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Fuse Architects Take Off in 2017

What if the best way to make decisions about education technology starts off with not thinking about technology at all? This is the approach the

3 men climbing a mountain. All three are helping eachother climb.
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Power With, Not Power Over

In this episode, Jeff and Erin chat about the concept of “power with vs. power over” — inspired by a recent book study of Jim Knight’s High-Impact Instruction — and host a great interview with the always amazing Val Capel.

Research
Nikki Herta

How Effective is Online Learning in Michigan

Let’s be honest: Online learning in Michigan, as a whole, is in deep need of reform. Since 2010, the average pass rate for online courses in Michigan has hovered around 60 percent. Compared to the pass rate for traditional classrooms, this statistic has led some to condemn virtual schooling as a failed experiment.

Rural Virtual Learning

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts written by Michigan Virtual’s Regional Mentor Leaders to bring to life what mentors do to build and maintain a supportive online learner environment to help students be successful. If you are a mentor and would like to share a strategy, a success story, or another topic that illustrates how you support students, please email [email protected]

A money tree coming out of a book in a library
Teaching
Michigan Virtual

Michigan’s Literacy Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Who suffers when our literacy rates are low? In this blog post by Tamara Bashore-Berg, we dive into the startling reality of Michigan’s literacy crisis and explore Dr. Nell Duke’s argument that this issue is, at its heart, a public health crisis.

Silhouette of kids playing with technology
Teaching
Nikki Herta

Turning Digital Natives into Digital Citizens

Two educators share their experiences teaching digital literacy Last week, I had the great pleasure of speaking to two educators about their experiences teaching digital

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Rebel U Shield
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Live Episode @ Rebel U

In this episode, Jeff shares some audio from a recent teacher professional development session on podcasts, then Jeff and Erin chat about using classroom experience to shape professional learning.

Anchor in Sand
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Anchors Away!

In this episode a podcast about … podcasts! Jeff and Erin discuss a cool tool for recording podcasts and how teachers might think about using podcasts in the classroom.

Child staring out a window in a classroom
Teaching
Andrea McKay

Innovation in Education

Students have access to more information in their pockets than ever before, yet they are often told to leave their phones in their lockers.

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