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Online Learning: Giving College-Bound Students More Tools by Jess Langley

Getting technology and online learning options integrated into the classroom is an important priority for primary and secondary education. And it's important beyond the obvious need for students to be able to compete in a global marketplace after graduation. Read more...

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Dear Friends,

We hope you had a joyful and filling Thanksgiving!

This week, the Getting Smart Staff is grateful for the Getting Smart Community of educators, policymakers, parents, students, education leaders and more. We are excited to connect daily with others who are devoted to improving learning and education for every child.

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Tom Vander Ark"The Meta-frames of Education"
The cacophony that is U.S. public education is a function of overlapping frames -- the variety of aims and perspectives from which stakeholders approach the 'system.' Read more...

"Deeper Learning: Engaging Students Across the Humanities"
Personalized math products are becoming more common in classrooms from kindergarten to college. These tools are really promising for building math skills and fluency. Read more...


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"SKYRIM: How far r uu??!!" by Bror Saxberg
Pretty far, compared with typical learning environments. Not just for kids either: according to the Entertainment Software Association, the average age of video-gamers these days is 37, with 29% over the age of 50! (You know who you are...) Read more...

"WSJ Picks Problems, Misses the Promise of Online Learning" by Tom Vander Ark
The WSJ ran a generally negative article this morning about full time online learning.  There was some attempt to sample the breadth of the emerging digital learning landscape and the authors did point to several successful blended school models including SW Learning and Rocketship. Read more...

"Fixing Education: Fareed Zakaria's CNN Special Report" by Staff   
Fareed Zakaria focused on education during his Sunday morning show GPS and had a prime time special with expanded coverage.  The prime time show kicked off with a video review of South Korea's pressure-cooker test-driven system.  Fareed contrasted the Korean system with Finland's lack of testing and focus on great teachersRead more... 

"Top 10+ TED Videos On Education & Learning" by Sarah Cargill   
TED offers great ideas through its videos. Today we've featured more than 10 of the best videos on education and learning from some of the greatest thinkers and innovators who have spoken at TED.
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