Good morning folks.   

Great Expectations: study: students perform better when teachers expect more (KQED Mind Shift) if there’s one thing I’ve learned the past few years, it’s that “the soft bigotry of low expectations” isn’t soft. 

Competency:  Idaho task force to present ideas to legislature (Chronicle) it’s getting noisy in Boise 

Hour of Code: after school coding program taking root in Frisco (San Francisco Chronicle)   the “hour of code” strikes a mother lode of creativity in kids

MOOC: large lecture hall classes falling out of favor (The Guardian) raise your hand if you’ve spent large amounts of time sitting in large lecture halls in your professional career.  

EdTech: Online learning innovation hub to advance campus technology practices (Iowa State Daily)


PTECH: more praise for the model, as it’s exported to other states (Albany Business Journal)

BONUS LINK- yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record. Video of the historic hit and some context here. Babe Ruth retired in 1935 with 714.  Then, Hank tied and broke the record early in 1974.  That record had stood 39 years.  In other words, more time has passed since Hank Aaron broke the record than the length of time the record stood.