The Oregon Virtual School District Partnership Initiatives for K-12 Schools
Public/Private Partnerships enrich OVSD's online teaching and learning tools available to Oregon schools. Interested school districts can gain access through OVSD to virtual learning content and cloud applications for blended classroom instruction and distance learning. OVSD serves over 250,000 students and teachers through Google Applications for Education, Apex Learning, Connect EDU and student learning applications hosted by Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab. OVSD also ensures that Oregon teachers receive professional development, training, and support in using these tools to enhance classroom instruction.
APEX LEARNING'S ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM PREPARATION COURSES
ConnectEDU's Epsilen Blended Learning Environment
OVSD has Partnered with ConnectEDU to bring new opportunities for Blended Learning to Oregon's Middle School and High School Classrooms. Available to schools in March of 2013, the Epsilen Learning Environment brings a suite of turn key teaching and learning tools and vast content repositories to the classroom.
Epsilen delivers digital content in ways you can easily Share and access course materials, curricula, course modules, lessons, tests, quizzes, or supporting materials such as articles, textbooks, videos, photo libraries, etc. Students, instructors, and course designers can leverage the power and potential of a global learning community to access relevant content to meet with their objectives.
When you are an Epsilen member, you will have full access to:The New York Times Content Repository, containing over 160 years of articles and interactive features – all fully searchable.
GOOGLE'S APPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION
Oregon's Agreement with Google for its free Google Apps for Education provides domains for any public K-12 school district and Educational Service District in Oregon that wants to sign up through ODE. The services available to educators and students are:
- E-mail (GMail) with filtering and protection (Postini suite)
- Calendar (Google Calendar)
- Online documents (Google Docs)
- Private online discussion groups (Google Groups)
- Audio and video conferencing (Google Talk & Hangouts)
- Public or Private streaming video (Google Video)
- Web site creation (Google Sites and Google Pages)
- Social Networking for students over the age of 13 (Google Plus)
- Google advertising is turned off by default for all accounts.