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Lodi Unified School District enrolling students in virtual academy

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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:44 am, Wed May 18, 2011.

Lodi Unified School District is now offering students in kindergarten through 12th grade an online virtual education opportunity to serve as an alternative to the standard "brick and mortar" learning environment.

This new program is made possible through collaboration with K12 Online, a private provider of online K-8 education, and the district's ongoing 9-12 virtual education programs, utilizing a program known as "Cyber High."

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3 comments:

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 9:21 am on Thu, May 19, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Mr Chaney: Distance learning has been around for years...it is not a scam. Google "distance learning". There is an association of these schools and they explain how it works. No...it is not for everyone...but for some it is a miracle.

    I visited one of these schools while I was on the GHS Board and found it quite impressive. The student MUST be in front of the computer in view of the teacher during the entire session and is required to "beep" in every 5 minutes. The CA certificated teacher works on a computer that has each student displayed via a camera...and lectures/teaches while answering questions and giving assignments. As far as technology...and costs...that can be arranged.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:12 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Shouldn't the learning coach (usually parent) be paid as a teacher? What guarantee is there that the student is even doing the lessons for themselves and not the parent or someone else? What if the student is computer illiterate? Is there any basic testing given before the student is enrolled in this bogus program to assure the administrators that the studies being turned in are comparable to the learning skills of that particular student? This is another nationwide non-profit that has very few school districts interested at all, in my opinion and online research. Where is the accountability of such a little known program to assure the student is the one actually doing the lessons? Are there final tests with an LUSD teacher present to make sure testing is done by the students themselves, or will these well paid online administrators merely assign a "teacher" from this organization that's only a test scorer and not an educator? What about the students who have parents who both work full time and aren't even sure the student is doing their own work while they are away and don't have time in the evenings to work with and "coach" the student as this group ensures the school districts that this will be the case? Will these students be required to attend school where they will be offered the use of district computers or will they be required to use their own personal computers? These online classes should be taken at the school itself with an accredited teacher to supervise and ensure there's no cheating nor help from other classmates on a regular basis. School funding should not be spent on unproven scams such as this. Let those parents who choose either home school at their own expense or pay the costs of this expensive program themselves. I equate this program to sending a student to a private school with taxpayer funds, with no real educators on hand to question or guide the students through their school day.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 6:41 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Isn't it funny how when money gets tight all of these unique learning methods just spring up from nowhere? It is too bad that Lodi, Stockton, Galt and Sacramento weren't reading the LNS five years ago when I was advocating "distance learning".

     
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