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How to Build a Better MOOC

How to Build a Better MOOC

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Massive open online courses have not lived up to the hype. There are, however, 50-year-old techniques to improve the experience and reach those who need education the most.

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Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model

Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model

| January 22, 2013 | 7 Comments

Rocketship Education, a network of charter schools based in California, is changing the way students will use computers in its Learning Labs. Rather than spending chunks of time in computer labs with divided computer stations, students will be using computers in their classrooms, with the help of teachers and aids. “The integration between the classroom […]

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Should Students Advance At Their Own Pace?

Should Students Advance At Their Own Pace?

| August 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flickr:Kreative Eye- Dean McKoy What if student learning wasn’t based on age, but on proficiency? That might happen soon in Oregon’s public schools if Senate Bill 909 unfolds as planned. Oregon governor John Kitzhaber ushered a group of education bills through the legislature in June. One of them, SB 909, created the 15-member Oregon Education […]

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A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student

A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student

| May 17, 2011 | 13 Comments

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) students Christianne and Carylanne Joubert are pretty advanced for their age. Christianne, at 13, is already a published novelist; Carylanne, 14, is about to start 11th grade. The Jouberts would probably succeed at any school they attended, but they attribute a large part of their progress to online learning. (And for […]

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Can Learning Really Be Fun and Games?

Can Learning Really Be Fun and Games?

| May 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

For those wondering what a game-based classroom looks like in a traditional school, take a peek into Ananth Pai’s third-grade class in Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. Using his own money and grants that he applied for, Pai has managed to round up seven laptops, two desktops 11 Nintendo DS’s, 18 games for […]

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How Can an Advanced Student Move Ahead in Public School?

How Can an Advanced Student Move Ahead in Public School?

| April 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

With a combination of high-tech computer programs, high expectations from teachers, and sheer force of will, Sintia Marquez is propelling ahead.

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Online Learning: It’s Complicated

Online Learning: It’s Complicated

| April 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

Online learning in K-12 classrooms has gotten some bad press recently. The articles portray low-quality computer programs replacing teachers in a short-sighted effort to cut costs. That simplistic portrayal does not address the whole picture. “It’s a lot more complicated than that,” says Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, a digital curriculum provider in both […]

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Is Instant Assessment an Important Teaching Tool?

Is Instant Assessment an Important Teaching Tool?

| April 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

Conovate, a Web-based assessment tool for teachers, now in Beta, is the result of its founder’s hope to give teachers a crucial missing tool: the ability to instantly see student progress. Sylvain Niles, CEO of Conovate, wants to provide a way for teachers to instantly track, analyze, and report on student performance over time by […]

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The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

| February 22, 2011 | 19 Comments

Unpredictable, inconsistent, and designed to be wildly relevant for learners, their engagement, and their development. Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Design for Learning domain, which brings human-centered thinking to systemic challenges in education. Her work helps educators use design tools and methods to work in new ways, to prepare for future challenges, and to transform their […]

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Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating

Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating

| January 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

Salman Khan has an idea or two about what the future school day should be. In fact, the founder of Khan Academy — a series of thousands of YouTube videos that teach everything from calculus to the French Revolution — is working on making it happen as we speak. It goes something like this: Every […]

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