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December 16, 2013

14 Developments to Watch for in 2014

It's been a big year for innovations in learning. If 2012 was the year of the MOOC, 2013 was the year blended learning went mainstream--even schools that were just layering tabs on top of an obsolete model called it "blended." The following are 14 developments to watch for in 2014.

October 08, 2013

Coding Should Be a Requirement to Be 'College and Career Ready'

If we change what we teach our children, we can do far more than make them 'college and career ready.' We can change our nation and its future.

September 09, 2013

Students All Need Internet Access At Home As Well As At School, Don't They?

The E-Rate Program has played a critical role in moving our nation's schools into the 21st century, and I wish it had substantially more funding. I am concerned, though, that the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlines changes that will substantially reduce the effectiveness of this critical program.

June 25, 2013

Districts Making Tech. Progress, But Not Fast Enough, Survey Says

Gaps between districts' technology goals and their implementation of technology plans persist, according to annual SIIA K-20 Vision survey.

March 12, 2013

Digital Devices and Assessments Are Top Priorities, District Tech Leaders Say

But school technology leaders don't expect much more funding to flow to technology over the next year, a new survey shows.

January 31, 2013

Embrace Technology or Be Left Behind

Too many of our schools are mired in old ways. Many still ban handheld technology ...as if we could stop this tide from entering our walls!

January 24, 2013

After Fulfilling 30,000 Wishes, Digital Wish is Just Getting Started

Digital Wish is the edtech DonorsChoose. They have fulfilled more than 30,000 classroom wishes, mostly 1:1 classroom deployments with Dell netbooks.

November 14, 2012

Why Haven't Districts Adopted Blended Learning Faster?

Consultants asked, "Why haven't districts adopted blended learning faster?" I answered, "Because it's complicated."

October 25, 2012

The Shift Is On: iNACOL Conference Attendees Inventing the Future of Learning

When I joined the iNACOL board three years ago, I was hoping to see a shift in emphasis from virtual schools to a focus on helping all schools incorporate online and personal digital learning. That shift was evident in the name, Inventing the Future of Learning, and content of the Virtual School Symposium program this week in New Orleans.

October 23, 2012

New Report: Half of High Schoolers Own Smartphones

The Web-equipped cell phones are now the most commonly owned handheld devices among students in grades 9-12, according to survey data.

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