Monthly Archives: July, 2013

The Future of Learning

Source: KnowledgeWorks website, Jul 2013 Advertisements

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No Middle School for the Buena Vista Woods Community

Source: OCPS 2013-2014 budget, p. 48 Though OCPS has set aside 25 acres for a middle school by the Parkside Meritage development,  the OCPS 2013-2014 budget reveals no middle school is being planned for that piece of land for the next 10 years.  Guide to reading the table    Line 40 (for example) the first number: ?, …

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Charter Schools Spend 13% of Revenues on Facilities

Source: EdWeek, Jun 2013 Overall, charter schools spend an average of 13 percent of their operating budgets on facilities, the survey found.  Related reading: Apr 2013 Charter School Facilities Study

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Active Learning Reinforces Learning

Source: Scientific American, Aug 2013 Our scheme to help make learning happen actively, rather than passively, created many benefits akin to tutoring—and helped to increase motivation. First, as shown in a 2013 study by Karl K. Szpunar, Novall Y. Khan and Daniel L. Schacter in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, frequent interactions …

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Blended Learning Allows Teachers to Individualize Instruction

Source: Scientific American, Aug 2013 In this “blended learning” reality, the professors’ role is moved up the value chain. Rather than spending the bulk of their time lecturing, writing exams and grading them, they can now interact with their students. Rather than enforcing a sit-and-listen passivity, teachers will mentor and challenge their students to take …

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Arne Duncan: How Technology can Enrich Education

Source: Scientific American, Aug 2013 In traditional classrooms, students complete a lesson and move on to the next when it is time for the whole class to do so—regardless of whether they have mastered it or they are already well ahead. Here each student worked at her or his own pace, taking as much or …

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Benchmarking Relative to Other States

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Jul 2013 (Jeb Bush editorial) … they must allow us to compare student achievement in Florida with student achievement in high-performing states such as Maryland and Massachusetts. To elevate our kids, we must measure them against the best. Effective tests backed by accountability provisions drive results. What gets measured gets done.

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A PHL charter school has an international focus

Source: The Notebook, Summer 2010 … nine-year-old Independence Charter School (ICS). The school’s mission is to “provide an intellectually stimulating curriculum with an international focus for Philadelphia youth.”  In addition to providing challenging curriculum, ICS’s “international focus” is also apparent throughout the school. Half the students are enrolled by parental choice in a Spanish immersion …

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Interim Report (Jun 2013) on school district & charter school collaborations

Source: Center for Reinventing Public Education website, Jun 2013 Interim report on school district/charter school collaboration

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Chromebooks for School

Source: EdSurge, Jul 2013 Samsung’s $249 Chromebook is comparable on price alone with plenty of Windows laptops, and both beat Apple’s $999 MacBook Air. (Budget $279 for the extra, one-time $30 on the management console license.) Deployability: You unbox, enroll, and get them into students’ hands in two minutes. (Kids can even do it themselves!) Mac …

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