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Adam Renfro

Adam was a classroom English teacher for ten years and began teaching online in 1998. He now works for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the 2nd largest virtual school in the nation. Adam has blogged for Getting Smart since September of 2011. Creatives can follow Adam on Tumblr at http://adamrenfro.tumblr.com/. You can also follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AdamRenfro, and you can follow his Flipboard magazine Edu-Nation at http://flip.it/Apupn.

The Transition from Cursive to Coding

My son missed a day of school last week, and when he returned, his teacher gave him directions for his makeup work that were written in cursive. He returned to that teacher later in the day, and this exchange took place...

Osmo: Playing Outside the Screen

Osmo is a great way for young minds to see the bridge between the digital and physical worlds. It's a brilliant optical device that has advanced AI programming under the hood.

The Transition from Cursive to Coding

Programming pushes students to research, plan, outline, collaborate, test, troubleshoot, and retest. It’s brain intensive language study that requires syntax and style.

Making Personalized Learning Plans Personal

Personalized learning plans won’t reach their full potential until students can pursue those plans each day at school.

OpenEd Releases its First OER App

OpenEd uses a machine-learning based recommendation engine to align resources to standards. OpenEd also uses subject matter experts in both knowledge domains and the Common Core to validate those alignments.

Designing Your School of Choice: mySchool

If I did a school-of-choice Kickstarter, it would go something like this: I would combine two of my favorite brick-and-mortar school models and bring in some high-powered adaptive learning machines and virtual options to develop my school, or mySchool. Let’s take a look . . . .

Big Data: The Quest to Assuage Assange Fears

This year, Big Data has given us the farthest reaching look into the future yet, and it’s a very exciting and promising future. Big Data is going to help us personalize education and usher in adaptive learning. The transformative change we are looking for depends on this data and the machines that use it.


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