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The Union Virtual Learning Academy offers students the opportunity to take online courses using Internet-based curriculum that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Courses are interactive and supported as students communicate with highly qualified teachers. Each student is monitored by a certified teacher from Union Public Schools where there is a commitment to quality and high standards. Courses within the UVLA program are designed as a college readiness program and are for first-time credit only.

COURSE OFFERINGS

  • English 11 and 12
  • World History
  • AP World History
  • Marine Science
  • Pre-AP Algebra II
  • Pre-Calc
  • Spanish I and II
  • AP Computer Science
  • Computer Programming
  • Digital Editing
  • Sociology
  • Mythology / Gothic Literature
  • Forensic Science
  • Criminology and Law
  • Holocaust Studies
  • International Problems
  • Personal Fitness and Lifetime Management

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Seniors may take 3 classes
  • Juniors may take 2 classes
  • Computer with Internet access (recommended)

UVLA GUIDELINES

Attendance

Due to the flexibility of the UVLA, attendance will work differently than a traditional class.  To have the proper amount of activity in the class, a student must log into each course several times per week on different days.  Although each course is different, a student is expected to spend the appropriate amount of time in the course to stay on pace with the course per district policies.  Attendance is measured by blended class times, submission of assignments, communication with the teacher, and discussions with classmates.  If a student has been directed to attend class and does not show he/she will be counted as truant for the class period.


 

Digital Citizenship

 

Union SchoolsDigital citizenship is responsible cyber social behavior; what people do online when no one else is looking. When online, people feel invisible and do things that they normally wouldn't do in person, things that they know might be wrong. As the Internet becomes an essential tool for everyday life, it is becoming more important than ever to apply the concept of citizenship to the online world.

3 Steps to Internet Safety

As you travel in cyberspace, be on guard for any inappropriate web site or for anyone who appears to be cyberbullying. For any questionable situations, follow these rules:

1. STOP what you are doing, and take a screenshot.
2. BLOCK anyone offensive and remove from your friend list.
3. SHARE the information with your parents and/or teacher. If the incident is appropriate to discuss, share it with others to promote Internet safety.

Union SchoolsNetiquette Tips:

1. The Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you wouldn't speak to the person that way face to face, then don't do it online.
2. Remember everything you post online is public and permanent. It doesn't matter whether or not you delete the message or text. If you've published it, it's traceable.
3. DON'T USE ALL CAPS when you're emailing or posting something. All CAPS is a form of internet shouting.
4. Speak kindly, remember it may look like a screen in front of you, but there's another person on the receiving end.
5. Don't post things when you're angry. Take some time to clear your head before you deal with the situation. This will help you refrain from saying something that you may regret later.
6. Use different usernames and passwords. Don't use the same one all the time. Many teens use the same username and password for all of their sites and this is not a good idea. If someone figures out your security information, then he/she will have access to everything.
7. Don't make up silly email addresses. You will use your email address for college applications, job applications, resumes, and scholarship opportunities. Look at your email address; does it make a good impression? If not, reset it.
8. Don't post pictures of yourself or others unless you do not mind them being shared with everyone. Be very selective of what you upload on the internet.
9. Don't get into chat rooms and reveal confidential information about yourself. You may feel that you know the person on the other end of your cyber connection, but he/she can be a phony.Or worse, a predator.
10. Don't give out personal and confidential information online. Never share your full name, home address, phone number, Social Security number, passwords, names of family members, or credit card numbers.

Cyberbullying

• When a student is targeted, harassed, or humiliated by another student.
• Can escalate to a misdemeanor cyber harassment charge.
• Fast growing trend that is believed to be more harmful than typical school yard bullying.
• 1/3 of those who experience it, do not report it… REPORT IT!
• No type of bullying is harmless; in most cases it can constitute criminal behavior.
• 1/3 of teenagers have had mean things said about them, 10% have been threatened with physical harm; 16%, who where victims, tell no one.
• Victims have lower self esteem, increased suicidal thoughts, depression, and anger.
• Do not give out personal information such as phone numbers, address, email, or pictures; this can increase cyberbullying.
• Do not retaliate when a cyber bully intimidates you.
? Simply ask them to stop and let them know they can be traced.
? If bullying continues, keep the emails or take a screen shot, and show your parents or an authority figure
• Do not log on to someone else's account.
• If hacking or identity theft occurs, serious charges can be filed.
• Education and awareness is the key to prevent it.
Copyright
• Set of exclusive rights granted by a state to the creator of an original work.
• A law that gives you ownership over the things you create.
• Copyright laws apply to EVERYONE.
• Giving credit is not a substitute for getting permission.
• Copyright infringement-violation of the creator's rights.

Union SchoolsPlagiarism

• According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, plagiarism is:
? To steal and pass off as one’s own.
? To use without crediting the source.
? To commit literary theft.
? To present as new and original.
? An idea or product derived from existing source without giving credit.
• Can result in expulsion from some institutions.
• You must always cite your sources.
• It doesn’t matter how much is copied, if a small part of a work is found to be plagiarized, it is still a copyright violation.
• Plagiarism.org states that,  “A study by The Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once.” And, “According to a survey by the Psychological Record, 36% of undergraduates have admitted to plagiarizing written material.”
• It is important to your high school and college career that you learn how to summarize what you hear and read. Your Professors will look for this essencial skill in your writings.
• A way to check if you took someone else’s ideas without realizing is  to compare your notes to the final piece.  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/plagiarism.html
• Anything that is common knowledge does not have  to be cited.
Ethics
• Patterns of behavior used when on the internet guided by both law and personal philosophy.
• You know what’s right and wrong, and how you should go about using your computer and internet privilages.
• You know what you should and should not be chatting about, looking up, or watching on your school computer.
• Focus on appropriate use of online resources.
• Do not use inappropriate language.
• Act the same way on the internet that is personally acceptable in other areas of life.
• Independent users, businesses, search engines, any possible source of information are trying to control, manipulate, bias, censor their information on the internet whether they realize it or not.

Glossary

Digital Citizenship- the responsibility of an internet user to respect others while online.
Cyber Harassment- the use of the internet to communicate obscene, vulgar, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act.
Plagiarism- the wrongful appropriation or close imitation of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's original work.
Infringement- the unauthorized or prohibited use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder's exclusive rights such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work.
Integrity- adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.