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September 04, 2012

Blended Speech Therapy: Q&A with Clay Whitehead

PresenceLearning delivers more than 10,000 online speech therapy sessions a month to schools in 25 states. The company, formed by two recent Stanford MBAs, is a good example of two translational innovations--synchronous online instruction and distributed workforce--now deployed in education to meet widespread special education challenges.

August 31, 2012

EdLeaders Need to Find & Empower Mr. T

Every district needs a Mr. T. Not the bad ass from the 80s TV show, more like Justin Talmadge, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in the Snoqualmie Valley Public Schools in the Cascade foothills.

August 30, 2012

Ed-Fi: Data Standard Gains Traction, Releases Version 1.1

Lori Fey directs policy initiatives including the sponsorship of the Ed-Fi data standard for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Ed-Fi solution is a universal educational data standard and tool suite (unifying data model, data exchange framework, application framework, and sample dashboard source code) that aligns with Common Education Data Standards. The Ed-Fi tool suite is designed to integrate information from a broad range of existing education data sources. It facilitates data comparisons and interoperability, and allows vendors to develop reusable products across multiple states.

August 29, 2012

5 Lessons K-12 Could Learn From Skillshare

The launch of Wikipedia about a decade ago marked the beginning of anywhere, anytime learning (to borrow a phrase from a Microsoft laptop initiative in the 90s and a foundation that continues to advance the mission) where anyone with a broadband connection could learn almost anything. The anywhere, anytime shift - just now being incorporated into our formal institutions - is proving to be more significant and more disruptive than the printing press was 500 years ago.

August 24, 2012

Digital Learning Now! Outlines 3 Strategies for Funding Computer Access

Digital Learning Now! (DLN) today released "Funding the Shift to Digital Learning: Three Strategies for Funding Sustainable High-Access Environments," the first in a new DLN Smart Series that will provide specific guidance on adoption of Common Core Standards and the shift to personal digital learning.

August 21, 2012

The 50 Best Books of All Time

OK, these are probably not the best books of all time but these mostly non-fiction titles were important to me when I read them over the last twenty years.

August 18, 2012

Should Your School Replace Textbooks With E-Readers?

This February, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged the nation to transition to digital textbooksin the next five years. Only a month prior, Apple announced the ever so controversial iBooks 2 for iPad, which partnered the biggest leaders in publishing, put textbook writing in the hands of many, and drove down the cost of classroom reading (with the exception of the cost of the iPad). As the shift to digital picks up momentum, administrators and educators have rushed to adopt 1:1 programs with iPads, Chromebooks, and netbooks. Yet, what about e-readers?

August 15, 2012

20 Schools Innovating With Digital Tools

Hans Renman in Stockholm (@tankom_hans) asked on Twitter, "Do you know any US schools that are REALLY using digital tools in an INTERESTING way for communication, marketing, or learning?" That tweet kicked off a few days of snooping around. Here is the list of 20 we came up with. We look forward to your additions!

August 14, 2012

Pearson's 1:1 Learning Framework Furthers Personalized Learning & Common Core

"The Huntsville City School district is ditching textbooks and passing out laptops instead," reported a Huntsville TV station. Huntsville Alabama is one of many districts making the shift to digital learning this fall. Students from fourth to twelfth grade will receive laptops starting this week.

August 10, 2012

New Visions Builds on New School Success With Innovation Agenda

New Visions for Public Schools has probably been the most effective intermediary of the last decade. By launching 135 new secondary schools and helped to develop other intermediaries that developed hundreds more, they dramatically improved the quality of high school options in New York City. Thousands of students each year graduate from high school and go to college because New Visions created high schools.

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