Education Technology

Blended Learning According to Education Visionary Tom Vander Ark

Evidence supporting blended learning is ensuring that it is here to stay. At the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference earlier this month, Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart presented his recent report, “Blended Learning Implementation Guide.” For a comprehensive look at the report, click here.  Below are a few key points from his

Providing for Students with Special Needs in Charter Schools

With the number of charter schools in the United States increasing every year, it is becoming ever more important that there is a standard for providing special education services to students with special needs. Charter schools can successfully achieve this by utilizing a blended learning model that includes the proper combination of planning, technology and

The Needs of Students with Hearing Loss: A New Study

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University published a new report, “Critical Needs of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: a Public Input Summary,” earlier this month. The report describes the barriers children with hearing loss ages birth to 21 face in the school setting. A total of 775 participants

Online Access to Experts: A New World of Possibilities for Students with Autism

Recent statistics show that 1 out of 88 students are diagnosed with autism—and the prevalence of cases appears to be increasing. Fortunately, newer diagnostic tools and protocols help identify cases sooner and initiate earlier interventions, improving a child’s long-term prognosis. Children with autism are highly unique, needing a well-trained support team and teachers who understand

How Connected Learning Can Transform Special Education

In a recent report published by the Connected Learning Research Network, a group of American and British researchers provided an educational concept designed to help teachers, parents, and even those in politics to consider a learning experience for students where their interests and academics are intertwined. Imagine:  a sixth grade boy who is a fan of

President Obama, What About Tech-Focused Special Education?

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama called for schools across the U.S. to “create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.” President Obama said this new challenge is aimed “to redesign