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March 13, 2014

States Graded on Legislative Efforts to Improve Digital Learning

Utah and Florida were the only states awarded an 'A' for their digital learning policies in a new report card issued by advocacy group Digital Learning Now!

March 13, 2014

Almost Half The States Improved Digital Learning Policies in 2013

The nation's digital learning health is improving. A new report card out today shows that 473 bills were introduced last year and 132 were enacted resulting in 22 states improving their grade on the 2013 Digital Learning Report Cards.

March 13, 2014

The New 'It' Language

Why computer programming is the "it" language for the global innovation age.

March 07, 2014

#SXSWedu

It's a big bustling conference stretching over four days with with lots of hangouts, receptions, and announcements. It's not mission-focused and coherent (e.g., better blended and online learning) like an iNACOL event; there's a stronger startup culture than at an ISTE event; there are more teachers than at ASU, but some of it (i.e., keynote choices) like Austin, were just weird. Oh, and it was cold, like freezing rain cold.

March 03, 2014

Amplify Curriculum Release Highlights New Questions for Districts

New digital curricula from Amplify are leading districts to question their instructional strategies and approaches to procurement.

March 03, 2014

As Ed-Tech Conference Opens, Amplify Once Again Seeks to Make a Splash

Amplify, a subsidiary of media giant News Corp., released a digital curriculum at the SXSWedu conference Monday that combines content with analytics and games.

February 18, 2014

Global Partnerships: 5 Steps to Success

A virtual exchange, or a project done in collaboration with global peers using technology, gives youth an opportunity to build friendships and mutual understanding across countries. It takes time, planning, and patience, however, to build partnerships for effective global project-based learning. These five steps outline the most important things to know for finding, building, and strengthening partnerships with global peers to lead to a successful and meaningful project exchange experience.

February 10, 2014

Julie Young to Begin Next Chapter of Online Learning Leadership

After 17 years at the helm of Florida Virtual School and 30 years as a Florida educator, Julie Young told the board and staff last week that she was retiring.

February 03, 2014

What If Kids Co-Created Customized Learning Pathways?

New tools are making it easier to customize learning for every student. Playlists, projects, and portfolios support big blocks, maker spaces, and flex schools. One thing I appreciate about the Christensen Institute definition of blended learning is that it stresses student agency by requiring "student control over time, place, path, and/or pace."

January 29, 2014

Alpine Advances Online and in Blended Learning

Alpine School District, the largest in Utah, serves more than 73,000 students in 80 schools in a sprawling area south of Salt Lake City. It has among the lowest per-pupil-funding in the country, but strong academic results. The district has several partnerships with local companies resulting in school-wide improvements and individual student success stories.

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