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Published: Friday, 16 August 2013
Virtual Schools in the US under pressure

A recent report in Education Week points to the difficulties faced by virtual schools in Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee who are are facing enrollment challenges and tough questions. In Florida for example,  the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the largest state-run virtual school district in the country, announced a big lay-off of staff affecting 177 full-time staff and 625 part-time instructors.

Published: Tuesday, 28 May 2013
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Based on over 190,000 responses from students, teachers and head teachers collected and analysed during the school year 2011-12, the Survey of Schools: ICT in Education provides detailed, up-to-date and reliable benchmarking of Information and Communication Technologies in school level education across Europe, painting a picture of educational technology in schools: from infrastructure provision to use, confidence and attitudes. Read more.

Published: Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Full report

A recent study has found that more than eight in ten people involved in an EU-funded initiative aimed at encouraging innovative teaching methods and improved learning materials for children, say the scheme had a positive and lasting impact on them.The same proportion also state that it would have been impossible to achieve the same results without European support, according to a new study.The projects were funded through the EU's Comenius scheme, which supports a range of activities, from school partnerships to teacher training and the eTwinning school network. Read more.

Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
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A recent report  on CTV News describes how virtual schooling in Alberta, Canada is facing funding difficuties. The specific organisation in question is the Alberta Distance Learning Centre which offers virtual classes but schools who offer these classes to their students have had their funding cut in half.An online petition has been created in the hope of prompting the province to reevaluate its funding cuts. Read more.  

Canada, cuts
Published: Friday, 15 March 2013
Public Part of VISCED's Final Report to the Commission now published

The Final Public Report of the VISCED Project has been published as part of the final reporting carried out by Sero Consulting Ltd. on behalf of the project consortium. This report provides an overview of the main activities and outcomes of the VISCED project and puts the various tasks that have been carried out in the broader context of ICT supported learning. The report highlights many of the achievements of the project team and provides a summary of the main findings and recommendations made as a result of the work carried out by project partners.

Published: Saturday, 9 March 2013
Island School caters to the needs of home-educated children

Little Arthur Independent school in the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, is geared exclusively to the needs of home-educated children, offering a personalized educational service for 11 -16 year olds. Courses cover National Curriculum Maths, Science and English for 11-14 year olds (Key Stage 3) a range of University of Cambridge International GCSE's for 14-16 year olds and the school offers exam centre facilities being an approved University of Cambridge International Exam Centre.

Published: Monday, 25 February 2013
How will school education look in 2030?

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) - part of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission - in a study for Directorate General Education and Culture, is calling upon experts and practitioners to come up with visionary papers and imaginative scenarios on how Open Education in 2030 in Europe might look with a major focus on Open Educational Resources and Practices, in (a) Lifelong Learning (Submission deadline: 31 March 2013), (b) Higher Education (Submission deadline: 7 April 2013), (c) School Education (Submission deadline: 28 April 2013).

future, IPTS, Vision
Published: Saturday, 9 February 2013
Review of BETT show 2013

The annual BETT exhibition in London was held in London from 30 January to 2 February 2013 - both a slight change of time, from earlier in the month, and a significant change of location. It has now moved to from the rather gloomy halls at Olympia to the gleaming new Excel Conference Centre in London's docklands. As always, it was a good barometer of many current developments in ICT in education - both for what was there and what was not there.

exhibition, show, UK
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