Category Archives: Technology

VIRTUAL SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.: Directory and Performance Review (2016 Update)

Record: Gary Miron and Charisse Gulosino, Virtual Schools Report 2016: Directory and Performance Review. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center, (2016). [Available Here] Introduction: This report is the fourth in an annual series published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). The first report in 2013 … Continue reading

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NCES HOMESCHOOLING DATA: 2012 Complete Report

Record: Jeremy Redford, Danielle Battle, Stacey Bielick, and Sarah Grady, Homeschooling in the United States: 2012, (NCES 2016-096) (U.S. Department of Education: Washington, D.C., 2016) [Available Here] Introduction: Every four or five years, the National Household Education Survey developed by the National Center … Continue reading

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A CLASSROOM AT HOME: Children and MOOCs

Record: Yin Yin, Catherine Adams, Erika Goble, and Luis Francisco Vargas Madriz, “A classroom at home: children and the lived world of MOOCs” in Educational Media International 52, no. 2 (2015): 88-99. [Abstract] Summary: Yin, Adams, Goble, and Vargas Madriz are from the University of … Continue reading

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EASY-E: A New Program for Homeschoolers to Learn Circuits

Record: Emilia Șipoș, Laura-Nicoleta Ivanciu, and Tudor Cotta, “Easy-E-Home Schooling in Electronic Devices and Circuits” in Journal Plus Education 12A (2015): 35-41. [Article] Summary: Șipoș, Ivanciu, and Cotta are from the Bases of Electronics Department at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. They designed a program … Continue reading

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VITUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS: Solution or Siren Song?

Record: Mary Sue Backus and Hayley Jones, “Solution or Siren Song? The Lure of Virtual Charter Schools” in The Oklahoma Bar Journal (2015). [Available Here] Summary: Backus is a professor and Jones is a former student from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Interestingly, both are former … Continue reading

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES: Impact on Elective Home Learners

Record: Andrew McAvoy, “How Are New Technologies Impacting Elective Home Learners?” in International Perspectives on Home Education (2015): 74-84. [Table of Contents] Summary: This article is part of a series of reviews on the book International Perspectives on Home Education. McAvoy obtained his MSc in Science Education at … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON HOME EDUCATION: Do We Still Need Schools?

International Perspectives of Home Education discusses home-based education in a wide variety of countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, Israel, Afghanistan, Norway, Germany and more. The volume was edited by Paula Rothermel, a UK academic in the field of … Continue reading

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ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOLS: Evolution and Concerns

Record: Lisa H. Waters, Michael K. Barbour, and Michael P. Menchaca, “The Nature of Online Charter Schools: Evolution and Emerging Concerns” in Educational Technology & Society 17, no. 4 (2014): 379-389. [Full Article] Summary: Waters is a Technology Integration Specialist … Continue reading

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SLIPPERY ROCK V. PA CYBER: An Analysis of the Case

Record: Rachel R. Hadrick, “Slippery Rock Area School District v. Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School: A Fight on the School-Funding Playground” in Widener Law Journal 22, no. 2 (2013): 289-305. Summary: Hadrick, now an Associate at the law firm McNees, Wallace, … Continue reading

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VIRTUAL SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.: A Comprehensive Analysis, part 2

Record: Alex Molnar, ed., Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence (Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center, 2014).  Available here. Summary: This post summarizes the second of three sections of this report.  For a summary of … Continue reading

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