This annual report report has been prepared to identify the online learning opportunities made available to students and educators in Illinois through IVS. Specifically, this report highlights:
• Online courses available through IVS
• Course enrollment and completion trend data
• School partnerships established through the state
• Professional development opportunities for educators
Five Factors in Supporting Students, Parents and Schools
May 26, 2015 By Christine Gregory
An important consideration when implementing an online or blended learning solution is how the users will be supported. Students, parents and local school personnel all require support in order for the experience to be successful. From the basics of navigation, to device support, to computer skills instruction, to instructional support evidence shows that digital learning implementation success is tied to students feeling comfortable with the learning experience. Students are also individuals with preferences for how that support is received: live, print, video or self-serve. Of the many factors to consider when starting or expanding a program, support for the end-users warrants planning time and development of procedures.
My name is Tyler Breitbarth and I am a recent hire to Illinois Virtual School. I was born and raised in Eureka, Illinois. I attended K-12 at District #140 in Eureka before moving on to Illinois Central College, where I studied Secondary Education. I graduated with my Associate’s Degree in 2007 and finished my Bachelor’s Degree in History with Teacher Certification in 2009 at Eureka College. Since 2014, I have been working on my Master’s Degree in Education Technology through Aurora University.
After I completed my student teaching at Dee-Mac High School, I substitute taught in various schools across Woodford County. I started my teaching career at Eureka High School, my alma matter, where I taught many different Social Studies classes, including U.S. History, Government, & Global Cultures. In 2014, I transitioned to the role of Technology Integration Specialist helping teachers with technology K-12.
I am very passionate about technology and education. As I became a teacher, I continued to combine my passion of Technology and Teaching. When I am not working or playing with tech, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and my parents’ 4 dogs. I am a movie buff as well and enjoy reading historical non-fiction books.