Digital: Benefits as Alabama schools embrace technology (Decatur Daily) Teachers are more engaged, students are more engaged, higher expectations are set.  The piece lacks quantitative data, but here is a telling quote, IMHO: “When (devices) were not allowed in school, we were chasing them all day,” Principal Jeff Hyche said.

Competency-based learning: Greater Texas Foundation awards grant to Western Governors University (IT Business Net) Related: the promise of a $10,000 bachelors degree (Seattle Times) which may be a pipe dream but it’s definitely time for the academy to look at delivering education in better ways.

Blended learning: blogger touring L.A.cautiously optimistic (Gatsby in L.A.) the key to successful blended learning implementation is to do it thoughtfully.  Fortunately, there are resources for schools and districts, such as the Blended Learning Implementation Guide (Digital Learning Now)


Report card: almost half the states (22) improved their digital learning policies as measured against The 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning (Getting Smart)

Toledo: columnist visits inner-city high school, blown away by atmosphere and culture set by leadership (Toledo Blade) Tough call on the career-tech emphasis.  On the one hand, many trades have excellent job opportunities with a far more affordable cost-structure.  On the other hand, labeling the entire school as not college material is extremely detrimental.  I went to school in Toledo and later did some work for KnowledgeWorks in the community.  The University made a decision to phase out its community college as it was losing out to Owens Community College.  That’s fine, but Owens has largely stayed across the river in Wood County.  That creates accessibility issues for many within Toledo’s city limits. 

BONUS LINK: Happy birthday, Mike Rowe! Dirty Jobs star and outspoken advocate for career-technical education turns 52 today. (YouTube)