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November 19, 2017

Sevenstar Newsletter ★ 10 Popular Spring Electives

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November 2017

Personalize Learning and Resolve Out-of-Sequence Needs in 2018


Sevenstar offers an extensive selection of one semester courses for students to explore their interests next semester. Some of our flexible online courses, like Health, are also popular with students who need to free up their schedules.

Explore our online learning solutions to meet more academic needs at your school next year.

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Improve Study Skills & Test Preparation Online

Is there a student at your school who wants to score higher on their ACT test?

By developing stronger test-taking skills, a three-point or higher increase is not only possible, it is a common result!

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Powerful Practices: Implementing Deeper Learning in Christian Schools Conference

Do you aspire to offer students a Christian education that is more engaging and authentic?

This conference features over 45 workshops on implementing deeper learning at schools from Christian education leaders.

Discover all the benefits of attending at theconference website.


January 11 – 12
Gainesville, FL

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Devotional – “Character Counts”

“This is a trustworthy saying: ‘If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.’ So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)

Okay, so you may not be a church leader. But odds are, if you’re reading his, you are a Christian leader. And if so, I believe that this passage may have relevance for you. Why? Because it points to God’s leadership priorities. First, get your own life and family in order. Live honorably and above reproach. Have nothing to hide. Be the real deal. Then, and only then, are you qualified to lead others.

This is a radically different approach than we get from the world. The world says “Look impressive, build your resume, get results. Character is secondary.” But according to God, character is primary. Effective Christian leadership flows from refined Christian character. Who we are matters more than what we do.

When I look at Paul’s list of leadership qualifications, I see room for improvement in my own life. I’m reminded of Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Where do you have room to grow? As you welcome God’s refining work, he will make you a more effective leader.

– Chaplain Dave

Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

  • Christian Alliance International School (Hong Kong)
  • Springfield Christian School (IL)

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Industry News

How Project-Based Learning Unleashes Students’ Creativity

One way to engage students in meaningful learning is through project-based lessons that ask students to solve real-world problems. This provides students an opportunity to apply what they have learned on a deeper level and develop skills that will make them successful in college and beyond. View Article

Is Blended Learning the Future of Tailor-Made Education?

Michael Horn discusses the theory behind mixing in-class and internet-based instruction in a recent interview about the future of education, with a focus on improving the student experience. Tune in Here

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November 18, 2017

New Report: Blended Beyond Borders

From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body.

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute.
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Lots To Be Thankful For…Starting With You! 😀

Mainly for my California readers.

November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish all our members a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. May this be time to rest and reflect. We know that we are thankful for you, our CUE community who continues to inspire innovation for all learners.

Happy Thanksgiving from the CUE family!

Thank you for making Fall CUE amazing!

Thanks to the attendees, presenters, and volunteers from the CUE board and staff for an amazing Fall CUE!

We love our CUE Community!

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CUE Members Get a Discount!

Fresno Pacific University is offering all active CUE members a 10% tuition discount.

Get your discount here!

8 Podcast Episodes you should check out

Read Ryan O’Donnell’s blog post on podcasts that he recommends to every educator.

Start listening now!

Get Animated with Google Slides and Screencastify

Incorporate Google Slides and screencasting tool to enhance your lessons.

Let the animations begin! Click here

Member Benefits

Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning

Take the survey and win a chance at some great PD from CUE! Your district can win three Spring CUE registrations and a full PD day with Jon Corippo!
Participate in the survey here!

Big Deal Media Resources

What a great resource for tools and online resources for our CUE members.

Get all the Big Deals here.

Future Ready Digital Equity

Supporting underserved schools and districts with resources and leadership strategies.

Find out more by clicking here.

We are Celebrating 40 Years All Year Long

CUE Conferences in the 1980s

This article glances back at an important part of CUE’s history: The early conferences.

Go back in time to the ’80s here!

