NY Technology Plan–Digital Learning!

Click here for a copy of the New York Technology Plan which discusses the direction in New York and digital learning. Although no specific mention is made to virtual learning, we see the obvious theme of digital learning beyond the classroom. The surveys attached also include no surprises as our students are totally on board with these new initiatives.

Are you ready for the change? What skills do we as educators need to acquire to be proficient in the new education transformation?

As I have said before– Like it or not, the world has changed. Education will have a new face very soon!

US DOE Online Learning Research Studies

used research page

According to a recent announcement from NYSED, the United States Department of Education is conducting research studies on the effectiveness of online learning programs at the secondary level. As 45 states currently have some type of online learning initiative, USDOE is looking at the impact of these programs.

For more information, visit the wiki here.

New York’s RTTT Application

I am posting the link to the full application filed by NYSED in case you have not had the opportunity to browse the same.


It is seriously worth browsing the major overhaul proposed by the New York State Education Department.

There is mention of the Virtual School as part of the innovative approaches planned to turn around poorly performing schools. The VHS is also mentioned in the curriculum modification sections. The timeframes are included as well as a clear intention to use the Virtual High School to provide courses in all areas statewide.

Here is a link to the full report. I will also keep it in the links section of the site.


Our Purpose…


This site is designed to provide information and facilitate discussion of the issue of online learning k12.  As a teacher in New York who uses online learning and has created a bit of a “hybrid” class, I am in favor of using these tools to facilitate learning.  In my view, however, there are many issues and risks if we do not do this correctly.  We need thoughtful discussion and information.  We as teachers also need to be part of the process and discussion!

I ask that you give the issue some thought, become educated on the issue and express your views here and to the policy makers who are making these decisions locally and otherwise.  On this site, I expect the dialogue to be open while professional and meaningful.

As I am also an attorney. I plan to do what I can here to provide information and facilitate this dialogue.  I think I can be helpful as I am in the classroom, use online learning daily, but also am aware of the legal as well as professional concerns.

I believe in HYBRID learning and teaching.  I have posted a little video I made last summer which supports my basic view.  (I apologize for the typo in the video– I cannot recreate the video but think it is still worthwhile…).  Hopefully you will get the idea.  :)

We can really mess things up if we are not careful on this issue!  Let’s start the conversation, shall we?

My next post will highlight what is new at NYSED onthis issue and some of the risks I see.  Please post your comments and thoughts!

Let us begin tackling this important issue!

Sue Palmer

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