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Virtual Classrooms

Stories about the technology associated with learning in a virtual space, as opposed to a physical classroom. Stories involve video conference software and online educational programs that are becoming increasingly common in both K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education.

Almost four months after their online learning system was overwhelmed by too many log-ins at once on a snow day, New York City Public Schools asked students to participate in a simulated test Thursday.
To comply with a 2022 law that will soon require classes to have 20-25 students, the New York City Department of Education gave principals about a dozen options, including using virtual learning to save classroom space.
What started as adult education focused on agriculture and home economics has grown into a flagship program at Louisiana State University, with certifications in fields such as AI, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
The Academy at Larragoite in New Mexico rebranded in 2020 as Desert Sage Academy, an almost entirely online school for K-12. Some of its latest graduates say it offered flexibility at a time when they really needed it.
Since implementing online tutoring services from Paper in fall 2022, Elko County School District in Nevada has seen significant year-over-year growth in the number of students using the service.
Pittsburgh Public School students and staff from 39 buildings, which are not air-conditioned, will learn remotely this week as outside temperatures exceed 85 degrees. Grab-and-go meals will be available for students.
LaPorte Community School Corporation in northern Indiana hopes to increase enrollment by launching an online school available to students statewide, as well as early entrance for pre-K and kindergarten.
Institutions like the University of Maryland Global Campus, Grayson College and Western Governors University are using a variety of tech tools to maintain student engagement — a key challenge in online learning.
Starting in the 2024-2025 academic year, tuition-free remote instruction will be available in grades K-12 across Pennsylvania, grades K-10 in Southern California, and K-11 at Louisiana R-II School District in Missouri.
Financial data that a cyber charter school submitted to the IRS shows revenue far exceeding expenses, while its graduation rate is 68.4 percent. Some district officials now want lawmakers to reform charter school funding.