Category Archives: Course Choice

Personalized Account for Learning

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Mar 2014 The Florida House’s choice & innovation subcommittee plan would create a “personalized account for learning” that could be used for students with disabilities and those in gifted programs. Parents who opted for the program, according to information provided by the panel, would register as a home-schooling family, then could use money …

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Student-Led Learning

Source: Wired, Oct 2013 Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy. … our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their …

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Students: Creators, not just Consumers of Information

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 “Our students have been often rendered as consumers of information, rather than collaborators and creators of information,” said Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at University of Oregon. “We want students to create genuine, authentic products for each other.” In …

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Do AP exams really help?

Source: AEAWeb, 2005 … after controlling for the balance of a student’s high school curriculum, family, and school characteristics, AP students are generally no more likely than non-AP students to return for a second year of college or to have higher first semester grade point averages. These results are likely due, at least in part, to the rapid …

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DARPA Supports the Maker Movement

Source: Make Magazine, Jan 2012 The new Makerspace program, developed by Dale Dougherty of MAKE and Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab, will integrate online tools for design and collaboration with low-cost options for physical workspaces where students may access educational support to gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. The …

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2 Carnegie Reports on Designing Schools for the Future

Source: Carnegie Foundation website, date indeterminate A call to realize the full power of the Common Core by redesigning and reshaping schools to support teachers and maximize key resources, rather than implementing partial solutions   An effective secondary school design incorporates 10 integrated principles to meet the demands of the Common Core. Related Reading: Carnegie …

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Using MOOC content to meet OCPS requirements

Source: Orlando Sentinel blog, Feb 2013 A bill filed today in the Florida Legislature aims to give students (in both the K-12 and college arenas) the ability to pick courses — and needed tests — from a host of providers outside traditional schools. “I want Florida’s children to have access to the best courses the world has to …

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Earn College Credit Through Coursera (MOOC)

Source:: Coursera website, Feb 2013 The five courses approved for college credit recommendation include four undergraduate credit courses: Pre-Calculus from the University of California, Irvine Introduction to Genetics and Evolution from Duke University Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach from Duke University Calculus: Single Variable from the University of Pennsylvania You can earn an ACE CREDIT college credit recommendation by signing …

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Early Feb 2013 Presentation

This was an early 2013 Feb presentation

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Course Choice

Source: Reuters, Dec 2012 White and a handful of fellow revolutionaries have begun pushing a new vision for American public education. Call it the a la carte school. The model, now in practice or under consideration in states including Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona and Utah, allows students to build a custom curriculum by selecting from hundreds …

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