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Elementary Music in Cyber School: The Tools of the Trade

By Elisa Carpenter, Music Teacher

“…its objectives are two-fold: to aid in the well-balanced social and artistic development of the child, and to produce a musically-literate adult; an adult who can read and write music as easily as words..”  - Zoltan Kodaly

An intriguing quote from Zoltan Kodaly, the founder of the Kodaly Teaching Method developed in Hungary.  Years ago he wanted to be involved in a music education system that was capable of leading children toward love of and knowledge about music, from the youngest of ages into their adult lives.

Many educators, whether in traditional or cyber school, strive to replicate this idea each and every day, in their own course, in new ways, and with fascinating tools so their students are well prepared and successful!

This ideology has laid the foundation for my love of teaching. In this article, I will describe some of the tools used to cultivate a well-balanced and artistically expressive elementary musician, all in an online elementary education environment!
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Cyber School Literacy Communities: Connecting Writers Across Distances

by Ms. Hannah Lewis, Secondary English Teacher

Photo courtesy of @bamagal on Unsplash

This generation of students are more literate than past generations. They engage with writing daily, sometimes hourly, on their smart devices and computers, usually communicating with one another. Yet, they are plagued by record-breaking amounts of depression and anxiety.


In spite of their constant connectedness, they feel lonely.


In this world of hyper-literate, connected-yet-isolated students, being a literacy teacher presents new opportunities and challenges, some of which are exacerbated where I teach, at a cyber school in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in the Cyber School Setting

By: Peter Mysels, Secondary Social Studies Teacher

One of the mental hurdles many cyber school teachers need to overcome upon entering the field of cyber school teaching is removing the preconceived notion of…

“Will I be able use the same, projects, assignments, and methods I did in my traditional school, now that I am a cyber teacher?”

I'd like to challenge you: rather than, “Will I be able to? I encourage you to consider, How will I? 

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Cyber School Student Uses Art for Breast Cancer Awareness

Dakota Burke is a middle school student at PA Distance Learning who submitted a drawing for a Breast Cancer Awareness Project (you can check out other art contests she has entered and won hereand was interviewed by Studio Raw with Dan Burda. She describes the great purpose and details she put into her work in the interview:

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Adventures of Gaming in Cyber School

How Coding Inspired Me and Enabled my Cyber School Students to Success!

By Katie Devlin, 7-12 Social Studies Teacher

As a social studies teacher in cyber school, something that I strive to do is find ways to encourage my students to think critically. Yes, I teach 7th grade geography, but it’s so much more than that.  As a teacher in my department, I am challenged to create interactive thinkers who can work together, talk through problems, and who want to learn and grow.  In cyber school, that means thinking outside the box.

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Top 5 Reasons to Read

By Allison Harvey-Benedum, High School English Teacher

With summer here in full swing, some of us have more time, others less. Whether you read in a marathon or for only a few minutes a day, Secondary English Teacher Mrs. Harvey-Benedum gives us some very important reasons to spend time reading this summer!

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Game Design Club at PA Distance Learning receives first place at National Ceremony

Wexford, Pennsylvania (June 12, 2017) – PA Distance Learning Charter School Game Design Club wins two national first place titles

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73 Graduate in the Class of '17

73. That's the number of graduates in the PA Distance Learning Class of 2017. On Saturday, June 10, 2017 they came together, surrounded by friends and family, teachers and counselors, to walk out of the world of high school and to walk into their boundless futures.

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PA Distance Gaming Club Students Chosen for National Contest

PA Distance Learning is proud to announce that two of the groups from its Game Design Club have been chosen as finalists in the Pittsburgh Area in the Games for Change Student Challenge.

PA Distance Learning social studies teacher Katie Devlin piloted the club to allow students to learn game design and coding, which has ended in 7 of the students participating in a national competition! 

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Come Celebrate 20 Years of Pennsylvania Charter Schools!

June 2, 2017 -- PA Distance Learning, a public PA cyber charter school, proudly invites its families to celebrate with us at the State Capitol on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:30!  

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