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PLUGGED IN 05.21.13powered by iNACOL…News…Flipping classrooms increases collaboration, higher thinkingNews & Observer | Raleigh, NCThis month Luke Miles, eighth-grade social studies teacher at Durant Road Middle School, was named Wake County Teacher of the Year and was praised for using the flipped classroom technique. Instead of giving lectures, he records short videos explaining the material that his students watch for homework. (read)Individual hearings set for District 300, others in virtual charter school appealNorthwest Herald | Crystal Lake, ILA state commission’s recent decision to grant individual appeal hearings for all Fox Valley school districts affected by a proposed virtual charter school was in response to a misunderstanding, said the commission’s chairman. Representatives from the 18 school districts that stand to lose tax dollars (read)Consultant tells Billerica School Committee to reorganize tech. department, add staffBillerica Minuteman | Billerica, MAEducational Technology Consultant Thomas Plati, who is also director of educational technology and assessment for the town of Lexington, presented his assessment of the technology status of the Billerica Public Schools. According to Plati’s report, “The goal of this study was to review the current (read)Distance learning at the fingertipsCape Cod Times | Hyannis, MAOn a recent Monday in the online learning classroom at Nauset Regional High School, Parker Lang, 14, of Brewster designed a video game while 16-year-old sophomore Abby Bausch prepared for an MCAS science test. As a teacher’s voice filled her ear phones with information about parasitism, Bausch watched a (read)Kansas Virtual Academy Goes Online Next School YearPress ReleaseKansas families now have access to a new and innovative public school option with the announcement of the Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA). Offered by the Spring Hill School District, the online public school will serve students statewide in grades K-6 beginning next year. “Spring Hill School District is proud to (read)Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?Mind/ShiftAs Common Core State Standards are incorporated from school to school across the country, educators are discussing their value. It may seem that educators are arguing over whether the CCSS will roll out as a substitute No Child Left Behind curriculum or as an innovative guide to encourage inquiry rather than (read)Study: Free Computers Don’t Close The Rich-Poor Education GapTechCrunchAccording to a new study, we really don’t have to worry too much about the nearly 1 in 4 children without access to FarmVille at home. “Our results indicate that computer ownership alone is unlikely to have much of an impact on short-term schooling outcomes for low-income children,” report Robert W. Fairlie and (read)New ‘MOOC’ Teacher PD Project Enlists Prominent MuseumsDigital EducationWhen Coursera begins providing “massively open online courses” focused on teacher professional development this year, the Web-based offerings on the menu will be supplied not only by schools of education, but also by a number of the country’s best-known museums. Museums have been (read)EdX Expands xConsortium to Asia and Doubles in Size with Addition of 15 New Global InstitutionsPress ReleaseEdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, today announced another doubling of its university membership with the addition of its first Asian institutions and further expansion in the Ivy League. The xConsortium is gaining 15 prestigious (read)What Professors Can Learn From ‘Hard Core’ MOOC StudentsChronicle of Higher EducationIf people who sit at their computers for tens of hours each week zapping virtual monsters are hard-core gamers, then massive open online courses have led to a similarly obsessed breed of online student: the hard-core learner. Nearly 100 students using Coursera, the largest provider of MOOCs, have (read)Education Publishing Associations to MergeMarketplace K-12The Association of Educational Publishers and the school division of the Association of American Publishers are planning to merge operations, marking the union of a pair of leading voices in the K-12 industry. The two groups said in a statement released Monday that the new alliance would combine ( read)
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