How Do I Blend My Network? And Other Great Questions From an Ohio Safari

Last week I spend the day at a pretty weird safari-themed waterpark in Sandusky Ohio….which is about two hours from a real airport in any direction. The good news is that I was in good company at the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools annual conference. Here are a couple of the topics we discussed.

What should charter school leaders anticipate in EdTech in the next 5 years?

  • More broadband and cheaper devices

  • Smarter (adaptive) richer content

  • Better platform options that personalize learning and power competency based progressions–particularly learner profiles & gradebooks

What are the most promising innovations you’ve witnessed across the country?

What are the top two opportunities in the next decade?

  • The combination of Common Core standards and blended learning models pose big implementation challenges and great opportunities to better serve more students. It’s great to see improved ability for teachers to share tools, resources and strategies across state lines.

If you could wave a magic wand, what would you have happen in the next few years that would improve and expand public charter schools?

How do we blend our network?

In small schools how do we staff specialists and hard to fill courses?

What’s the most important thing that charter leaders can do to ensure the success of the movement?

  • Not suck

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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