Are there any ‘deeper learning’ virtual schools?

Virtual schools… I like the concept of shifting ‘time, place, path, and pace’ very much. But I think all of the virtual schools that I’ve encountered still focus primarily on low-level learning, digitized and chunked into a digital adaptive learning system. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ‘deeper learning’ or inquiry- and project-based learning as a core tenet of a virtual school.

That said, maybe virtual schools that focus on deeper learning, student agency, and authentic work are out there! Anyone know of wholly virtual schools that emphasize rich, robust project- and inquiry-based learning; authentic student contribution to the world around them; critical thinking and problem solving; meaningful uses of technology to communicate and collaborate; and so on? If so, I’d love to hear about them!

Even though we've changed the time, place, path, and pace, it can still be low-level learning

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3 Responses to “Are there any ‘deeper learning’ virtual schools?”

  1. Hi Scott:

    Your question is the focus of Michael Fullan’s webinar taking place tomorrow – May 28th –

    We have pockets of this happening but not to scale in distance learning.

    All the best,

    Tom D’Amico

  2. Alexandra Solomon Reply May 28, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Check us out! Would love to hear your thoughts.

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