Why Steve Jobs Would Have Loved Digital Learning

In the wake of Steve Jobs’ passing, many wrote about the statements he made throughout his adult life about how to improve the U.S. education system. Some noted that for much of Jobs’s life, he had, ironically perhaps, been skeptical of the positive impact technology could make on education.

Making Education Innovation Come to Life

Having taken an extended vacation the past few weeks, I returned to the United States to see that the pace of innovation in education is continuing at a breakneck pace

What We’re Watching: Education Reform for the Digital Era

John Chubb, Bryan Hassel, Mark Bauerlein, Eleanor Laurans, and Mike Petrilli discuss whether digital learning is education’s latest fad or its future at a Fordham Institute event held last week.

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What We’re Watching: Education Reform for the Digital Era

On Thursday, April 19 from 9:00-10:30 am we’ll be watching a live webcast of the Fordham Institute’s webinar event on digital learning.

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What We’re Watching: Short Circuited

The benefits and challenges of bringing online learning into California classrooms are explored in this video from the Pacific Research Institute.

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Bright Spots Shine in Blended, Online Learning

A month has passed since the first-ever national Digital Learning Day. Given the excitement generated from teachers and others tuning in to the National Town Hall meeting and given today’s National Leadership Summit on Online Learning up on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that iNACOL sponsored, I thought it was worth noting some great examples that weren’t highlighted during the day’s festivities.

Hyper Hype

Will digital learning be killed by kindness?

Will digital learning be killed by kindness?

In the Digital World, Every District Can Compete with Every Other

In Utah, new legislation has given school districts the opportunity to attract high school students from throughout the state to their online course offerings.

Digital Textbooks, OER, and More from Digital Learning Day

What’s most important to understand about the digital textbook effort is that it’s an opportunity to open up a large amount of existing public money that has been locked into use by a very small and closed set of publishers.

Putting the Schools in Charge

An entrepreneur’s vision for a more responsive education system

An entrepreneur’s vision for a more responsive education system

The Country’s Most Ambitious Digital Learning Project

While it’s easy to think of the consortia as “building tests,” the more apt description is that they are attempting to re-invent, with heavy use of technology, the entire process of assessment.

Can Khan Move the Bell Curve to the Right?

Math instruction goes viral

Math instruction goes viral

For Digital Learning, the Devil’s in the Details

State planning is key to progress

State planning is key to progress

Hewlett Assessment Competition Comes at Critical Time

The political incentives to create high-quality assessments aren’t particularly strong, so having philanthropists invest dollars to create these assessments and continue to push innovation is critical.

Understanding the Economics of Online Learning

The Costs of Online Learning, the latest in Fordham’s digital learning policy series, tackles the tricky question of per-pupil spending. And while the paper cannot offer definitive answers for policymakers and school leaders, it does provide a helpful primer on the overall economics of online and blended learning.

California Initiative Brings Breath of Fresh Air

It’s an embarrassment that California, the state that led the technology revolution in America, is, according to Digital Learning Now, last in the nation in using technology to transform its education system from its current factory-model roots into a student-centric one.

In Praise of Performance Pay—for Online Learning Companies

Whether you consider yeserday’s New York Times article on K12.com a “hit piece” (Tom Vander Ark) or a “blockbuster” (Dana Goldstein), there’s little doubt that it will have a long-term impact on the debate around digital learning. So how can we go about drafting policies that will push digital learning in the direction of quality?

What We’re Watching: A Day in the Life of the National Online Teacher of the Year

Kristin Kipp teaches 11th and 12th grade English virtually from her home in Colorado.

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Why Stanford Online High School Matters (and two ways it could matter more)

Sunday’s New York Times story broke the news that Stanford University, one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions, is putting its brand squarely behind a full-time, degree-granting online high school program. It’s just one more reason to set aside the silly debate about whether online education can possibly be effective for high school students.

The Nation’s Online Learning Omission

The Nation’s recent online learning expose, How Online Learning Companies Bought America’s Schools, in its zeal to connect various dots into a narrative of a corporate public education takeover, makes critical errors. It falsely equates K-12 online learning with privatization, leading to an incomplete and flawed political analysis. More importantly though, the article makes a credibility-killing factual omission.

Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Digital Learning and Excellent Teachers Go Well Together

Rather than seeing a painful (and politically volatile) trade-off between technology and teachers, we propose that digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.

Review of New Fordham Digital Learning Papers

Teachers in the Age of Digital Instruction and School Finance in the Digital-Learning Era, two new working papers in the Fordham Institute’s series on digital learning, are welcome additions to the often narrow debates around online learning.

Giving Every Student a Digital Learning Experience

By requiring students to take at least two credits online to graduate, Idaho is arming its kids with the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in our increasingly digital world.

Colorado’s Crummy Policies Lead to Crummy Virtual Schools

An investigation of Colorado’s full-time virtual schools has revealed some dubious results and practices, which led the state’s Senate President to call for an emergency audit of all of Colorado’s virtual schools. But the state shouldn’t be shocked by the report. As the truism goes, you get what you pay for.

Educators Answer Questions About the Flipped Classroom

I’ve received a number of questions and comments on my recent article, The Flipped Classroom. Most gratifying have been the rich exchanges in comment threads and on twitter, primarily from educators explaining their experiences, challenges, and discoveries from “flipping” their classrooms.

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