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California Initiative Brings Breath of Fresh Air - Forbes

California Initiative Brings Breath of Fresh Air - Forbes | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it
California Initiative Brings Breath of Fresh AirForbesCalifornia policy has done its best to create a byzantine—some might say bizarre—set of regulations to frustrate the power of online learning to do just that.
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Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. - State of the State on Education

Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. - State of the State on Education | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it
My budget proposes to replace categorical programs with a new weighted student formula that provides a basic level of funding with additional money for disadvantaged students and those struggling to learn English. This will give more authority to local school districts to fashion the kind of programs they see their students need. It will also create transparency, reduce bureaucracy and simplify complex funding streams.

Given the cutbacks to education in recent years, it is imperative that California devote more tax dollars to this most basic of public services. If we are successful in passing the temporary taxes I have proposed and the economy continues to expand, schools will be in a much stronger position.

No system, however, works without accountability. In California we have detailed state standards and lots of tests. Unfortunately, the resulting data is not provided until after the school year is over. Even today, the ranking of schools based on tests taken in April and May of 2011 is not available. I believe it is time to reduce the number of tests and get the results to teachers, principals and superintendents in weeks, not months. With timely data, principals and superintendents can better mentor and guide teachers as well as make sound evaluations of their performance. I also believe we need a qualitative system of assessments, such as a site visitation program where each classroom is visited, observed and evaluated. I will work with the State Board of Education to develop this proposal.

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Lexia Reading Selected as Part of Large Scale Blended Digital Learning Strategy Announced by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools as Part of National Digital Learning Day

Lexia Reading  Selected as Part of Large Scale Blended Digital Learning Strategy Announced by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools as Part of National Digital Learning Day | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools announced the launch of a large-scale comprehensive Blended and Digital Learning strategy today on the first-ever national Digital Learning Day. The Partnership is unique in nationally implementing Digital and Blended Learning at scale in school turnarounds, across 22 inner city schools, impacting nearly 17,000 students.

The Partnership strategy is to use online learning programs to support teachers who need to reach students of varying levels within the same classroom. This approach, known as differentiated learning, seeks to improve student outcomes in Math, English Language Arts and in CAHSEE(1) testing across the Partnership schools through the use of software programs including Revolution Prep, Achieve 3000, Lexia (reading software for elementary schools)  and ST Math.

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/large-scale-blended-digital-learning-strategy-announced-by-the-partnership-for-los-angeles-schools-as-part-of-national-digital-learning-day-2012-02-01

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Top 7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2012 - C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.

Top 7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2012 - C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it

As a follow-up to our 2011 reflection post, the CB&A team once again collaborated to identify what they believe will be hot topics in education for 2012.


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Offline speech recognizer for chrome.

Offline speech recognizer for chrome. | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it
This app uses the new built in speech feature in chrome 11+ to create a useful powerful tool to use voice to do the normal typing jobs .

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San Jose Unified School District partners with software companies including Lexia to meet goal of educating students for the 21st century - San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Unified School District partners with software companies including Lexia to meet goal of educating students for the 21st century - San Jose Mercury News | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it

San Jose Unified School District partners with several software companies, including Lexia Reading, as the district initiates its first year of a plan to educate students for the 21st century and also close the achievement gap.

Starting in August, the district's 27 elementary schools will begin using software programs for math, reading and literacy and English language development.These programs are twofold; they help each child learn while assessing strengths and weaknesses, allowing teachers to provide more stimulation or help slower learners meet common core standards. The district is adopting three programs for elementary learners from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade;
Dreambox for math, Lexia for reading and literacy and Imagine Learning for English language development.

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Time-Saving Assessments |Lexia Reading in Scholastic.com at Tulare, CA

Time-Saving Assessments |Lexia Reading in Scholastic.com at Tulare, CA | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it
Lexia Learning's reading software, for grades preK-4 and for at-risk students through high school, includes differentiated practice, embedded assessment, and targeted instruction that can predict performance and prescribe time on task for students to meet a certain level of achievement.

 

Aligned to Common Core standards, Lexia Reading provides teachers with individual student results immediately so they can group students by skill level. Lexia also includes alerts for at-risk students and benchmarks. With Lexia, teachers can retrieve individual and group results online and use the data to modify instruction right away- adding, if necessary, remedial or enrichment activities. The bottom line: Students can progress through customized instruction without stopping to take a test, potentially reducing the number of standardized tests given over the course of the year.

 

Neti Newquist, a second-grade English immersion teacher at Tulare's Lincoln Elementary, says Lexia's graphics and variety of activities engage kids while reinforcing skills with so many details that they end up owning the concepts.

"I see lots of little lightbulbs going on," she says. "First they're confused, then there's an intake of breath, their eyes light up, and they look you right in the eye-and I know I'll never have to deal with that concept again."

 

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Reading Plus :: Research Brief - Improving struggling third-grade students’ reading achievement

Reading Plus :: Research Brief - Improving struggling third-grade students’ reading achievement | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it

Summary of Findings: Reading Plus® demonstrated a statistically significant effect on retained third-grade students’ FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) achievement at a probability level of < .001. By improving from FCAT level 1 to FCAT level 3 or higher, 78% of the Reading Plus® students achieved a passing FCAT level. In contrast, only 32% of the control group students achieved a passing FCAT level, and 45% of the control group students were not able to improve and remained at FCAT level 1. All Reading Plus® students advanced at least 1 FCAT level.

Note - in California, the equivalent of moving one FCAT level would be moving from Below Basic to Basic, or from Basic to Proficient.

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http://www.readingplus.com/index.php/download_file/view/292/325/

 

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Utah Schools Using Lexia Reading - WSJ MarketWatch

Utah Schools Using Lexia Reading -  WSJ MarketWatch | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it
A Growing Number of Utah Schools Customize Student Learning Using Lexia ReadingMarketWatch (press release)...


Software Program Places Emphasis on Individualized Learning and Offers Dynamic Approach for Reading Skills Development


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Time to Embrace Online Learning « Online Learning Update

Time to Embrace Online Learning « Online Learning Update | Online Learning in California | Scoop.it
Update: Time to Embrace Online Learning - by Barbara Dreyer, Getting Smart To be successful, our public education sy...
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