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Illinois district bows out of online learning cooperative venture

The Kaneland Community USD board, in Maple Park, Ill., has decided to drop out of a five-district cooperative for planning online and blended learning instruction. The district’s main issue was whether it was worthwhile to spend the $96,000 to continue with the second phase of the effort.

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California district sees positive results with blended learning

On a rainbow-colored rug in a predominantly Latino neighborhood six miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, 26 fidgety second graders are reading a phonics passage about helping wildlife. Some detect the main idea quickly, shooting their hands in the air. Others need more time and attention. Teacher Mark Montero asks questions to try to keep everyone on track.

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Jefferson Parish schools to split $1.2M for blended learning

Eleven struggling public schools in Jefferson Parish will split a $1.2 million state grant to buy computers and software for the classroom. Jacob Landry, the system's chief strategy officer, said the grant will improve education through blended learning.

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Some Texas parents hesitate to sign iPad liability agreement

A small group of Midway ISD parents say they will not sign forms establishing liability for iPads distributed to their children as part of the Woodway, Texas, district’s 1-to-1 initiative. The program, made possible by a $34.5 million bond passed last May, is meant to put an iPad in the hands of every K12 student.

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Corvallis superintendent clarifies future of iPad rollout

Erin Prince, superintendent of the Corvallis School District, says its 1-to-1 iPad program will not expand to every student in the 2014-15 school year, as previously planned. She says the district is evaluating next steps for its 1:World technology plan, which has a goal of providing every student with an iPad for use at school and home.

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Five musts for mastery: Using technology to engage students in rigorous and meaningful learning

In his book Drive, Daniel Pink writes that mastery is the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Ultimately, to pursue mastery, classrooms need to focus on five "musts"—and technology supports them all.

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AASL’s school library research examines social media policies and librarian staffing

Two new research articles covering the topics of public school district social media policies and the correlation between librarian staffing levels and student learning are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research.

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Michigan district uses online advertising to attract out-of-state students

When residents of Macomb County, Mich., tune into Pandora internet radio, they may be surprised to hear ads selling something quite different from landscaping, new cars or home repair services.

Watch the response to the school data breach

The discovery this past week of the exposure of highly confidential Loudoun County Public Schools student and staff information should alarm everyone in the Virginia county. It raises serious concerns about the technical expertise of LCPS staff and the security protocols it and its contractors for technology services have in place.

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Searching for the intelligent use of technology

Bill Gates, the Common Core’s godfather and a personalized learning advocate, touts the “intelligent use of technology to develop innovative learning models and personalized educational pathways.” Inconveniently, on its pathway to a world where children access their education through a “personalized class portal homepage,” the technology express has veered off the rails.

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