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					High School Online Learning
  Requirement and Options
 for Wayne County Schools
                 March 14, 2006

                    Presented by
   Anupam Chugh, ITV Consultant, Wayne RESA
          (chugha@resa.net, 734-334-1500)
 David Frankel, Technology Consultant, Wayne RESA
          (franked@resa.net, 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 (chugha@resa.net, 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
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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.
Michigan Department of Education. (2005). Recommendations from the State Superintendent
   on Michigan High School Graduation Requirements. Retrieved on February 28, 2006 from
   http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-37818-132123--,00.html.
Michigan Department of Education. (2006). Dispelling the Myths, Misunderstandings, &
   Misconceptions. Retrieved March 3, 2006 from
   http://www.michigan.gov/documents/faq_142351_7.pdf.
Rochester Institute of Technology. (2004). Blended Learning Pilot Project: Final Report for the
   Academic Year 2003 – 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2006 from
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Snipes, Jeff. (2005). Blended Learning: Reinforcing Results. Retrieved March 3, 2006 from
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WikiBooks. (2005). Blended Learning in K-12. Retrieved March 7, 2006 from
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