Florida Virtual School: Two Courses Breaking the Mold in Online Education

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students all over the world. Florida residents take courses for free while non-Florida residents take courses based on tuition rates. FLVS has received numerous state, national, and international awards for their innovation and excellence in online education. Below are two of the newest course types that seek to break the mold in online education that would make most university and colleges jealous.

Our New American History Course! Conspiracy Code.
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Conspiracy Code: History Through Gaming

Learning and video games collide in Conspiracy Code, the first in a revolutionary new series of courses that are being developed by FLVS. An innovative, complete online class, Conspiracy Code engages students in interactive learning while maintaining all the engagement of a high-quality entertainment product. All Conspiracy Code courses are teacher-supervised, academically-viable, complete classes that fuse the best of online gaming with proven pedagogical techniques and standards to produce a truly unique learning environment for high school students.

The first course in this series is American History. University of Central Florida was heavily involved in the development of this course and  plans to continue to work with FLVS  to study the effectiveness of learning through game-play.

Visit Conspiracy Code for more information on the research, background, course syllabus, demo, course trailer, and FAQs.

Another course in that series is Conspiracy Code: Intensive Reading, below is a Course Trailer (Shouldn’t all courses have a trailer?)

Computer Programming I

Wondering what type of course the future Facebook Developers or Google employees will be taking at the FLVS? This highly-interactive Computer Programming course enables students to develop knowledge of programming concepts in Python and Java while participating in projects that interest them. Students will be fully-engaged as they learn Python by controlling the motion and sensory capabilities of a robot. Using Java, students will be able to manipulate graphics, images, and audio. Creative thinking and logical analysis will be used to develop algorithms, flowcharts, and computer programs that solve a variety of real-world problems. The syntax, vocabulary, and data structures common to Python and Java will be explored by writing, testing, and debugging computer programs that focus on robotics and media computing. Ethical, social, and historical implications of technology and society will also be examined.

Watch this Course Tour below for better understand of how unique this course is in education.

These innovative course designs make any instructional designer jealous, while making students wonder why they don’t have a course like this available to them. Is this the future of online education?

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