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December 2, 2015

Giving Tuesday

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And yet another one from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Happy Giving Tuesday!

After giving thanks on Thanksgiving, it’s time to give back with #GivingTuesday! Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

For #GivingTuesday we ask our Speak Up family to donate 15 minutes of your time for the future of education. Make a difference today by expressing your views about education, technology, and college and career ready skills through the Speak Up 2015 National Research Project. Click here to take the survey.

We want everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our schools – please share the Speak Up survey with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizers, friends, and anyone who has a passion for improving education:

Thank you for your continued support of Speak Up! To learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit their official website.

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July 7, 2015

SITE Webinars: Call For Proposals

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Barbour @ 2:09 pm

From yesterday’s inbox…

Dear Michael Barbour,

You are receiving this message as a member of the SITE Virtual Schooling SIG. Attached is a call for proposals for the inaugural SITE webinars that are scheduled to be held in Fall 2015. You will note the deadline is July 31 for the call. For those who are interested, please send your proposals to the IT Council Chair, Rhonda Christensen

Thank you!

Leanna Archambault

Kathryn Kennedy

Virtual Schooling SIG Co-Chairs

Attachment: WebinarCallForProposals-final_2015Jul06.pdf

June 19, 2015

iNACOL Statement of Support for the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015

From the inbox earlier today…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning

iNACOL Statement of Support for Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015
iNACOL applauds goals to improve broadband access and close the education opportunity gap for all students

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) applauds Senators King and Capito for introducing the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015This bill would provide broadband connectivity for all students, closing the educational opportunity gap and giving students increased access to high-quality, personalized learning experiences. 

The bill would reduce inequities, especially for low-income students, by authorizing innovative broadband pilots to address the lack of high-speed Internet access outside of the classroom. This will help eliminate the “digital divide” and empower students with expanded educational opportunities using blended and online learning.The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act offers an important window of opportunity to support student-centered learning and increase access to innovative digital learning opportunities. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 recognizes that Internet access is vital for all students to engage in high-quality, personalized learning options.

“Across the country, innovative educators are driving transformative changes in education, enabling personalized learning experiences for students, powered by blended and online learning models,” said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. “Broadband access is critical for educators and students to have powerful, personalized learning at their fingertips. It also enables increased student access to teaching and learning through online courses and blended learning. Providing improved connectivity will increase the educational opportunities available and prepare all students with the skills they need to be successful in college and careers.”

For more information, please contact Susan Patrick, iNACOL’s President and CEO, at or (703) 752-6216.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit
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November 8, 2014

New Online Learning Report Coming

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Also from Thursday’s inbox…

Dear Educator,

Because you downloaded the 2013 Babson Survey Research Group report Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States we wanted to let you know that data collection is about to begin for our next annual online learning report, with publication scheduled for January.

If you would like to be automatically notified when the new report is released, or if you want to update your email address, you can do so by clicking this link.

If you wish to remove your email address from our mailing list, you can do so by clicking here.

We have just released a new study on the awareness and use of Open Educational Resources among higher education teaching faculty.

If you would like additional copies of our recent online learning reports, the direct links are:

We always welcome comments. Please let us know how we can improve the survey process or the content of the reports at

Best Regards,
I. Elaine Allen, PhD
Jeff Seaman, PhD
Co-Directors, The Babson Survey Research Group
Babson College
Babson Park, MA 02457-9985

August 21, 2014

[Download White Paper] The Importance of Evaluating Digital Curricula

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Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

District Administration You are receiving this email as part of a free information service from District Administration Magazine.
What criteria should be used to select digital curricula for blended learning?
At a time when there are hundreds of thousands of learning programs and apps to choose from, it can be challenging to make the right selection. Dr. Tim Hudson, Senior Director of Curriculum Design for DreamBox Learning, Inc., has written a new white paper entitled The Importance of Evaluating Digital Curricula. This paper provides a thorough discussion of how to evaluate the digital curricula that will strengthen your blended learning programs.

In this white paper you’ll find:

  • Some of the unique considerations involved in selecting digital resources
  • Evidence-based learning principles to support student-centered environments
  • An evaluation criteria checklist

Download white paper The Importance of Evaluating Digital Curricula

The Importance of Evaluating Digital Curricula


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