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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, 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.  

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Published: Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Join us for a free webinar on the outputs of VISCED on 10 December

The VISCED Project partners are organising a webinar to present the main findings of the project on Monday 10 December at 15:00 CET. This one hour webinar will provide a summary of the main outputs of the project including a description of the status of virtual schools and colleges in Europe. It will also summarise a set of recommendations generated through the work of the partners related to how best to foster and encourage effective virtual schooling options for those who could best benefit from flexible alternatives to traditional schools and colleges.

Published: Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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Stuff.co.nz recently reported that the Victoria state government will resort to using "virtual classrooms" - where multiple schools share the same teacher over the internet - as it may not have enough qualified staff to fulfil its promise to teach every child a second language. Before the last state election, Ted Baillieu promised a languages revival in which every Victorian student up to year 10 would be required to take on a language by 2025, starting with prep in 2015.

Published: Sunday, 25 November 2012
Official government report suggests changes in Swedish legislation

A recent report in Sweden may make virtual schooling more available. The basic argument contained in this report is that every child should have an equal right to education. The report suggests that children in community care and children in need of distance education (such as children engaged in elite training) should be able to take part in distance or remote education.

Published: Friday, 12 October 2012
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iTEC (Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms) is a major EU-funded project in which European Schoolnet is working with education ministries, technology providers and research organisations to bring about transformation in learning and teaching through the strategic application of learning technology. The project lasts from 2010 to 2014. The most recent newsletter available from iTEC describes current activities in the project which includes the launch of Cycle 3 at the iTEC teacher workshop, the availability of recommendations on mainstreaming pilot results and the creation of the iTEC Knowledge Map. Visit the iTEC website to find out more about what is happening in the project.

Published: Thursday, 4 October 2012
Reading is Fundamental (RIF) in Washington, D.C., one of the recipiants of the IAL grants

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced the award of $28 million for 46 first-time grants that aim to improve literacy skills for students in high-need districts and schools. Funded for the first time under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program, grants are designed to increase student achievement by promoting early literacy for young children and by motivating older children to read. "Literacy is the key to higher learning and a window to the world," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Grants, Literacy, US
Published: Friday, 28 September 2012
Portland in Maine

The Portland Press Herald, a daily broadsheet with a circulation of about 50,000 and serving the largest and principal commercial city in the state of Maine recently published a highly controversial report on motives behind publicly funded virtual schools in the state claiming that Maine's digital education agenda is being guided behind the scenes by out-of-state companies that stand to profit on the changes and stating that the online education companies that wish to operate Maine’s virtual schools divert precious public education dollars into profits and dividends while providing education of dubious quality.

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