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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.

November 22, 2013

A Maker Makeover for Public Education

John Dewey is alive and well on the southern shore of Lake Erie. You can hear his influence loud and clear in a handful of inspired teachers ready to make change at Lakewood High School in west Cleveland. They won a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant and intend to open a Maker Space in the next year or two that will eventually educate 400 high school students.

November 16, 2013

Videoconferencing: Take Your Students Back to the Future

Children today see and interact with far-away relatives before they can even talk. It's a wonderful thing. So why does it stop in so many classrooms? Here are some ideas for videoconferencing projects.

November 14, 2013

Privacy and Consent Concerns Drive InBloom Lawsuit in New York State

The lawsuit filed against the department by plaintiffs in the Empire State says the group's data cloud puts private student information at risk.

November 13, 2013

Lawsuit Filed in New York to Halt inBloom Program

Critics of the organization inBloom argue that the group's data collection in New York state will violate children's and families' privacy.

November 07, 2013

10 Lessons from Florida Virtual

After the iNACOL conference in Orlando, I stopped by Florida Virtual School, the nation's first and largest online public statewide school. It was a lot more fun than a trip to Disney and I learned 10 things about their success.

November 04, 2013

4 Essential Attributes of Personalized Learning

iNACOL wrapped their tenth annual conference this week in Orlando. What used to be the Virtual School Symposium is now the Blended and Online Learning Symposium this week in Orlando. And blended it was, as we outlined in our summary, the majority of the 275 breakout sessions dealt with technology enhanced learning at school.

November 01, 2013

Five Steps to Encourage Global Citizenship

Five things any afterschool program can do to give youth the global experiences they need to thrive in an interconnected world.

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