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Your Sleeping Teen is NOT Lazy!

I watch morning news. Usually, I watch cable news. Yesterday morning, I flipped to local news and started yelling at the TV. “I knew it! I knew it!” For years, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen what this new research study says. Essentially it says that our high school kids should not be in . . .

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GPA Announces New Leadership, Renewed Focus on Delivering Affordable Solutions for Online and Blended Learning

Global Personalized Academics (GPA) announced new leadership this week with long-time online expert, Pam Birtolo, now serving as the company’s president. Pam brings a rich history of education and entrepreneurship to GPA, where she recently served in Chief Academic Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles. “I am honored and excited to continue working with my . . .

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Can Gaming Be Considered Online Learning?

My son got into Minecraft a year ago.  While I’m not quite sure how he found out about it, he was all in.  At first, I read all the blogs and reviews from other moms to determine if online gaming, and Minecraft in particular, was a game I was comfortable with him playing – at least without . . .

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Stop Chasing Shiny Objects

I was not at FETC this year but Robert Dillon was and he gave a quick summary over at Getting Smart that continues a familiar thread we have been talking about at GPA, most recently in Where’s the Disruption, that EdTEch is definitely in the midst of great change. The days of chasing shiny objects . . .

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Education Reform Could Ease Hard Choices

Being a public educator, my husband and I were committed to sending our children to public schools. Due to job relocations, our two boys went to multiple public schools, in multiple cities, between kindergarten and eighth grade. All were amazing experiences, including traditional schools, magnet schools and neighborhood schools. When our oldest son was completing . . .

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A Massive Increase in Student Achievement

For many years, people have searched for the quick fix to education’s most critical problem; improving student achievement. Billions have been spent trying to find that one solution that would improve educational outcomes for all students. And most have found that solution to be highly elusive. A great article in Tech Crunch by Roshan Choxi . . .

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Jeb Bush Plans to Invest in School Innovation

Governor Bush published his Education Reform Plan this week and I was glad to see he continues to be an advocate for innovation in schools. “Governor Bush would invest in research and support innovative models—new online, blended, and competency-based learning models—that challenge the status quo.” Support at this level would be very exciting for those . . .

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You Can Personalize Learning

Mountain House High School opened its doors for the first time last school year without any textbooks. That’s right. New school. New teaching staff. No textbooks. Drawing from both suburban and rural areas, the new high school in Lammersville Unified School District, California, is a 1-to-1 building passionately committed to provided a blended learning experience . . .

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