Category Archives: Online Education

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Tips for Working with International Students

By: Doina Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor

I enjoy working with international students here at FVHSI. The biggest challenge for our students is juggling both their regular and online classes at the same time in order to graduate. This is why I developed a set of guidelines to ensure international students’ success in our programs. I am looking forward to completing this list over several articles in the newsletter, and letting the students know that they have a strong support system when working in our programs.

Here are a couple of tips that I’ve developed to help international students succeed:

  • Students preparing to study abroad should be aware that they need to work on their academic English language, which has specific terms for specific subjects. For example, while math is a universal language, the math vocabulary is different in every language. A different vocabulary can be a serious obstacle to obtaining good grades in this subject.  I use a variety of websites that have descriptions of the math terms that are in our courses to help the students better understand what is needed of them. An example of a good resource would be: http://www.mathwords.com/a_to_z.htm.
  • Franklin offers two important courses that represent the cornerstone of education for international students: Literacy and Comprehension and Strategies for Academic Success. I always recommend my students start with these two courses and then continue with English. These courses help international students to better understand the academic materials, provide them with a solid base of understanding of what is needed from them, and offer valuable strategies that will ensure their academic success in later classes. After the successful completion of these two courses, the students will be able to apply critical thinking skills, use sophisticated reading techniques, take valuable notes,  get better results during tests, plan and organize their work, and, finally, be equipped for a smooth learning experience.

I will continue this blog over the next few months. If you are reading this and you are an international student, please send me an email at dbeljic@franklinvirtualschools.com and tell me what your struggles are here in the U.S. academic system. I would be more than happy to assess the issues and help find new ways to make studying in the United States an exciting and valuable experience.

Click here to read more about Franklin’s Pre-Academic Year Abroad Preparation Program.

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Avoiding Plagiarism

By: Melissa Daniel, FLC English Department

What is plagiarism?

  • Presenting someone else’s words or ideas as if they were your own.
  • Copying someone’s words and presenting them as your own.
  • Taking someone’s words and changing a few of them here and there.
  • Using someone’s work as your own.
  • Restating a text or passage in another form without giving credit to the author.
  • Copying information from a book, the Internet, or another source without giving credit to the author.

How do I avoid plagiarism?

  1. The first step to avoiding plagiarism is to cite the source(s) of your information.
  2. The second step to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure that your writing is very different from the original source.
  3. The third step to avoiding plagiarism is to put quotation marks around any phrases that are copied directly from the original source.
Avoiding plagiarism is about giving credit where credit is due!

You should always use citations to acknowledge sources of information that are not your own thoughts. A citation should include the following:

  1.  Name of the person who created the work
  2.  Title of the work
  3.  Date of publication
  4.  Name and location of the publisher
  5.  Volume number, page number, edition, etc. are needed for direct quotes.
Go to citationmachine.net for help with citation formatting.
Remember to read pages 12-15 of your FVS/FLC Student Handbook to understand our plagiarism policy and the consequences of violating it.
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Online Test Taking Strategies

By: Bryan Maxwell, Franklin Social Studies Department Chair

Test taking can be really stressful for students. Whether you are taking a test in a classroom setting or an online setting, there are often feelings of stress and uneasiness. Fortunately, there are strategies for students to use to aid and even relieve the stress of test taking.

For the purpose of this article, I would like to focus on some test taking strategies for students who are new to the online platform.  Before getting too deep into this piece, on a positive note, many of the same strategies that can be used in a classroom test-taking setting can be used in an online platform as well. However, it is important to understand that there are some important differences, and students who are new to the online platform should be ready for them.

One of the most basic tips for test takers in the online platform is to read and understand the test guidelines. This will give students the basic knowledge of when the test will take place and how long a student has to complete the test. Another test taking strategy that applies for online test takers is to make sure to create a quiet area with no distractions. In many situations, students are able to take their tests at home. When doing this, it is possible to have those daily distractions that one would not normally have when taking a test in a classroom setting.

Finally, make sure to review answers for accuracy before clicking the submit button. This may seem like something that students would do during any type of examination, but sometimes there may be a rush to get the test submitted. To avoid this situation, always leave enough time for review.

For more information on online test taking strategies, please visit the following website: http://blog.cengage.com/tips-taking-online-exams/.

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Improving Math Skills

By: Doina Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor

  • Do you want to excel in your math classes?

  • Do you want to learn and practice new math skills each day?

  • Do you want to improve your mental power?

If your answer is “yes” to all of these questions, then we have found an online place for you to help make your dreams come true!

MATHOPOLIS!

This website is specially designed to show you how to have fun with math by playing games and answering questions as you practice new skills daily. MATHOPOLIS covers math skills from first grade through high school level.

Give it a try, and enjoy the power of learning!

Happy Holidays!

