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Robert Craven: iEngage- Digital Learning Every Day, All Day

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December 22, 2011 05:24 pm

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The following article comes from Robert Craven. Robert is an educator with a technology obsession. An educator for over 15 years now, Robert quickly realized the impact technology made on both his teaching and student learning; this discovery started him on his endless journey into the integration, development and practice of technology and curricular integration. Robert is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and was recognized as one of the 5 “Best of ISTE” presenters in 2007, 2009 and 2010. His work involves online learning, mobilelearning, professional development training and much more. Contact Robert on Twitter via @digitalroberto and via e-mail atcravenr@svusd.org or digitalroberto@gmail.com.

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Stats that Stick: December 21, 2011

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December 21, 2011 04:14 pm

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States that are seeking to limit the level of online interaction between teachers and students: 12.

California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia all have school boards that are updating or are revising their social media policies this fall. Many of these reviews come after parents have complained of inappropriate materials posted on personal pages of teaching professionals.

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Digital Learning with the NCTAF STEM Learning Studio

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December 21, 2011 02:53 pm

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The following article comes from Melinda George. Melinda is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future’s (NCTAF). Contact Melinda at mgeorge@nctaf.org.

An algebra teacher, a biology teacher, a media specialist, an English teacher, a social studies teacher, and an engineer are sitting around a table… Sound like the beginning of a bad joke? Actually, it is a recipe for ensuring that every student is provided quality teaching in a school organized for success. Add in robust, targeted technology and you have a learning environment that engages students, professionalizes teaching, and brings about deeper learning for both students and teachers. This is what the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future’s (NCTAF) Learning Studios are all about. Learning Studios create a culture of collaboration among teachers across different disciplines with support and resources from community content experts. This purposeful collaboration inspires and engages students and brings positive results in student achievement.

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Afternoon Announcements: December 20, 2011

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December 20, 2011 07:25 pm

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Good afternoon. The Alliance brings you seasons greetings, holiday cheer, and education news. Enjoy!

A large focus for education reform experts has been minimizing the achievement gap that exists between White and Asian students and their non-White counterparts. Education Week reports on the existence of a different type of achievement gap often overlooked. According to new data, African-American students whose primary language is English perform worse on math and reading than Blacks who speak a different language at home.

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Alliance Policy Staff: Deeper Learning in the Heartland

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December 20, 2011 06:46 pm

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Getting out of Washington, DC and into some schools is the best and likely one of the most important parts of a policy nerd’s job. I spent a day earlier this week doing just that in Minnesota. I visited three different high schools that part of the Minnesota-based EdVisions Schools network (www.edvisionsschools.org).

By way of history, EdVisions was started about 20 years ago by a small group of Minnesotans who were interested in developing a new type of education. As former educators from traditional education programs, the EdVisions team specifically looked at the things within a traditional education system that prevented students from being productive and engaged leaders in their own learning process.

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What a School Librarian Can Do For You

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December 16, 2011 04:11 pm

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The following blog post comes from Robyn Young, the school librarian at Avon High School and the Avon Advanced Learning Center in Avon, Indiana. She is a former Media Specialist of the Year in the State of Indiana and is a member of the Digital Learning Day Educator’s Working Group, which provides leadership on the Digital Learning Day toolkits and outreach development for teachers and administrators across the country. Contact Robyn at rryoung@avon-schools.org or on Twitter @ahsbooks. Read other blog posts from the Digital Learning Day Educator Working Group. Learn more about Digital Learning Day at http://www.digitallearningday.org.

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Afternoon Announcments: December 15, 2011

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December 15, 2011 10:02 pm

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Good Afternoon, it’s almost the weekend so hurry through your evening. But don’t rush through the latest in education news.

It looks like someone in the Department of Education needs to reassess their calculation skills. According to the New York Times, a new study by the Center for Educational Policy found that the Secretary of Education largely overstated the percent of schools nationwide that are failing under the No Child Left Behind act. While Secretary Arne Duncan initially reported 82 percent of schools are failing, it turns out that in reality, it is slightly above half of that- 48 percent.

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Afternoon Announcements: December 14, 2011

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December 14, 2011 10:54 pm

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More like evening announcements? Enjoy the latest in education news as you make your way through the rush hour commute.

Being unemployed in this economy is not uncommon and incredibly difficult. But being unemployed and uneducated may just set you back even more. Education Week reports that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would require Americans filing for unemployment insurance to have a high school diploma or GED in order to receive benefits. Those who don’t must be working toward one. Ouch.

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Alliance President Responds to New York Times

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December 14, 2011 08:13 pm

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In a recent article, the New York Times highlights the failures of low-quality online learning programs. The writer’s key points include for-profit providers using marketing and advertising to get larger market shares of students contrasted with the substandard conditions of these programs such as high student-to-teacher ratios, unprepared teachers, and inadequate personalization. The results of these programs are often poorer outcomes in achievement and graduation than traditional public schools. This happens even as programs are conducting aggressive and successful lobbying campaigns to increase their footprint in education. Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise offers his thoughts on the article as well as larger criticism toward the use of digital technology in the classroom.

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Stats that Stick: December 14, 2011

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December 14, 2011 07:00 pm

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Stats that Stick took a short hiatus but have no fear there are plenty of stats here to quench your thirst for knowledge.

Percent of high school students not prepared for college or career training: 40.

A new study by researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of Arizona found that many students are not ready for life after high school graduation. According to the Washington Post, the study finds that 40 percent of high school students graduate prepared neither for traditional college nor for career training. The report also finds that 33 percent of students complete the modern college preparatory track, and 25 percent graduate from college-preparatory programs.

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