What quality measures apply to MOOCs?

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In case you haven’t seen it, Ulf-Daniel Ehlers & Ebba Ossiannilsson & Alastair Creelman are running a project on Quality and MOOCs. It has a different blog post from an invited author every week for 12 weeks. …

Protecting Devices in 1:1 Programs

One of the causes of device damage in 1:1 programs is often simple neglect by students. If your students don’t think that they devices are necessary for all of their classes, they will leave them behind when changing classrooms, put

Technology Supports a District’s Commitment to Student Achievement

Technology is an integral part of life in Washington’s Vancouver Public Schools (VPS), located just north of Portland, Oregon – and it has been for quite some time. They are the only district to host three NSBA Technology Leadership Network …

Senate Democrats to Unveil NCLB Reauthorization Bill


U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate education committee, unveiled a bill to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act that would require states to set achievement and growth targets for students, including subgroup students. The …

State Chiefs: Common Core Requires Flexibility, Not a Pause

The Council of Chief State School Officers is rejecting calls for a moratorium on any high stakes tied to the Common Core State Standards, and is instead suggesting that states have almost all of the power they need to smooth …

Iowa Bill Creates Teacher Career-Ladder Program

Iowa teachers will have the opportunity to assume new roles as “model,” “mentor,” and “lead” teachers, along with additional pay, under a bill passed May 22 and headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.

This piece of legislation is a …

AM News: Here Comes Steve Jobs’s Widow

Steve Jobs’s Widow Sets Philanthropy Goals NYT: Laurene Powell Jobs has tiptoed into the public sphere, pushing her agenda in education as well as global conservation, nutrition and immigration policy.

Money contines to pours, unevenly, into LA Unified school board

Tennessee to Offer Teacher-Transfer Bonuses

The Tennessee education department last week announced plans to offer financial bonuses to teachers with top evaluation scores who work in low-performing “priority schools.”

Using its share of federal School Improvement Grant funds, the state will give $7,000 signing bonuses …

AM News: Feds Want Education Funds Back

Obama administration seeks return of state education funds Hattiesburg American: Those funds served in lieu of the collection of local property taxes and subsidized schools, roads and first-responder services around the country — despite the fact that the local governments receiving the payments have

BFTP: The Disillusionment Curve

A weekend Blue Skunk “feature” will be a revision of an old post. I’m calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post April 26, 2008.  Comments on the original post suggest that low expectations are the true