school reform

Online Learning Reading List

Bush, J. & Wise, B. (2010). Digital learning now. Tallahassee, FL: Foundation for Excellence in Education. Cavanaugh, C. (2009). Getting students more learning time online: Distance education in support of expanded learning time in K-12 schools. Washington, DC: Center for… Read More ›

Tech Forum Note — 05/03/13

At last Friday’s Techforum Chicago, I listed intently during presentations about innovations in schools.  One of the themes of the conversations was about creating content.  Without exception many presenters and participants talked about creating digital content.  In some cases it… Read More ›

Successful Online Courses

Image Credit The SLATE Conference is October 11-12, 2012 at the Northern Illinois University campus in Naperville, Illinois.  The conference brings together conferees who are interested in non-traditional forms of learning, especially in electronically supplementing traditional courses or implementing online… Read More ›

Innovation and Democracy

Image Credit Is innovation a democratic process? Innovate:  to introduce something new; make changes in anything established. (reference) In Disrupting Class, author Clayton Christen informs school boards that introducing digital learning into schools may be hampered by purposeful democratic processes that are part of schools’ cultures.  Cooperative… Read More ›

Technology Enhancement: Fundamentally Flawed

Image Credit The use of the term “technology enhancement” is fundamentally flawed.  First definitions from dictionary.com: 1.to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify; 2.to raise the value or price of.       In schools this means purchasing a variety of techno gizmos so that teachers can teach the same way, moving… Read More ›