[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: In the News from iNACOL’s Plugged In

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed Dec 11 11:28:50 EST 2013

Today on the ETNews Listserv
ITEM:  In the News from iNACOL’s Plugged In

Sorry for the lengthy list.  There were so many good articles in today’s picks, I just had to share them all with you.

The Promising Future of Virtual spEd
Huffington Post
In my role as a special education advocate working primarily in Miami-Dade - the fourth largest public school district in the country - I've participated in hundreds of school meetings. Naturally as an advocate, I meet lots of dissatisfied parents, but I also see very unhappy teachers and administrators who are (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=de47d8beb1c09e651c791203acef376a5c12c811d93c12a40e4de1ab142e7537>)

Pre-schoolers get high tech education in Minnetonka
KARE | Minneapolis, MN
"Knock, knock, sheep in!" A preschooler in the Minnetonka district doing what preschoolers do. He's playing with a toy farm set. Tate is engaged and playing in an age-appropriate way. That's a win for teachers at the Minnetonka Community Education Center. They believe they have an edge in their (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa44ca5dcf3ed0a839e6a0ca8db22927fb7583048fed605560e>)

Library card key to free online learning
Daily Item | Lynn, MA
Althia Gentles is looking for a customer service job, but the Lynn resident really wants to work in health care, and the public library may have the key to unlock the door opening onto Gentles' future success. The North Common Street library is offering free classes through Learn4Life, an online education program (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa4d284bd4df1717bd911b77eaa92a6f7f3a5a47cd72b73f835>)

iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds
National Geographic
Just how big is the universe, how small is an atom, and how long have we humans lived on Earth, compared with dinosaurs? Such answers are better learned with an iPad, according to a new study that shows just how tablets tap neurocognitive abilities that help students understand enormous scale and other (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa43122109049f3abc3366527a564561bc0e79d6640d5633fd9>)

Students get an early taste of computer programming
Morresville Tribune | Mooresville, NC
Putting 21st century learning into action, students at Coddle Creek Elementary are getting a first-hand look at career opportunities in computer science this week. Several third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes explored the capabilities of computer programming, or coding, in Technology/Computer Teacher (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa49368e6ff0f0edf0bfe0c46c94942608229e429661b3483fc>)

On Five Musts for Mastery
There is a rapid conversation going on across our country to better understand how blended learning and education technology can support students and help them stay on pace and make progress in competency-based schools. Catlin Tucker's Five Musts for Mastery in the EL issue on Getting ( read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa43455a4a37387a401b24e8b2e9bd5dba6a589b2a8ae87afd9>)

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age
Taking apart the idea of school as we know it and getting back to the roots of children and learning is a pervasive thought which I am constantly researching and evaluating. There is no shortage of pedagogies out there but there seems to be a lack of application of relevant methodologies for out of the box creative (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa4a448e4ef0e8a9399e50dc393debdb13f680e5b06e2325416>)

Next-Gen Advisory: 10 Keys to College & Career Readiness
Vander Ark on Innovation
College and career readiness means a lot more than passing a community college entrance exam (although that is the minimum bar for all kids). It requires a set of deeper learning experiences that result in the knowledge, skills and dispositions young people will need to succeed. In many high schools, the (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa4e0c5645daed2b5982db36c5eabf8ed0fba41b0ef2b9f314d>)

Building Bridges to Transform Education
SPN News
To transform K-12 education we in the state-focused think tank community have to rethink the structure of the traditional classroom and instruction. But how can a free-market think tank enter into a conversation usually monopolized by the education establishment? The Independence Institute's experience in the (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa4efd0a9aed1c0b8c703318cc1bb6024f0c588bf8e4ba62b0f>)

Big Idea 2014: Let's Close the Digital Learning Gap
We are facing a digital learning gap in America - yet another divide between the haves and have nots. One that we must close as decisively and quickly as possible so the opportunity to learn in school and throughout life is open to everyone, not just a few. Few Americans would disagree that education is (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa45e9fe2a28d161b01fd22834f272954c29a70c80bc4cf48e0>)

Millennials View Education as Least Satisfying Segment for Empowerment, Workplace Collaboration
Campus Technology
For young people seeking innovation in the organizations where they work, education as a sector may not be the most conducive environment. "Millennials," who make up a quarter of the current workforce, consider educational institutions the least innovative, at least when compared to retail, technology, healthcare (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=03a722b0ed667fa4b5975b93e1622fdfad56bdc4a10a6f61ac3af0b07afc8d76>)

Edu-games hit the market, but not all are are created equal
The Conversation
The re-purposing of video games as learning tools continues to gather pace with the recent release of high-profile educational incarnations of games like SimCity and Minecraft. Different educational games have their own different origins, and not all of them are created equal. Educational or not, schools and other (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=59e6676b4cd7c05ebd721756789192f4a6683e76662f1005e14597093202fc89>)

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought
New York Times
Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a rethinking of how college instruction can best (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=59e6676b4cd7c05ee7cd8b137228572f26f33788a1ea70bead6be7f7ba11ed3b>)

Education Is Working Just Fine
The popular narrative tells us that the education system in the U.S. is broken. Education technology promises to fix it. We need more tablets, better broadband, big data, and game-based learning. But we may not be asking all the right questions. Education is not only about taking care of today's children. It is (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=59e6676b4cd7c05ede5cee98649e0f0ff902fec101d87ee40c5a3ae6a043b73a>)

Gibbon Launches A Different Kind Of Education Startup, With User-Generated Learning Playlists For All
There's a lot of terrific content on the web in the form of one-off blog posts and DIY guides from working designers and programmers, but the question is always how to find the best, and how to make sense of content that comes from a variety of disparate sources. Gibbon is a new startup out of the (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=59e6676b4cd7c05e4bcc0708f2131fa7678a0e82ff579cd734fea9457bd2586a>)

Competition for online students goes mobile as Coursera debuts iPhone app
Silicon Valley Business Journal | San Jose, CA
Online education startup are taking their competition for students - and potentially paying corporate clients - mobile. Coursera, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, today debuted a free iPhone app designed to let students access course content from their smartphones. Coursera seeks to extend (read<http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=59e6676b4cd7c05e3f0219b59cf33eb74b708d236e7c5bcc7a5c4ad495d7abcd>)

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