If you’re like many parents, teachers and students in the US this time of year, you’ve spent at least some part of the last week walking the aisles of your favorite big box store hunting for the best deal on pre-sharpened pencils and glue sticks. Yep folks, it’s “school supply list” time, and it won’t be long before kids coast to coast are putting those pencils and glue sticks to work. Or will they? This week’s EdTech 10 reveals that perhaps there will be some interaction with new supplies this year! What would your next gen school supply list include?
Blended Schools & Tools
1. Next Gen Report Cards. We’ve been thinking a lot about next gen accountability and Tom’s article on
2. Class Is In. Google ( ) launched its next gen tools for educators with ( ) this week. The free learning management software is now in full release and is ready to use by anyone who has
In other LMS news, ( ) raised on top of the $80 million raised in 2012. We haven’t seen much of D2L in US K-12; it looks like the Canadian company is focusing on higher ed and will use the big bucks to further expand into international markets.
3. More Promising Partnerships. ( ) and ( ) have with eight U.S. to create innovative learning environments in each of the schools. The plan is to document the process so other schools can learn how to create similar innovations in next gen learning. provides students with access to mobile tech in the classroom and at home and gives educators personalized professional development to make it all come together. The successes will be promoted on the , which could result in some cool stories to demonstrate how similar innovations may happen in more schools!
4. Resource Revolution. ( ) uses online tools to help special education students, and certainly next gen learning is helping create opportunities for increased customization for schools working with special ed students. When school districts have difficulty finding resources locally, Presence Learning can help by . As Tom notes, , and it benefits not only high achievers, but also students with special needs.
5. Merry Men and Women. The
6. Fuel Up. ( ) is partnering with ( ) a tool for math tutoring in grades five through nine. We all know the , and any ways we can can help on down the line in high school, college, and beyond. Oh, and check out this cool about how a New York middle school increased state math test scores with LearnBop.
Teachers & Tech
7. Reading, Writing & Reciprocity. Evergreen Education Group () released , a report that examines the growing issue faced by teachers who teach online in multiple states. Our team , reciprocity for teaching certifications is not just important for teachers who move to another state, but for teachers who may teach students across state lines.
Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning
8. Break On Through. What would be a breakthrough design for next generation learning models in higher education? For answers to this, see the blog post on. There was a recent conference of 40 of the administrators at higher education institutions in the US, Canada and Australia, hosted by ( ) at their Breakthrough Models Academy. Participants used Design Thinking processes and had coaches on hand to imagine, design and create next gen higher education of the future. We can’t wait to learn more.
9. From Cohorts to Competency. What are some ways that states can promote competency-based learning?
10. A+ for Arkansas. Arkansas Governor Beebe ( ) that the state is going to shift $15 million to improve outdated networking. The goal is for Arkansas to become the first state to meet the goal of linking every student to high speed internet access. The ( ) is working with ( ), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve connectivity and internet access for students.
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