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  1. Kentucky Virtual Schools Not Just a Virtual School

  2. Kentucky Virtual Schools MEET THE KENTUCKY TEAM • Bob Fortney • Beth Gaunce • Tresine Logsdon • Paula White

  3. Kentucky Virtual Schools KENTUCKY IS • Rural • Poor • Educationally Challenged

  4. Kentucky Virtual Schools Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) Provided educational equity for ALL Kentucky students (1998) • State wide accountability & testing • Writing Portfolios • Additional PD & Teacher Training • School Based Decision Making • KETS Network & technology

  5. Kentucky Virtual Schools The Kentucky Virtual High School Established in October of 1999 by Governor Paul Patton to provide equity of curriculum for all Kentucky students

  6. Kentucky Virtual Schools The Kentucky Virtual Schools Established in 2007, Includes: • Kentucky Virtual High School • E-Learning Kentucky

  7. Kentucky Virtual Schools Kentucky Virtual High School • Core Content • 23 AP Courses • Dual Credit • Credit Recovery • AP Exam Review • Repository of Resources • World Languages, Math • Hybrid/Blended Classes

  8. Hybrid/Blended Initiative • Free: • Blackboard Course shell • Blackboard training • Content • KVHS courses • NROC courses • Monthly BL Bulletin • BL Community membership • Discussion • Resources Blended Learning Fact Sheet online at www.kyvs.org

  9. Hybrid/Blended Initiative

  10. Hybrid/Blended Initiative

  11. Kentucky Virtual Schools Why Go Hybrid? • Meet students where they are • Personalized learning; differentiated instruction • Flexibility; access to learning from home • Immediate feedback on assessments

  12. Kentucky Virtual Schools Why Go Hybrid? • Continuous contact with students • Discussion Boards, e-mail, Pronto, Wimba • Facilitate collaborative projects • KGHS, community building, scientific inquiry based projects • Interact with classmates in meaningful ways • Peer review, wikis, blogs, no more stand & deliver • Global and local interactivity • Constructivist learning!

  13. Kentucky Virtual Schools Why Go Hybrid? • Parental access to student work and performance • Grade from anywhere • See sides of your students you won’t see in class • Increased student participation • Student-centered teaching • Less paper • Speak your students’ language • Higher engagement

  14. Kentucky Virtual Schools So… how do you get started? • Choose a Learning Management System (Blackboard, Moodle, Angel) • Determine the needs of YOU and YOUR students • BB in post-secondary • Pathways: guest speakers, disseminate info • Different for each setting (age, discipline) • G&T, intervention • Teaching style • Reinforce content

  15. Kentucky Virtual Schools Seamless Transition • Is your hybrid course an extension of your classroom? • Regular announcements, e-mails • Make the hybrid course WORK for YOU! • Tutorials to fill in content gaps • Discover Open Source Content! • NROC Hippocampus • MIT Open Course Ware • Merlot • Wisconsin Online • Connexions • CurriKi • Creative Commons

  16. Kentucky Virtual Schools How did I get started? • Assignments that didn’t require class time were put online; this allowed for more meaningful instruction at school • Peer reviews, Google Docs • Created opportunities for students to connect with the content and each other • Discussion Board, Groups

  17. Kentucky Virtual Schools How did I get started? • Use hybrid course as diagnostic tool before content is taught • Pre-testitem analysis% correct for student% correct for question • Use hybrid course as intervention tool (re-teaching) for low-performing students • Keep absent students plugged in and informed • Central location for calendar and announcements

  18. Kentucky Virtual Schools Online Professional Development Began in 2000 as part of KYVS to support K-12 virtual teachers • Has trained over 6,000 KY educators and SBDM parents • Has trained online facilitators • Has trained online course designers • Has created over 30 PD courses

  19. Kentucky Virtual Schools Online Professional Development What we have learned • FREE is better than FEE based • Educators LOVE online PD • Online PD can change teacher practice • Online PD can influence student engagement • Course development requires time and money

  20. Kentucky Virtual Schools Online Professional Development Began in 2000 as part of KYVS to support K-12 virtual teachers • Has trained over 6,000 KY educators and SBDM parents • Has trained online facilitators • Has trained online course designers • Has created over 30 PD courses

  21. Kentucky Virtual Schools Online Professional Development What we have learned • FREE is better than FEE based • Educators LOVE online PD • Online PD can change teacher practice • Online PD can influence student engagement • Course development requires time and money

  22. Kentucky Virtual Schools Online Communities of Practice Began in 2000 to support KYVS faculty • Have served over 10,000 KY educators • Currently 40 active communities have over 3,300 participants

  23. Kentucky Virtual Schools Visit our website at www.kyvs.org Call us at 502.564.4772