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November 19, 2012

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How the government can drive school innovation
eSchool News
The opportunity to transform the nation’s education system from its factory-model roots to a student-centric version has never been greater. Online education is growing rapidly in full-time virtual schools, and even more so in blended-learning environments. This is the future of our education system. Now, America (read)
Manchester plan would put students in ‘virtual’ courses, could stem overcrowding
Union Leader | Manchester, NH
Could technology help solve the problem of crowded classrooms? The district is poised to find out as soon as next semester, when it plans to offer “virtual” classes that students at the three high schools would be able to take without physically being in the same room as a teacher. Superintendent Thomas (read)
Online course requirement could be modified at state board meeting Monday
Idaho Reporter
Idaho voters rejected Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in the recent election, and with this the Students Come First reform agenda was dealt a setback. But there is some lingering confusion as to what this actually means for online learning among the state’s high school students since a requirement for the completion of (read)
Duncan Sketches Out Second-Term Agenda
Politics K-12 (Education Week)
In his first major postelection remarks, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that he will use his second term to continue to leverage education improvement at the state and local levels, with a new emphasis on principal preparation and evaluation. And, he made clear that if Congress isn’t serious (read)
Tech-savvy Parkway students praise plugged-in pilot program
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | St. Louis, MO
Whether it’s doing homework, taking notes or doing research to add to what they’re being taught, some Parkway District students are singing the praises of surfing the net in class. Students and school administrators lauded the results of a new pilot program that offers Internet access for students who (read)
Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroom
Calgary Herald | Alberta, Canada
In a pinch, Grade 12 Bishop McNally High School student Samuel Dikeocha will use his thumbs to tap out his homework assignment on his smartphone. “It works out. We type fast because we’re teenagers,” he said. His comfort with technology is typical of tens of thousands of high school students across the (read)
Private School Goes All In With Tech
Wall Street Journal
Before enrolling at Avenues: The World School, a new for-profit academy in Chelsea, sixth-grader Isabelle Levent had little interest in technology. She wrote her short stories by hand or tapped them out on an Olivetti typewriter she got for her ninth birthday. When her mother bought a flat-screen television, she (read)
Yes to Blended, But Maine Should Authorize Virtual Schools
Vander Ark on Innovation (Education Week)
Maine is doing a lot right in education. The Maine Cohort for Customized Learning is a group of nine districts leading the way in meeting the needs of every student. Several cohort schools were featured in a recent Nellie Mae report on innovative schools. Rather than advancing students based on time in a (read)
Pioneer report features Vt. schools
Rutland Herald | Rutland, VT
The traditional public education system of moving students forward ahead to the next level in nine months of schooling seems less relevant each year, according to a new report and some schools, including two in Vermont. ”Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education” highlights the work (read)
Longmeadow schools encourage use of technology – like iPads – in classrooms
The Republican | Springfield, MA
Elementary schoolchildren in Longmeadow are using iPads to make short movies, create books and slideshows and more as part of the school curriculum. The new technology specialists at all three elementary schools met with School Committee members Tuesday to discuss how they are using (read)
Schools looking to boost students’ use of technology
Orlando Sentinel | Orlando, FL
In classrooms across the district, Lake County students can use iPads, personal laptops and cellphones to connect to the Internet and online teacher assignments. Spurred by new digital-textbook and online-testing mandates, school-district officials are taking a closer look at how to get more technology in the (read)
Michigan education funding proposal allows for school choice and more online learning
Battle Creek Enquirer | Battle Creek, MI
A draft bill prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder would fundamentally change K-12 education in Michigan, allowing students to choose school districts, make greater use of online learningand earn financial incentives of $2,500 per semester for completing high school early. The proposed Michigan Public Education (read)
New charter schools hoping to take wing in city, county
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh, PA
As many as four new charter schools could open in Pittsburgh next fall, and others are in the works for elsewhere in Allegheny County. By last week’s deadline, Pittsburgh Public Schools had received applications for four new bricks-and-mortar charter schools. At least six other proposed charter (read)
Pa. cyber charters still struggle with PSSAs
York Dispatch | York, PA
Year after year, cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania are not meeting standards on the state’s annual exams. Again this year, their overall marks fall far below those of York County school districts. Among the eight cyber schools regularly enrolling York County students, only Pennsylvania Leadership and 21st (read)
Online-education trend expands
USA Today
Another day, another development in the rapidly evolving world of massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs. Over the past several months, dozens of universities, including the University of Texas System, Brown and Wesleyan, have joined the bandwagon, working with MOOC providers to offer (read)
‘Flipped’ classrooms improve learning
Euronews
What if the traditional ways of using classroom teaching and homework were swapped around? Where children learn the basics of a subject at home allowing them to tackle the more complicated problems in class with the teacher? In this edition of Learning World we meet pioneering teachers who use ( read)

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