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October 15, 2013

Next-Gen World Language Learning

"Learning a second language is no longer a luxury," said Angela Jackson. We agree. She adds, "It is a necessary skill that students must have in order to compete in a global economy. It broadens their opportunities in higher education, and research shows that learning a second language helps children in their overall cognitive development."

October 14, 2013

10 Burning Questions About Innovations in Learning

In preparation for the 2014 ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit, Mike Moe and Deborah Quazzo invited a group of advisors to contemplate the burning questions about innovations in learning. We discussed 10 big questions.

October 10, 2013

Navigating the Digital Shift

In August of 2012, we embarked on a journey with John Bailey and Digital Learning Now! (DLN) to chart a course for leaders who were exploring new digital learning territory. Over the last year we brought 11 contributing authors on board. These thought leaders in online and blended learning--representing organizations like iNACOL, CompetencyWorks, The Learning Accelerator and Public Impact--expanded the expertise and experience of our crew.

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 30, 2013

Big IDEA: Blending the Valley

IDEA Public Schools is a high performing K-12 charter network with 30 schools with a current enrollment of over 15, 000 serving low income communities in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin. Virtually all of their students graduate and go to college.

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 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 20, 2013

Comments on Federal E-Rate Proposal Pour In

Public comments on the FCC proposal to overhaul the federal E-rate program show a split on the call for new funding.

September 11, 2013

Why is There More Open Content for Math Than English?

It is pretty easy to run a secondary school using open math content. There is Khan Academy, CK12, NROC, and more. But it seems to be harder to find open education resources (OER) in English language arts.

September 04, 2013

Cohen Bullish on Path Forward for McGraw-Hill Education

"The company that has transformation opportunity," said Peter Cohen of McGraw-Hill Education (@MHEducation). Cohen joined McGraw in March as President of K-12 School Education. "It was a chance to work in a nimble organization with great digital products," said Cohen.

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