Educator Snapshot: Debby Grawn

Today, we took some time to chat with Ms. Debby Grawn, one of our awesome K12MATH Course Designers! Hello Debby, and thank you for sharing with us! You’re welcome! “One of my favorite practice standards for the new math curriculum is ‘Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.’“ Let’s begin with the first … Read More …

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MMD: Celebrating the Outliers

Good morning and happy Monday! This week we look at some recent outliers in education. Stepping outside of the box can be a challenge, especially in the realm of education. So this week, we are celebrate trailblazers big and small. First up, we look at the realm of music education combined with accredited eLearning. Berklee … Read More …

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Saylor.org & StraighterLine: Straightening Pathways For Students

Here’s the latest news from the Saylor Foundation’s partnership with StraighterLine; our continuing mission: making straight the crooked pathways to college credit. This time around, it’s all about numbers. Specifically, statistics. Straighterline’s MAT202 combines our MA121: Introduction to Statistics (free) and a StraighterLine exam ($25 proctoring fee). The course has been “evaluated and recommended by the American … Read More …

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Staff Snapshot: Nathan Thompson

For this edition of our Staff Snapshots, we chat with one of our Research Assistants, Nathan Thompson. Good Afternoon, Nate. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. Sure thing. Alright, let’s begin. Could you please tell us a little but about yourself? I grew up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It’s spectacular in … Read More …

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2 for 1: K12 Math and ELA 006 Now Available on iTunes U

Calling 6th-grade teachers, students, and homeschoolers too — we have a great recipe cooked up just for you! All rhyming aside, the mobile-flavored K12ELA006 English Language Arts 6 and K12MATH006 Math 6 are now available on the Saylor Foundation’s iTunes U channel! The Course Deets: K12ELA006: This Common Core aligned English Language Arts course is geared towards sixth grade … Read More …

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MMD: Voices in Education

Good evening and happy Monday! This week, we take a look at voices speaking out in the world of education. Foreign Languages, cloud computing, and higher education changes in Rwanda are our top stories today. We begin this week with the last item. Due to the small number of universities in Rwanda, and their overall … Read More …

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We Love Resources: New Features in CK-12

Our friends over at CK-12 have made some sleek, blogworthy improvements to their platform. In addition to giving visitors the ability to create and remix open textbooks online (oh, is that all?), now teachers and students can keep materials and discussions in a newly-improved dashboard. What’s included in this dashboard? Like Kirk in his captain’s chair, teachers can pilot … Read More …

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2 for 1: English Language Arts 8 & Advanced Statistics Now Available on iTunes U!

Saylor.org’s K12 learning has officially gone mobile! And what couldn’t be a better way to start off than by launching 2 courses at once? That’s right! K12ELA008 English Language Arts 8 and K12MATH014 Advanced Statistics are now available on our Saylor channel on iTunes U! The Course Deets: K12ELA008: This Common Core aligned course is … Read More …

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MMD: Changing with the Times

Good afternoon and happy Monday! This week we look at what changes have been occurring in education, as demanded by one thing: Time. Time is a never stopping force, that drives us — sometimes unwillingly — to face the facts and adapt. We begin this week with a dramatic shift in intellectual property policies of … Read More …

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Re-Ranking Smarts: thoughts from the Ripley/NAF presentation on The Smartest Kids in the World

My colleagues Denise Borsuk (Research Team) and Zev Vernon-Lapow (A/V Team) also attended this event and contributed to this post. Looking for something new to read? If you’ve been hunting for an educational read, you might want to check out The Smartest Kids in the World–and How They Got That Way by journalist and author Amanda … Read More …

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MMD: Skepticism in Education

Good Morning and Happy Monday! This week, take a look at skepticism in the world of education. Standardized tests, baby boomers and college rankings are among the top stories today. We begin this week with a look at standardized testing. Some parents have begun to question this method of ranking students, citing “unnecessary” stress and … Read More …

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