VSKOOL is a new consortium working to offer online K-12 classes and tutoring to students affected by Hurricane Katrina. Participants include online-learning organizations, virtual schools, technology companies, foundations, and other corporate and nonprofit organizations.
According to the consortium, VSKOOL will:
- • Find virtual school programs to offer courses, tutoring, and open seats to affected students.
• Find teachers with online-teaching experience to volunteer to take extra students and tutor students.
• Find organizations to provide support for online-learning enrollment (e.g., through scholarships) for students; and
• Coordinate with computer hardware, software, and infrastructure providers to supply computers and broadband Internet access to create learning centers to run online courses.
VSKOOL listed a number of organizations last week as interested in supporting the initiative:
|• Alberta Distance Learning Center||• Alberta Online Consortium|
|• Apex Learning||• Blackboard Connections Academy|
|• DeKalb Online Academy||• Discovery Education|
|• Education Industry Association||• Florida Virtual School|
|• IEARN-USA||• Impatica|
|• Learning Through Sports||• LibraryU|
|• Michigan Virtual High School||• National University Virtual High School|
|• Netday||• Northern Star Online|
|• Plano (Texas) Independent School District||• Texas Virtual School|
|• Virtual High School||• Virtual Library Co-op|
|• Wisconsin Virtual School|
A version of this article appeared in the September 21, 2005 edition of Education Week as What is VSKOOL?