Flipped Classrooms, Blended Learning & Virtual Schools


Accountant Reconsiders Plea in Online Charter School Founder's Tax Fraud

An accountant charged with helping the founder and former CEO of Pennsylvania’s largest online charter school avoid federal income taxes on more than $8 million siphoned from the school has reconsidered a guilty plea, the accountant’s defense attorney told the Associated Press Monday.

3D Printing, Online Learning Used to Teach Students About the Brain

A Pennsylvania State University research project is exploring the possibility of using 3D printing and interactive technology to teach middle school students about the human brain.

Research: Robots Give Chronically Ill Kids Valuable Social Ties with School

A UC Irvine research project may be the first of its kind to attempt to measure the impact and feasibility of the use of robots to bring homebound students into the classroom when they can't be there physically.

Laws Prohibit or Restrict Municipal Broadband Networks in 20-Plus States

Laws in more than 20 states restrict or prohibit local governments from building their own broadband networks, according to a report released today by the Education Commission of the States.

Professional Development and Virtual Schools: Swapping Ideas and Practices

Michele Eaton, director of virtual and blended learning for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, explains how teacher professional development has evolved over five years at her virtual school.

Study: Time Spent with Course Content Isn't Biggest LMS Predictor of Student Success

The biggest predictor of student achievement (based on their use of a learning management system) isn't the amount of time they spend working with course content; nor is it how long they spend taking assessments or participating in discussion forums.

New Jersey Schools and Districts Gain Access to Digital Curricula

The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) has selected Apex Learning, a Seattle-based digital curriculum provider known for making standards-based content for all K–12 students, for its member districts and teachers.

Open Courses Focus on Engaging Girls in STEM Fields

Canvas Network released a series of MOOCs that introduce girls to various STEM topics and educate teachers and parents on how they can support girls who are interested in STEM careers.

Online Public School Founder Admits $8 Million in Tax Fraud

The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty this week to federal tax fraud, recognizing that he siphoned more than $8 million from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

Kobe Bryant Invests in Chinese Educational Company

Retired Lakers basketball guard Kobe Bryant and his venture capital firm are investing in Vipkid, an online education platform for children in China to learn from teachers in North America.

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