Flipped Classrooms, Blended Learning & Virtual Schools


What We Learned from Seymour Papert

Seymour Papert passed away on July 31. He was 88. We share with you, in this week’s blog, what we learned from him: why children should learn to program.

Omaha Public Schools to Open Nebraska's First Virtual School This Month

Omaha Public Schools are gearing up to open Nebraska’s first virtual school for K–8 students this month.

Ohio Students in Virtual Charter Schools Perform Worse than Those in Traditional Public Schools

Students who attended virtual charter schools, or e-schools, in Ohio performed worse on state tests than students who attended traditional, brick-and-mortar district schools, according to a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an Ohio-based education research and advocacy group.

Broward County Schools to Expand Online Math Program for Gifted Students

Florida's Broward County Public Schools will expand its use of an online math program for gifted students from about 40 students to several hundred over the course of the next few years.

Florida Virtual School Switches to D2L's Brightspace LMS

The largest online public school district in the United States is moving to a new learning management system.

Worldwide Tablet Shipments Drop More Than 12 Percent in Second Quarter

Worldwide tablet shipments, including detachables and slates, reached 38.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. That’s 12.3 percent less when compared to Q2 2015, as vendors begin to refocus their product lines and consumers hold off on purchases.

Home Connectivity and the Homework Gap

A disparity in home Internet service has lead to the “homework gap,” where economically disadvantaged students “go from a digital oasis to a digital desert when they go from school to home.”

Stanford Debuts Online Communication Course for K-12 Teachers

Stanford University's Graduate School of Education has launched a new online course, Effective Conversation in the Classroom, designed to help educators learn to create rich and meaningful conversations in their classrooms.

Volcano School to Pilot Blended Learning

The Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, a state public charter school in Hawaii, is piloting a blended learning program in the upcoming school year.

D2L Updates Brightspace with Virtual Classrooms

D2L has updated its learning management system, Brightspace, with integrated virtual classroom capabilities.

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