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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Idaho Digital Learning Academy

Grades 9-12 | Statewide, ID

Resources and Downloads for Online Learning

Free tools, web links and other resources to help bring online learning to your school.
By Edutopia
Edutopia Team

Turnaround Kid:

Tessa Beaver, left, says zoology was her favorite course with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy. Tessa went from being a year behind to graduating early with help from IDLA and Lorrie Houston, the IDLA site coordinator at Centerpoint Alternative High School in Caldwell, Idaho.

Credit: Grace Rubenstein

Resources On This Page:

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Downloads to Help You Get Started

These are handy documents used every day by practitioners in the field who have offered them up here for you to download and use yourself. Many of these come from the Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA), a state-sponsored program that serves 98 percent of districts in the state.

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Sample Teacher Lessons from TeacherStream and K12OnlineSchools.org

These are lessons for teachers about how to do successful virtual instruction -- online training for teaching online. They're copyrighted by TeacherStream, but generously provided here for free to the Edutopia community. For more information on how to get started as an online teacher, click here.

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Demonstrations and Tours of Online Courses

Want a quick peek at what an online course looks like? Here are places to start.

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Standards and Best Practices

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning, or iNACOL, has published standards for quality of online courses, teaching, and programs. They also publish extensive research articles and chronicle best practices in online teaching and learning.

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Articles and Miscellaneous Resources

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Downloadable Research Papers

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Dennis OConnor's picture
Dennis OConnor
E-Learning and Online Teaching consultant, teacher, designer

Thanks Edutopia for a fantastic assortment of valuable resources. The more k-12 virtual teachers are exposed to best practices, new ideas, methods and technologies, the closer we get to a new vision for public education.

Way to go!

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