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September 16, 2014

Plugged In | 09.16.14 | (powered by iNACOL)

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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The “marshmallow test” invented by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and colleagues in the 1960s is famously known as a measure of willpower. The experiment gave preschoolers the option of either eating one mini-marshmallow right away or…
The Atlantic
When I was in seventh grade – a year during which I considered it a fashion statement to wear cargo shorts with a Legend of Zelda t-shirt – my school tried to implement a statewide education initiative. The Georgia Performance Standards, as they were…
Voice of America
In a 21st century classroom, the essential tools for learning often include computers, as well as books. Some students are even taking entire classes on the Internet. While an online course may seem impersonal, there is a virtual school called Online School for…
I’ve learned a lot about instructional design since I joined the MVU staff. My recent experience in the classroom, coupled with working with seasoned instructional designers, has given me an interesting perspective on how to approach building…
The Learning Accelerator
To borrow from and paraphrase Steve Jobs, human beings are relatively slow, lumbering creatures. We’re far from the most efficient movers, but put us on a bicycle, and we blow away every other animal on the planet. It’s amazing what we can do…
Getting Smart
Thirty years ago, school was a place to which people went. We learned from books that we checked out of libraries or bought in stores. All of our educational materials were printed out and took up space. School was something that we had to make time for…
Eastern Daily Press
Teachers are providing visual learning for pupils at Howard Junior School, in King’s Lynn, which has also a video wall to display their work. The 3D lessons will provide visual learning for year 3 to 6 students, while the video wall will display the children’s…
San Francisco Examiner
As you may have heard, we’re making big strides in bringing technology to our classrooms thanks to the leadership and the vision of our educators as well as Mayor Ed Lee and local tech companies. San Francisco Unified School District students…
In her first year as principal of the all-girls Fontbonne Hall Academy, Mary Ann Spicijaric was leading a grand experiment that couldn’t be discussed outside the halls of her Catholic high school in Brooklyn. The 38 teachers, along with school…
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Your September CORE Education Newsletter — Maker Culture, What Digital Citizenship Really Means, And How To Pledge An Event To The CEM Calendar

Something for my Kiwi readers…

For those interested in education. Packed with education news, information, resources and inspiration.
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Kia ora Michael,

Thanks for subscribing to CORE newsletters. We are dedicated to supporting New Zealand’s educators and are passionate about future-focused learning.

What you’ll find in this issue:

  • Maker Culture: active learning vs passive learning
  • Digital Citizenship: much more than just cyber-safety
  • links to professional learning resources — events, workshops, podcasts and free offers…

Feature Article

Maker Culture

No.7 of 10 trends in education

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Watch: Mark Osborne discusses the drivers, impacts, and implications of the Maker Culture“While the maker movement has been around in many forms, it’s only now that we’re starting to see technology catch up with our aspirations for a powerful, active, authentic education…think of what we have access to now…Last week we broke the bracket that holds up the towel rail in our bathroom. The first thing I thought was…‘I wish we had a 3D printer’, because I could scan the broken part with the camera on my phone and print a replacement. It’s a geeky first thought — but, hey, that’s me…”read more and leave your comments on the CORE blog.

From the CORE blog

“It’s clear that digital citizenship is considered as different things by different people; many equate it with online safety, as well as something that is mainly for young students. However, digital citizenship is far wider in its scope and encapsulates a number of areas that we ignore at our peril…”read this post in full and leave your comments on the CORE blog.

Edtalks logoWatch: Ten Trends 2013: Digital Citizenship — An Edtalk on what Digital citizenship looks like to students and the real-world learning opportunities the Internet and mobile devices provide.

Latest News and Information

Connected Educators

Pledge your own event!

Throughout October, a collaborative, online calendar will connect you to an exciting range of free professional learning events pledged by organisations, groups, and individuals from all over the world. Find out how to pledge your own event to the calendar now.

  • Share or promote educational resources and stories.
  • Support educational speakers and presenters in their practice.
  • Raise awareness of services and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with groups to share professional learning.

Get tips on planning your event now.

Early Years Educators

New blended professional learning options

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Designed specifically for the Early Years sector, and combining both face-to-face and online components, the CORE Education Early Years team have created two new evening workshops:

Have a group of educators keen to participate, but not in Canterbury? Contact to discuss offering these workshops in your location; we have staff placed throughout New Zealand.

blog date imageRead: First Word: Tablet — A thought-provoking post from the Early Years category on the CORE blog addressing recent media headlines suggesting that, for many babies, “tablet” is their first word.

Free podcasts on iTunes

That answer your questions

CORE’s Sound Education podcasts are now available for free on iTunes. You can also still browse by channel, listen, and download from the Sound Education page.

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THIS MONTH: Anaru and Allannah are ready and waiting to receive your questions about Google Apps! 

  1. Listen to Anaru and Allannah’s Google Apps podcasts.
  2. Send your questions about Google Apps to by 22 September.

We’ll select three questions/wonderings as topics for next month’s podcasts and publish them in the next newsletter, giving you a personalised resource you can share with your school, colleagues, or professional learning network.

