21st-century learning

Three districts come together to share online courses

This past school year has been less hectic for busy juniors and seniors at Hempfield High School, thanks to a new, online course-sharing initiative. The Hempfield School District, outside Lancaster, is one of three rural Pennsylvania districts that have implemented Open Campus PA, a program that shares high school teachers and allows participating students to take online classes on their own time.

K12 hotspots on the web

Online resources continue to shape every aspect of our lives, and are enriching, extending, and transforming schools. Web pages today measure in the billions, and the demand for education information has never been greater or more complicated. To help you decipher and prioritize what's out there, here is the newly-revised DA guide to favorite education websites.

Student leads Pennsylvania school board into video age

A student convinced Blackhawk School Board members to videotape their meetings and post the video to the school’s website. Matt Young, a junior who made a presentation, told the board videos will increase public access and awareness.

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Is the Common Core in Trouble?

N.Y.C. to Try Longer School Day in 20 Middle Schools

The school day is about to get longer for some New York City school kids — and we’re not talking a couple of minutes. It’s about to be two and a half hours longer.

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Start-Up Education and the Digital Economy

While mastering certain skills—like the ability to write a cohesive essay, or to solve basic logic puzzles—is helpful, and necessary to any entrepreneurial venture, entrepreneurship can only be learned through hands-on experience.

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Florida Governor Signs Bill Revamping Schools

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott signed a sweeping education bill that will revamp the state’s high school graduation requirements and place new emphasis on coursework that prepares students for high-tech careers.

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Moore County (N.C.) Officials Cautious about Funding Digital Learning

Moore County commissioners seem inclined to pay for part of the school system's digital learning initiative, but they want to see results before committing to future funding.
At the commissioners' critical issues summit Thursday, they indicated they want the school system to pay for more of the effort.

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Virtual School Puts Florida on Cutting Edge

During its first year of operation, Florida Virtual School had 77 students. The next year, it had 476 students; then 2,489 students the year after that. Now, Florida Virtual School is a national brand, becoming the top online-course provider in America and serving tens of thousands of students every year, all over the country.

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Georgia District's Online Coursework Supports Rigorous Standards

The first thing Bartow County Virtual Academy students learn is that online classes aren’t as easy as A, B, C. They’re also not for everyone. Those also were early lessons for district administrators who opened the academy in January 2012 to 50 students in a former high school located an hour northwest of Atlanta.

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