My Computer Was My Classroom: Investigating an Innovative Virtual High School Program
Priscilla Norton, Anne Little, Barbara Daniels, George Mason University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, Frederick County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and Stafford County Public Schools joined together to create virtual learning opportunities for high school students. Using an innovative design model (Norton, 2003) and careful attention to teacher preparation (Norton, 2006), these school divisions and George Mason University developed and offer virtual high school courses that reflect robust learning opportunities that meet Virginia's Standards of Learning through innovative online options. This study examined the impact of The Online Academy, assessing the academic performance of students as well as parent and student survey responses. Results revealed that a majority of students experienced academic success. Parents and students stated that the virtual courses met their needs. In addition, results supported the design features embedded in the course design, endorsed working with an online mentor, and provided several recommendations for consideration.
Norton, P., Little, A. & Daniels, B. (2007). My Computer Was My Classroom: Investigating an Innovative Virtual High School Program. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 448-455). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).