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How Online Education Can Work

Opinion Article in The Oregonian: How Online Education Can Work

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Preparing Final Grades?

Towards Fair and Meaningful Grading Practices for the Differentiated Standards-Based Classroom Public school teachers today are charged with designing standards-based learning experiences that will be effective with increasingly diverse groups of students. To fulfill that goal, they have begun to use a wide variety of the assignments, learning activities, culminating projects and assessments with the [...]

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Tribute to a Teacher

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” Henry Adams A Tribute to a Special Teacher

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Oregon Dept. of Ed. Signs up for Google Apps

The Oregon Department of Education and Google Inc. announced this week that they have an agreement that will provide Google Apps for Education to all the school districts in the state.  This is the first state-wide adoption of this cloud-based application package that will offer websites, document development, digital media sharing, and virtual discussion areas [...]

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Powerful Asynchronous Conversation

Asynchronous forums offer many learning opportunities and benefits, but deep inquiry happens only when the teacher provides good structure and moderation.  Here are my 10 tips for building purposeful conversation in asynchronous virtual forums.

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Online Learning Demystified

Online learning is still pretty mysterious to many people, including some experienced educators.  A common question is, “How does that work, anyway?”  One notion is that online learning is an alternate method for delivering content knowledge.  Somewhat more sound is the idea that it is an alternate method for delivering a learning experience.  Many believe [...]

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A Strategic Vision for Online Learning

As a response to unprecedented rapid enrollment growth in virtual charter schools in Oregon, the state legislature has put a temporary cap on enrollment while it studies the effects of this growth on equity, compliance with education laws, public education spending and quality.  The enrollment cap, while not intended as a permanent solution, is angering [...]

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