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Florida Virtual School: A growing enterprise

The largest and oldest state-funded online school in the nation
falls outside many traditional measures of educational success.

How FLVS courses work

Total no.: More than 110 courses from core subjects to electives, and is continually adding new ones.

Communication: Students interact with teachers through email, voice mail, telephone and instant messenger. Teachers speak via telephone with students and their parents at least once a month.

Pace: Students can go at their own pace, but usually complete the work on a 16- to 18-week schedule or an accelerated option. A calendar tells students how many lessons they need to complete each week to keep up with the class, and they follow lectures through the notes, videos and interactive games set up for each lesson.

Assignments: Once they start a course, students have access to all assignments, but can only access tests or quizzes after certain assignments have been completed.

These lesson introduction excerpts were provided by Florida Virtual School show lesson obectives. To see more class examples:

  • Course demonstrations
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    • Physical science

      Speed, velocity and acceleration

      We discuss speed when we compare the movement of fast objects like cars and airplanes. Can you match each of the following to their maximum speed?

      Speed is all about distance and time. A motorcycle and a bicycle may travel the same total distance in a day, but the motorcycle can do it in a lot less time. What is the difference between speed and velocity? How does acceleration relate to speed, distance, and time? Continue into the lesson to learn how each of these terms is important when describing the motion of an object.

      After completing this lesson you will be able to:
      Discuss motion using a frame of reference.
      Relate speed, velocity, and acceleration to objects in motion.

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