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U.S. gets low scores for innovation in education

From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/07/us_gets_low_scores_for_innovation_in_education.html>

U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Three 'secret' ingredients for a successful small school

From http://www.wnyc.org/story/researchers-pinpoint-success-factors-effective-small-schools/>

A study of 25 successful small New York City high schools found that each personalized learning for students, set high expectations, and relied on experienced, effective teachers.

KQED, National Writing Project host #TeachDoNow course

From https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-16-kqed-national-writing-project-host-teachdonow-course>

A free course provides educators with a way to learn how to use Twitter and other social media to teach digital citizenship and promote honest discourse about the web.

5 essential insights about mobile learning

From http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/5-essential-insights-about-mobile-learning/>

Her are some key steps to implementing a strong mobile learning program, with some quick answers to real world problems that busy administrators may during roll out.

FCC steps forward to modernize e-rate

From http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/FCC-Steps-Forward-to-Modernize-E-Rate.html>

The Federal Communications Commission has pledged $2B to support wi-fi over two years, part of Obama's initiative to bring high-speed broadband to 99% of students.

7 PD tips for your instructional technology integration plan

From http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/10/professional-development-technology-922/1/>

These 7 professional development tips for your instructional technology integration plan can help educators adapt to new technological advances.

Can technology measure how you 'show your work'?

From https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-07-can-technology-measure-how-you-show-your-work>

Can data help shed light on the murky web of strategies students use when they encounter a complex problem? New research says it can.

What we don't know about summer school

From http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/07/07/323659124/what-we-dont-know-about-summer-school>

While data gathered during the school year can lead to innovation, there's a surprising absence of data on what is effective when it comes to summer schools.