Lemonade Stands and Lotus Notes

Back in the early days of FLVS, we all used to wear many hats. I was a course developer, teacher, district community liaison, legislative educator. Our IT support consisted of one person!

We did a lot of traveling to educate different organizations, schools, and community groups. We would set up lemonade stands at high school cafeterias to provide students with information about taking online classes.

We traveled to Tallahassee regularly to show legislators our “virtual classrooms.” I remember legislators being amazed and fascinated with how we talked to students on the phone. I even called a student and parent in front of them so they could see the interaction.

We built our first courses in a Lotus Notes database and would replicate our courses up to the server (copying all the data from one database to another).  Since there was only one teacher for each course, we could make changes right on the spot. To receive the students’ work, we had to remember to replicate everything hourly to keep checking for new work.

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