Google Classroom

Free PD sessions

The new Google Classroom service is now live and Google are offering professional development sessions. These sessions will run every Thursday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEST via Hangouts until 25 September. They will cover features of Classroom, use cases, examples and practical application in Aotearoa New Zealand.

To register for these PD sessions please email with the date you’d like to attend.

podcast imageListen: CORE podcast “Getting started with Google Apps for Education” — The first in a series of three podcasts from the Modern Learning channel on Sound Education about why you might use Google services, and which ones are most powerful to use in your classroom.

Other CORE initiatives

For the latest information on:

CORE BreakfastsLEARNZEDtalks
Key dates for your diary

12 September: Auckland
Breakfast: Leading learning from the edges

12 September: Wellington
Breakfast: Gracious to strangers

19 SeptemberNZ-wide
Term 3 Ends

20 SeptemberNZ-wide
Election Day

22 SeptemberChristchurch
Google Apps as a launching pad: Supporting MLP in your classroom

25 SeptemberChristchurch
Developing Digital Citizenship through student inquiry in an MLE

23-26 SeptemberInvercargill
NZPF Conference 2014

1 OctoberChristchurch
Enable Workshop Early Years: Environments, the foundation for learning

1-31 OctoberWorld-wide
Connected Educator Month

7 OctoberRotorua
ULearn Mobile

8-10 OctoberRotorua

13 OctoberNZ-wide
Term 4 begins

4 NovemberChristchurch
Enable Workshop Early Years: Engaging Pasifika fanau/whānau


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Next Trend:
Global Connectedness

A globalised world promotes advances in health, the environment, and education. Technologies play a crucial role in enabling learners in NZ to connect with, contribute to, and learn from those in other parts of the world…
…more details on this trend in the next issue.

Get connected now

Sign up to participate and contribute to Connected Educator Month this October. Free, flexible, online professional learning for all.

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Now on iTunes

Sound Education podcasts by CORE are now available free on iTunes!

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Tīhau atu tīhau mai!

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September 15, 2014

Plugged In | 09.15.14 | (powered by iNACOL)

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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Beckley Register-Herald
Advancements in technology will enable state educators to abandon a “time-based” system of learning and move into a “competency-based” system that could replace the 180-day school calendar, West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin…
Even for educators who are excited about using games in the classroom, questions inevitably come up around the very real obstacles to implementation, and strategies for overcoming them. A recent survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council…
San Jose Mercury News
“Watch your thoughts,” Alison Elizondo says to her classroom of fourth-graders at William Burnett Elementary School, clapping her hands. The students chant back while clapping along, “they become words,” and so it continues back and forth. Elizondo…
Getting Smart
Team Christensen is out with an updated implementation guide to blended learning. “BLENDED: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools” (out November 3) suggests that “Innovating is a process, not an event.” Their new resource lays out…
Washington Post
His iPhone is on his desk, out in the open, and Joshua Perez’s teacher does not take it away. Instead, she asks the eighth-grader and his classmates in honors geometry at Argyle Magnet Middle School to Google the words “vertex form parabola.” In…
Growing up, I was always a fan of standup comedy. From the comics of my father’s age, (Billy Crystal, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison…) to those that cut their teeth more recently, (Dane Cook, Chris Rock, etc.) the comedic skills that these players…
New York Times
At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out. In Georgia, some high school cafeterias are using a biometric identification system to…
Keeping Pace
Late last week I was in a dingy hotel room in Toronto, and in search of a better place to work I decided to try the main branch of the Toronto public library. I had no idea that I was about to experience a modern example of creative use of space that builds on…
Christensen Institute
My relationship with Barbara began in 2003 as a competitor when CA ventured into Florida; later we would often joke that it seemed like a lifetime ago. We were two scrappy women, who always seemed to find ourselves swimming up stream, fighting…
National Journal
The baby hadn’t yet learned to speak or walk. Still, he was able to balance himself next to a coffee table and perform a smart tablet “swipe.” Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., told this story last week at a forum run by The Atlantic on technologies in education to…
Boston Globe
Many of the nation’s schools lack restrictions on the unprecedented student data amassed by education technology companies, an omission that has worried parents and prompted legislative proposals from statehouses to Congress. This data…
Fresh faced and full of energy, five recent graduates sit around the conference room table. They all hail from a different African country, and they all have big dreams about revamping education in their continent for a digital era. These are the headquarters…
Harvard Kennedy School
Virtual schooling is rapidly gaining a foothold in K-12 education in the United States. In 2012-13, 30 states had multi-district, fully online schools with enrollment of about 310,000 students, and 26 states had state virtual schools with over 740,000 course…
Akron Beacon Journal
World-renowned biologists, geophysicists, ecologists, oceanographers, meteorologists and engineers will be teaching alongside classroom educators in one of Northeast Ohio’s smallest rural school districts. And it will cost only $7,200 to bring in all the…
The entrance to GitHub is the most Instagram-able lobby in tech. It’s a recreation of the Oval Office, and the mimicry is spot-on but for the rug. Instead of the arrow-clutching eagle that graces Obama’s office rug, it shows the code-sharing site’s Octocat…
In a quarter of a century, most business students will never enter a classroom. The faculty lectures, the MBA student discussions and the homework assignments will occur instead over the Internet, where each part of the educational experience can…
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One-Day Excursions Now Available!

