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My post on the Straight A Fund at Digital Learning Now made Getting Smart’s EdTech 10


Digital Promise CEO Karen Cator: key to 2014 is to close the Digital Learning Gap.  My sense is this more a question of desire and decision-making than dollars. 

Best use for iPad? Simulating hard-to-find experiences. “the transformative power of the iPad might be to transport students outside the classroom”

News from the Data Quality front: Ohio rolls out some technology to free up teachers’ time.  ” the effort, among others, earned the state high marks in a recent study by the Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group dedicated to using high-quality data in education starting in early childhood.”

News from the North- Alaska Governor Sean Parnell proposes $5 million digital learning initiative. Alaska has a Permanent Fund that distributes money from its oil drilling.  It’s an interesting and largely unrelated (to this topic) concept.

Common Core: 5 Myths and Facts on Common Core.  The sad things, this just scratches the surface.

More Hour Of Code

Overcoming biases by learning to code.

New Hampshire students take part

Fargo takes part

Idaho’s Treasure Valley students join in