Classroom change: how technology trends outside the classroom impact what is happening inside (KQED MindShift)

Competency-based learning: Bangladesh struggles to remake system and to define what is and is not competency-based (The Daily Star)

Colorado: online learning task force identifies four areas of focus, has 17 days to get reccs to legislature (Chalkbeat Colorado) err, make that 15… and the 4 areas of focus are: 

  • Updating and expanding the definition of online education to account for the growing variety of part-time, full-time blended and other forms of virtual education.
  • Refocusing the Department of Education’s work on improving the quality of online authorizers. “A lack of oversight of multi-district authorizers enables some schools to switch to authorizers who may not have the capacity to support online schools,” the task force says.
  • Speeding the transfer of student data from school districts to online schools.
  • Improved counting of online enrollment and inflexible funding for online students.

Digital Learning: Comcast grants to expand digital learning in South Florida (WSJ)

Maker culture: a big hit at #SXSWedu2014 (eCampus News)

BONUS LINK: long winter has me thinking of this (YouTube)