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February News RoundUP



  • How Tech Will Change the World, The Verge: Bill Gates is guest editing a four-part series on The Verge this month. He is discussing how technology will change the world by 2030.
  • Spreading Personalized Learning, edSurge: A group of organizations will be working together to be incubators of new school models and how they can share best practices in a way that allows for scale of personalized learning. LEAP and New Schools for NOLA are two examples of successful school incubators that these groups are following.
  • G+L Traffic Hints at Increasingly Global Interest in Games: Games + Learning celebrated its one-year birthday this month. In a blog post, it looks at the increasing momentum of GBL, especially across the entire world.
  • Differentiation Doesn’t Work, Ed Week Commentary: In one of the most commented on articles of the week, this piece claims that differentiated instruction is a farce. It claims that “differentiation in practice is harder to implement in a heterogeneous classroom than it is to juggle with one arm tied behind your back.”
  • Dept. Of Ed Launches Summits Aimed at Improving Tech, Games + Learning: Over the next six months, federal leaders will visit a dozen cities to collaborate with superintendents and school leaders on how to better integrate technology into classrooms. They will aim to develop plans that fit the communities’ needs.
  • How to Make Blended Learning Work, EdSurge: A director from Aspire Public Schools, a high-performing charter network, talks about the lessons the network has learned over the years of implementing blended learning programs throughout the schools. In the post is a link to a new book that acts as a handbook for schools to share in the promising practices.