• Can Physical Spaces Inspire Innovation?

    Someone once told me that the walls of my high school were painted pale yellow and blue because those colors had a calming effect. If true, the purpose was clear: maintaining order was important in my public suburban high school. When it comes to today’s breakthrough school models like those...

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  • Breakthrough Schools Profiles: a guide to Next Gen Learning

    One of the hardest things about engaging in the work of transforming schools is getting a clear picture in your mind about what you’re moving to and why. It can be hard to let go of the familiar and known aspects of the “old-school” school model and intentionally embrace the new...

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  • NGLC Updates Profiles of 27 Breakthrough Schools

    Last November, NGLC put a set of publications out into the world – very brief, one-page front-back profiles of our newest grantees – and the response was overwhelmingly positive. The publications are a mix of narrative, graphic images, and at-a-glance numbers that give educators a...

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  • What We Learned at the Inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy

    “What a week!” That was what one member of the inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy  posted to the group listserv as the participants dispersed. We had just spent an intensive week together in Cambridge, July 13-19, during the residential portion of the program. The Breakthrough...

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  • Beyond Clickers: Increasing Student Learning though In-class Polling using Web-enabled Devices

    Author: Bill Junkin, Eckerd College The research is in, and it shows that in-class polling can greatly increase student learning.* Maybe this happens because students are more involved, or because discussion with peers helps them, or because instructors can find out when to move to new material...

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  • Follow-ups with Follow-ons: Ongoing Wave I Projects Host Workshops for New Institutions

    Workshops and conferences are popular tactics for scaling a proven innovation that uses technology to improve outcomes for students so that it attains broader adoption.  In a workshop, new adopters have hands-on opportunities to use the innovation, time with those already using the new...

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  • Improving Teacher Conditions & Careers

    By Tom Vander Ark & Carri Schneider Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, Digital Learning Now! released a DLN Smart Series white paper on blended learning and the teaching profession. This post by two of the paper’s authors, Tom Vander Ark and Carri Schneider, originally appeared on...

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  • WATCH NEXT GENERATION LEARNING IN ACTION The National Repository of Online Courses

    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by NGLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the next in a series called “Profiles of Next Generation Learning.” Follow NGLC on Vimeo to stay up to date with new videos. High school students at Sierra Vista, an alternative education...

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  • WATCH NEXT GENERATION LEARNING IN ACTION:USC Hybrid High School: A High School for the 21st Century

    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by NGLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the next in a series called “Profiles of Next Generation Learning.” Follow NGLC on Vimeo to stay up to date with new videos. Over 1 million high school kids, mostly in urban...

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  • Touchstone Education: Reinventing What School Looks Like

    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by NGLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the next in a series called “Profiles of Next Generation Learning.” Follow NGLC on Vimeo to stay up to date with new videos. Touchstone Education is committed to creating a school...

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