The Many Faces of Blended Learning

The computer ate my teacher! Technology and the new face of today’s classroom
The computer ate my teacher! Technology and the new face of today’s classroom

I recently worked with a sixth grade teacher in Arlington, Texas, who was piloting a virtual science club program with her in-class students. Ms. Mueller was delighted that her students…


Survey reveals school leaders’ opinions on 21st-century skills
Survey reveals school leaders’ opinions on 21st-century skills

As school district leaders increasingly incorporate so-called 21st-century skills into their instructional strategies, many believe the federal government should support the development of new school assessment models that effectively measure…


Gates Foundation launches $20 million program to expand technology use
Gates Foundation launches $20 million program to expand technology use

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Oct. 11 announced the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a collaborative, multi-year initiative that aims to help dramatically improve college readiness and college completion…


Former governors fight for digital learning
Former governors fight for digital learning

To help schools implement digital resources effectively, former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and former Democratic Gov. Bob Wise of West Virginia have put their party differences aside to…


Feds to create an Online Learning Registry
Feds to create an Online Learning Registry

In a move to help rural schools keep pace with more developed districts, the U.S. Department of Education said it will create an Online Learning Registry that will provide access…


NYC schools to deploy free eMail, collaboration tools
NYC schools to deploy free eMail, collaboration tools

In what could be a huge sign of change in how students learn, New York City Public Schools has begun implementation of communication and collaboration software from ePals and Microsoft—education…


Wisconsin agency aims to transform education’s core
Wisconsin agency aims to transform education’s core

With support from all of its 45 superintendents, a Wisconsin regional service agency is determined to reinvent the very nature of public education so that all students are equipped with…


Free online curriculum expanding to middle grades
Free online curriculum expanding to middle grades

An online instructional resource for students in grades 8-12 that has been available to schools free of charge since December 2008 soon will include content for sixth and seventh graders…


Education goals in National Broadband Plan revealed
Education goals in National Broadband Plan revealed

Upgrading the federal e-Rate program to provide more connectivity to schools and libraries, removing the barriers to online learning so that more students can take advantage, and unlocking the power…


Interest in hybrid courses on the rise
Interest in hybrid courses on the rise

A growing number of schools now offer what's known as “hybrid” courses, which mix an online experience with traditional classroom learning.


ED: Blended learning helps boost achievement
ED: Blended learning helps boost achievement

A new analysis of existing online-learning research by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) reveals that students who took all or part of their class on line performed better, on…