More Professional Learning Opportunities

Rockstar Teacher Benefit Camp 
This Rockstar Camp is for the benefit of the educators who were affected by the fires in Northern California.

Save the Dates:
February 10-11

All proceeds will go to help educators in need. More details are to come.

Rockstar Teacher TOSA Edition
Professional Development with a focus on what TOSAs!

January 20-21 2018 in
Agoura Hills, CA

The event is a partnership with our CUE San Francisco and Gold Coast CUE affiliates.
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November 16, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (11-14-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
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This hub provides findings from the 2017 student and faculty studies in the EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community research series. ECAR collaborated with 157 institutions to collect responses from 13,451 faculty respondents across 7 countries about their technology experiences. ECAR also collaborated with 124 institutions to collect responses from 43,559 undergraduate students across […]

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Narratives of Learning: The Personal Portfolio in the Portfolio Approach to Teaching and Learning

This paper will explore how a portfolio approach to teaching and learning can help the educator incorporate unique forms of reflective practice into his or her daily work. By being able to express ideas more clearly to himself, the educator can better promote the relational construction of knowledge in his educational communities. This paper, as […]

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An Evaluation Framework and Instrument for Evaluating e-Assessment Tools

e-Assessment, in the form of tools and systems that deliver and administer multiple choice questions (MCQs), is used increasingly, raising the need for evaluation and validation of such systems. This research uses literature and a series of six empirical action research studies to develop an evaluation framework of categories and criteria called SEAT (Selecting and […]

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Eco-dialogical learning and translanguaging in open-ended 3D virtual learning environments: Where place, time, and objects matter

The purpose of this research was to explore the relationships between design, learning, and translanguaging in a 3D collaborative virtual learning environment for adolescent learners of Chinese and English. We designed an open-ended space congruent with ecological and dialogical perspectives on second language acquisition. In such a space, sense-making is contingent on the relational dynamics […]

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EcoXPT: Designing for Deeper Learning through Experimentation in an Immersive Virtual Ecosystem

Young people now must compete in a global, knowledge-based, innovation-centered economy; they must acquire not just academic knowledge, but also character attributes such as intrinsic motivation, persistence, and flexibility. To accomplish these ambitious goals, the National Research Council (2012) of the United States recommends the use of deeper learning classroom strategies. These include case-based learning, […]

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EdSurge Live: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 1)

It’s a pivotal time for artificial intelligence in higher education. More instructors are experimenting with adaptive-learning systems in their classrooms. College advising systems are trying to use predictive analytics to increase student retention. And the infusion of algorithms is leading to questions ethical questions and practical questions and philosophical questions about how far higher education should go […]

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Twitter officially expands its character count to 280 starting today

Twitters expansion to 280 characters is rolling out publicly today to all users in supported languages, including English. The company had first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in September, noting at the time how a longer character count allowed users to express more of their thoughts without running […]

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VR? AR? MR? Sorry, I’m confused.

Since the beginning of time, most new and emerging technology has nurtured an unhealthy attachment to acronyms, and virtual reality is no different. To help you get your head around the jargon du jour, we’ve pulled together this handy guide to what all these acronyms actually mean, and why they are not the same thing Foundry

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Southern New Hampshire U to launch Competency-Based Master’s in Online Ed

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is teaming with a private partner to launch a competency-based master’s of education in online teaching program. The new program will consist of training modules and three to six graduate-level micro-credential programs that can be combined to earn a full master’s degree in education with a focus on online and […]

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What’s New at MFNERC?

Note this newsletter from a Canadian group that is involved in an interesting provincial K-12 online learning pilot.

Read about the latest projects and events that are going on at MFNERC.
Please visit our website or contact if you require any more information.
In Thompson, Nov. 27-28 and in Winnipeg, Dec. 6-7. For more information contact Ruth Maytwayashing at
In Thompson, Nov. 28-29 and in Brokenhead, Dec. 12-13. For more information contact Ashley Kinsman at
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