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Southern Colorado University Extends Courses to Rural Areas, Keeps Nurses Local

July 19, 2012 at 4:00 am PST

With growing concern about the education systems in rural areas, rural schools have recently captured the attention of the federal government, which has redoubled its efforts to improve education in these areas. Fortunately, we’ve seen a number of efforts being made across the country to look for ways to address this issue. One of my favorite examples right now is the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).

While the university provides other education programs, its main focus is the nursing program, which was suffering from the lack of geographical reach of UCCS’ courses. UCCS recognized the potential to harness collaboration tools to build out its distance education program, reach more nursing students and keep rural nursing students working in their local communities. Read More »

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Connected Learning Sessions – Live Video Stream From ISTE 2012

June 24, 2012 at 11:13 am PST

Education leaders from around the world are using the Cisco Connected Learning Experience to transform teaching and learning, improve student outcomes and enhance administrative efficiency. That’s why we say that Cisco’s true value is not in what we make, it’s in what we make possible.

Cisco is pleased to present a series of free online learning sessions, June 25-27, that showcase how schools are using interactive video technologies to create engaging, collaborative learning experiences for students. These sessions will be streamed live from the Cisco Connected Classroom at the ISTE 2012 Conference, Just visit the Cisco Show and Share video portal at the indicated date and time to view your sessions.

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Debunking Popular Misconceptions about the Internet and Digital Learning

June 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm PST

I just read an interesting article claiming that technology companies would like parents and government officials to believe that the internet can save education.  It would be nice if the internet alone could save education, but even those of us in technology know that it’s not that simple.

The author goes on to cite the joint Harvard-MIT project to offer free courses on line and content from the Khan Academy and acknowledges new flipped learning models as a way for students to consume digital content prior to attending live courses.  The author states, “I couldn’t shake the idea of why online video lessons won’t by themselves make us all smarter: There’s nothing like being there.”

I immediately realized that many well-meaning education opinionates are missing what it takes to design digital learning environments that leverage the internet and that work.  Digital learning and the internet are not just about one-way video or delivering courses on-line.  Digital learning is about creating individualized, anytime-anywhere learning experiences that are right-sized for students.

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Reconnecting McDowell Boosts Education in West Virginia School District

June 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm PST

For some, the economic hard times began before the recession hit. McDowell County, an ex-coal mining county in West Virginia, has been in decline since the coal industry began pulling out in the 1960s.

What used to be a town of 120,000 is now barely 22,000 and the county has ranked last in education in the state for most of the past decade. But a new project launched in December is aiming to change all this.

Reconnecting McDowell is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County. Under the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the West Virginia State Board of Education, more than 80 partners from businesses, non-profits, governments and labor have signed a covenant illustrating their commitment to solving McDowell’s hardships by providing services, money, products and/or expertise to schools and students and their families. Read More »

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Abu Dhabi Transforming Education Summit

Last week, Education leaders from around the globe flew to the Gulf. We were there to give a public vote of confidence to one of the world’s most ambitious programs of school system transformation at the Transforming Education Summit.  The first annual Transforming Education Summit (TES) was conceived by conference host the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of ADEC. The summit’s vision is “to create a forum for effective transformation leadership and an open dialogue between the leaders of education transformation and their key stakeholders.”

Through a deep investment in teachers and technology, Abu Dhabi plans to turn its under-achieving students into world-beaters. Arab Spring governments have paid a high price for under-investing in young people. Those lessons are not lost on the UAE sheikhs.

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