This edition of our 2012 newsletter contains a variety of articles and reports related to the use of ICT in secondary and post-secondary education for 14-21 year olds in Europe and elsewhere.
You are very welcome to send us news about developments related to virtual schools and colleges in your region or country, share this newsletter with your colleagues and join us on the Virtual Schools and Colleges wiki.
The 10th annual conference of the Estonian e-Learning Development Centre entitled Learning and Teaching in Digital Age Myths and Reality took place 12-13 of April, 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia. The organisers of the EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2012 which is taking place in Granada on 5-7 September have extended their call for papers to 31 May. The keynote presentation given by Paul Bacsich in New Zealand during the recent DEANZ conference featured some of the latest work carried out by the VISCED team. The Interactive Technology in Education (ITE) conference is the largest conference in Finland related to information and communication technology in educational use. This week the Innolukio project was launched which is targeted to all Finnish upper secondary school students. Nora Carr writing in the eSchool News in March makes the argument that the success of virtual schools in the US is posing a challenge to policy-makers. In the midst of quite some discussion in the US about virtual schools in general, the first charter school in New Jersey is having a lot of success in enrolling students for its first roll-out in September and has enrolled more than 300 students in its first week. This report by Kirsti Ala-Mutka and published by the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) last November reviews needs for digital competence, different concepts used to describe and understand it, and related policy approaches and measurements. Public schools in the United Arab Emirates are being upgraded to include significant online opportunities. This one day colloquium brings together practitioners and researchers involved in virtual schooling from around the world. The Virtual Schools and Colleges Newsletter is an outcome of the European project VISCED which is carrying out a systematic review of virtual schools and colleges at international and national levels including a study into operational examples of fully virtual schools and colleges.
This two day international conference featured among others keynotes from Steve Wheeler, Allison Littlejohn, Arthur Harkins and Stephen Downes as well as a captivating set of parallel sessions and engaging workshops.
This forum focuses on the following questions:  how can we turn our traditional educational institutions into (r)evolutionary leading organisations? This biannual conference attracted about 150 participants and is the premier conference in Aotearoa New Zealand for leaders and practitioners involved in open, flexible and distance learning.


Innolukio is a learning platform that aims to increase interactivity, create connections between students, enterprises and universities and to exploit students´ creativity as a national resource. Horn recently writing in eSchool News argues that the extensive news coverage in the USA on the value or otherwise of virtual schooling has failed to address 2 critical strands of discussion at the background to these news stories. In this article, Nora refers to various actions in the US taken at state-level to introduce new rules and policies in an effort to keep up with the rapid increase in virtual school interest.
The New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School (NJVACS), operating under contract with the for-profit online education company, K12 Inc., has begun advertising its New Jersey program through traditional press releases, email blasts and informational events. Also digital and free (under Creative Commons Attribution or compatible) textbooks for grades 4-6 in primary schools (K4-K6) will be created (45 millions  PLN - approx.
This initiative is described as being part of UAE Vision 2021 which sees the development of education as being essential.
This service, which uses learning resource metadata for searching, connects a number of Swedish Learning Object Repositories and offers a single point for searching digital learning resources. The programme for the day includes presentations of different virtual schools from Europe and North America and discussions about quality and critical success factors for virtual schools. We are now finishing off many pieces of work so that we can begin the major task of creating the VISCED Handbook on virtual schools.
During the starting debate of this conference, participants discussed the degree to which we are facing a borderless society. Open and social technologies play an increasingly important role in many educational settings. She argues that virtual learning is here to stay and makes the point that the key for school officials is to think through how to manage this transformative new opportunity wisely and well.
The inititaive aims to transform classrooms as well as integrate teachers, students, parents and administrators into a single e-platform and is being  introduced in four stages over five years. The Spider search forms can easily be added to any web page or LMS using one of the Spider Widgets.
Sustainability, regulatory frameworks and pedagogy will also come up for discussion during the day.
This means that by the middle of the summer we have to have a list of all the virtual schools in the world (for ages 14-21) which is as complete as it can be within our resources.


While arguing about the extent to which the school building itself is disappearing, it was generally agreed that society may not yet be ready for the removal of the school building. At the same time the conference will observe and analyse how open innovation can be used to transform today's educational institutions. Social technologies are entering primary, secondary, and higher education, blurring the boundaries between formal and informal learning.
Disruptive innovations have transformed many parts of our society, everything from computing to how we do taxes.
This is the first major government project in Poland which creates Open Educational Resources especially textbooks. A pilot of the project, which will include 18 schools covering students from grade six to grade nine, will be launched in September 2012. By combining the Spider search service with the WILD Curriculum Cloud Service it will soon be possible to dynamically link digital learning resources to the national curriculum and syllabuses using Semantic Web technology. Whether you use Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote to deliver presentations, For example, Cook said there were 400 million accounts on Apple's App Store. Now you can take advantage of the beautiful Keynote transitions instead of PowerPoint transitions. Free access to read online and download Sample Keynote Presentation office password remover serial 4 Feb 2008 Evening all.
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