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July 31, 2014

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A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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Imagine: you’re in a classroom, with all new technology, iPads, SMART Boards… the works. And though you can be observed, you don’t have to know it — because observers watch you from behind a one-way mirror, undetected. It’s just you and your students…
Birmingham News | Birmingham, AL
Fifteen-year-old Campbell Escott, a rising junior at Ramsay High School, is a student with a plan. She intends to graduate early, enroll in Tennessee State University and go on to become an engineer. And part of her plan involves a new distance-learning program…
THE Journal
A few years ago, districts across the country shared a simple goal: get iPads into the hands of as many students as possible. With the rollouts complete, early adopters are finding new uses for the tablets, chief among them professional development. Here…
Chalkbeat New York
Aria Mutkowski, a student at Staten Island Technical High School, received an iPad mini as an incoming freshman. All of the school’s classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards, and some even have 3-D printers. But even with all that technology, it can be hard to…
WBIR | Knoxville, TN
The Union County School Board voted Wednesday night to keep more than 600 students enrolled at Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA). The vote comes after the state told the board they would have to unenroll those students to keep the school running. In a letter…
KLON | Lincoln, NE
Administrators from across Nebraska are in Kearney at Administrators’ Day to learn how to improve their schools. Topics at the three-day conference range from how to get young children interested in learning to data analysis for schools. But one initiative being…
Inside Higher Ed
Critics of online education, especially in the humanities, often stress the importance of face-to-face interaction. It is face-to-face interaction, the reasoning goes, that makes traditional in-person courses superior to their online counterparts. Without rejecting…
Digital Learning Now
I am four weeks and four blogs into my first experience with a Massive Open Online Course, an offering from Cornell entitled: “Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection”: I started this experience with three questions: 1) How…
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Competency Education | iNACOL Summer Spotlight

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Frequently, competency education is described as simply flexibility in awarding credit or defined as an alternative to the Carnegie unit. Yet, this does not capture the depth of the transformation of our education system from a time-based system to a learning-based system. Competency education also holds promise as districts explore new ways to expand and enrich support to students, challenging the assumption that learning takes place within the classroom. Competency-based approaches are being used at all ages from elementary school to graduate school level, focusing the attention of teachers, students, parents, and the broader community on students mastering measurable learning topics.
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As part of iNACOL’s Summer Spotlight Series, we’ve gathered together some of our favorite learning materials to help you explore competency education more deeply as you consider the upcoming school year and the ongoing transformation toward personalized learning:
Understanding Competency Education
Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education – Nellie Mae Education Foundation >> download
Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education – iNACOL >> download
When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-based Pathways for Next Generation Learning – iNACOL >> downloadThe Shift from Cohorts to Competency – Digital Learning Now & Getting Smart >> downloadImplementing Competency Education

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education – CompetencyWorks >> download

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies – CompetencyWorks >> download
Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education – CompetencyWorks >> download
Policy Considerations
A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change – CompetencyWorks >> download
Necessary for Success: A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education -CompetencyWorks >> downloadCompetency Education Series: Policy Brief One – KnowledgeWorks >> downloadFrom Policy to Practice: How Competency-Based Education Is Evolving in New Hampshire – Christensen Institute >> download


Learner-Centered Instruction in Action – Maine Department of Education >> watch

What Is Competency-Based Education? – Nellie Mae Education Foundation >> watch

Transforming Education – Lindsay Unified School District >> watch
Iowa BIG – Animation Overview – Cedar Rapids Community School District >> watch
MCL: Lori Schedules Her Learning Plan – Mass Customized Learning >> watch

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Subscribe to Plugged In, iNACOL’s daily email sharing media coverage of education innovation, new learning models, research, policy and trends from the field.For a dedicated conference track exploring competency education and deep dive into the ways personalized learning is transforming schools across the country and around the world, register to attend the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Palm Springs, CA – November 4-7, 2014.



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EdITLib DL TOC Alert: Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Vol. 23, No. 2

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael Barbour,

The latest issue of “Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia” is now available on the EdITLib Digital Library.

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Vol. 23, No. 2 (April 2014)

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The Effects of Response Modes and Cues on Language learning, Cognitive Load and Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Web-Based Learning
Ching-Huei Chen, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan; Kun Huang, Mississippi State University, United States

Hypermedia Competencies
Der-Thanq Chen & Liang Rose, National Institute of Education, Singapore; Yu-mei Wang, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States

Multimedia Presentations of Mitosis: An Examination of Split-Attention, Modality, Redundancy, and Cueing
Michelle Cook & Ryan Visser, Clemson University, United States

Animated Pedagogical Agent: A Review of Agent Technology Software in Electronic Learning Environment
Malliga K Govindasamy, International Languages Teacher Education Institute, Malaysia

Rethinking Educational Spaces: A Review of Literature on Urban Youth and Social Media
Terry T. Kidd, University of Houston-Downtown, United States; B. Stephen Carpenter, II, The Pennsylvania State University, United States

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E-Learn 2014 (New Orleans) FINAL Call for Participation: Sept 30

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Set Your Fall Schedule!

From Monday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Dear Michael,

It’s time again to set your fall schedule with innovative FLVS courses! Exciting new options have just been added, here’s a sneak peek of three!

Criminal Justice Operations 1

Explore the fields of law enforcement, the court system, and the correctional system. You will acquire technical skill proficiency, industry knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, general employability skills, and occupation-specific skills needed in all aspects of law, public safety, and security careers.

Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production

Explore the elements of theater and cinematic techniques used by those who create performance productions. As you progress through the course you will view the historical development of different genres and the reasons why they were used. You will also be exposed to a detailed view of film and theater backstage operations and asked to speculate on why a director chooses certain perspectives.

M/J Careers in Fashion and Interior Design

Work with textiles and elements of design to complete projects related to fashion and interior design. You will develop leadership, communication, and employability skills as you explore design careers. During the course, you will learn resource management, basic sewing skills, clothing choices, and technology in the design industry.

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