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July 21, 2014

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Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles, CA
Much to English teacher Ed Raines’ surprise, his students had never heard Puccini’s soaring melodies that inspired David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly,” nor the way Louis Armstrong could make a trumpet talk in Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” In the middle…
Christensen Institute
When Elaine Nielson was in sixth grade, her teacher noticed that she and a few of the other students in her class were up for a challenge and decided to start teaching them Algebra. The following year at her local junior high, Eland found Algebra I to be a…
KARK | Little Rock, AR
Local and national leaders are in Little Rock stressing the importance of upgrading Arkansas classrooms with 21st century education. FASTERArkansas is a group of school leaders, business partners and citizens who want to prepare our students for what’s…
Inside Higher Ed
Blackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be…
Huffington Post
There is a lot of money tied up in educational technology. In 2012, $600 million was invested by venture firms into ed-tech startups. To put that in perspective, that is 400 percent more than what was invested in the same industry in 2002. It seems that a lot…
New York Times
The scene in a cavernous building atop a forested hill here resembles a brainy, free-form summer camp, or a loft where twentysomethings meet to pursue esoteric dreams. It does not look like the usual notion of college. A few Lehigh University students turn out…
Edudemic
Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to…
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July 18, 2014

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WKRG | Mobile, AL
Registration is ramping up for Mobile County’s new online school. The Envision Academy will serve 6th-12th graders. Thursday night was a registration session for high school students. Dozens students and their parents showed up. Some say it’s an option that…
Christensen Institute
While in Korea studying the country’s education system on my Eisenhower Fellowship, I observed how little Korean society values educational software. The idea of paying for educational software with any basic instructional design, let alone adaptive, game- or…
THE Journal
As part of a new initiative to bolster high school graduation rates, Hartford Public Schools has launched a new grant-funded blended learning credit recovery program. The program is an extension of an existing initiative for at-risk students called “Choosing to Succeed…
Mind/Shift
We often think about game-based learning as if video games can become robotic teachers. In the same way that software file systems have created more flexible and efficient file cabinets, we imagine that video games can make great instruction more…
Getting Smart
Collective impact is wonderful concept that is at the risk of becoming yet another social sector buzz word. Investors, researchers and practitioners are all confused as they look for solid examples, but instead find cases where the word “collaboration” seems to have…
Lima News | Lima, OH
Allen East schools will be offering the best of both worlds to students beginning this fall with its new digital academy. Students can take classes online, giving students the opportunity to take classes outside of a typical classroom but with the benefits of being…
CompetencyWorks
Why do we think that competency education is a better strategy to serve our lowest achieving students, including low-income students, minority students, English language learners, and those with special educational needs? Here are my top five reasons…
The Hechinger Report
MIT BLOSSOMS, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding…
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July 17, 2014

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Observer & Eccentric | Birmingham, MI
The South Redford School District is hoping its new “blended” online school will, well, soar. SOAR Academic Institute, which is launching this fall, is an online school, but it will be blended with traditional methods of learning, according to Edward Latour, coordinator…
The Hechinger Report
Why do organizations struggle so much with the innovator’s dilemma? It’s not hard to grasp. Kodak, DEC, Sears, Xerox and Bucyrus Erie saw their empires fade because when disruptive innovations appeared, they did not look like opportunities that made…
Troy Messenger | Troy, AL
Pike County Schools will be trying something new this year. The district has started a virtual high school that will help students who have fallen behind catch up with classmates. The program will also allow students interested in accelerating in course work take…
Getting Smart
For the past three years, Digital Learning Now has been tracking the progress of state policies that support personalized, digital learning. The DLN State Report Cards reveal activity across the country in giving more student access to high-quality learning…
Christensen Institute
This week I had the privilege of sitting in on the first day of Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA)’s Responsive Education Alternatives Lab (REAL) Institute. The school has run the REAL Institute for four years, after fielding numerous requests from…
KELO | Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota students now have a way to reduce the cost of their college education while they’re still in high school. Dual credit classes have been around for a while, but this year the legislature is funding the program and students who qualify can take classes for…
EdSurge
“In the aftermath of PARCC and Smarter Balanced’s recent pilots, ‘testing’ is the acrid word on most ISTE educators’ tongues when it comes to negativity around Common Core,” wrote Mary Jo Madda in her recent Edsurge post “Do Teachers Really Hate…
Center for Digital Education
Colorado universities send about 20,000 people a year to community colleges because they aren’t ready for college-level math and English. But they’re losing many of these students in the process. “Developmental education has the potential to be a black…
Forbes
In the digital age, higher education, willingly or unwillingly, will undergo disruptive change. Existing institutions can lead the change or become its victim. If higher education resists, new digital institutions will be established to meet the needs of the time. This…
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July 16, 2014

