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Afternoon Announcements: Microsoft Donates $1 Million to Expand Blended Learning in DC

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May 17, 2013 08:14 pm

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For the Common Core to succeed, it must overcome seven challenges, one noted education writer posits. No matter what, he says, states should move toward better instruction and more learning. Eduwonk

Microsoft has donated $1 million to help DC schools integrate and expand blended learning programs. Blended learning refers to the combination of online learning and traditional classroom instruction. The donation will expand the Education Innovation Fellowship, a DC-based program that “exposes teachers to the latest thinking in the field and then encourages them to adapt those ideas into their own classrooms.” Washington Post

If high school students began going through college and career counseling in the 9th grade, would it make a difference in college enrollment rates? A new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows it would make a big difference in students’ likelihood of enrolling in college. Education Week

Digital learning has been touted as a means of improving equity in education for all students. One group in particular that may benefit from it is students with learning disabilities. One program in California is seeing an increased number of these students participate in college courses through the use of digital technology. Homeroom

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