Online Learning for Iowa's Learners At-Risk

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Presentation given at Iowa Association of Alternative Education's Risky Business conference - 9/28/09

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  • 1. Online Education for Students At-Risk
  • 2. My Hopes Introduce myself Spark discussion Provide information Share a vision
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  • 4. Hello My Name Is: Schwinkie! One Students Story
  • 5. What if we did it ourselves? with our colleagues?
  • 6. If I could offer my students the option of online learning, I know I could really make a difference. And trust me, Id go to the end of the earth to make a difference for them . - Geoff Peak, New Horizons
  • 7. What is Online Learning?
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  • 13. Class with a cohort of students & a local coach Independent study Replacement unit modules Repository to accompany the classroom
  • 14. How does online learning support schools?
  • 15. Flexible programming Rigorous content Rewards effort Option for students with IEPs, behavioral plans Could transfer from school to school Credit recovery, drop-out recovery
  • 16. What can online learning offer struggling students?
  • 17. Any time, place, or pace Engages with technology Connects with a larger world Allows anonymity in the classroom Gives students a level playing field
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    • Nationwide = Completion rate jumps 26%
    • Florida = Completion rate jumps 35%
    • Annapolis, MD CSD = After instituting training/mentoring for online learning classroom facilitators, completion rate jumped to 96% for at-risk students.
  • 23. You are the key!
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  • 25. How do you make the leap?
  • 26. Become an Advocate!
  • 27. Get Connected! Susan Walkup - DE [email_address] Doug Harrold - IAAE [email_address] Arlan Thorson - ILO [email_address] Evan Abbey - AEA 11 [email_address]
  • 28. Get trained AEA Online Classes & Moodle Users Group
  • 29. Get informed: iNACOL http://www.inacol.org/ Illinois online research http://www.ion.illinois.edu/resources/ Evans research http://delicious.com/eabbey/e-learning Evans blog http://eabbey.blogspot.com
  • 30. Talk with your administrators
  • 31. Evan Abbey Coordinator of Online Learning Heartland AEA 11 [email_address]