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Online instructors challenged at two-day learning event

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan suggested to Michigan Virtual online teachers that they are in a position to help inform state colleges and universities that train new teachers about the online learning knowledge and skills needed by all teachers in a 21st-century learning environment.

Flanagan spoke informally to nearly 100 online instructors on the second day of the annual two-day Michigan Virtual summit of online instructors from around the state at the MSU Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing.

On day one, attendees heard David Thornburg, Director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center, a premier source of presenters in the field of emerging technologies and their impact on learning at all ages, talk about the promise of modern educational computer use.

Attendees also explored how to use mobile devices in learning, what good online instruction looks like, how to use YouTube as an instructional strategy and the resources available in the Michigan Electronic Library.

Flanagan concluded his remarks with a reference to the new Michigan Department of Education guidelines that will allow more middle school students to take online classes and some districts to open more virtual charter schools.

About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan VirtualĀ is a nonprofit educational organization that is leading and collaborating to build learning environments for tomorrow. Driven by student success, we have a strong record of supporting Michigan education that spans more than two decades. While many know us for our research-based, quality online learning options for students and professional development for educators, we also do a great deal of work behind the scenes to conduct original research, test innovations in learning, and provide consulting partnerships to promote effective practices. Education is changing faster than ever. Discover new models and resources to move learning forward at michiganvirtual.org.

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