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Three critical requirements to transform virtual schools

Full-time, online public schools originated as alternatives to traditional education approaches and were even bandied about as ways to revolutionize the learning paradigm. Now, they too are in need of transformation because the results so far are mixed at best. The question now is "Can they correct their course and fulfill their promise?" I believe the answer is "yes" but it will take a re-imagining of the model. And, I am not talking about a progression toward blended schools -- they too have their own problems. Instead, while there are many issues that would need addressing, I want to center in on three...

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5 must-watch TED Talks

The nonprofit Technology, Education and Design (TED) is “devoted to spreading ideas,” according to its mission statement. How does it do that? By recording and posting various talks on…

8 technology tips from top district leaders

When it comes to school technology, having a plan—and having strong leaders to guide that plan—are two of the most important steps to success, according to the 2014…

Campus Counts thinks outside the campus security box

One of the most challenging aspects of being a school administrator is addressing the ongoing concerns about safety and security for the students and staff. When I moved into…

How to avoid classroom cheating

Snapchat—snap a photo with a smartphone and the image disappears 10 seconds after the receiver opens it. Great for selfies, but also for sending answers on a…

Common Core’s challenges and opportunities

It is an exciting time in education. We have an opportunity to ensure that all students develop the skills and understanding necessary to succeed in a highly literate…

Chino Valley Unified prepare for Common Core with new technology

Like every other school district in California, Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is in the midst of implementing the new Common Core standards for math and language…

Educator Resource Centers

Transforming Language Instruction

A growing number of K-12 leaders believe that exposure to world languages and culture—even at a very early age—is critical to students’ competitiveness in the 21st century. But…

Using Data to Improve Student Achievement

While schools now measure their students’ progress more frequently throughout the year, using this information to target instruction more effectively still poses a challenge. Turning data into higher…

Empowering Literacy Through Technology

Empowering Literacy Through Technology

The definition of “literacy” is evolving in the 21st century. Not only does it involve fluency in reading and writing, but it also implies an ability to think…

How to Make Flipped Learning Work

Flipped learning, in which students watch instructional videos for homework and use class time to apply what they’ve learned, is catching on in many schools. But there are…

Choosing the Right Devices for Your Schools

iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, Android devices, or Windows 8 tablets: School leaders today have a wide variety of mobile learning options to choose from. When rolling out a digital learning…