Here at my home base in the balmy midwest, we’ve hit the peak of summer heat. Teachers and tech-ers must be feeling inspired by July, because edtech news is hot, hot, hot this week! Lather up in SPF 50 and grab your shades – our top 10 shows the future of education is bright!
Blended Schools & Tools
1.to 38 grant recipients that are “working to personalize learning through whole-school models” in grades 6-12. Tom shared that reveal “where the blended universe is headed.”
2. We’ve been busylately. One such myth is that online learners work in isolation on a computer all day. The – now available free to all Florida students – is just one of many examples that proves otherwise. And, get this, successful completion yields a Florida Boating Safety ID card and/or credit towards Florida Hunter Education Certification.
3. Our friends and fellow mythbusters athave been cranking out great resources to help anyone who is spending their summer learning more about digital learning. Check out the page for the latest papers and infographics. Short on time? Soak up the highlights with the . Have a little longer? Spend 40 minutes getting inspired by this .
4. In this week’s digital deals, ebook publishera $16M round and partnerships with Pearson and Elsevier. Grovo, provider of more than 3,500 video lessons on internet tools & cloud services in a round led by eHarmony’s Waldorf.
Teachers & Tech
5. It was a good week for coverage of teachers and technology. Our team really enjoyedby Paul Roen – so much that we had to share it with our readers on GettingSmart.com. The fine folks at EdSurge showed . that showed teachers believe digital tools encourage more sharing and collaboration. covered Khan’s summer roadtrip to train teachers across the land.
For the Core
6. A new website calledhighlights the support of most current and many former Republican governors and builds the . The site offers a useful page, and more. Read of the site’s launch here.
7. This one goes out to all my policy peeps in the house. There’s much to celebrate this week in the world of policies that support access to innovations in teaching and learning. Demand forand is now full. to evaluate different tools that will guide future edtech decisions by putting them to use in current classrooms.
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center recentlyon implications for state policy in competency-based education systems.
Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning
8. Don’t let anyone fool you! Blended is just as big in higher-ed as it is in K-12. This year’s Sloan-C Conference proves that.what we can learn from the this year’s conference. on the “trend to blend.” If you don’t believe me & Sloan-C, here’s more from HuffPo who offered up this week.
9. In marketplace coverage from EdWeek, Sean Cavanagh explained how recent developments at Blackboard and Amplify reflect a “.” Head to Cavanagh’s piece for more on the implications for K-12.
The Big “D”
10. There was big coverage of big data this week my friends. Check outDisclosures: Digital Learning Now!, FLVS are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners. Tom is a director at iNACOL. (then say that three times fast.) Visit the “knerds” over at Knewton to hear Jose waxing poetic about . Head to my local newspaper for a story with national implications from The Strive Network’s Jeff Edmondson, who has something to say about in education. And if your big craving for big data still isn’t satiated, we’re sure will leave you feeling satisfied.