More teachers use blended learning to engage students
Schools nationwide are increasingly adopting blended learning, with a recent report estimating that about two-thirds of districts had some form of blended learning in place in 2012. Supporters say blended learning -- in which students learn through a combination of online and traditional methods -- is a potential solution for engaging students, allowing them to work at their own pace and meeting students' individual learning needs. The way in which the teaching method is implemented varies, with the primary types being "rotational, flex, self-blend and enriched virtual." SmithsonianMag.com
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Some N.C. educators see gap in end-of-the-year testing, instruction
North Carolina is reconsidering a plan to use new end-of-grade school tests, in subjects such as geometry, science and history, to help evaluate teachers in the wake of complaints from educators that the exam questions are not aligned with classroom instruction. At issue, officials say, could be confusion about the Common Core State Standards. Changing the exams, however, will be difficult because the tests -- and their use in evaluating teachers -- are tied to the state's waiver from No Child Left Behind and its $400 million in Race to the Top funding. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
Ohio begins transition to letter-grading system for schools
As Ohio prepares to release report cards for schools this summer that assign letter grades -- A through F -- based on schools' performance, some are asking whether the assessments will rely too heavily on standardized test scores. Supporters say the A-to-F report cards will be easier for parents and the public to understand. The new letter-grading system will be phased in over three years, with as many as nine grades appearing on report cards issued starting in August. The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model)
6 questions for chief technology officer Gregory Smith
"My background in technology and my passion for education is allowing me to close the gap between them and then eliminate the lag time," said ASCD's newly appointed chief technology officer Gregory Smith. As ASCD's first-ever CTO, he will lead and direct the association's technology planning and development. In a recent Inservice post, ASCD blogger Tina Byland sat down with Gregory to discuss how his new role fits with ASCD's commitment to delivering high-quality professional development to educators. Read on.
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