UPDATE: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley unveils education package, including “$29.3 million from the state’s capital reserves to add to an existing $10.2 million to pay for technology, both wireless access and computing devices for students.” South Carolina scored a C on Digital Learning Now’s 2012 Report Card and apparently wants to improve its position.

Welcome back!  I understand my friends in Indiana and in Northwest Ohio are still house-bound due to the Polar Vortex. (Great name for a rock band, BTW.)

Florida education leader vows state will have Common Core test by fall “Five testing companies are seeking the contract. But not responding to the state’s “invitation to negotiate” was the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) that has fallen out of favor with Scott and other Florida Republican leaders.”

Why Self-Paced Blended Learning Makes Sense in This Modern World the self-directed pace that introverts love, the group projects that extroverts love

Brilliant: Using cutting-edge technology to train cutting-edge technologists IEEE rolls out blended learning in India

Tom Vander Ark and Frederick Hess: How Teachers Can Best Use Tech “it’s more about the planning than the purchase order.”  IMHO, teacher-driven plans work better than office-driven plans.

Miami-Dade schools’ laptop and tablet plan back on track after pause.  It looks like the district hit “pause” after seeing problems with wide-scale rollouts such as in Los Angeles.

Competency update: Western Governors University pushes degree completion in Missouri

Loving, New Mexico rolls out district iPads.  Teachers are getting trained now, ahead of the deployment.

Throwback Thursday comes to The Harlow Report.  No cheesy middle-school pictures of yours truly.  Just some old work of mine coming back into the news….

Report: Ohio needs to expand dual-credit offerings One of the first projects I worked on at KnowledgeWorks was sharing the findings of the first-ever review of Ohio’s dual-enrollment policy, which had been in place since 1989.  It was eye-opening both for me and for the legislators with whom I was sharing. Staffers, most of whom were relatively recent graduates of an Ohio public high school, found the report interesting.  Staffers said one of two things: “I took college credit in high school and it was great” or “I didn’t but I wish I had.” The current findings showed the same 5% figure of students utilizing the policy.  It’s discouraging to see such little progress being made in the 7 years since the first report came out.  The K-12 system and the higher education system in this state spend too much time fighting for the same scarce state dollars that progress is going to be difficult.  (Thank you to Ann Sheldon of the Ohio Association of Gifted Children for keeping this report available lo these many years.)

BONUS LINK: watched some hockey for the first time in years last night.  The Blackhawks versus the Rangers.  The Rangers won on the road, 3-2 with some great goal-line stands (or the hockey equivalent thereof).  As the Winter Olympics approach, I always remember this moment.