Welcome & Opening
Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2009-11-16.0616.M.291DB3E56118B7C57E0608CDA0BC35.vcr

Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, or iNACOL (formerly the North American Council for Online Learning). iNACOL represents the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College. She also took the Pats over the Colts last night. tsk tsk

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.

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i NACOL Grown from 303 to 3450 (50 countries other than USA)
Attendees: 1500 this year
Publish 2005 National Ed Technology Plan, virtual learning transforming education
200,000 students gave input into technology plan, their thoughts on online learning
USDE and White House – online learning for STEM (shortage of teachers) and continuity of learning (H1N1)
Tom Vanderark: Future of Education, Innovation, and online learning
Shut down schools for one week for pure online learning!
Top 10 breakthroughs transforming life over next 20-3- year: 8. Virtual online learning
70% in US offer at least one virtual course
Zach Bonner - virtual 11 year old student, 2 years ahead of peers
Keeping Pace of K-12 Online Learning being released today
only 5 states that don’t have state-wide initiatives
2000: 50,000
2009: 2 million
Growth is not even across the US
40% of K-12 students want online learning, reaching on 1/10 of those students
Today’s Students Value:
· Freedom and choice
· Customization and personalization
· Project based
· Move at own pace
· Clear guidelines
· Fast feedback
· Stand up talk lectures are deadly
Check out: Generational Learning Styles and National Survey for student engagement (NSSE)

[mkb] Blog entry I posted about this session available at http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/vss-2009-welcome-and-opening/