A Nuanced Look at Blended Learning

This is the type of story that helps us understand what a different notion of school, made possible in part by technology, looks like — warts and all.

Getting At-Risk Teens to Graduation

Blended learning offers a second chance

Blended learning offers a second chance

Photos: Additional images of Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) in Hampton and Richmond, Virginia.

All A-Twitter about Education

Improving our schools in 140 characters or less

Improving our schools in 140 characters or less

School of One: Thoughts on Expansion (Part II)

With national media attention, promising — though very preliminary — initial results, and strong public/private support, School of One, though just a few years old, is already being hailed as a national model to expand. But, before talking expansion, we should really understand the actual program model.

My Visit to School of One (Part I)

Yesterday morning, I took the long “F” train ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn’s David A. Boody Intermediate School (IS 228), one of New York City’s three School of One pilot schools. I walked away impressed — as most do from a tour like this. But, I also realized that in many discussions, we’re having the wrong conversation about what we could learn from pilots like School of One.

Khan Academy: Not Overhyped, Just Missing a Key Ingredient – Excellent Live Teachers

Rick Hess was right to question the simplistic hyping of Khan Academy’s online video lectures. But we think he’s only got it half-right: it’s less a matter of OVER-hyping than MIS-hyping the true potential of what Khan is doing

Virtual Schoolteacher

Online education works for teachers and students

Online education works for teachers and students

Teachers Swap Recipes

Educators use web sites and social networks to share lesson plans

Educators use web sites and social networks to share lesson plans

Future Schools

Blending face-to-face and online learning

Blending face-to-face and online learning

The Digital Divide and the Knowledge Deficit

Are we letting our digital obsessions distract us from obligations to teach knowledge?

Cell Phones Are Ringing

Will educators answer?

Will educators answer?

By Rebecca Fortner    Briefs, Journal, School Life, Technology  

Why Schools of One Are Our Future

Too Simple to Fail, a new book from Oxford University Press, is a review of thirty years of research into how children learn. The author, R. Barker Bausell, a biostatistician in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, has come to the conclusion that classroom instruction is hopelessly obsolete, and that the answer to the deficiencies of our educational system is the tutorial model.

Three Things the NY Times Article on Florida Virtual School Missed

The recent New York Times article, “In Florida, Virtual Classrooms with No Teachers,” takes us to Miami, where schools are using a blended learning approach. There’s a lot to discuss here, including the fact that the implementation has been rocky — most notably because several of the schools made no effort to tell either students or parents that they wouldn’t be in traditional classrooms. But as we’ve seen in the past with the Times, the article is framed by an assumption that the traditional classroom is best.

Lessons for Online Learning

Charter schools’ successes and mistakes have a lot to teach virtual educators

Charter schools’ successes and mistakes have a lot to teach virtual educators

Lights, Camera, Action!

Using video recordings to evaluate teachers

Using video recordings to evaluate teachers

Texas Tackles the Data Problem

New system will give teachers information they can use

New system will give teachers information they can use

Austan Who?

The headline in the Washington Post was “Austan Goolsbee: triathlete, improv comedian, economist.” Given the state of the economy, Obama’s new Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers might need the improv comedian talents more than anything. But what might not show up in the quick list of resume references is an interesting story Goolsbee and Jonathan Guryan (both professors of economics at the U. of Chicago) penned for Education Next in 2006: World Wide Wonder? Measuring the (non-)impact of Internet subsidies to public schools

Mathews on Saving Schools

In his commentary on my book, Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, Jay Mathews doubts that he will find any time soon “something of the new electronic era that significantly increases achievement in reading and writing for all kids.”

An Apple Campus

There is an interesting development at Beverly High School in Beverly, Massachusetts, north of Boston. Parents have been informed that every student must use an Apple MacBook in his and her work.

Bye-Bye Blackboards

Interactive and expensive, whiteboards come to the classroom

Interactive and expensive, whiteboards come to the classroom

What We Can Learn from Utah’s Open High

In Utah, around 7 percent of the students are now going to charter schools, creating financial conflicts of interest between district and charter schools, as both sides are trying to persuade the state legislature that they need more of the dwindling pot of state dollars. Into this mix has walked the Open High School of Utah, a charter school that is offering a virtual education that is based almost entirely on curricular materials available free-of-cost from open sources.

High School 2.0

Can Philadelphia’s School of the Future live up to its name?

Can Philadelphia’s School of the Future live up to its name?

By Dale Mezzacappa    Curriculum, Features, Homepage, On Top of the News, Technology  

Finding Time for Tennis and Thoreau

My online education

My online education

By Brett Ellen Keeler    Briefs, Curriculum, School Life, Technology  

Tennis Players Choose Virtual Schooling

Video: Three of America’s top junior tennis players (Mallory Burdette, Sloane Stephens, and Jarmere Jenkins) talk with Education Next about attending a virtual high school.

Data Dreams Can Come True

States applying for Race to the Top grants receive points for building statewide longitudinal data systems and using that data to improve instruction. But how might that achievement data be used, and what other data could supplement it? Chester Finn’s “what next?” column in the most recent issue of Ed Next imagines the ways that […]

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