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Lower Dauphin School District experiments with hybrid classroomPatriot-News | Harrisburg, PAA fourth-grade teacher is piloting a hybrid classroom in the Lower Dauphin School District, and he told the school board Monday night that so far students are responding well. The hybrid classroom uses a combination of direct instruction by the teacher (read)Online task force turning to recommendationsChalkbeat ColoradoThe seven-member task force that’s been discussing online education has identified four issues for possible legislative consideration this year and has 17 days to develop recommendations in those areas. One key issue – accountability measures for (read)Virtual charter school eager to get started in MainePortland Press Herald | Portland, MEOrganizers of Maine’s first virtual charter school plan to begin hiring staff members and recruiting students as soon as they sign a contract with the state Department of Education, board members said Tuesday. Maine Connections Academy won initial approval ( read)2014 Education Innovation Fellowship: Key Learnings from the Golden StateBlend My LearningThe CityBridge Foundation’s 2014 Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF) kicked off last month with its second cohort of fellows who will spend the year together learning about the most promising practices in blended learning. Last week, we began the “travel and (read)Senate committee shelves $1M school technology billDeseret News | Salt Lake City, UTWith the eyes of the Legislature turned toward a $200 million proposal to fund learning devices in schools, members of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday halted a smaller $1 million technology proposal. Sponsor Rep. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi (read)Technology opens door to online classesRecord-Journal | Meriden, CTBoards of education have embraced technology, exploring different ways it can be woven into the curriculum. That could soon involve offering online courses. With the field test of the Smarter Balanced assessment scheduled for March, education officials made (read )What Does The Google Investment in Renaissance Learning Mean?Getting SmartMaybe like me, you asked yourself last week, what does the $40 million Google investment in Renaissance Learning mean? There are two implications of the big deal: personalized learning paths are rapidly becoming a reality and the big guys will play a key role in (read)Obama Focuses on Education in 2015 BudgetWall Street JournalPresident Barack Obama unveiled his 2015 budget proposal at the Powell Elementary School in Washington on Tuesday, a location he said represented his commitment to educating the next generation of Americans. The $68.6 billion he seeks in (read)How Technology Trends Have Influenced the ClassroomMind/ShiftBetween societal changes and technological breakthroughs, it’s become abundantly clear that the human brain is transforming the way it processes and learns information. While there are many discussions about whether or not this is good or bad for us as a (read)Pittsfield Rethinks Adult RolesCompetencyWorksOne of the big questions that we have barely begun to tackle is how do districts have to be transformed within a personalized, competency-based environment? In preparing to transform the Pittsfield Middle and High School to a personalized, competency (read)Vietnam’s education nonconsumption presents opportunities for innovationChristensen Institute BlogIn my blogging over the past couple of weeks, I have mentioned several areas of educational nonconsumption in Vietnam. These are areas where the alternative is nothing, so they are opportunities for disruptive innovations to plant themselves, improve (read)Colleges Need to Act Like Startups – Or Risk Becoming ObsoleteWiredThe Golden Age of universities may be dead. And while much of the commentary around the online disruption of education ranges from cost-benefit analyses to assessing ideology of what drives MOOCs (massively open online courses), the real question becomes (read )20 Colleges Are Picked for Effort on Competency-Based EducationThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Competency-Based Education Network, an effort financed by the Lumina Foundation that is seeking to provide leadership on the development of competency-based degree programs, on Wednesday announced an initial group of participating institutions that (read)Can Facebook’s Massive Courses Improve Education For Developing Nations?TechCrunchFacebook is on a mission to prove that social media-empowered education can help some of the poorest nations on Earth. It recently announced a big industry and Ivy League alliance to bring experimental educational software to Rwanda, providing Internet (read)Co.lab, the Edtech Accelerator Founded by NewSchools Venture Fund and Zynga.org, Announces Second CohortPress Releaseco.lab, the edtech accelerator created by Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund focused on developing innovative learning games, announced today a second cohort of companies for its four-month program. The accelerator, which launched in ( read)Dell Empowers the Student Voice in Education by Launching Youth Innovation Advisors ProgramPress ReleaseDell today announced that it has named a group of 12 young leaders under the age of 22 Dell Youth Innovation Advisors (YIA) to contribute to the development of the company’s technology and solutions strategy in the education sector. Dell’s partnership offers (read)
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