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Keeping the Pace with Online Learning in K-12

Keeping-Pace-with-the-Changing-Face-of-Online-Learning-1According to the Online Learning Consortium, in the United States, we are are expected to double the number of High School Graduates we currently by 2020 — and 4-year colleges “can’t accommodate.”

What is the answer to this?  Simple — online learning.

Given that we are only five years away from welcoming the incoming class of 2020, this research from the OLC makes the state of technology transition and adoption in K12 and Higher Education seem a bit grim: “Despite growing interest from academic leaders, they say only 28% of their faculty see value in online teaching.”

What can we do to help every potential college student be eligible and prepared to receive an equivocal postsecondary education like their peers today?  We have to be a part of the 28%.

72% of teaching faculty do not see value in online teaching — but this information makes it quite clear that we are running out of time to, as Leandro puts it, provide “a sound, basic education” for all of our students.

Here are some resources to get you started with blended learning in your classroom today — a combination of face-to-face and online learning.

If you’re interested in being a part of the 28% to expand and innovate in K-12 online education to pave the way for postsecondary online learning opportunities, don’t just sit idle.  Be a part of the solution!

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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