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October 02, 2013

Plugging Into Professional Learning Communities

In contrast to top down stand-and-deliver professional development, professional learning communities (PLCs) are typically teacher created initiatives that extend learning opportunities and foster collaboration. PLCs often reflect disciplines, districts, projects, and policy responses. Schools are increasingly creating PLCs to organize teachers into working groups.

September 28, 2013

The Digital Buzz: EduSlam is a Slam-Dunk

Welcome to the first Digital Buzz! This is a series of posts that will feature EdTech gurus, gadgets and other great geekery. This Digital Buzz shares my favorite new EdTech show, EduSlam, and its creators the amazing Tanya Avrith and Holly Clark!

September 27, 2013

Blended Language Learning Boosts Global Competence

Middlebury Interactive, a joint venture between Middlebury College and K12 Inc., is a leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. The partnership will serve about 200,000 K-12 students this year in more than 1,200 traditional and virtual schools. The most frequent application is in a blended learning environment.

September 26, 2013

Building Buzz in Detroit

The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is Michigan's school improvement district (like the LA RSD and TN ASD). It operates 12 schools in Detroit and has partnered with School Improvement Network to develop a student-centered competency-based school model.

September 25, 2013

Blended Learning Guide: Bigger, Better Version 2.0

When we launched the Blended Learning Implementation Guide with Digital Learning Now!'s John Bailey and The Learning Accelerator's Scott Ellis in February, we knew that it was just the first iteration of what would be an evolving document. What we didn't know is that version 1.0 of the Guide would need updated just six months later.

September 23, 2013

New Program Helps Teachers Bring History of World War I to Life

A new collaboration between the American Battle Monuments Commission, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Virginia Tech is creating a teacher-scholar program to help build an innovative and engaging WWI history curriculum.

September 21, 2013

Learning to Love Math: How One Teacher is Using MOOCs to Transform Instruction, Inspire Passion in Students

Let's take a moment to imagine a world in which people not only "get" math... but love math. Where would we be as educators? As individuals? As a workforce? As an economy? As a country? My seventh grade math teacher, Louanne Dorne, was a wonderful woman. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer, b...

September 19, 2013

Connected Educators Month is Almost Here! Connect Early, Connect Often...

Have you heard? October is Connected Educators Month! Are you ready? Are you participating? Do you know what it is? What's a Connected Educator? OK, let's slow down and start from the beginning.

September 10, 2013

MOOCs Offer Promise for K-12 Talent Managers

The New York Times called 2012 the "Year of the MOOC," or Massive Online Open Courses for those of us just learning the lingo. The Society of Human Resource Management recently featured a large article in their August issue on the future of MOOCs. And, the headline of an article in TIME Magazine las...

September 09, 2013

The Art of Classroom Management

On September 3, 2013, Education Week began a three-part PD webinar series on the topic of classroom management. As most of the teachers who read this blog know, classroom management—the ability to create a purposeful and supportive learning environment—is a central element of effective t...

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