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Education Next
Like many high-poverty middle schools, Oakland’s Elmhurst Community Prep is trying to reach students who are academically all over the map. One-third of the students are working at grade level in reading and math, says Principal Kilian Betlach. Another third…
Getting Smart
What does it take to get students interested in learning entrepreneurial skills? I can tell you what doesn’t work — teaching to the test, which is unfortunately is a national obsession today. Testing does not lead to real world skills. In fact, it leads to lack of creativity…
EdSurge
Among the education reform movement, Rocketship Education’s blended learning model has been hailed as an exemplar of continuous innovation. Every year it tries new technologies, tools and practices. But not all “innovations” work out the way they are…
Detroit News | Detroit, MI
As a 16-year old, I have already noticed the world changing. I’m beginning to understand that some opportunities may present themselves to you while others you have to make for yourself. As a student at Nexus Academy of Royal Oak, a blended learning school, I…
Mind/Shift
Just a few years ago, mobile devices were almost unheard of in classrooms. Over time, teachers and administrators have been experimenting with how to make mobile devices into powerful learning tools, and have come up with some strategies. A group of…
EdTech Magazine
A group of higher education and library groups established 11 guiding principles it believes the FCC should adhere to in future net neutrality discussions. While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deliberates over the landscape of net neutrality…
Fast Company
The beat fades in with space-age synth as the music video opens on an astronaut, weightless and adrift alongside stars and distant galaxies. “I’ve been first and I’ve been last,” a rapper proclaims as he opens the song. So far, so good. But then, the next…
Inside Higher Ed
If students in a face-to-face course emailed their provost with concerns that their professor had stopped lecturing, chances are that someone — a department head or an administrator — would intervene. But what if the students were scattered across…
BostInno | Boston, MA
Local learning nonprofit edX is expanding its massive open online course platform to Saudi Arabia in an effort to bridge the gap between education and employment. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor announced Tuesday the launch of a…
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Setting Sail for the 6th Annual Conference/Road Trippin’ with QM/K-12 Elementary Rubric Update

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6th Annual Conference Spotlight: K-12 Programming

 

6th Annual Conference button Get ready to raise The U.S.S. QM’s ship’s flag as we prepare to leave port for the 6th Annual Conference, Charting the CourseSeptember 29-October 1 at the Renaissance Harborplace in Baltimore, Maryland! Early Bird registration ends July 23, which means you’ll only have nine calendar days to take advantage of reduced rates!

Beware of room block pirates! We’ve partnered with the Renaissance Harborplace to provide rooms for conference attendees. Use the link provided on our Registration page to ensure you have a room at the Renaissance Harborplace.

Wondering about this year’s K-12 programming? We’ve got a few examples of some of the great sessions we’ve lined up for you while you’re aboard the Good Ship QM!

  • Quality Matters at the Core: A Roadmap for Collaborative Online Course Development is 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? will teach participants which design elements K-12 and higher education courses share and will explore what elements courses should include to facilitate student success at both the K-12 and higher education levels.
  • Invigorate Your Class with Instructional Materials! will show participants how to find engaging, authoritative, appropriate and up-to-date K-12 instructional materials. Best of all, these resources are FREE! You’ll explore General Standard 4 and identify ways to find instructional materials to help your course meet Standard 4′s Specific Review Standards.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Early Bird registration before the July 23 deadline! We’ll see you at port ready to set sail September 29! 

Where in the World is QM?

 

Texas Virtual School Network logo QM Program Director Christine Voelker will present “At the Pole – Position Your Course for Student SuccessFriday, August 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (9 to 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time) during the Texas Virtual School Network’s 4th Annual speaks VOLumes conference. The virtual conference is for K-12 district/campus administrators, student mentors, online instructors and online course developers with an interest in online learning, implementation, student/educator support, instructional strategies, course development and a vision of the future.

Elementary Educators: We Need YOUR Courses!

 

laptop-architect-woman.jpg We’re closer to starting work on the K-12 Elementary Rubric and need your help! Do you have an elementary-level online course developed by you or your district? The Elementary Rubric Review Committee would like to use it in evaluating how well the K-12 Secondary Rubric evaluates elementary courses. You and your course will be recognized in any publicized material related to QM Elementary Course Reviews. This is a great opportunity to get valuable feedback on course. If you’re interested in submitting your course for use in this pilot contact K-12 Program Director Christine Voelker.

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