Back To The Future: Akron Early College High School wins 1st Akron Public School National Blue Ribbon since 1985  link from Akron Beacon-Journal with bonus link 

Breaking News from 2007: school district has 10 kids learning online. Canal Winchester, a small suburb of Columbus, Ohio, dips its toes in the water with some online resources for course completion, credit recovery, remediation.  Come on folks, jump in already.  Water’s warm.

MOOC: the MOOCs are going global.  If we aren’t careful the status quo education system in the US may watch other nations zoom past us in this area.  Soon, MOOC may stand for Mostly On Other Continents. 

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touts cradle-to-career work of the Strive Network during his bus tour.

Blended Learning: Sometimes you just let the tweet do the talking #BlendedLearning Guide Bigger Better Version 2 is ready for download! from @tvanderark and @CarriSchneider … I’ve worked with Carri and with Lisa Duty before she joined The Learning Accelerator, and met Tom Vander Ark a couple times. Top-notch people working in cutting-edge efforts to improve learning for our students.  Here is link to Digital Learning Now’s Smart Series.

Common Core: Florida Gov. Rick Scott tries to square the circle and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticizes on rigor