K-12 Issues in Online Education


From Fall 2015 Technology in Education Data Base

Myths and Realities of Virtual Schools
In this podcast Pat Laystrom discusses K-12 full-time virtual schools.

K-12 Virtual Students: Relationships Between Student Demographics, Virtual Learning Experience, and Academic Achievement
This paper/case study identifies differences in academic achievement among virtual students of various backgrounds, demographics, and virtual learning environments, and seeks to identify what factors can predict the academic achievement of virtual students.

A Comprehensive Look at Distance Education in the K-12 Context
This article is a review of literature concerning K-12 distance education.

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning
Key trends and events concerning K-12 online learning is discussed in this annual review of policy and practice.

Virtual Learning: A Solution to the All Black Male School Debate and the Challenge of Black Male K-12 Outcomes
This article discusses how virtual learning can help to improve educational options for black males.

Narratives from the Online Frontier: A K-12 Student’s Experience in an Online Learning Environment
This article reports a narrative of a student taking an online class, and her reactions and perspective of it.

Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning
This article analyzes how the incorporation of distance learning can impact rural education.

ANOVA Science Education Corporation, Distance Learning, K-12 Education, Science Education
This video explains how online collaboration can connect students throughout the world and motivate them to be more dedicated to their studies.

The Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world.

Khan Academy: The Future of Education?
This is the Khan Academy segment in 60 minutes.

Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education
This TED Talk by Salman Khan, the creator of Khan Academy discusses how the internet can transform education.

Khan Academy Gets Rare Partnership To Close Wealth Gap In College Test Prep
This article discusses the partnership between the Khan Academy and College Board to bring free test prep software to the masses.

K12 is a for-profit company that sells online schooling and curriculum to state and local governments. It is an alternative to in-class K-12 education that is paid for by taxes.

iNACOL- International Association for K-12 Online Learning
iNACOL is a non-profit organization whose aim is to conduct research and develop policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access. They focus on developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based teaching techniques.

Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a new form of a free public school that students attend from home or another location. It is unique in that it combines the strong parental involvement of homeschooling, expertise and accountability, and a flexible learning environment.

More Pupils are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality
This article highlights the debate over the efficacy of online classes for K-12 students.

Cyber Schools: Virtual Innovation?
This video examines the quality and cost of cyber schools in Pennsylvania

How Online Learning is Revolutionizing K-12 Education and Benefiting Students
This article describes from the policy perspective, how online learning can completely change education for the better.

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning
This is a U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis and review of online learning studies.

Online Learning: The Pros and Cons of K-12 Computer Courses
This article is a simple breakdown of the pros and cons of online courses for America’s youth.