High School Online Learning Requirement and Options for Wayne County Schools March 14, 2006 Presented by Anupam Chugh, ITV Consultant, Wayne RESA (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-334-1500) David Frankel, Technology Consultant, Wayne RESA (email@example.com, 734-334-1378) http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HS_Task_Force_142214_7.pdf What is the new high school graduation requirement involving online learning? It depends … State Board of Education House Senate State Board of Education (as recommended by the state superintendent) Approved Dec. 13, 2005 The Michigan Merit Core of academic courses in the State Board’s plan states that “all students complete at least one on-line credit or non-credit course or learning experience, in order to graduate”. Rationale: “Students and employees must possess 21st Century literacy … In the 21st century the ability to be a lifelong learner will, for many people, be dependent on their ability to access and benefit from online learning.” House version (Bill 5606) “Beginning in the academic year that begins after the state board adopted a resolution indicating that the state board has determined that all school pupils … have substantially similar access to the Internet to substantially similar computing technology, has successfully completed at least 1 course of learning experience that is presented online, as defined by the Department.” Senate version (SB 1021/ SB1124) “Meets either of the following, as determined by the school district or PSA: (i) Has successfully completed at least 1 course or learning experience that is presented online, as defined by the department. (ii) … school district or PSA has integrated an online experience throughout the high school curriculum by ensuring that each teacher of each course that provides the required credits of the MMC has integrated an online experience into the course.” How can students meet this requirement? Option 1: Online Courses • Career Development in a Global Economy – This online Course will be made available to MI students at no cost (MDE and MVU collaboration, funded through a Microsoft grant) • VHS (http://mivhs.org) - Various Courses, cost: $250+/course • GenNET - Various courses through Genesee ISD, cost: $175+ per course (for details and registration (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-334-1500) • Directly through various vendors • Smart Solutions - over 900 courses through a variety of schools/universities. Cost: $149+ per course • Florida Virtual School (www.flvs.net) - various courses. Cost with teachers: $325/semester, $275 w/o teacher How can students meet this requirement? Option 1: Online Courses Continued • Use strategies to use local educators to teach online courses in a blended format (face-to-face and virtual) • Studies show this model to be the most effective when taking online courses (Snipes, 2005) How can students meet this requirement? Option 2: Online preparation courses for AP exams and ACT/SAT tests • Michigan Electronic Library (http://www.Mel.org) LearnATest Database – Free ACT, SAT, AP test prep tools • MVHS (http://www.mivhs.org) - Free MEAP practice test with short modules - SAT, ACT, AP practice test cost $$ • FLVS (http://flvs.org) – AP exam review courses are $24.95/course • Commercial Vendors (e.g., Kaplan) – Cost $$ How can students meet this requirement? Option 3: Courses using online textbooks Some districts have purchased books online (e.g., Grosse Pointe) How can students meet this requirement? Option 4: Online Learning Experience (Hybrid/Blended Courses – face-to-face instruction supplemented with online content) • Blackboard (http://blackboard.resa.net) - Online course management system available to Wayne County schools at no cost (through Wayne RESA) • Moodle (www.moodle.com) - Free online course management system software • eChalk (www.echalk.com) - $$ online course management tool; can be cheaper w/ e-rate funds • Other district online course management tool Option 4: Online Learning Experience (continued) Other interpretations/ideas of “online learning experience”? Online, multimedia student/created projects • WebQuests • e-portfolios • Multimedia projects integrating video, animation, images, etc. Key is documentation – you need something that you can document (save) to show how this mandate is being met. Other Options (as stated in the MDE FAQ document and State Superintendent Requirement examples) • CTE online courses like CISCO Networking Certification, Engineering Drafting/CAD, Computerized Accounting • Freedom to Learn classrooms • Career Cruising • $450/year, per building through Wayne RESA – Contact Halyna Bialczyk at Wayne RESA (734- 334-1320) for details Final Word??? Resources http://www.michigan.gov/mde Http://mel.org http://blackboard.resa.net http://www.mivu.org http://moodle.com http://www.careercruising.com http://www.class.com http://www.FLVS.org http://www.resa.net References Abate, Lisa. (2004). Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom. techLearning. Retrieved March 8, 2006 from http://www.techlearning.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=45200032. Carnevale, Dan. (2005). Michigan Considers Requiring High-School Students to Take at Least One Online Course. The Chronical of Higher Education. Retrieved March 3, 2006 from http://chronicle.com/free/2005/12/2005121301t.htm. 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