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December 27, 2012

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Slow blogging day…  Just some news from the neo-liberals…

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Mass. lawmakers OK bill allowing `virtual schools’
Boston Herald | Boston, MA
Some Massachusetts children could begin attending virtual schools under a bill approved by state lawmakers and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk. The bill authorizes the state board of elementary and secondary education to issue requests for proposals for the virtual schools before October of each (read)
Open online classes transform Georgia colleges
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Atlanta, GA
Cameras filmed Emory University professor Steve Everett as he recorded a lesson for a digital sound design class. He teaches a popular music class on campus, but it can only accommodate 15 students. Yet, more than 20,000 people are expected to take his class in January when it is offered as a massive open (read)
The Hidden Revolution in Online Learning
Wall Street Journal
More and more is written these days about the potential of Internet-based courses and supporting electronic technology to better educate American students. Among the tantalizing predictions: Instruction will be highly individualized, social promotion will be eliminated, and an Ivy League education will be (read)
In the classroom: Technology abounds at Sacred Heart Enabling students to get more involved
Commercial Appeal | Memphis, TN
Bridget Martin has significant ties to Sacred Heart. She graduated from the school and is now in her second year as principal. While a student, Martin was taught computers by Janice Daleke. “She has seen our school come full circle in the technology evolution,” Martin said. “From the time of those huge Apple (read)
Helping More Students Graduate
Mountain News | Lake Arrowhead, CA
Administrators at Rim of the World High School are hoping to start a pilot project in January that will address an ongoing problem: How to help students who don’t have enough credits to graduate. Usually the cause of not enough credits for graduation is because a student has failed one or more classes. For (read)
School district moving quickly into digital age
St. James Press | St. James, MO
On December 20, Assistant Superintendent Linda Pruett presented the St. James Board of Education with a plan to begin converting the school district to the digital age. The district is in a strong position, as technology has been implemented every year, but there is still much that needs to be done to usher (read)
Increasing number of students opting for charter schools
Tribune-Review | Pittsburgh, PA
A growing number of Western Pennsylvania students attending taxpayer-funded charter schools is changing public education, as parents take advantage of school choice. “We’re competing with the cyber schools, and we think we can do it better,” Joseph Clapper said, superintendent at Quaker Valley School (read)
What High School Students Should Expect in 2013
U.S. News & World Report
High school students and parents saw a lot of educational changes in 2012, including expanded digital initiatives, reconfigured school weeks, and a new set of common standards. Two main factors drove the changes: an influx of new technology and a heightened emphasis on college and career readiness for (read)
Educators and Spending Watchdogs Critical of Pennsylvania ‘Cyber’ Charters
CBS Philly | Philadelphia, PA
Even as the Pennsylvania Education Department is considering applications for eight new “cyber” charter schools, education advocates and taxpayer watchdogs are calling for a moratorium on the applications. Critics cite a number of weaknesses with the state’s existing cyber charters, and oppose any new (read)
Technology fuels learning
Standard Banner | Jefferson City, TN
Channie Phagan envisions a time when there will be no paper or textbooks in her classroom. Instead, every student will have their own electronic tablet, enabling them to learn at their own pace while simultaneously charting their progress. The White Pine teacher’s imagination has been stirred by the technological (read)
Coppell education tech startup digitizes how schools track student volunteer activity
Dallas Morning News | Dallas, TX
An education technology startup in Coppell is changing the way schools across the country keep track of student volunteer activity. Schools in more than 20 states and Canada have traded in mounds of paperwork for an online management system developed by intelliVOL. Even though schools have embraced (read)
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