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Nov/Dec 2011: Features

Interview With Julie Young: Staying Human in a Virtual School State

Julie Young is president and CEO of Florida Virtual School, now one of the largest public online school districts in the U.S. In this interview by Victor Rivero, we take a closer look at this virtual school and hear what its leader has to say about the field of virtual learning.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What’s New in Online Teaching and Learning? Solution Providers Improving Student Achievement

Online education is a $34 billion industry, and it has been growing by an astronomical rate. Today, says author Victor Rivero, elearning is a paradigm shift. Here are some of the companies he's identified as being on board with this 21st-century transformation.

Nov/Dec 2011: Product Reviews

Britannica Image Quest

Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than 2 million images covering all subject areas. The images are cleared for noncommercial educational use.

Grolier Online

Grolier Online is a re-engineered, redesigned version of this web-based, subscription with new content and digital research tools. It tailors content for each user with an enhanced search engine that enables access to articles, maps, and videos that are adjustable to various reading levels.

Lexia Reading v 8.0

Lexia Reading 8.0 provides a complete technology-based reading curriculum. It provides the needed practice, additional paper-based instruction, and skills practice to enable students to learn to read. Lexia Reading offers students a reading program that provides intensive time on task, with focused activities, scaffolding, and branching. It immediately assesses and reports to teachers exactly how each student is progressing.

World Book Classroom: Dramatic Learning

World Book Dramatic Learning provides original scripts, skits, and monologues to build reading fluency and content comprehension.

Nov/Dec 2011: Columns

THE TECH EFFECT: Where Are They Now? Looking Back Before Moving On

Johanna winds up her stint writing for Internet@Schools by revisiting some of the tech innovators she wrote about to explore what they're up to and the "tech effect" of their efforts.

THE PIPELINE: Whither the Textbook? Opportunity Knocks, LOUD

The textbook is evolving, to say the least. Stephen is excited by the opportunities this presents for educators. So this month's column explores the opportunity to enhance a learner's experience and success with next-generation textbooks.

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: From Tiny Museums to the Library of Congress--Discovering Local History Resources in the Digital Age

Mary Alice notes that local museums, libraries, businesses, and passionate volunteers are digitizing primary resources and providing other digital content through processes once only affordable or possible by larger entities.

BELLTONES: Advice on Data Backups? Do as I Say … Not as I’ve Been Doing!

Mary Ann's topic this month is backing up your important files. Are you faithful about this? She used to be. But, she says, recently she has grown careless. So this article is in the vein of, "Do as I say and not as I do," … or did.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Virtual Learning Environments

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