SXSWedu kicks off in Austin today and I will be doing my best to follow along in the Arctic weather at home in the Northwest school district, closed for the 8th time this school year due to weather. 

Common Core: Hoosier state has nearly eliminated it from the bracket (NW Indiana Times) Related: effective teacher training key to success of Common Core math (EdSource) that’s pretty much the key to anything in the classroom being successful, isn’t it?

Content: Amplify gets a good write-up on its middle school content (Forbes) it’s “a first look for those of you who aren’t at SXSWedu.” Just twist the knife a little further, bud.

Digital Learning: next Dartmouth forum addresses digital learning. “Technology will be the topic when Dartmouth College hosts the third in a series of campus discussions exploring where the college is going and how it will get there.”  (Boston Globe) Related: digital learning coming in steps to Greenwich, CT (Greenwich Post) a methodical approach in a school district many believe could write a check and roll it out very quickly and elaborately, but we know how that would turn out.


Hour of Code: BBC reporter puts twin 10-year-old sons through Hour of Code, click to read and find out how it went for the chaps (BBC) Related: “across the pond,” computing more in demand than languages  (Guardian)

iPad: West Virginia teachers get updated learning (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

BONUS LINK: I didn’t watch the Academy Awards last night, and nothing would compare to this classic I remember watching at the very end of 5th grade. (YouTube)