About Our Mission

For decades, America has needed a new blueprint for teaching and learning. The old tried-and-true methods have become worn.

Outmoded. Inadequate. Untrue.

Stymied by an unacceptably high and growing proportion of dropouts, manifested in distressingly high unemployment, crime and social unrest, a vocal tide of parents, politicians and business leaders realize that change must take place. To make that transformation, to improve learning, educators must unlearn many of the unquestioned precepts that have over time have corroded and immobilized the institution of American education.

The search for that transformative ideology ends here. The platform for transformation is iVirtualSchool

 

Redefining the ‘school’ concept

Formal education once was reserved only for children of financially well-to-do or politically connected families. The idea of universal public education was an idea that was born and bred in America, and flourished in the 20th century. But as education became more institutionalized, its structure became increasingly rigid, it struggled to keep pace with technological and societal developments, and it ironically began alienating large population segments who did not conform to preconceived notions about interests and abilities.

That traditional public school model has become antiquated. Its top-down, idealistic one-size-fits-all idealism, has been proven impractical.

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, recently said, “People aren’t ready for the technology revolution that’s going to happen to them.”

Are you ready? Is your child being educated to work and thrive in a transformed world? The Internet and digital learning have revolutionized the meaning of “getting an education.” You and your family members need be learn how to survive and thrive in a digital-based economy.

Do you believe that your child is learning all that is necessary to compete and succeed in our transformed world? If you are a high school student or college student, do you know what your unique talents are? Have you identified your passions, and determined how to channel them for competition in our global economy?

The old days – in which school boards or school districts could adequately prepare children for their futures – have vanished. More than 15 years ago, I realized something that literally changed the course of my children’s education and life opportunities. It was the power derived from strategically combining the best resources available in the burgeoning online world, computer programs and top-notch local programs, along with some “seat-based classroom learning.” The best approach would blend options that would enable them to tap and nurture their own passions. That realization paved the way to virtual schooling that gave my three daughters a world-class education, and a ticket to unlimited opportunity.

I have spent the past decade amassing information and refining the concept, which now is available to you and your family through iVirtualSchool

 

What iVirtualSchool can do

The advice, vetted resources, ongoing webinars, online learning events, and guest blogs from virtual mentors will guide the world of digital learning transformation for every child, teenager and young adult. It’s adaptable to the academic level, maturity, inquisitiveness and interests of each student, and easily accommodates differences in race, income, learning abilities, location and other variable factors.

Bill Gates said that the best education in the world will be on the Internet in five years. He was right about the platform, but misjudged the timing. The best educational resources in the world already are available in digital form, accessible through the Internet.

The iVirtualSchool model recognizes that schools no longer have a monopoly on education.

 

My family’s results

My name is Elizabeth Kanna. I’m the founder and director of iVirtualSchool.  I’ve co-written a book titled Virtual Schooling: A Guide to Optimizing Your Child’s Education about the digital transformation of education, and I have established this site as a resource for parents and continuing-education students who understand the radical shifts that digital distribution and communication have exacted in commercial and societal relationships.

Contemporary fast-paced, interconnected global economy has rendered lecturing and other forms of didactic teaching obsolete. The flexible virtual schooling approach encourages students to absorb, evaluate and apply information in ways that complement their innate interests and abilities.

My husband and I are convinced that virtual schooling has given our three daughters a world-class education, and a ticket to unlimited opportunity. Our eldest daughter is on the president’s list at one of the most competitive colleges on the West Coast; our 18-year-old entered college at age 16 through an accelerated college program at our local university; and virtual schooling has propelled the education of our 15-year-old, who attends a hybrid school with an emphasis on math, science and engineering.

Our family was given no special advantages, nor are we wealthy. The girls are bright, but not as startlingly gifted as exceptional kids who perhaps play chess at age 2 or ace algebra at 6. In my quest for helping my children attain success, I co-founded the largest alternative education site on the Internet, co-authored a definitive guide, Homeschooling for Success, and became board president of a public virtual school.

I guided our daughters through various homeschooling and distance learning approaches that took advantage of emerging online and digital schooling technologies. I conducted exhaustive research, and tested numerous theories and approaches through trial and error. Through my own experiences, I have uncovered methods that will dramatically improve your child’s performance in school, that will place students on a fast-track approach to college or where he or she has set their sights on and will give them the tools to succeed in tomorrow’s new digital economy.

Oh, certainly, full-time public or private virtual schools are being started everywhere. But virtual schools can’t use our current model of one-size-fits-all education, then deliver it from an online-learning platform and label it “personalized learning.” Such a characterization is vastly misleading. That approach is analogous to re-painting a Ford Model T, replacing its tires, and claiming this “new” car will fulfill the needs of drivers today. Perceptive consumers would recognize it for what it is: a quaint antique. To be all-encompassing, any virtual school curriculum or program must respect and accommodate differences in how individual students learn best.

Consider Ann Dunham, who decided to take charge of the education of her son Barry, as he was known to friends, by supplementing his conventional classroom studies. She developed her curriculum by subscribing to correspondence courses, then customizing the contents to meet Barry’s needs. She homeschooled him three hours each morning before he left to attend classes in the local school. Her diligence and insightfulness were instrumental in preparing Barry to embark on an illustrious, history-making career path that eventually led to the White House. Homeschooled Barry, you see, is America’s 44th president, Barack Obama.

If you, too, want to prepare yourself or your children to take advantage of the wondrous opportunities awaiting, broaden your horizons beyond the narrow confines of institutionalized education. We invite you to learn how iVirtualSchool can work for you.