Some non-Canadian content for this catch-up Monday…

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2014 Annual Conference BannerWe’re preparing to set sail for the 6th Annual QM Conference at the Renaissance Harborplace in Baltimore, Maryland September 29 – October 1. If you’re not looking to be aboard ship for all three days but want to participate in what will be a fun-filled and interesting endeavor, as well as interact with other K-12 leaders and innovators and lend your voice to discussions about quality assurance in online and blended learning, join us at the Conference on Tuesday, September 30 and, for just $290, take advantage of some of the great K-12 sessions we’ve programmed like:

  • Quality Matters at the Core: A Roadmap for Collaborative Online Course Development, a conversation offering a snapshot of how the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric provided a foundation for a district-wide initiative aimed at developing high-quality online courses at Albuquerque Public Schools;
  • Dual Credit: Do You Dare?, which will teach participants those design elements K-12 and higher education courses share and explore what elements courses should include to facilitate student success at both the K-12 and higher education levels; and,
  • Invigorate Your Class with Instructional Materials!, which will show participants how to find engaging, authoritative, appropriate, up-to-date and FREE K-12 instructional materials while also exploring General Standard 4 and identifying ways to find instructional materials to help courses meet Standard 4’s Specific Review Standards.

Excited? You can register for this one-day quality assurance excursion until Tuesday, September 23. Use the Special Access Code option with the code “Special” (with a capital “S”).

Questions? Contact Beth Knapp, QM’s Events and Conferences Manager. Take advantage of your opportunity to network and learn with QM in port at the 6th Annual Conference!

Warm Regards,

The Quality Matters K-12 Team

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[CNIE-L] Invitation présentateur(trice)s / Table d’échanges techno-pédagogiques en FAD

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox – this time for my Francophone readers…

** Invitation en tant que présentateur(trice)s / Table d’échanges techno-pédagogiques en formation à distance  **


Thèmes des rencontres:

- L’avenir du livre numérique et des ressources documentaires en ligne en formation à distance

- Encadrement et MOOC: paradoxe ou réel potentiel ?

- L’apport des jeux sérieux pour la formation à distance

- L’apprentissage mobile et son impact sur la formation à distance


Bonjour à tous,

En rapport avec les thèmes suggérés plus haut, vous êtes cordialement invités à venir présenter vos pratiques exemplaires ou émergentes, ou encore venir partager vos expériences, votre point de vue, et votre vision de la formation à distance via la Table d’échanges techno-pédagogiques, édition 2014-2015, organisée par le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD;


Une série de quatre audioconférences, sans frais, permettra à un(e) intervenant(e)s par rencontre de présenter en introduction d’une dizaine de minutes, de manière informelle, différents projets ou différentes conceptions de la formation à distance. Chaque site participant présent sera ensuite invité à réagir. * Un appel pour ces sites participants sera effectué ultérieurement. *

Nous vous invitons à nous confirmer votre intérêt à venir partager vos expériences. Ces rencontres, qui se feront par audioconférences assistées par Internet auront lieu les jeudis suivants de 12h00 à 13h00 (heure de l’Est) :
– Le jeudi 23 octobre 2014 sous le thème L’avenir du livre numérique et des ressources documentaires en ligne en formation à distance

- Le jeudi 20 novembre 2014 sous le thème Encadrement et MOOC: paradoxe ou réel potentiel ?

- Le jeudi 5 février 2015 sous le thème L’apport des jeux sérieux pour la formation à distance

- Le jeudi 5 mars 2015 sous le thème L’apprentissage mobile et son impact sur la formation à distance


Un compte rendu des réunions sera ensuite préparé et présenté aux participant(e)s pour approbation. Le tout sera publié par le REFAD sur son site Web.

Nous vous invitons donc à considérer positivement cette demande et à nous confirmer dès aujourd’hui votre intérêt et votre participation en communiquant avec nous (s.v.p. avant le 3 octobre 2014) à Vous n’avez qu’à nous indiquer la date et le thème que vous retenez pour votre présentation.

N’hésitez surtout pas à nous rejoindre si des informations complémentaires s’avéraient requises. En vous remerciant à l’avance.

Salutations cordiales,

L’équipe REFAD


(Ce projet est possible grâce à un financement du ministère du Patrimoine canadien et du Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes du Québec, SAIC)


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– Étude sur le droit d’auteur en formation à distance
– Webographie de la FAD
– Guide sur la socialisation en formation à distance



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