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October 11, 2012

iPrep: The Miami Flex

There are lots of Reasons Districts Should Open Flex Schools. Flex schools, as classified by Innosight Institute are small individualized schools with an online curriculum. Students move at their own pace and augment online work with projects, tutoring, and work-based learning. Flex schools create personalized options for students and an example of competency-based learning for educators to visit.

October 10, 2012

14 Open Resources For High School

Last week Secretary Duncan said it was time to dump the heavy, expensive books students lug around in their backpacks. We agree, it's time to shift to digital. High-quality open educational resources (OER) help make the case.

October 08, 2012

Learning Studios: The Future of Learning

Every once in awhile, we see pictures of the future -- a graphic image, a set of relationships, new tools at work, the buzz of a culture that feels remarkably productive. For me, site visits to Big Picture and Edvision schools were really influential 12 years ago -- and why I'm still enthusiastic about flex school models that engage and empower students.

October 05, 2012

What Does it Mean When a College Kid From Ecuador Beats the Best?

Yesterday the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded $100,000 to the top five teams in an assessment scoring competition. The goal was to build software systems that could grade short answer responses on state standardized tests as accurately as trained experts--a more difficult challenge than the essay competition held in the first quarter of this year where the winning algorithms equaled experts.

September 25, 2012

4 Ways PBS is Innovating For Students' Futures

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has a long standing reputation in the education community for providing quality news, media, material, and more for engaged learning. Today, PBS is leveraging front-edge tech -- the flipped classroom, learning playlists, online professional development, games, and more -- to research and refine quality content and delivery of learning for students, parents, and educators. Here are four ways PBS is innovating for students futures.

September 18, 2012

Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Common Core Expectations Explained for Mathematics

A lot of people (including some educators) have a lot of anxiety about math: How do we teach it? How do we learn it? How do we remember it all and use it correctly in real life? Math actually is a logical, accessible, and useful subject, but not enough people know or experience that.

September 14, 2012

It's Time for a Special Needs App Fund

Alesha Bishop and Lisa Valerio worked together for 10 years at Charles Schwab. After both gave birth to sons with special needs, they have reunited to support the development of learning tools for students with special needs and family-friendly apps.

September 13, 2012

Grouping, Tracking, & Personalizing

An international educator told me his school community was discussing the "ethics and educational validity of streaming -- deliberately dividing students up into class/work groups based on ability, i.e., a strong and weak group." He asked for my thoughts.

September 11, 2012

NYC iZone: Innovation Hub and Change Management Model

How do we manage the shift to personal digital learning? That's the current whole-systems challenge in education. As Chancellor of the largest district in the country, Joel Klein decided New York City needed a kickstart and created the iZone.

September 05, 2012

Cal State Online Picks Pearson: a Q&A With Matthew Leavy

Last month California State University (CSU) announced a partnership with Pearson to expand Cal State Online. It sounded like interesting because K12, Inc., Connections Education, Apex Learning and others are providing similar services to public school districts in K-12. However, I hadn't heard of similar deals in higher education and it sounded like a new line of business for Pearson. So I called Matt Leavy, President of eCollege, a Pearson subsidiary serving higher education.

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