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Mooresville, N.C. District Plans to Build Digital Innovation Center

The school district that has hosted more than 10,000 visitors interested in the results of its digital conversion—including President Obama—now wants to open an innovation center where ed-tech companies can test their products.

Mark Edwards, superintendent of the 6,000-student Mooresville, N.C. district, made his case for the center to investors this week during the Arizona State University/Global Silicon Valley Summit, which brought together venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, developers, and educators here.

In a meeting room at the posh Phoenician hotel, Edwards asked for $2 million to turn his vision of the Mooresville Center for Digital Innovation—which he said could be profitable within two years—into a reality.

Bricolage, MOSL and 8 soon-to-be-huge ed tech innovations

  1. Massive Open Social Learning (MOSL): Aiming to explore the network effect, thousands of people interact online in productive discussions and the creation of shared projects to share experience and build on knowledge.
  2. Learning design informed by analytics: Used in the development of courses or series of lessons to help educators plan a coherent sequence of media, tech and pedagogies, the use of learning design tools shifts attention away from content towards the learners’ needs. According to the report, data from tracking and management of learning activities can inform learning design by providing “evidence to support the choice of media and sequence of activities. When analysis of learning data is also used to evaluate and improve learning design, the circle is complete.”
  3. Flipped classroom: Reverses the traditional classroom approach to teaching and learning by moving direct instruction into the learner’s own space through video lectures. This allows time in class to be spent on activities that exercise critical thinking and conversation.
  4. BYOD: Bring-Your-Own-Device allows “teachers to become managers of technology-enabled networked learners, rather than providers of resources and knowledge,” says the report. This approach also has the potential to “reduce cost of IT provisions,” but schools must have the infrastructure and bandwidth necessary—still a challenge for many institutions.
  5. Learning to learn: Central to this process is what the report says is “double-loop learning,” or working out how to solve a problem and reach a goal, but also reflect on that process as a whole, questioning assumptions and considering how to become more effective. “This helps them to become self-determined learners with the ability to seek out sources of knowledge and make use of online networks for advice and support,” explains the report.

(Next page: Bricolage, event-based learning, and more round out the top 10)

Remembering Debbie Rice

Debbie Braswell Rice - Inspirational district administrator, beloved mom, and a dear friend to many - passed away on October 18, 2014.  Thos of us at Intel and at Tech & Learning who knew Debbie over the years will remember her fondly for her intelligence, warmth, commitment and willingness to step in and help out with anything from high-profile speaking gigs to helping with the creation of Intel's K12Blueprint.  She was a true team player!

For more of the moving tribute from Intel and Tech & Learning, echoing the sentiments of those of us here at Project RED, please click here.

Richland Two: Chromebooks* Power 21st-Century Learning

Mobile devices, used under the guidance of highly qualitied teachers, offer powerful ways to engage K-12 students, spark their curiosity, and improve achievement.  But budges are tighter than every.  How can cash-strapped school systems give all students access to vital educational technologies?

Richland School District Two is finding a solutions in Chromebooks* powered by Intel(R) technologies.  Since January 2012, this 27,000-student South Carolina school district has deployed nearly 23,000 Intel-based Chromebooks in a one-to-one learning initiative.  District leaders say:

  • Their Chromebooks provide the performance and flexibility for a wide range of learning activities.
  • The devices' cost advantages are helping the district provide more students with technology than they could have otherwise.
  • The results are already impressive, with students more engaged in their learning and demonstrating greater mastery of 21st-century skills.

<Read the full case study here>