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Thanks to the very talented and dedicated marketing staff at Allied Schools, ANHS has an updated website, and it looks beautiful! Not to worry, it’s not just pretty to look at; it is easier to navigate and has lots of new information for you. Let’s look at some of the new pages together!
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Teaching in a virtual environment is similar in many ways to teaching in a brick-and-mortar setting. For instance, teachers need know how to provide students with feedback. They also need to be adept communicators and meet the individual learning needs of every student. There is also an array of differences between these two settings. As an example, virtual teachers need to embrace new technologies and adapt quickly to change. They also have to manage their own schedules efficiently and find ways to build relationships with students that they’ll most likely never see face-to-face. I would also like to clarify this: my definition of being an efficient educator, in any educational setting, is creating an environment where students learn, make adequate progress, and reach their academic goals.
So, one might ask about the skills that are required to be an effective online educator, and how those skills are fostered in the virtual school environment. Below is a list of skills that I have found to be common among highly effective Allied National High School instructors. While this is only based on my personal experience, I think you will agree that these skills would surely improve any online learning experience, and meet the definition of an effective educator.
Effective Online Teachers:
As the next generation of teachers enter the field of education, it is important for them to be aware of and foster these skills. Even teachers that currently work in a brick-and-mortar schools may find themselves teaching online in the future, as online education is quickly becoming a staple of state education expectations, and more online schools open every day.
I am pleased to say that all of these skills are embodied by our instructors at ANHS, and are also fostered routinely through our professional learning community and instructor training sessions. There is also one common theme to all of the skills that make for a really good online educator, and that is being student centered. When every task a teacher completes is with a student’s well-being and learning process in mind, great things can be accomplished!
Jacquelyn Sanborn, Dean of Instruction at Allied National High School
Schools collect all sorts of data throughout the school year, but did you ever wonder why or what they do with it? School collect everything from home addresses and quiz scores to asking students about extracurricular activities. Now more than ever, schools are using this data to make decisions about the future of their schools. As most data is now kept digitally, this has never been easier to analyze.
There are many reasons why schools collect data from students and faculty. The first is that some information is required by state law to be kept on file for each student. There are also accreditation standards that require schools to use data, such as performance data, to make decisions about curricular and instructional changes. Furthermore, it is increasingly easy to survey students and faculty in an online world. Why not conduct an online survey to see if students want a student council and if they are interested in participating as a member?
This information helps empower school leaders to make decisions that they know is a direct and accurate reflection of the stakeholders it will ultimately affect. It also means that school leaders need to have excellent analysis skills to use the data effectively. The good news is that this can lead to very high satisfaction ratings and lots of buy in on schoolwide changes. Allied National High School uses data throughout the year in these ways, including once per year, in July, the faculty, administrators, and leadership team perform a mass data analysis of school improvement efforts and use those findings to update their schoolwide action plan for school improvement.
Perhaps the most challenging thing about using data for decision making is collecting enough data and making sure it is accurate. If your sample is too small, it may not be a reflection of the whole group, or if there are other factors affecting your data results, you may need to consider all of the factors holistically before making a decision, which would mean not relying solely on data. This is why it is so important to give accurate information to schools when it is asked of you. It’s also why it is important to fully complete forms and return them in a timely fashion. The information you provide to your school might be a key piece in the future of how the school will function. So, the next time you get that online survey or form in an email, don’t press delete; take a few minutes out of your day to have a direct impact.
For more information about Allied National High School's online high school program, please give us a call at (800) 968-4034.
Proctors are individuals that monitor students while they take exams. Many students’ first experience working with a proctor is for big standardized tests, like the SAT® test. Proctors are the people that write the time on the board, read the rules, and hand out bathroom passes. Being a proctor is much more than that though; their job is to make sure students uphold integrity during the exam process and to make sure students are able to successfully complete the exam as intended.
Online learners tend to interact with proctors more often due to the remote nature of their exam-taking process. It is very important that schools provide evidence that their students take exams in an environment that is honest, that it is a true reflection of students' abilities, and that it is taken in accordance with school policy. In order to meet the standards of many regional accreditation agencies (WASC regional accreditation in our case), this is a must for any school.
In the online setting, this can be challenging, so schools tackle this issue in different ways. Some require students to show up in person to take exams with their instructors. This usually occurs with schools that have students form one region. Other schools have students monitored by third party proctors online using a remote desktop device. Yet another option is for schools to have students select a proctor that lives near them. This occurs often with schools that have students from many different locations.