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10 Benefits of Choosing an Online, Virtual High School

1. Convenience

Balance your life by taking classes when you have time. Franklin offers flexibility according to your current lifestyle. If you’re working full-time, no problem. Study when it’s convenient for you.

2. No Stress About Credit Transfers

Franklin courses are fully accredited. To future employers, this degree is as valuable as a traditional one, but gives you an education on your terms. Franklin staff works with you to achieve your educational goals, whether it be credit recovery for one class, or a full diploma. They also work with you to be sure your credits will transfer to any school you choose.

3. Location

Anytime, anywhere studying. No commute necessary. You no longer have to worry about getting to school on time. And you can wear your pajamas!

4. No Sign-Up Timeline

No “school year” determining when you need to complete your courses. No adherence to school holidays and breaks. Sign up anytime to start your education.

5. Self-Paced Learning

Choose your own pace. You’re in charge of when and how much to study. It’s proven to be more effective for independent learners.

6. Support

Franklin programs come with an online tutor and teachers to help support learning and keep you focused. Technical support is also available if necessary.

7. Greater Ability to Concentrate

For shy or introverted students, or those who are easily distracted by other students or noisy classrooms, Franklin is an ideal option. Medical or social reasons are no barrier to your education when you can learn at home.

8. Unique Variety to Suit Your Interests

Franklin offers a wide range of courses, some of which may not be available at a traditional high school. These can prepare you for college courses, or a career. Some unique courses are Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Audio Engineering, Game Design, and a Nursing or Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course.

9. Opportunity to Graduate Early

Driven students can take a more challenging course load and waste no time getting into college or a career sooner than the typical student. Franklin staff works with students to be sure they are on the best path to their educational goals.

10. Flexibility

Taking a month-long vacation? No problem, take your classes with you! Study from a hotel in Mexico, China, or Paris, it makes no difference. And there’s no need to ask permission from your instructors.

Contact Us At:

support@franklinlearningcenters.com

or

(880) 990-3847 to learn more today!

 

ICEF Miami 2016

Franklin Sponsors ICEF Miami

Last week Franklin staff traveled to Miami Beach, Florida, for an education conference. Hosted by ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs), the conference was a fantastic opportunity for Franklin to get the word out about our diverse range of educational programs. ICEF brings together education agents and programs from 140 countries, providing the aagents with valuable information about programs.

“ICEF brings together international educators, industry service providers and carefully screened student recruitment agents at networking events around the world, helping them to create strategic partnerships and increase international student enrollments.”

Franklin staff attending the event included David Hooser (President & CEO), Brian Elmer (Director of Student Services), and Kevin Miller (Director of Marketing). They conducted one-on-one meetings with agents, demonstrated our educational programs and apps, and answered questions. They also attended numerous networking events, seminars, and workshops. Our booth in Miami (along with an earlier ICEF event in Berlin) were a fantastic success, and a great way to wrap up 2016.

Our mission to offer affordable, accredited, flexible online education to students of all ages continues into 2017 and beyond. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs, educational model, etc. With over 300 classes, we are able to offer a customized learning experience to each and every student – Anytime, anywhere.

Contact us at:

support@franklinlearningcenters.com

or

(880) 990-3847 to learn more today!

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Internet Research and Primary Sources

by Bryan Maxwell, FVS Social Studies Department

Student learning in the field of social studies has been greatly heightened over the past twenty years. Now more than ever, due to the wealth of information provided by the Internet, students have access to primary source documents, videos, audio recordings and so much more that were not available at a time when I was growing up. The Internet has provided a way to enrich the lives of students every day. Not only has the Internet provided a way for students to learn in a truly unique fashion, it has provided educators a way to reach all different types of learners such as visual and auditory as well as kinesthetic.

The availability of this information greatly enhances the learning process for not only those who attend traditional school, but those who also attend virtual schools. For example, those students who may be doing a research paper on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan may wish to reference the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden. Through the primary sources provided by https://www.ctc.usma.edu//posts/letters-from-abbottabad-bin-ladin-sidelined, there is now the opportunity to enhance research by being able to see actual letters written by Bin Laden just prior to the day his life ended. This type of information would not have been accessible during my time in school, and now it is available literally at our fingertips. These types of primary resources and documents are an invaluable part of research and assist students in the in-depth study needed to enhance the learning process.

So, in short, do not be afraid of using what has been provided for us on the Internet. There are so many who do not take the time to use the information that is out there. Take advantage of the wealth of information that has been provided for us, not only when conducting research, but for your everyday learning. At the same time, be careful in determining what is considered to be a primary source and what is just published by an individual with no credibility. Remember, websites that end with .Org, .Edu, and .Gov are usually those that are trustworthy for educational purposes. Lastly, be careful with how you use the information that you have researched. So many times, students want to take the easy way out and copy and paste information from the Internet. As we know, this is a form of plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism, carefully cite the information used for your research. This includes quotes and ideas. A good resource for this is www.owlpurdue.edu.