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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.

January 27, 2014

What To Read?

A person who knows state government, but is relatively new to the digital learning revolution asked what to read to get up to speed. Here's a quick list.

January 23, 2014

Getting Kids to the Colleges They Deserve

As a college freshman, Michael Carter realized that many students had survived a more circuitous route to college than he had. As we noted last year, Carter did some digging and found out that many well-prepared, but low income students don't enroll in four year college.

January 22, 2014

Former N.C. Governor Launches Digital-Learning Nonprofit

Beverly Perdue will head the Digital Learning Institute, which aims to bring educators, policymakers, and ed-tech entrepreneurs together.

January 22, 2014

Classrooms at the Front Line of Reform

A new report highlights classrooms at the frontlines of innovative school reform, and offers ideas and actions so all students can take full advantage of the global innovation age.

January 20, 2014

10 Resources to Promote Personalized Learning

A couple of people called last week looking for advice for state and district leaders on personalized learning. Here's a recap of our conversations.

January 01, 2014

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World- 2013 Update

The first draft of Getting Smart was written three years ago and a lot has changed since then. I reread the book on a plane recently and it holds up reasonably well, but there are things I wanted to provide in an update. Below are the top 10 developments I've seen since writing Getting Smart.

December 23, 2013

Short-Cycle Efficacy Trials Key to Personalized Learning

This fall the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made grants of $1.3 million for short cycle efficacy trials. Three "test bed networks" each received $100,000: New Schools for Chicago, NYC iZone, and the Bay Area Innovation Hub. Five platforms shared the balance: BrightBytes, CFY (PowerMyLearning), eSpark, Motion Math, and Common Sense Media.

December 18, 2013

CTB Acuity Adds Performance Assessment & Instructional Resources

We've been investigating performance assessment tools so we were interested when we heard that CTB McGraw-Hill had added performance-based items to its widely use Acuity platform. We call CTB President Ellen Haley for the scoop.

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