Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why Net Neutrality Matters to Education

Net neutrality–it’s a set of rules that makes the web free, ensuring equal treatment for all Internet traffic, regardless of whether one is browsing Khan Academy videos or cat clips. At present, the rules prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from … Continue reading

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Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Updated

SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TESTS HAVE NEW FEATURES The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests were released in the spring of 2013 to help students and teachers understand the format of the Smarter Balanced test as well as the tools and resources that … Continue reading

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Save the Dates: July 23 – 25 for the Watershed Ecology Institute 2014!

Save the Dates: July 23 – 25 for the Watershed Ecology Institute 2014! At Hopkinton Middle/High School, Contoocook, NH with field investigations in the great outdoors! A team of resource specialists and teachers are teaming up to offer: Exploration of … Continue reading

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The Importance of Play in Standardized Testing

Standardized tests can be a wonderful teaching tool to enrich and deepen classroom learning. What?! The prevailing wisdom states that standardized testing drains the life out of a classroom and saps students of interest and engagement, brings on unnecessary and … Continue reading

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Help the Story Preservation Initiative Build the Uncommon School

“Building the Uncommon School” means creating a virtual schoolhouse that will house Story Preservation’s primary source audio recordings and lesson plans for powerful, first person learning. Story Preservation creates and online publishes primary source audio recordings of remarkable people with … Continue reading

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Webinar: Understanding Grading in Competency-based Schools

Understanding Grading in Competency-based Schools Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET On Thursday, April 24, 2014, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and CompetencyWorks will present a special webinar to help educators and administrators throughout the … Continue reading

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Free Toolkit for Blended Learning

The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning.  This is an open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. Funded by a Next … Continue reading

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10 Principles of Proficiency-based Learning

Great Schools Partnership continues to produce great resources to support states and districts converting to competency education. They have drawn from what districts are doing in New England and have created Proficiency-based Learning Simplified resources. They are a good resource … Continue reading

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Tell the FCC How Important Broadband is to Our Schools

Take One Minute… Tell the FCC how important adequate broadband connectivity is to the future success of America’s schools. Digital learning’s potential to improve learning will not be realized without robust and reliable internet connection in schools and classrooms. We have … Continue reading

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Wheeler FCC Driving Toward Controversial E-Rate Overhaul

Under new Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission has intensified and accelerated its initiative to complete a massive transformation of its E-Rate universal service fund program to bring advanced high-speed broadband capabilities to America’s K-12 schools and libraries in … Continue reading

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