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May 10, 2013

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Early glimpses at digital learning
Greenwich Time | Greenwich, CT
In one corner of her classroom at Hamilton Avenue School, second-grade teacher Karrie Vale sits cross-legged on a circular rug, surrounded by a small cluster of students, a scattering of books and the glowing screens of iPads. The 7- and 8-year-olds flip through the paper books and read about the life cycle of (read)
In Texas, Obama lauds ‘New Tech’ high school. Model for the future?
Christian Science Monitor
President Obama kicked off his “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour” Thursday with a visit to Manor New Tech High School in Manor, Texas, where he met some of the students that will help make up the 1 million new graduates he hopes to see in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math over the (read)
D300 Supt. Bregy sees progress in Springfield on online charter bill
Courier-News | Aurora, IL
Community Unit School District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy was back at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday – this time, without the red apparel that first gained the legislatively active district notoriety as it protested the extension of the economic development area around Sears corporate headquarters in (read)
How States Are Advancing Competency Education
Do you have questions about how other states are transforming their education systems to competency-based schools? Here is your chance to hear directly from two state leaders and ask all of your questions. Join us for a CompetencyWorks webinar on May 17th at 3 pm ET on How State Educational Leaders (read)
Sal Khan: ‘I love learning’
MIT News
“If there was a PhD in learning everything, I would do that,” the always-enthusiastic Sal Khan ’98, MEng ’98 said in a talk Wednesday at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. In fact, he added, in creating the popular Khan Academy website for online learning, “Now, I feel like I found that job!” The site began almost by ( read)
‘Ed. Design Studio’ Tries to Link Entrepreneurs to Researchers
Marketplace K-12
A new project at the University of Pennsylvania will attempt to give promising education startups and entrepreneurs targeted advice and other help, including access to academic researchers, so that those organizations grow and succeed. The university’s graduate school of education unveiled plans to (read)
Tech-Based Learning: The New Frontier for Charters?
Center for Reinventing Public Education
When charter schools were created in the 1990s, they were intended to spur innovation in America’s K-12 school system. Charters, it was thought, would look radically different from what we knew: schools divided into conventional classrooms in conventional grades. Some charter schools fulfilled that hope. All too (read)
Southern New Hampshire, a Little College That’s a Giant Online
Bloomberg Businessweek
Southern New Hampshire University’s quaint red-brick New England campus is home to 2,750 undergraduates, making it the size of some high schools. A casual visitor would never suspect that another 25,000 students are also enrolled online. That’s roughly how many are in the bachelor’s program at (read)
The Digital Fault Line: Parents, Teachers, and Normal
EdTech Researcher
First, I want to share Mark Chen’s terrific visual summary of our conversation. It’s worth clicking on to see at full size. The main topic areas from our discussion are in blue, and then Mark highlighted our challenges and obstacles in orange and our opportunities and solutions in green. As you can see, digital (read)
Milken-Penn GSE Competition Roundup
Women dominated at this year’s Milken-Penn GSE Business Plan Competition summit in Philadelphia. For starters, the event was the first one led by executive director of academic innovation, Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan, formerly the executive director of nonprofit Curriki. Kurshan knows what entrepreneurs want (read)
Study Confirms Gains From Game-Based ST Math
Vander Ark on Innovation
A WestEd study released this week confirmed gains tracked by schools using the innovative ST Math program from MIND Research Institute. More than 1,700 schools use the supplemental math games. While MIND Research carefully tracks results from all schools, the WestEd study only considered 45 (read)

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