Each laptop comes fully equipped
Our laptops are pre-installed (List of pre-installed software) with the programs necessary to complete school work.
We recognize the need to install additional software based on a student’s grade level, course load, and special education requirements. This software, although not pre-installed, can be installed by families with a call to our Technology Helpline (1.877.883.3653). Our technicians will help you install Approved Software based on your child’s special needs. All ISP software and/or drivers are considered “approved”. If you need to install software to connect to the Internet, call the Technology Helpline.
Blackboard Academic Suite
Our virtual schoolhouse
Every student logs into Blackboard each school day. Logging into Blackboard is equivalent to walking through your school’s doors and entering your teacher’s homeroom. Blackboard is a “one-stop shop” where every member of our educational community can attend classes, receive school news, access resources, and coordinate events.
Blackboard enables PA Virtual to keep our families engaged, informed, and involved:
- School-wide announcements
- Logging attendance
- Viewing course information
- Field trip calendars
- Health Screening calendars
- Service learning projects
- Blackboard Collaborate and recorded sessions
- Transcript and record requests
- Accessing Family Support Programs
- Technology updates and FAQs
- Contact information for teachers and staff
- Video and photo galleries
- Clubs and Activities
- Student assessment information
- And much more!
Our virtual classroom
All direct instruction by PA Virtual teachers takes place in Blackboard Collaborate. Collaborate is our virtual classroom that enables world-class communication and education in an online setting. It's an intuitive, instructor-led classroom that delivers real-time, interactive education and encourages learning and collaboration using web, audio, video, and social networking.
In addition to the classroom experience, Collaborate brings the PA Virtual community together for school-wide assemblies, virtual outings, and other social opportunities.
The Online School
Daily and weekly lesson plans
The Online School (OLS) is the learning system with lessons for students. Families use the OLS to access daily and weekly lesson plans and to record daily instructional hours.
Detailed lesson plans are provided for each subject to guide students through the learning process. Teachers set the courses to provide the optimum learning environment for their students. This approach allows students to move through the curriculum at a pace conducive to their learning needs. The OLS also charts student progress through the K12 Inc. curriculum.
The adaptive capability of the OLS helps create the personal learning approach for each student.
An online learning platform
Lynda.com is an educational training service that is accessible to all PA Virtual students and staff. Engaging and current, Lynda.com videos cover thousands of software, creativity and business skills. Through Lynda.com, PA Virtual provides our families access to nearly 6,000 professionally-produced training courses and more than 135,000 individual informational videos.
Watch a demonstration video to see how our students can use Lynda.com.
PA Virtual Secure Email
An email account for every student and Learning Coach
Each student and Learning Coach is provided with a secure school email account. All Blackboard accounts are associated with the PA Virtual–issued email address. Important school-related information is shared through email and it's utilized as the communication method of choice for our parents, students, and teachers.
These email accounts provide an avenue for simple two-way communication critical to our partnerships.