In the News: Decide Between Online, Blended Courses

Blended learning, also known as hybrid learning, typically refers to an education program that has part of its curriculum delivered online.

If you’re thinking of continuing your education, a program combining face-to-face interaction and online learning could be the right option for you.

Research has shown that blended learning may have academic advantages. One reason to consider blended learning: it might combine the greatest strengths of online and face-to-face education.

The U.S. Department of Education published a review of the research on blended learning in 2010, which found that blended learning approaches are often more effective than more traditional face-to-face instruction and that they incorporate learning and teaching elements that are not found in purely online or face-to-face courses.

Read More>>Decide Between Online, Blended Courses – US News.

To learn more about providing blended coursework via Illinois Virtual School visit www.ILVirtual.org

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Announcing New IVS Full-service and Credit Recovery Courses for Summer and Fall!

Illinois Virtual School (IVS) is once again expanding options to meet the needs of Illinois students. IVS has had a long history of providing innovative and effective supplemental services to schools and families across Illinois in order to help guarantee access to high quality education for all public, private and homeschool students. IVS is proud to announce the addition of Physical Science and two electives to the Credit Recovery catalog for summer enrollment as well as Computer Concepts & Software Applications and Orientation to Health Occupations to the Full Service catalog. Both new Full Service courses are foundational courses required under ISBE’s College and Career Readiness CTE area matrices.

IVS will also be adding a full year Beginning Computer Programming course with plans to add an Intermediate Programming course later in 2016. These catalog enhancements are in direct response to school, parent and student feedback. In addition, many school districts are now requiring computer coding or training in information technology for their students; IVS is happy to fill these gaps for partner schools.

Courses

Program

Available Starting:

Physical Science-Sem 1 Credit Recovery Immediately
Physical Science-Sem 2 Credit Recovery Immediately
College and Career Prep 1 Credit Recovery May 20
College and Career Prep 2 Credit Recovery May 20
Computer Concepts & Software Applications Full-Service Aug 25
Orientation to Health Occupations Full-Service Aug 25
Beginning Computer Programming-Sem 1 Full-Service Aug 25
Beginning Computer Programming-Sem 2 Full-Service Jan 7
Intermediate Computer Programming Full-Service TBD

In the past year IVS Credit Recovery has proven to be a very popular option, helping students stay on track towards graduation through teacher managed, self-paced prescriptive content. The IVS Credit Recovery program is now at fourteen courses including: American Literature, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, British Literature, College and Career Prep 1, College and Career Prep 2, English 1, English 2, Geometry, US History and World History. The new Physical Science Credit Recovery course is available for immediate enrollment, College and Career Prep starting May 18. Credit Recovery remains at $70 per 10 week enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.

Students ready to register
Visit http://ILvirtual.org to register.

For a complete list of IVS start dates visit the IVS website.

To explore our Full-service and Credit Recovery courses visit the IVS interactive course catalog.

Survey: Most districts use cloud services

More than 65 percent of IT leaders say their district now uses productivity tools

A large majority of district technology leaders report moving some crucial IT services to the cloud this year, according to a March report from the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN).

More than 65 percent of IT leaders say their district now uses productivity toolssuch as Google Apps for Education that run through the cloud—a rapid increase over last year, when only 10 percent reported using these services, the 2015 “K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report” found.

Read More>> Survey: Most districts use cloud services | District Administration Magazine.

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