Proposed Virtual School Learning Platform

Concept: Combine the best of the classroom experience with the best of the online technologies to create a true virtual school…the FIRST VIRTUAL SCHOOL

Read / Download the virtual school white paper


The supporting technology has 4 components:

  1. THE SCHOOL – Through Daybreak
    • ONLINE: School online server and application (hosted at Daybreak) that users connect to, containing the environment, tools, classroom management systems, user information, and operating system
    • USER: School local software, downloaded user interface (created by Daybreak)
  2. VOICE COMMUNICATIONS – Separate service
    • ONLINE: Voice-over-IP Ventrillo server (hosted by a variety of companies), about $0.40/user/month
    • USER: Voice-over-IP local software, Ventrillo client software downloaded for free.

A Model and the Vision

Exploration of a sample virtual school platform (plus discussion of equity, features, student engagement, current weaknesses of online learning):

Images to demonstrate this concept


The School Campus, with virtual environment, school buildings, and a sense of place

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Campus grounds, for a virtual school environment, where students can interact through individualized avatars


In a real virtual school, students actually GO to their classes, not just log in to a bulletin board or electronic textbook


Students gathering before classes, demonstrating some user interface options.


Students gathering before class to visit with classmates, each avatar individualized based on the students’ interests and personalities–They have a real identify here.


Teachers and students can interact in small groups, both inside and outside of class, to improve teacher-student relationships


Student meet their teachers in a classroom, which gives a sense of learning, participation, relationship, and belonging


During class, teachers have a variety of tools to present information visually and orally in real time. Not only do students interact with the teacher, but also they interact as a whole class and in small groups.


If students need to research a topic, there is even a library.

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Buildings can host classroom annexes, such as classrooms for math or language arts, just like in a real school building

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If teachers or administrator need to present to general groups, they can use the assembly hall–or not. There are a lot of options for interaction.