Blended Content and Subscriptions

Blended learning combines the best of traditional classroom methods with innovative online tools and resources to provide a robust and engaging, multimodal, student-centered, learning environment. VISnet offers a variety of consortium-priced and open educational resources to support this recognized and superior learning model.

To view a current pricing list, please be sure you are logged in and visit the NCAIS/VISnet Member Page. 

 

 

Built on the Renaissance Growth Platform™ and fueled by Renaissance’s unparalleled learning analytics engine, Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® empowers teachers to motivate, monitor, and manage independent reading and skills practice for greater student success. By supporting the “perfect practice” proven by decades of Renaissance data to deliver the greatest results, it helps teachers engage, appropriately challenge, and drive accountability with each student as they read self-selected books and articles, take short comprehension quizzes, and practice close reading skills. Rich performance data provides educators with powerful insights that facilitate greater student agency, stronger personalized learning experiences, and a deeper 1:1 relationship between student and teacher.

BrainPop (K-8) creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports teachers, and helps bolster achievement. BrainPop resources include BrainPop Jr. (K-3), BrainPop Español. and BrainPop ESL. All are supported by BrainPop Educators, an online professional community. Animated movies are reinforced by interactive quizzes, vocabulary activities, graphic organizers, experiments, and high-interest readings.

*Note:  there is only ONE open-enrollment period per school year for BrainPOP:  July.

EBSCO offers a suite of more than 300 full-text and secondary research databases covering all subject areas, levels of research, and user communities-from schools, public libraries, and universities.
  Edhesive makes it possible for schools to offer a pathway of computer science courses, and does not require schools to have a computer science instructor on staff. Edhesive's blended learning program combines expert online instruction with in-person support. Students learn content from a sequence of video lessons, lab assignments, and auto-graded assessments - while schools provide a teacher who is not required to be familiar with coding. Teachers provide students with face to face support, motivation, and accountability, and serve as the teacher of record. Edhesive provides PD and training to teachers, and seven day per week online forum support to both students and teachers.  Edhesive is also used by many experienced CS instructors who love using the platform as a way to augment their existing curriculum and teach in a fully blended learning environment.

 

FuelEducation has made their high quality online courses available to VISnet Schools for use in a blended "hybrid" classroom setting. Research suggests that a hybrid educational approach incorporating the best of digital learning with the benefits of a traditional classroom is the most effective learning model. FuelEducation blended content provides individualized, self-paced content, flexibility, engaging multi-media components including videos, virtual labs, and avatars to enhance and expand your brick-and-mortar classroom. Your teachers and students can have complete access to FuelEducation's collection of over 140 middle and high school courses for use in their classrooms. All content, assessments, teacher resources, and interactive activities are available. This includes hosting by FuelEducation, eliminating the need for your own learning management system (LMS). 
  JSTOR is a digital library where teachers and students can access to 2,000 scholarly journals and 2 million primary sources that support research and teaching. It exposes students to peer-reviewed scholarly research for the first time and helps teachers enrich their classrooms with key scholarly literature across more than 50 disciplines. Six million unique visitors use JSTOR each month from nearly every country in the world, including more than 2,000 secondary schools in 66 countries.

Be sure to check out our JSTOR guides for K-12 educators, along with free resources for teaching. These include:

  Middlebury, through their partnership with FuelEducation, has made their high quality online courses available to VISnet Schools for use in a blended "hybrid" classroom setting. Research suggests that a hybrid educational approach incorporating the best of digital learning with the benefits of a traditional classroom is the most effective learning model. Middlebury blended content provides individualized, self-paced content, flexibility, engaging multi-media components including videos, virtual labs, and avatars to enhance and expand your brick-and-mortar classroom. Your teachers and students can have complete access to Middlebury's collection of middle and high school world language courses for use in their classrooms. All content, assessments, teacher resources, and interactive activities are available. This includes hosting by FuelEducation, eliminating the need for your own learning management system (LMS).
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP has partnered with NCAIS to bring their top quality digital content to our schools across the state. 
Please contact Stephanie Keaney for access to free demos of all of the OUP products above or log in to the NCAIS website to see the pricing structure and ordering information.
 
PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-2 database for reading and research. PebbleGo databases build on children’s interests in a way that makes learning and improving reading and research skills fun. Choose from six rich, interactive databases: PebbleGo Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies, Dinosaurs and Animales, PebbleGo’s first Spanish language database. Each one is simple to navigate and offers key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting.
 
  PebbleGo Next is the next step for researchers when they are ready to graduate from the original PebbleGo!  Curriculum-connected content for grades 3-6. Rich articles with more robust information. We currently offer two databases, PebbleGo Next Science and States & American Indian Studies.  Request a free trial at: www.PebbleGoNext.com
  • Access for every student in your school — 24/7 from school or home
  • iPad compatible
  • Audio recorded by professional voice-over artists to provide critical scaffolds for struggling readers, English language learners and more
  • Straightforward navigation — students can find what they need
  • Article enhancements such as videos, timelines and more
  • Tools to develop research skills such as the ability to cite your source and report format downloadables
 

Square Panda combines letters with sounds in a tactile environment, turning tablets into phonics learning stations that leverage sight, sound, AND touch. To engage all PreK-3 students, Square Panda advances phonological awareness, rhyming, blending, segmentation, letter-sound associations, decoding, encoding, and more.

  • Multi-sensory --- Learning with Sight, Sound AND Touch
  • Pre K-3
  • Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Print Concepts, Spelling, and more
  • Blending Onsets and Rimes and related Phonemic Awareness Skills
  • Students Practice the Alphabetic Principle through Games that Reinforce Letter-Sound Correspondences
  • Scaffolded Instruction
  • Research Based - Tactile Reinforcement
  • Student Driven, Exploratory, Adaptive, Personalized Learning
  • Real-time Data in Teacher Portal

Read more about the research behind Square Panda: Multi-Sensory Learning in the Digital Age

  Typing Agent is an innovative keyboarding program for school districts, especially those with iPad initiatives, offering multi-player games, 10-key keyboarding, multiple goal-based learning, 4 age appropriate learning worlds including a K-2 environment, course mapping and more.

Includes typeSMART™, a first ever in keyboarding, helping with student keyboarding outcomes, assigning Q-Scores, curriculum mapping and much more.

Visit us at http://engagingwebapps.com/ to learn more or get a 30-day trial.

  The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.)  is a non-profit organization, committed to fulfilling learning objectives for schools and their students. We offer a variety of courses in a flexible, online format. This allows you to enhance your curriculum, increase your course offerings and prepare your students for college and beyond. VHS offers over 200 accredited online courses taught by certified, VHS trained, and experienced teachers, including core subjects and unique electives, 23 Advanced Placement® courses, interactive STEM programs, college and career training, flexible credit recovery and customized blended learning offerings.

Blended Courses

Enhance your curriculum by blending content from VHS’ online courses into your classroom. With half and full credit courses available, this option is ideal for the on-site instructor to customize our course content to meet their classroom’s objectives.


Customized Offerings

At VHS, we understand that every school is different. Let us design, manage and facilitate courses exclusively for your school. Design a customized learning experience for your students.

  • VHS teachers can facilitate online course for your students
  • Redesign VHS content to create your own Honors, full-year or hybrid courses
  • Redesign our online courses to meet trimester schedules, summer school programs or winter sessions

Hosting Your Virtual Classrooms
When you have the curricula and an instructor ready to teach, use the VHS Learning Management System (LMS) to bring your own content online.

  • Access powerful collaborative tools and communications resources through our online LMS
  • Training and 24/7 technical support for faculty and students
  • Streamline grading and student evaluations

Customized Offering Packages

Enhance a customized offering or blended learning program through carefully planned solutions and support services; including training and professional development for your faculty and administration.

If you would like to learn about our blended and customized offerings please contact Jim Dachos.