Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Between the weight-loss quest, the money-saving quest, and the Hit Man’s social calendar, this was my first alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day weekend in… quite a while.  Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness beginning later in the week, here’s to the least productive work week of the year in the U.S.

Getting Smart: 5 reasons a software subscription may beat a content purchase (Getting Smart)

Hackathon: students taking computer science learning into their own hands (EdSurge)

Competency:  New Hampshire leader in competency gets green light for program in Manchester (Union Leader) Related: more on implementation in Maine (CompetencyWorks)

Partnerships: former KnowledgeWorks CEO Brian Ross touts business-community partnerships in the Greater Cincinnati area, in both private and public schools (Enquirer)

Tablets: Peru buys 1,100 tablets (Kokomo Tribune) That’s Peru, Indiana, not the country, and the newspaper is also from Indiana and not the island in the movie Cocktail.

iPads: Oregon teacher notices large jump in reading after devices come to classroom (Eugene Statesman Journal)

BONUS LINK: although St. Patrick’s Day is basically an excuse to drink in much of the English-speaking world, it does serve as a rallying cry for many more, particularly over the British occupation of Northern Ireland.  Here’s a tune from The Wolfe Tones that captures the tone of the day for many.