“Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

    The difference between parents’ expectations when enrolling their students into a Summit charter school and the reality of the educational experience, or lack thereof, is enormous. This has been experienced by parents and teachers around the country and … Continue reading  “Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. …in short, it’s not Blended Learning in my definition if you’re not changing your staffing model and that’s where this gets tough because you’re talking about differentiated staffing. That means different levels, and distributed teaching. That means some … Continue reading 2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

Indiana Parents Concerned About Summit Charter School and Online Learning

There have been concerns expressed by parents around the country about online learning and specifically about Summit charter schools which devote their educational experience to online learning. It’s a cheap platform and has great financial benefits for the owners of … Continue reading Indiana Parents Concerned About Summit Charter School and Online Learning

20 Million for Online Learning in Philadelphia? Speak Up Now if You Value Human Teachers.

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  We are an underfunded district with a student body comprised primarily of students of color and students who live in poverty. Classes are crowded. Functioning school libraries are almost nonexistent. Building conditions are … Continue reading 20 Million for Online Learning in Philadelphia? Speak Up Now if You Value Human Teachers.

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. In 2011 the US Department of Education (USDoE)  launched the nonprofit Digital Promise,  and Digital Promise helped create The League of Innovative Schools. (Click to see map of Innovative Schools in your area).  Digital Promise and the League of … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was very close. Chris Reykdal ended … Continue reading 24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

John Krull agreed to answer our questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I implemented … Continue reading Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

Tech Tip o’ the Day for Seattle Public Schools: How to get kids and teachers in front of computers all day

  The following email was brought to my attention today. It was sent to all Seattle Public School staff. From: Cranston, Gary Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:35 PM Subject: Tuesdy Tech Tip 5/16/17: Apply TODAY for Summer Blended Learning … Continue reading Tech Tip o’ the Day for Seattle Public Schools: How to get kids and teachers in front of computers all day

Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board

Shortly after publishing a post titled The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students? on how the school board wanted to deliberate and have a conversation on the role of … Continue reading Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board

Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I … Continue reading Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

What Corporations, Bill Gates and the Department of Defense Have Planned for Public Education: A video

      Alison McDowell, editor of Wrench in the Gears, gave a presentation titled Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education  on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lake City Library in Seattle. … Continue reading What Corporations, Bill Gates and the Department of Defense Have Planned for Public Education: A video