Online learning provides students with an opportunity to continue to grow and reach grade level and personal goals. Utilizing available technologies and a clear understanding of digital citizenship practices, online learning can provide a safe and structured environment for students to build and maintain life skills. Through collaborative and interactive learning experiences online learning makes it possible for students to produce original work and foster relationships.
Teachers in the virtual school provide a warm and nurturing environment for their students. Synchronous and asynchronous instruction, student assignments, assessments, and homework are DoDEA College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) based. The focus is on ensuring that all students master DoDEA CCRS standards through differentiated instruction and best practices for virtual learning. Instruction is designed to be developmental and engaging. Successful students engage fully in the virtual learning environment.
“Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, developing healthy relationships, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy - using your online presence to grow and shape your world in safe, creative ways, and inspiring others to do the same.” (Childnet International, 1999)
DoDEA’s Online Option can provide a safe place where students can clearly and effectively express and practice responsible behavior, independently articulate the impact of a positive digital footprint, and consistently use information ethically, legally, and responsibly.
Bullying is a widespread and serious problem across our nation. It's what happens when someone repeatedly hurts or threatens another person on purpose. Bullying comes in many forms-name-calling, leaving people out, spreading rumors or physically hurting someone. And it can happen in person, in writing, online, on cell phones, in school, on the bus, at home, or anywhere. It is not a normal rite of passage, it has serious consequences, and it's NOT acceptable.
“Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.”
For more information on recognizing and preventing cyberbullying, please see: https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it