Spring 2008 Registration will begin on November 12, 2007 until 5:00 pm January 11, 2008.

Email Allen Cole at: acole@k12.hi.us for questions or concerns.

Please take the time to read the information below describing the commitment and work involved in participating in an online learning environment. In addition, the registration process can be involved. Therefore, please take the time to use the link below to familiarize yourself with the registration process.

Please use the following link for some detailed information about E-School

Some answers about E-School

Important: READ and THINK about this!
Before you begin filling out the online registration here are a few questions to consider:

1. I have ready access to a computer and, through it, the Internet.

____ True ____ False

2. I know how to use the computer!

____ True ____ False

3. I can make 6 - 8 hours a week available to work on the online course.

____ True ____ False

4. I am NOT considering an E-School course because I think it will be easier than a "real" course.

____ True ____ False

5. I realize that course requirements and due dates are there for a good reason and I feel I can structure my time to meet them.

____ True ____ False

If you answered FALSE to any of these statements you should re-consider registering for an E-School course. E-School courses are "REAL" courses and often take more time and effort than your other classes. We are not telling you this to frighten you away from this educational experience, rather we want you to do well.

Please Note:

MANDATORY HANDS ON FACE TO FACE TRAINING

ALL students will be required to attend a face to face hands-on orientation session prior to their beginning the semester of E-School classes. The choice of this session will take place during the online registration before the course choice. If the students do not attend they will NOT be permitted to participate in E-School.

STUDENTS, COUNSELORS AND PARENTS, PLEASE READ THIS!!!

Let's say you're a High School student who has made the decision to supplement your high school education with an online class in E-School. Your thought process goes something like this: "Sure I know how to use a computer - you thought - right - I have the modem connection and doing alright in classes was kind of simple when all I really had to do was show up (most of the time) sit in the classes and let the teachers tell me what to know! Gee, this online education is tougher than I thought. I'm not doing so well. What's wrong? It sounded so easy!" It turns out Distance Online Education is hard. Most often it is harder than going to "regular" school. Why? Here's what a student needs to succeed in a virtual class.

A student needs the fastest connectivity possible and a good speedy computer. You are going to be online EVERYDAY (that turns out to be important - EVERYDAY - so I will capitalize it!). You really don't have the time and probably the patience to wait...and wait for all of the web pages to load. You really need to get as quick of a connection to the Internet as is possible in your area. Many of the technologies that are used in these online courses require a modern operating system and a speedy computer to make the course satisfying or even doable.

A successful student needs a good set of digital skills, being able to cruise the Internet is not enough. At bare minimum you need to possess a word processing program and understand how to use it. How to save a file, find them after you save them, save them in different formats, to use the thesaurus, spelling checker are required skills. An understanding of the Internet technologies such as browsers, browser plug-ins (PDF, QuickTime, Real Audio), html, FTP are skills that can only help the online student.

It turns out the most important characteristic of a successful student is their motivation. In fact, it has been the case already in E-School that a student might be at a serious disadvantage in the two earlier mentioned areas of "requirements" but when they have the motivation they do just fine. It may be still a struggle, but they succeed. A student doesn't really need that super fast connection or be a computer genius with the latest and greatest equipment if they got the drive, responsibility, motivation, and a "can do" attitude to get it done. That's it! You just got to do the WORK. That means hitting your classes and work online EVERYDAY! You must make a schedule for yourself to spend time in your class, EVERYDAY. Does that mean weekends? Well, sometimes. In your "regular" school classes you do homework on weekends (sometimes) don't you? The good thing is you really don't, most of the time, have to do it between 8:00 am and 2:00pm. You can do your work at 11:00 pm if you want. You must remain in almost daily communication with your online teacher. Use the WebCT email, Threaded discussion and their scheduled chat times. Most of them do not mind having you even call them.

Get it into your head that you cannot sit in class and listen any more. In online education you must PARTICIPATE in the gathering, understanding and the communication of knowledge in your class. Is that harder? Maybe! But it can also be much more satisfying as you learn that your thoughts, ideas and personal experiences are valuable, have weight and are necessary to the success of the class. The skills you learn and employ in this online class you will use well after your high school experience. So students make sure you make a schedule to do the work and a promise to yourself to commit to the PARTICIPATION in your education.

If you feel positive about your upcoming E-School learning experience please use the following link to continue registration!

Email Allen Cole at: acole@k12.hi.us for questions or concerns.

View Webpages detailing what to expect during the registration process
 

Spring 2008 Registration will begin on November 12, 2007 until 5:00 pm January 11, 2008.

Important Note: If you are using a Yahoo email account - be aware that the "Bulk Mail" filter on Yahoo Mail seems to be filtering out mail from the Hawaii DOE as "Junk/Bulk Mail". This may cause an interruption in the registration process. Some of you have set your Bulk Mail to automatically DELETE. This means you will miss part of the registration process. If you think this may be the case for you - you MUST check your Bulk Mail to be able to continue registration. If you have it set to automatically delete Bulk Mail - you need to, at least during the registration - turn that off or reset it to a period of time that will allow you to look into that folder for E-School email!

 

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