There has been a lot of activity outside of the iNACOL conference this week! Check out some highlights:

Digital Developments

New OER Library. There is now a repository that allows districts and teachers to seamlessly access, organize and share from Learning.com (@Learningdotcom). Curriculum Foundry, provides access to vetted, standards-aligned content where teachers and districts can create, combine, and share curriculum in an efficient way. Thus, putting more time back into the pockets of teachers.

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For The Policy Peeps

#Internet4Schools. Do you support #Internet4Schools? Show your support for improved connectivity for schools on social media by joining the #Internet4Schools campaign. Join us as we upload 15 second videos on why improved access improves the educational experience.


Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning

Inspiring Stories from Next Gen Schools. In partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges (@NextGenLC), in a new report we tell the stories of schools across the country that are dedicated to creating a next gen learning environment that sets high expectations for college readiness and personalizes learning for all students.

Writing Expectations Challenges and Solutions. A new paper from Curriculum Associates (@CurriculumAssoc) discusses the more rigorous writing standards, the challenges teachers face in addressing them, and strategies to successfully support teachers and students as they prepare for the  higher expectations for writing in grades K–5.

Elevating & Empowering World Language Instruction. New paper and infographic, produced in partnership with Rosetta Stone Education (@RosettaStoneEd), explores the potential of world language educators leading the shift to school and district-wide blended, competency-based, deeper learning models.

iNACOL Innovator Awards. At the 2014 conference in Palm Springs, iNACOL honored (@nacol) pioneers in research, innovative practice, individual achievement, and outstanding teaching innovator awards.

Smart Cities

Smart Cities is Hitting the Road. To share the wisdom gained in the creation of Smart Cities, we have partnered with 4.0 Schools (@4pt0Schools)to bring you Smart Cities Summits Nov 12 in NOLA. Bringing in civic, education, public and private leaders, we will create a strategy to move the needle in innovation. Register now!

Blended Schools and Tools

Smart Schools in the Big Apple. Voters in New York and New Jersey seem to be interested in supporting technology and internet access in their schools. A $2 Billion Smart Schools bond act will help that bring new technology and access. New York City has also put an end to their cell phone ban and will be utilizing student phones as tools for academic learning.

Sharing Your #BlendedJourney. In partnership with DreamBox Learning (@DreamBox_Learn), Tom presented an Innovations in Blended Learning session this week at iNACOL. The interactive conversation was a reminder of the great (and tough) work being down across the country. Check out #BlendedJourney to hear the challenges and successes, the current trends, and to share your own blended story!

Smart Lists

Based on a couple thousand school visits and with help from colleagues and readers, we’ve compiled a list of 100 schools worth visiting.

 

DreamBox Learning, The Foundation for Excellence in Education, Rosetta Stone Education, Curriculum Associates, and Next Generation Learning Challenges are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners. Tom is a director at iNACOL

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