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February 06, 2013

Top Congressional Democrat Offers Ed-Tech Measure

Congressman George Miller, a Democrat, has introduced a proposal that he says will encourage the effective use of technology in schools.

February 01, 2013

Ministers Learn About Improvement at Scale

An Education Leaders Briefing concluded the World Education Forum in London this week. Greg Butler from Microsoft (who helped my district go 1:1 in 1996) moderated the session that I participated in with Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor at Pearson, and Microsoft education lead Anthony Salcito.

January 31, 2013

Virtual Education Would Face Tougher Standards Under Tennessee Plan

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is putting forward legislation to impose new academic standards and growth restrictions on virtual schools.

January 30, 2013

From Batch Print to Show What You Know

The shift from print to digital is a big deal, but in many ways the shift from cohorts to competency is the more profound transformation underway in education.

January 22, 2013

Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden

Just 42 percent of Missouri school administrators surveyed said their districts have the necessary technology tools to implement common-core online assessments.

January 18, 2013

Next-Gen Models Break New Ground, Promote System Redesign

The 20 breakthrough school models recognized by the Gates Foundation funded Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) took on the turnaround challenge, leveraged higher education partnerships, and improved the performance and sustainability of school networks (as outlined in part one of this three-part series). They also illustrate how blended learning supports and extends experiential learning (part two).

January 17, 2013

Next-Gen Learning Models Blend Tech & Experiences

Critics argue that blended and competency-based learning is just testing all the time. They chafe at what appears to be more mindless box checking. When I visit credit recovery labs and see students flying through online lessons and taking end of unit multiple choice quizzes, we worry that there is some truth to the criticism.

January 16, 2013

Parents Want to See More Reading for Fun With Paper or Digital Books

Despite the rising popularity of e-books, most students today still turn to print books when they read for fun, a survey reveals.

January 16, 2013

Nex-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities

It's great if you think you have a good sense of how a next-generation school would work, but good luck trying to get funding. Most school districts don't have a process to respond to new school proposals much less funding them. And good luck getting a grant for a charter school before you get a charter approved (i.e., when you really need the money). That's why, given the emerging potential for personalization, the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a timely and important program.

January 14, 2013

Can 'Specialized Technology' Topics Lead Students into STEM Fields?

A new report argues that "specialized technologies" can encourage students to consider math- and science-related fields.

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