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December 6, 2012

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NC school board sidesteps virtual charter schools
News and Observer | Charlotte, NC
With a warning from budget-writing legislators in the background, the North Carolina school board on Wednesday delayed action on rules that would make it much more difficult to open a taxpayer-funded charter school offering online-only classes. The State Board of Education had been scheduled to (read)
Online learning program wows kids, parents
WTVT-TV | Tampa Bay, FL
When we first told you about Khan Academy in January, the online teaching program was just starting to make waves around the globe. Now it is actually being implemented in classrooms right here in the Bay Area. Gateway Christian Academy is among the schools that are catching on to the Khan (read)
MOOCs Are Moving Forward
VOA News
The movement toward education by computer is developing fast. Massive Open Online Courses, called MOOCs, are changing how people learn in many places. For years, people could receive study materials from colleges or universities and take part in online classes. But such classes were not designed for ( read)
Online teaching classes may be available
Daily Eastern News | Charleston, IL
The Council on Academic Affairs will vote on revisions to the technology-delivered course policy during its meeting Thursday. Jeffrey Stowell, chairman of the online learning committee, submitted recommendations to the CAA and the Council on Graduate Studies for changes to the acceptable certifications for (read)
Committee proposes online courses
Yale Daily News | New Haven, CT
In a report released Tuesday, the ad hoc Yale College Committee on Online Education recommended the University offer online for-credit courses to undergraduates and the public during the academic year. The final report issued to Yale College Dean Mary Miller details the committee’s findings and (read)
Pa. considers 8 new cyber charters, while critics question cost and quality
Philadelphia Public School Notebook | Philadelphia, PA
Amid concerns about quality, cost, and corruption in Pennsylvania’s extensive system of cyber charters, state officials are considering eight new proposals for independently managed schools providing mostly online instruction. The new cyber charters, which would receive public funding that would otherwise (read)
Some Owatonna students allowed to study at home
Owatonna People’s Press | Owatonna, MN
Some Owatonna students are getting a reward for meeting deadline. Freedom. In the 2011-2012 school year, Owatonna High School started offering hybrid classes. The classes mix in-room instruction, small-group forums and online learning. Currently, Owatonna offers hybrid classes in the following courses (read)
Online public school would be good fit for some
Kennebec Journal | Augusta, ME
Two applications before the Maine Charter School Commission would allow full-time, fully online public schools to open in our state. One of the proposed schools is especially interesting to me: Maine Connections Academy. This proposed public school would be perfect for a lot of Maine children who (read)
Edgerton pushes for iPads in class
Janesville Gazette | Janesville, WI
The Edgerton School District plans to waste no time getting itself up to speed with cutting-edge classroom technology. Tight on the heels of voters approving a $6.3 million spending referendum for technology and building maintenance in November, the district now is proposing a major overhaul in how students will (read)
Memo to the Next President: On Blended Learning
Kenyon Collegian | Gambier, OH
Of the various studies and assessments of Kenyon life that cycle through our collective consciousness each school year, the blended learning project stands out. Blended learning is a hot topic in academic circles around the country of how best to incorporate various aspects of technology into the (read)
Samsung e Learning Tablets Tested in Kenya Schools: Samsung Smart Schools in Kenya
AEG India
Samsung Electronics East Africa is in plans of testing e learning tablets in primary schools of Kenya. So, the primary pupils from this country may not use black boards and exercise books anymore. They would enjoy the multimedia teaching environments which are transformed from traditional classrooms. (read)
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