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Maximize Ed to Fulfill Every Student Need

Patrick Riccards, a guest blogger from the eduflack blog, tells us that Chicago Public Schools gives us a great example of making school an adaptable and flexible environment that matches every student's need with an appropriate offering. The result is achievement.

Personalized Learning

Scaling Grades for Success

The no-zero policy is a hotly debated and emotionally charged topic on the national scene. Letters to the editors and blog comments from angry citizens flare up whenever districts or schools adopt the policy. One letter to the editor in my community stated, “I’m appalled that leaders don’t punish no kids for bad work. Kid’s got be held accountable.”

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How to Leverage Backchanneling & the Long Tail of Learning

We’ve all been there. Two colleagues across the room tap away at their phones, while the principal describes the rationale for cutbacks in funding for new technology initiatives. (Or switch out the colleagues for students while you are delivering an essential lecture on freedom of speech.) Their jabbing thumbs are punctuated by muffled giggles, as the digital text flies across the room. Is this a rude disruption or an extension of learning?

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Rethinking Time in Online Learning

In online learning, we often tout how one of its best attributes is flexibility. We talk about how online learning will allow students to learn at their own pace, and how we will meet them where they are. A case of this was talked about recently on CNN, an echo…

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Edmodo, Facebook for classrooms, lands $15 million, top advisors

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, and Matt Cohler, an early employee at Facebook, are joining the board of Edmodo. Their respective venture capital firms, Greylock Partners and Benchmark Capital, are leading a new $15-million funding round. Edmodo is a free social learning platform that makes it easy for teachers to make an manage assignments.

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Influencing Chaos

By: Sandy Maynard. We are discovering that chaos drives change, change drives transformation, and transformation is where learning is elevated to a higher level. The element of chaos will not (should not) be removed, it is part of the cycle.