Your homework this week will be different. You will engage in two online learning experiences as you prepare for class. One experience will be synchronous and the other will be asynchronous.

Synchronous Online Learning Experience

Before class on 11/5 you will meet synchronously with your content area group. During this meeting each member of your group will share the LAT planning guide they have drafted for their technology lesson plan. The other members of the group will provide feedback and suggestions for improvement. This synchronous gathering must occur online. Your group can pick the tool or tools you wish to use to accomplish this objective. I highly recommend Zoom Meeting, but you could also use a Google Hangout.

Each group will designate one person to be the scribe. It is the scribe's responsibility to take "minutes" of the meeting. The minutes should include when you met, for how long, the items discussed, and the tool you use to meet. The scribe will send the minutes to Mr. Pantazes via email. Please include Mr. Pantazes in your communication about when and how you plan to meet synchronously. He will make every effort to try and attend your meeting.

After your synchronous meeting is over, take a few minutes to individually reflect on the experience. What went well? What didn't go well? How would you like to learn in that format? What are some of the positive and negative aspects of this learning experience? Make sure you come to class on 11/5 ready to respond to and discuss these questions.

Asynchronous Online Learning Experience

First review the materials listed below.

- Start by reading the following pages from the 2013 Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning Report. This is an extensive and detailed report so if you want an excellent overview of the state of online education in the K-12 arena by all means read the whole thing. If you want the highlights read pages 8 and 9; 16 and the top of 17 (until Single-district programs); 38; and 43 from Lessons Learned until the end of the page.

- Read the two charts titled The Defining Dimensions of Online Programs and The Defining Dimensions of Blended Learning Models from the iNACOL website.

- Then read the Key Findings and Conclusions sections of the September 2010 Department of Education Meta-Study on Online Learning. They start on page XIV (16 of the PDF file) and go to XVIII (page 20 of the PDF file).

- Then watch the video Learning Matters: Inside The Life Of A Cyber School Student (3:20, YouTube).

- Finally, take a look at the Keeping Pace state report for Virginia

Then on our course Blackboard site you will respond to the following discussion prompt by 8:00 PM on Saturday, November 1.

Question: What is the appropriate role of online learning in the secondary (6-12) learning environment? Be sure to explain your answer and use evidence to support your response.

Finally, comment in a substantive way that extends the conversation to at least two of your classmates posts by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, November 4. Comments should not be just statements of agreement or disagreement. They should include explanations and additional information. The best kinds of comments are questions that elicit further conversation.