I hope this email finds you well in your “retirement.” It is my understanding that you are coordinating the WEMTA Conference this year. If you could, I’d appreciate it if you could give me a call at your convenience to discuss a few matters. Thanks much.
Tom German, Deputy Secretary
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
101 E. Wilson Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 8943
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 267-2233 (direct line)
(608) 267-2787 (fax)
Blocking was once a simple issue. Block inappropriate content such as hate sites, chat sites, instant messaging functions, inappropriate images and more and you were all set. Then came the proliferation of web 2.0 sites, the growth of collaborative technologies and impact of social tools.
What were once easy decisions have become sticky ones. What was once a black-and-white issue has become many shades of gray. What should schools consider? View this checklist for evaluating your strategy.
"The Hawaii Broadband Initiative, released by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office last month, directs state agencies to work with stakeholders to make affordable 1 Gbps broadband connectivity available to underserved and rural communities, businesses and public institutions throughout the state. "
The Hawaii Broadband Initiative, released by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office last month, directs state agencies to work with stakeholders to make affordable 1 Gbps broadband connectivity available to underserved and rural communities, businesses and public institutions throughout the state.
The FCC announced a plan to create a Digital Literacy Corps to provide the basic technology literacy skills necessary to allow broadband non-adopters to participate online. The effort appears primarily focused on incentivizing digital literacy classes in libraries and schools across the country. The Commission is still contemplating ways to pay for this initiative.
the Learning Registry is an open source technical system designed to facilitate the exchange of data behind the scenes, and an open community of resource creators, publishers, curators, and consumers who are collaborating to broadly share resources, as well as information about how those resources are used by educators in diverse learning environments across the Web.
K-12 online and blended learning have evolved in new directions in the past year. While nowfamiliar segments of the field, such as online charter schools and state virtual schools, have continued to grow, relatively new forms such as consortium programs and single-district programs are expanding even more rapidly, as is the range of private providers competing to work with districts. As of late 2011, online and blended learning opportunities exist for at least some students in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, but no state has a full suite of full-time and supplemental options for students at all grade level. See page 164 for WI.
In developing their plans, states should adopt a sense of urgency around certain policy areas:
establishing a competency-based education that requires students to demonstrate mastery of the material,providing a robust offering of high quality courses from multiple providers,ending the archaic practice of seat-time,funding education based on achievement instead of attendance,funding the student instead of the system,eliminating the all-too-common practice by school districts of prohibiting students from enrolling with approved providers, either by withholding funding or credit, andbreaking down the barriers, such as teacher-student ratios and class size limits, to effective, high quality instruction.
Congratulations to Dawn Nordine who is a member of th Instructional Innovation through Interoperability Leadership Advisory Council (I3LC).. see also: http://www.imsglobal.org/i3lc.html