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August 28, 2015

American Institutes for Research Test Platform Smarter Balanced Review

The common-core testing consortium has arranged an independent evaluation of the open-source platform, which has come under scrutiny recently.

August 25, 2015

Nev. Recoups $1.3M From Measured Progress Over Online Testing Woes

Measured Progress agreed to cut its fees by $789,000 and provide $510,000 worth of support for Nevada's implementation of science standards.

April 22, 2014

Oklahoma, Florida Students Experience Online Testing Disruptions

Oklahoma educators and students experienced a bit of déjà vu this week, after widespread online testing problems happened that were similar to technical failures last year. Florida students also reported disruptions in online assessments.

April 22, 2014

Gaming in K-12 Classrooms: Fun Should Be Intrinsic

The technology adaptation, particularly when it comes to the gamification of K-12 classrooms, is particularly slow-moving though. When it comes to the less-glamorous topics, like science and math, it seems that technology lags even more. But why? Isn't the technology to make these topics fun, and easily comprehended by students, available?

April 21, 2014

Online Tutoring Should Be Convenient and Cost-Effective

Online learning has revolutionized the way K-12 and college students are able to accomplish academic feats, despite circumstances that may have stood in the way of their success. Access to learning materi-als and even instructors via webcams provides flexibility to students who need options outside the tradi-tional classroom setting.

October 18, 2013

The Global Race for Online Learning: How Does America Compare?

K-12 online learning is certainly on the rise across the globe and as it increases in popularity, the U.S. may face competition when it comes to digital access for child learners. In a perfect world the strides being made in other countries will all benefit each other either directly or indirectly through competition. None of the technology matters, of course, unless student achievement improves and that is true in all nations. I'm interested to see how the global race for more K-12 online learning options impacts the well-established trend in the U.S. and how our students are affected.

August 29, 2013

K-12 Online Learning as a Life Skill

The K-12 online course dissenters are just wasting their breath, in my opinion. The momentum of online learning is gaining speed. Educators can best spend their time looking for ways to enhance the content of what is offered in virtual courses and making the most of what classroom time is available.

June 04, 2013

Texas Poised to Expand Virtual Education Through Online Network

Texas legislation that has reached the desk of Gov. Rick Perry would allow nonprofits and private companies to offer courses through a statewide virtual network.

February 03, 2012

Shift Away from 'Seat Time' on Display in States

States are moving away from "seat-time" requirements as they try to help students are falling behind, want to race ahead, or not served by traditional school schedules and structures.

February 23, 2009

Reinventing Leadership Online

Image Source: "Yikes! I feel for Ms. Gerald," wrote one teacher in an online learning course of her principal, "being at work until 10:30 pm. On top of working, we all have our home lives too!" This comment was in the midst of an active o...


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