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19 - Virtual Classroom

The Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for online learning require that students:

    1. Take an online course, or
    2. Participate in an online experience, or
    3. Participate in online experiences incorporated into each of the required credit courses of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
Due to these guidelines that were put into place in 2006, more schools are offering students instruction in a virtual education environment. 

Virtual Education is defined as instruction where students and teachers are separated by time or space, or both, and the teacher uses a course management system (CMS) such as Moodle to deliver instruction. 

By using CMS's and online communication tools, such as video conferencing, teachers can offer blended instruction (face to face instruction that includes access to materials on a CMS). Teachers can also offer fully online courses on a CMS.

There are two vital components to virtual classrooms: course management systems and communication tools. 
                        Our Questions regarding Virtual Classrooms.

CMS's (Course Management Systems)
online space where teachers organize and present class content
 in which students interact and participate. 

 1.  Moodle: What is moodle?  video or website
     ZPS examples: Marketing
                                   Career Focus
                                    Interim- Summit School
                                    Civics / Econ
                                    4th grade classroom
                                    Current Events
                                    AP Euro

                A Moodle in which to noodle.  Blank Moodle space that you can play with.

2. Alternatives to Moodle- 7 free platforms for virtual classrooms.
                                    1. edu 20  -  video 
                                    2. haiku LMS  - video             
                                    3. Learnopia - video - in upper right corner
                                    4. Rcampus  - video
                                    5. Udemy - video
                                    6. Claroline  - take a tour
                                    7. Peer to Peer U- video

3. Alternative ways to Manage Class content online
                                    1. Blogs - edublogs, blogger 
                                    2. Social Networks - Edmodo, Ning
                                    3. Websites - Google sites, Weebly

Online Classroom Communication Tools
online teacher-student communication tools used primarily to deliver
content. Some are collaborative tools and allow for 
synchronous and asynchronous interaction.

                                    1. elluminate
                                    2. Big Marker
                                    3. Webex
                                    4. Knoodle
                                    5. Slideshare and Zipcast
                                    6.  e-lecta
                                    7. Scribblar
                                    5. skype
                                    6. Ubiquitious Presenter