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1 A.L.E. Students don’t have to be 21 to utilize online learning tools for on-time graduation WERA Spring Conference 2007 – Making the Grade Presenters: Kathy Seltzer, Mark Ryder Teachers, Everett Public Schools

2 On-Time Graduation Sometimes it takes many people working together in a variety of different ways to help a student succeed and achieve goals.

3 2.3 million people took some kind of online course. USA Today Jan. 1, 2006 Internet 2.3 Million last year High School Grad requirement Fastest growing pop? K-2

4 As of July 2005, 21 states and 9% of all public schools had online learning programs. Enrollment in K12 online learning is expected to double in the next year to over 1 million students. 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.

5 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

6 Online Learning in Washington 1995: Evergreen Internet Academy 1996: Federal Way’s Internet Academy 2002: Everett’s OnlineHS 2004: Spokane Virtual 2005: Insight Schools (*private/school co-op) 2006: Washington Virtual Academy*

7 OnlineHS: Then to Now Now: Any student & district 30+ courses Consolidated teaching staff Full-time OnlineHS students WASL Prep with COE Early years: Fee-based Recovery 12 courses 3 teachers/part time Everett students only Middle years: Any student- inside & outside district 30 courses 9 teachers/part time Serving other districts

8 OnlineHS Course Offerings English 9A: Reading & Writing 9B: For Students BY Students 10A: What is Freedom? 10B: What is Leadership? 11A: Essentials of Argument 11B: History & Culture 12A: Diversity in American Lit. Math Algebra 1A Algebra 1B Geometry A Geometry B Algebra 2 w/Trig A Algebra 2 w/Trig B Pre-Calculus A Pre-Calculus B Science Biology A Biology B Social Studies World History A World History B US History A US History B Washington State History Government Health & Fitness Health LifeTime Fitness A (PE 1) LifeTime Fitness B (PE 2) NEW: WASL PREP w/COE Math Reading Writing

9 OnlineHS Enrollment 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 coursework. 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.

10 FTE- INTERDISTRICT AGREEMENT Each district should have school board policy that governs choice and inter-district agreements. 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 your school. 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.

11 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- connected computer. Content is rich, rigorous and engaging. All courses are taught by WA State certified, Highly Qualified and experienced online instructors. Contact info: E-mail: FAX:

12 How are we doing?


14 Are you ready for OnlineHS?

15 Requirements

16 Personal Requirements Self-Motivated Organized Task Oriented Good Communicator.

17 Technical Requirements 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

18 Required Skills Comfortable & competent using a computer. Able to use productivity tools (word processing, spreadsheets, etc) Experienced Internet user. Can navigate comfortably and search the Internet successfully. Responsible communicator.


20 How? Where? When? ANY online computer in the world NO special software required needed to access* Accessible through most every web browser. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Students must have an Internet connected computer at home. Above: an Internet Café in Mexico


22 Inside your course Let’s take a closer look at the left margin navigation buttons

23 Important Course Toolbar ANNOUNCEMENTS: check for class, scheduling information GO TO CLASS: THIS is your course. This is the content and material. YOUR TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS: This is where you DO your class work. Course Info.: course overview & outline, policies & procedures COMMUNICATION: Links to announcements, email, & discussion boards DISCUSSION BOARD: Social Area for online learning. Asynchronous Discussion TOOLS (6) : View Grade book EXTERNAL LINKS

24 GO To Class

25 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

26 Course Assignments

27 Assignment SheetGradingFirst Assignment Icon=FOLDER Folders contain items See list below link Click to open

28 Course Assignment Inside the assignment area: This is where you “turn-in” an assignment 1. Work OFF-line first: A. Compose your work in WORD or a word processor. B. Save it on YOUR home computer C. Copy it. 2.Copy your work into the online box/field. 3.Click “submit” to send to your teacher. These items are graded by hand, by your instructor. You can expect that they will be corrected, scored, graded and recorded in your Grade Book within 3 school days.

29 Our Teachers OnlineHS is NOT “Computer aided instruction”. All teachers are: –WA Certificated Everett Public Schools Staff –Highly Qualified Subject area experts –Trained specifically in online learning Interact with them.

30 Attributes of an Online Teacher Subject matter expert Interested in student success in an alternative method Excellent communicator Able to build rapport & connect with individuals Comfortable using technology Responds to email w/in 24 hours Posts announcements weekly Corrects/Scores & enters grades for on-time assignments within 3 school days Maintains an active presence in the Discussion areas


32 Communication Electronic An Online class means online tools That tool is “messaging” or email NOT phone* NOT drop-in*

33 Internal Email: “Messaging” Everett hosted courses only at this time

34 WHAT TO EXPECT with Online Learning

35 What will students do? 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

36 What to Expect: Work Some classes require a lot of reading and writing. –Before starting, see what needs to be done and plan accordingly. Online Learning EXPECTS and REQUIRES students to work independently.

37 What to Expect: Grades & Credits Standards, resubmission, retakes When successfully completed, students will earn 0.5 credit for each course completed. Transcript will reflect regular Everett School District course code corresponding to course.

38 Local Curriculum for Success Built on important skills as measured by WASL Reading strands & targets Mathematics strands & targets Expository & Persuasive writing Classroom based assessments –Formative –Summative Highest quality alignment with state standards

39 BE REALISTIC Does the family have time for the STUDENT to dedicate to online learning? Can the home computer be tied-up by the STUDENT? Is the STUDENT committed to working diligently every day. Can the STUDENT meet the demands of a 90 hour course in 45 days?


41 Off We Go!

42 Demo Disk Course sampling demonstration


44 Questions..?

45 Thank you!

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