At Allied National High School, we have students select a volunteer proctor that lives near them. This person must be over the age of 21 and not related to them. The proctor registers with our school and signs a form that explains the importance of their role, how they are expected to monitor exams, and they also promise to uphold the academic integrity of our school through the exam monitoring process. This person then receives passwords via email when students inform their instructors that they are prepared to take a unit or final exam.
Proctored exams is just one way ANHS creates a positive learning environment that meets the highest standards for learning. While the role of the proctor may seem minor in comparison to other roles, such as teachers and administrators, it is just as important to the educational process. It is part of what makes online learning a viable choice for students to pursue their academic goals outside of the traditional classroom environment.
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Plagiarism is not a new problem in education. Students have been giving into the temptation of plagiarizing since there were classrooms. However, over time, the face of plagiarism has changed. While online students may not have the chance to look over another student’s shoulder to copy an answer, they have a new temptation. Today’s online student is living in a world of on-demand information in this golden age of technology, and has easier access to plagiarism sources than ever before.
Students can plagiarize from multiple articles for one simple assignment in a matter of minutes with just the click of a mouse. They can get answers from a student in another country, or even find publisher teacher resources that were uploaded illegally, and all from the comfort of their laptop or tablet.
All of these breeches of honesty might sound terrible, but perhaps the worst case of plagiarism has ignorance as its root cause. As an online high school administrator for almost seven years, I have seen multiple examples of students that honestly did not know it was wrong to copy and paste information from an online source and use it as part of their response on an assignment. This is both frustrating and saddening for any education professional attempting to teach students about digital literacy and proper use. That being said, I can understand how this has happened. Think about what we do when we need to find out something: we "Google it," and then we take the information that we find in the first few links as fact.
Rather than declare academic integrity dead for an entire generation, we chose to combat this rampant plagiarism and digital ignorance at its source. At Allied National High School, all new students entering our program participate in an online plagiarism tutorial as part of their orientation process. The University of Southern Mississippi was kind enough to share their tutorial with our students. You can find it online as the Plagiarism Tutorial.
As part of this tutorial, students take a pre and post-assessment of their plagiarism knowledge, learn what plagiarism is, and how to cite something properly. They also learn about acceptable use and paraphrasing. By completing this tutorial before starting their course work, Allied National High School students are held to a very high standard of academic integrity throughout their enrollment in our program.
Another great resource that we use is The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), which is run by Purdue University. It covers all of the same topics covered in the tutorial mentioned above and also helps students with writing their writing technique.
Thanks for reading, and happy studying!
Dean of Instruction
Allied National High School
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Sources: Owl and USM's Plagiarism Tutorial
There are many different ways to take notes, but not all of those methods are well suited for online learning. One particular method that works well is the Cornell Note method. This technique was first developed by--you guessed it--Cornell University. However, it is not just for college students. It is widely used today for many purposes, at many grade levels, and now in many different learning environments.
Taking notes using the Cornell Note taking method is easy. You divide your paper or document into sections so that you can write down important terms on the left, give a brief explanation or example of the right, and then summarize the content at the bottom. There are several websites that explain the different variations of this useful technique and some also provide handy online templates.
And here's a simple video explaining the process:
What are you waiting for? Give this method a try today and see if it improves your concept mastery and grades!
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Did you know that taking a Health course is a requirement for graduation in California? Many of the students at ANHS take this course during their first year of study, but not all students have this requirement met yet. Whether you are an ANHS student, or a student attending another school, we can help you meet this graduation requirement!
We offer Health courses year round at ANHS, and for the first time, students also have the opportunity to take the course onsite over the summer at a high school where they can receive extra instructional support while working through our curriculum. This is truly the best of both worlds!
Our partner school, The Prentice School, is opening its doors this year to new students interested in taking a Health course over the summer. They are located in Santa Ana, California. At the Prentice school, students receive hands on support from their qualified faculty, and get the added bonus of in-person socialization with other students. The faculty is also well versed in serving students that have special learning needs. Their summer session begins on June 18 and ends on August 1. To learn more about their summer program, please visit The Prentice School website.
If you are not close enough to attend in person this summer, or if you just want to be able to do your work poolside, then you can also take the course online with ANHS. To learn more about this opportunity please email our admission representative, Tracey Jay, at email@example.com. You can also call her directly at 800-968-4034, ext. 7620.