All-Female Celebs Offer Online Learning in Art

New Kickstarter campaign includes rockers like Yoko Ono, Courtney Love and artists, actors, activists and more in fundraising effort to launch online destination for teens to watch and partake in art lessons. Weird, new, different, yes.

NYC Schools Not Complying with State Mandates for Arts Ed STAT: Funding for the music and art in schools in New York City, for example, has plummeted by 81 percent since 2006, from about $10 million for supplies, dipping down to just $2 million in 2012.

Art Education Article: Smoke & Mirrors: Art Teacher as Magician

20 Classroom Uses for Twitter

WaPo: Another principal laments the harm of for-profit state tests on students

NY Times: Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools

For-profit online schools use students as golden geese without delivering adequate learning

Turning the Classroom Upside Down (article about Khan Academy)

Over 2,200 online video tutorials allow students to learn at their own pace, repeat, catch up or speed ahead.


Charter Schools Outsource Education to Management Firms, With Mixed Results


NY Times: More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality


Gothamist op-ed: DOE: Computers More Important Than Teachers, Schools

Lucy Friedman: Expanded School Days Offer Openings For Digital Learning


The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

More than 3 million K-12 students took an online course in 2009 and the authors of this white paper predict 50% of high school courses will be delivered online by 2019. Face-to-face, Rotation, Flex, Online lab, Self-blend and Online driver models are discussed in pilot programs which rotate students between 280-cubicle labs and face-to-face classrooms every 55 minutes. School is 8.5 hours long per day with only a four day week, Fridays being reserved for extra help. Automated alerts flag students not keeping pace and send over human help. Proponents point to cost savings in smaller buildings, highly personalized, student-directed learning, detailed real-time analytics, increased student engagement, high ratios of students to specialized staff, wider content offerings and much more.


In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers
Miami school districts struggling with overcrowded classes turn to a controversial classroom-in-a-cubicle concept


Bill to install classroom cameras fails in WY Senate

Measure sought random monitoring of teachers


Remote Control Teaching Robots in Korean Classrooms


Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy


"Google Apps" Suite To Be Offered To All K-12 NY State Students and Educators

NYIT and Google Team To Offer K-12 Classrooms Online Tools for Education


NBER Report: Great Teachers Are Worth $400,000 A Year

An NBER study suggests highly effective teachers are worth more than we think and bad teachers are costing us more than we think.

- I read this article! Signed Fred N.


Teacher Layoffs: Study Questions Seniority-Based Model - Dec. 23, 2010 Associated Press

University of Washington study finds that seniority-based layoffs disproportionately affect the students most in need, but unions criticize criteria based on standardized test results


Ever wonder who scores the essay portions of standardized tests and what their guidelines are? Are the students getting a fair shake? Read The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Test Scorer


Why are schools failing? Some are looking at the qualifications of those at the very top determining policy like Arne Duncan, Joel Klein, Cathie Black and Michael Bloomberg who simply are not educators. How Education Reformers Push the Wrong Theory of Learning


NY Times: "TECHNOLOGY | August 19, 2009
Bits: Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom by Steve Lohr
Education that includes at least some online work is more effective than classroom-only teaching, according to a major research review done for the Department of Education..."


--Teacher-Run Schools
Teachers are collaborating to run schools without principals and administrators in a response to the government's emphasis on accountability. If the teachers are going to be accountable, they don't want to be managed by others, the article finds.


Education Week's 2010 Survey Results of Online Preparedness


How Disney Magic and the Corporate Media Shape Youth Identity in the Digital Age04 August 2010
While the "empire of consumption" has been around for a long time, American society in the last 30 years has undergone a sea change in the daily lives of children - one marked by a major transition from a culture of innocence and social protection, however imperfect, to a culture of commodification. Youth are now assaulted by a never-ending proliferation of marketing strategies that colonize their consciousness and daily lives. Under the tutelage of Disney and other megacorporations, children have become an audience captive not only to traditional forms of media such as film, television and print, but even more so to the new digital media made readily accessible through mobile phones, PDAs, laptop computers and the Internet.