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Hybrid Charters Show Promise
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 30, 2011, 01:39 pm   

While charter and virtual school environments are seen as solutions to modernizing education, the concept of the "hybrid" charter school, or a blended environment, is gaining steam in communities across the country. The schools are combination of both an independent, innovative charter with the technology and online curriculum usually associated with a purely virtual school.
On the Road at ISTE
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 29, 2011, 03:16 pm   

I'm on the road this week in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, for the annual ISTE conference (International Society for Technology in Education). I'm up to my ears in ed tech and loving it.
Report Highlights History Knowledge
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 28, 2011, 04:15 pm   

According to a new report issued by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, history test scores have risen slowly since 1994, yet large majorities of students still fall well below proficiency, particularly high school seniors.
Member Mention: NWPE Educator Mentors Young Student to Science Superstardom
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 27, 2011, 06:54 pm   


Ms. Kira Powell, a rising senior at Odessa High School in Washington recently won first place in her regional, state, and later national science fair. This past May, she competed in an international competition, where she also received first place for independent research and a "best of" award in Plant Sciences. In July, she will compete in the international competition in London.
Barcodes Are So Blasé
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 27, 2011, 06:47 pm   

Ever re-arrange a lesson, or lessons, because it turns out that the computer lab is booked solid? Ever have your excitement for a student-driven internet search quelled because, once again, the computer lab isn't available? How about wishing that you could offer students additional material to assist them when struggling or to challenge them when their sailing through the curriculum? Or what about students who don't turn in their worksheet because they "lost" it? I'm sure you've said yes to at least one of these questions. The solution to these difficulties, in many cases, could be that little box at right—the QR Code.

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