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July 5, 2013

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Schools readying for online education expansion
St. Petersburg Tribune | St. Petersburg, FL
A new law aims to offer more online classes to Florida students than ever before, but making sure it works as intended will take lots of time and planning, school officials say. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law July 1, allowing more out-of-state digital learning companies to partner with developing Florida online (read)
Hot Tips To Reinvent Education
Before we took our short break, we were talking about where, if any, of the pushback comes from. So Father Joe, I want to know, who doesn’t like your big idea? Well, we had pushback from a couple of foundations who told us early on, you’re bringing in low-income kids, giving them a college-prep (read)
Milpitas’ Weller Elementary touts new program’s academic feats
Milpitas Post | Milpitas, CA
Leaders from Joseph Weller Elementary School are showcasing positive data they believe directly correlates with the site’s first year of using 21st century blended learning instruction for its approximately 450 kindergarten through sixth-grade students. “The blended learning model at Weller has been (read)
Fifty National Organizations Rally Behind E-Rate Overhaul
Digital Education
Supporters of revamping the federal E-rate program have a long list of education and policy organizations-in addition to President Obama and Arne Duncan-in their corner. Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn proposed significant changes and upgrades to the (read)
Hutch district will offer online virtual schooling
Hutchinson News | Hutchinson, KS
The Hutchinson school district this week rolled out a new program that will make online school available to virtually any student within district boundaries – kindergarten through 12th grade – for the upcoming school year. District officials hope the program will recapture students who have turned to outside online (read)
Brown Preps High School Students for the Ivy League By Launching Massive Open Online Course
For more than 25 years, Brown University has been offering a variety of pre-college programs to middle and high school students aspiring to achieve an Ivy League-level education. Rising or graduated seniors have been able to study side-by-side with Brown undergraduates in Summer Session Credit Courses, yet (read)
Validating Competence with Wild Pigs in the Woods…
With the school year coming to an end, I have begun the yearly practice of reflecting upon all that has occurred in and out of the classroom. This past week, I have been following along with the conversation around Iowa’s Competency-based workshop through Twitter. Although I was not able to attend, it was (read)
Rockford school board to consider piloting blended learning program
MLive | Grand Rapids, MI
Rockford schools is looking at piloting its own blended learning program in response to its students not performing well in the new countywide program that’s an alternative option to private cyber schools. In a memo, Ryan Kelley, assistant superintendent for instruction, said most of the approximately 35 (read)
Consultants: NVRHS not ready for iPad plan
Northern Valley Suburbanite | Cresskill, NJ
After reviewing the district technology plan and infrastructure, Northern Valley Regional High School’s technology consultants recommended that the district not move forward with the 1:1 Technology Initiative, a plan which would equip every student with an iPad or tablet device. The district hired Project Gestalt (read)
South Western wants to ‘recapture’ cyber students
Evening Sun | Hanover, PA
Students who left the South Western School District in favor of a cyber-charter education will have the chance to re-enroll with the district this September and still take their classes online. South Western officials want to “recapture” some of the students the district lost to cyber-charter schools by offering (read)
Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams
Digital Education
Shortly after announcing their state would reverse course and scrap its plan to use new online common-core assessments being developed by the PARCC testing consortium, Oklahoma education officials described the daunting technological hurdles that helped drive their decision. A survey of the state’s (read)
A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving
Harvard Business Review (blog)
There’s been no shortage of media coverage on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the past year. Universities have touted the value of free on-line courses offered to millions of learners from all walks of life. Some MOOC critics have argued that the “MOOC revolution” has been characterized by the Gartner (read)
The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning
Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. It seems the 12th graders were acting more civilly toward the junior class in the hallways. The prom was also quieter and more well-mannered than in previous years. More perplexing, prom was over, it (read)

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