We are always learning new things about digital learning for schools with K-12 students, teachers, and administrators. Here are some of the places we go to stay relevant and would encourage you to get connected to as well:
iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) facilitates, conducts, and disseminates research, identifies promising practices, and develops national (US) K-12 online learning quality standards. We highly recommend utilizing the many resources they have on their website.
Sevenstar™ is a leading provider of online education for Christian schools and families worldwide, with online courses for 6-12th grade students. Christian Schools International is partnered with Sevenstar and offers member schools discounted pricing for Sevenstar courses through CSIonline Academy.
MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning) is a catalyst of innovation in education by strengthening relationships among educators, leading pedagogical change, and empowering schools with world-class professional development opportunities. They provide conferences, resources, and connections to leaders in the digital learning industry.
The Getting Smart blog covers formal and informal topics in K-12, higher ed and lifelong learning. Authors cover developments in research, technology, entrepreneurs, methods and more to bring its readers some of the most fascinating and innovative strategies around education today.
The Online Educator
A blog written by Sevenstar experts about topics relevant to Christian schools and online education.
The Thrifty Tech Teacher A blog authored by Brandon Helder, where he shares inexpensive, transformative and engaging technology solutions for teachers. His education technology expertise includes Google Applications, technology integration, website creation and maintenance, and stretching classroom finances.
Social Media Communities:
Search #CSI4EDU and engage with teachers and admins who post ideas, questions, articles, resources and helpful links. Watch for announcements using the #CSI4EDU to participate in Monday night (9pm EST) live Twitter Chat events that cover a myriad of education-focused topics. Never done a live chat event? Just ask me how – it’s super easy.
Google+ Hangout Chat:
This group is only a few months old, but is growing in number each day. Literally every day, an ongoing virtual conversation connects admins and educators who are sharing ideas about STEM, Bible curriculum choices, admissions ideas, discipline frustrations and all-school events. This is a RICH community networking experience where you will have a candid audience of educators at your fingertips to ask questions of and to share your experiences with – spend a little time each day or every couple days, and you won’t be disappointed in what you glean!
Google+ Community called “Christian Schools International Educators”:
Log into your Google account, click on “Communities” on the left tool bar and search for “Christian Schools International Educators (or click the link). Join almost 100 others who are sharing questions, blog suggestions, ideas and more.
Folks on Twitter:
@avheuv – Andrew Vanden Heuvel, online teacher, Google Glass enthusiast, and founder of agl-initiatives.org
@EdTechInfo – Melinda Waffle, Education Technology Consultant in Michigan
@KeepingPaceK12 – Evergreen Education Group (supported by organizations like iNACOL)
@michaelbhorn – Michael B. Horn, Co-founder and Exec. Director of Clayton Christensen Institute
@DigLearningNow – Digital Learning Now
@MarkBeadle7 – Mark Beadle, CEO of Sevenstar
@Techbradwaid – Brad Waid, Teacher & Co-founder of ARDetroit
@cvanderark – Caroline VanderArk, Partner and COO of Getting Smart
@TVanderArk- Tom VanderArk, CEO of Getting Smart
@eSN_Laura – Managing Editor for eSchool News
@FLVS – Florida Virtual School
@myipadapps – a daily resource for new iPad apps (not 100% education related, but often applicable)
@bhelder – Author of The Thrifty Tech Teacher blog & teacher at a CSI member school
Digital Learning Consultants:
Christian Schools International has pulled together a team of recommended consultants to assist Christian schools as they explore online options and digital learning resources. Learn more about these individuals and their specialties on the CSI website page. They provide tools for CSI schools and have shared on our webinars. They are also available to do private consulting for schools, and to member schools at a discounted rate.