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USDLA member Dr. darcy hardy joins department of labor in the obama administration

January 31,2011 by: admin

Dr. Darcy Hardy, past president as well as current board member of United States Distance Learning Association, and Assistant Vice Provost, Technology Education Initiatives at the University of Texas, San Antonio (Office of Information Technology) has now joined the office of the Assistant Secretary, ETA and is now appointed as part of the United States Department of Labor for a period of one year.  Apart from the other projects which are connected to online learning, Dr. Hardy would be supporting the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program that was announced recently.  Approximately, $500 million would be … (more) January 31, 2011

The new york times gets a response from Florida virtual school

January 30,2011 by: admin

An article produced by The New York Times’ Student Journalism Institute on the virtual classroom technology has created quite a stir amongst the members of the Florida Virtual School who are arguing that the online education is just one of the options for school districts that are struggling to cope with the mandatory class sizes. This article had appeared in the education section of The New York Times last week and it was just a truncated version and not the entire article which had included the commentary on the merits of blended learning methods etc.  This version of the article … (more) January 30, 2011

The federal government is not going to take over education as stated by US Rep Allen West

January 29,2011 by: admin

U.S. Rep. Allen West has seemingly got mixed up with a few things with regard to the changes in the loan program.  He was quoted as stating on Fox News on January 2nd, that “according to the amendment in the healthcare law, there would be a takeover of education by the federal government” which is not exactly true.  He just seems to have misconstrued certain facts.  A day after that statement was made; he spoke again on CNN and made some critical statements of healthcare legislation being in some way connected to the change in education loans.  Allen West wished … (more) January 29, 2011

Louisiana announces accepting applications for two of its virtual charter schools

January 28,2011 by: admin

Louisiana seems to be catching up with the other states and has announced that it will be accepting applications for enrollment in the virtual charter schools within the next couple of months.  The two schools are The Louisiana Connections Academy as well as The Louisiana Virtual Academy would be following the guidelines that are laid out by the state education department and they will be traditional in that sense.  However, the children right from kindergarten up to the 12 grade would be taught through Web chats, computer software, e-mail, as well as through telephones.  There are many parents who seem … (more) January 28, 2011

Funds will be granted to area schools for distance learning

January 27,2011 by: admin

Grant money of $369,906 will be given to schools in southwest Minnesota in order to promote distance learning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Luverne superintendent expressed happiness upon learning that they had received the grant. The schools that will get the grant include Adrian, Luverne, Jackson County Central, Pipestone, Southwest Star Concept, Russell-Tyler-Ruthon, Windom, and Westbrook-Walnut Grove. The money will be distributed by the Minnesota Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative in the form of equipment and each school will get around $10,000 which will have to be matched. The rest of the grant money will go into buying shared equipment … (more) January 27, 2011