When Competency Comes to Town: “There are no seventh-graders in the Lindsay Unified School District.Instead, in the “Content Level 7″ room at Washington Elementary, 10 students, ages 11 to 14, gather around teacher Nelly Lopez for help in writing essays. Eight sit at computers, plowing through a lesson on sentence structure, while a dozen advanced students work on assignments in pairs.” (Wall Street Journal)  a must-read for anyone interested in competency-based learning.  PS- I could have done without 7th grade myself.

Blended Learning:  Hilliard, OH will roll out tablets for all, over a period of 2-3 years.  (Dispatch) I’ve met Dr. Marchhausen a couple times and he served on the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force when he was Loveland’s superintendent.  Training teachers first is a smart approach.

Digital Learning: how digital learning is boosting student achievement (Getting Smart) somehow, I missed this last week, but a very important read chock full of examples of schools doing digital right.

Utah: update on Utah’s ambitious ed-tech plan, as the Senate pulled the plug on it.  (Salt Lake Tribune) I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the call for devices in the classroom in a state as tech-savvy as Utah (headquarters of Novell and Ancestry.com) Related: technology is great, if everyone has access (Dallas Morning News)

Common Core: evaluating schools’ tech capacity for online testing (EdWeek… subscription required) when the moment is right, will you be ready? Related: Indiana debates history standards (IndyStar)

BONUS LINK: today is 3/11, so here’s a fave from the college days (YouTube)