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Getting Smart About Middlebury Interactive’s Innovative Tools for English Language Learners

Getting Smart, a leading source for research, news and analysis in education innovation, has highlighted Middlebury Interactive Languages’ programs for English Language Learners (ELL) as a top new education solution for this fast-growing student demographic.

Continuing Language Learning Through Course Building

Whether you want to speak to a long lost German relative, or finally be able to pronounce the names of your favorite German soccer stars (including but not limited to Bayern München), the inspiration for learning a new language is always worthwhile. As a course builder at Middlebury Interactive Languages, I have had the distinct pleasure to witness firsthand the transition of many people, from tepid speaker to near fluency. Each course, lesson and even activity that I build has been meticulously selected utilizing Middlebury’s pedagogical approach down to the very last Umlaut.

Why I Love ASU+GSV and How It Can Be Better

I recently returned from my third trip to the ASU + GSV Education Innovation Summit in Phoenix. It has grown considerably in size and this year convened 2,000 investors, consultants, techies, “edu-entrepreneurs”, as well as many established software providers and publishers. Most who attended have been in the education technology (edtech) sector for a number of years, and the reunions among old friends, colleagues and business associates clogged the hallways.

Expanding World Language Opportunities for All

Last week, the faculty at Middlebury College voted to instruct the college to “sever its ties to K12, Inc.” Since K12, Inc. and Middlebury College are partners in the joint venture that oversees Middlebury Interactive Languages, some might wonder what this vote means for Middlebury Interactive and our future growth. Specifically, I wanted to discuss what it means for our most important constituents: the students and teachers using our world language courses.

What is the Key to Making Public-Private Partnerships Work in K-12 Systems?

Original article in Education Week by Kevin Bushweller

17 Top Remote Learning / #EdTech Blogs to Follow

Are you a K-12 administrator looking for ways to bring your district into the 21st century or a teacher searching for ways to incorporate technology in your lesson plans? No matter the case, one of the great benefits of the expanding role of technology in the classroom is the ability for educators to stay globally connected, share their ideas and reflect on personal experiences—all at the click of a button. 

A Watershed Moment in Education History

A great article on the E-rate Modernization plan approval can be found at Bloomberg Tech News courtesy of Chris Strohm:
The Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years.

The Importance of Introducing Technology to Children at an Early Age

Since I have been programming for over 30 years, it is not surprising that I would be the one to introduce my first child, Lena, to technology. After a couple of years, Lena was followed by her younger brother Oliver in learning about computers and programming. Having taught them both, I have seen the exciting opportunities and growth that results from exposure to technology at an early age.
When it comes to introducing young children to technology, there are three key aspects to keep in mind:

Public Education (Finally) Speeds into the Digital Age

Original article can be found in its entirety at the Huffington Post Education. 
What do mobile phone taxes have to do with public education? A lot.

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