Students don’t have to be 21 to
utilize online learning tools for
WERA Spring Conference 2007 – Making the Grade
Presenters: Kathy Seltzer, Mark Ryder
Teachers, Everett Public Schools
Sometimes it takes many people working together
in a variety of different ways to help a student
succeed and achieve goals.
2.3 million people took some
kind of online course.
USA Today Jan. 1, 2006
2.3 Million last year
High School Grad requirement
Fastest growing pop? K-2
As of July 2005, 21 states and 9%
of all public schools had online
Enrollment in K12 online
learning is expected to double
in the next year to over 1
On April 20, 2006, Michigan Governor
signed into law legislation that will
REQUIRE high school students to pass an
online class as a graduation requirement.
Genesis of OnlineHS
• Six years ago….
• Over 350 students were leaving the
Everett Public Schools and taking
courses from BYU
– $96 per semester credit = cheap
– Wide variety of subject offerings
– Counselors and schools were promoting
the program and had representatives
visiting/recruiting on campuses
Online Learning in Washington
• 1995: Evergreen Internet
• 1996: Federal Way’s
• 2002: Everett’s OnlineHS
• 2004: Spokane Virtual
• 2005: Insight Schools
• 2006: Washington Virtual
OnlineHS: Then to Now
Early years: Middle years:
Fee-based Recovery •Any student- inside & outside district
12 courses •30 courses
3 teachers/part time •9 teachers/part time
Everett students only •Serving other districts
• Any student & district
• 30+ courses
• Consolidated teaching staff
• Full-time OnlineHS students
• WASL Prep with COE
OnlineHS Course Offerings
• 9A: Reading & Writing • Biology A
• 9B: For Students BY Students • Biology B
• 10A: What is Freedom? Social Studies
• 10B: What is Leadership? • World History A
• 11A: Essentials of Argument • World History B
• 11B: History & Culture • US History A
• 12A: Diversity in American • US History B
Lit. • Washington State History
Math • Government
• Algebra 1A Health & Fitness
• Algebra 1B • Health
• Geometry A • LifeTime Fitness A (PE 1)
• Geometry B • LifeTime Fitness B (PE 2)
• Algebra 2 w/Trig A NEW: WASL PREP w/COE
• Algebra 2 w/Trig B • Math
• Pre-Calculus A • Reading
• Pre-Calculus B • Writing
• OnlineHS is offered through the Everett Schools.
• Five (5) courses are considered full-time.
• Full-time students are expected to spend a
minimum of twenty-five hours per week on their
• Students attending OnlineHS as their only school
may enroll in up to five courses with no tuition fee.
• Students may be enrolled at OnlineHS and a
resident building school with no tuition fee
charged, as long as the combined number of
courses between OnlineHS and a resident
building school does not exceed six classes.
• Students who are enrolled full-time in a resident
building school, or other educational program, are
required to pay tuition unless inter-district
shared FTE agreement.
FTE- INTERDISTRICT AGREEMENT
• Each district should have school board policy
that governs choice and inter-district
• Districts can share a student through an inter-
district shared FTE agreement as long as the
student is not counted for more than 1.0 FTE.
• Students who are enrolled in a Private school
will be charged a tuition fee for course(s) taken,
unless the course(s) selected are not offered at
• If applicable, OnlineHS tuition fee is $200.00 for
each one semester (.5 credit) course.
• Tuition fees are nonrefundable.
• Students are required to inform OnlineHS of all
courses taken at other educational facilities.
Why this option for students?
• Students: On-Time Graduation
• District: Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)
• Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
OnlineHS WASL prep courses w/ COE
• Washington state students may enroll full-time for free.
• Courses are available 24/7 from any Internet-
• Content is rich, rigorous and engaging.
• All courses are taught by WA State certified, Highly
Qualified and experienced online instructors.
• Contact info:
How are we doing?
Are you ready for
• Task Oriented
• Good Communicator.
• Computer w/Color Monitor, 40 MB HD, 64 MB
RAM, & CD-ROM
– PC with Pentium processor & Windows 98 or newer
– Macintosh with PowerPC processor and System X
• Internet connection
– 56K modem (minimum)
– DSL, cable, etc = better “experience”
• Web Browser
– Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or later version
– Netscape (Navigator) 6.1 or later version
– Others (Firefox, Opera, Lynx, etc)- not supported
• Comfortable & competent using a
• Able to use productivity tools (word
processing, spreadsheets, etc)
• Experienced Internet user. Can
navigate comfortably and search the
• Responsible communicator.
How? Where? When?
• ANY online computer
in the world
• NO special software
required needed to
• Accessible through
most every web
browser. Above: an Internet Café in Mexico
• 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
• Students must have an Internet
connected computer at home.
Inside your course
Let’s take a closer
look at the left margin
Important Course Toolbar
ANNOUNCEMENTS: check for class,
•GO TO CLASS: THIS is your course.
This is the content and material.
•ASSIGNMENTS: This is where you DO
your class work.
•Course Info.: course overview & outline,
policies & procedures
•COMMUNICATION: Links to
announcements, email, & discussion
•DISCUSSION BOARD: Social Area for
online learning. Asynchronous Discussion
•TOOLS (6) : View Grade book
GO To Class
Go To Class
1. Click button: “Go To Class”
2. Displayed in Units
•Click the Hyperlink to open each Unit
•Do each Unit in order
Folders contain items
See list below link
Click to open
Inside the assignment area:
This by your you “turn-in” an assignment
These items are graded by hand, is where instructor.
You can expect that they will be corrected, scored, graded
1. Work OFF-line first:
and recorded in your Grade Book within 3 school days. in WORD or
A. Compose your work
a word processor.
B. Save it on YOUR home computer
C. Copy it.
2. Copy your work into the online
3. Click “submit” to send to your teacher.
• OnlineHS is NOT “Computer aided
• All teachers are:
– WA Certificated Everett Public Schools Staff
– Highly Qualified Subject area experts
– Trained specifically in online learning
• Interact with them.
Attributes of an Online Teacher
• Subject matter expert
• Interested in student success in an
• Excellent communicator
• Able to build rapport & connect
• Comfortable using technology
• Responds to email w/in 24 hours
• Posts announcements weekly
• Corrects/Scores & enters grades
for on-time assignments within 3
• Maintains an active presence in the
• An Online class
means online tools
• That tool is
• NOT phone*
• NOT drop-in*
Internal Email: “Messaging”
Everett hosted courses only at this time
WHAT TO EXPECT with
What to Expect: What will students do?
• Log-in to site daily:
• Check announcements & messages.
• Access current unit.
– Instructional sound lessons:
• Instruction, practice, evaluate
• Complete assignments.
• Communicate with your teacher using
messages or email
What to Expect: Work
• Some classes require a lot of reading
– Before starting, see what needs to be done
and plan accordingly.
• Online Learning EXPECTS and
REQUIRES students to work
What to Expect: Grades & Credits
• Standards, resubmission, retakes
• When successfully completed, students
will earn 0.5 credit for each course
• Transcript will reflect regular Everett
School District course code
corresponding to course.
Local Curriculum for Success
• Built on important skills as measured by WASL
• Reading strands & targets
• Mathematics strands & targets
• Expository & Persuasive writing
• Classroom based assessments
• Highest quality alignment with state standards
• Does the family have time
for the STUDENT to
dedicate to online
• Can the home computer
be tied-up by the
• Is the STUDENT
committed to working
diligently every day.
• Can the STUDENT meet
the demands of a 90 hour
course in 45 days?
Off We Go!