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New Charter Schools Coming to Arkansas
posted by: Alix | July 08, 2011, 04:07 pm   


So far this year, fourteen different organizations have sent the Arkansas Department of Education letters of intent to open 37 new charter schools across the state. These groups want to open independently run, publicly chartered schools in the 2012-13 school year. The final application deadline for opening a charter school is August 30.

 
Talk to Teachers Using #edchat
posted by: Jill | July 07, 2011, 11:39 am   

Last week I posted about my week at ISTE, a fabulous education technology conference, and my fabulous colleague, Alix, posted about Twitter for Teachers. I was elated that she wrote such a timely article because I had just attended a workshop about how Twitter is changing professional development and teacher interaction throughout the world. (Here is a basic video about Twitter. And here is a video that explains why it's beneficial for companies, organizations, and groups of professionals, like teachers.)
 
The Great Homework Debate
posted by: Alix | July 01, 2011, 10:59 am   

What are your thoughts about homework in today's world? Conventional wisdom suggests students need homework to teach them to work independently and to reinforce curriculum after an initial lesson. While this is the intent of home-based projects, parents and students have been complaining that evenings filled with piles of worksheets can take away time from extracurricular activities and can be unfair to students without the proper home support. As a result, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school board has enacted a new policy that homework can count for only 10% of a student's overall grade.
 
Hybrid Charters Show Promise
posted by: Alix | June 30, 2011, 09:56 am   

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.
 
Twitter for Teachers
posted by: Alix | June 28, 2011, 04:02 pm   

The internet has revolutionized everything in our lives, from paying bills to shopping and everything in between. Education is now well on its way to being revolutionized by online learning with teachers nationwide taking advantage of new, emerging and often free internet resources. One service in particular that is gaining popularity among teachers is Twitter, the micro-blogging site that allows users to communicate via 140 character transmissions.
 
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