Overall Ease of Use
  • Teacher Usability
  • Ability to post to students (private area)/to
    class
  • Update course docs - WYSIWYG
  • Intuitive interface
  • Other (please list)

48
Overall Ease of Use
  • Student Usability
  • Ability to save work in progress/revision
  • Personal information space
  • Private space for communication between
  • student/teacher
  • Ability to post assignments
  • Other (please list)

49
Overall Ease of Use
  • School Admin Usability
  • Ability to quickly find faculty contact
    information
  • Ability to check teacher/course status
  • Ability for teachers/SCs to edit (student email,
    calendar entries, contact info)
  • Course enrollment
  • Add/Drop students after initial enrollment
  • Other (please list)

50
Overall Ease of Use
  • VHS Admin Usability
  • Ability to post/remove announcements
  • Locate contact information via web site
  • Other (please list)

51
  • Questions?
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