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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.

Coding v. Foreign Languages: Do We Really Have to Choose?

The Coding v. Foreign Language Debate
Earlier this year, a surprising debate ignited among educators and techies on the relative merits of studying a world language versus learning to code. This debate went mainstream when Kentucky became the latest state to consider allowing students to receive foreign language credits for computer programing coursework. This debate struck a chord in me because learning to code and studying world languages in my formative years have equipped me with the diverse and valuable life skills that have defined my career.

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.

The Power of Immersion Across All Languages

Did you know that Middlebury Interactive teaches seven different languages to K-12 students?  Between our summer language academies and our online language courses, we offer Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish and English. Yes, that’s right, English. 

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.

Improving Product Quality Through Evidenced-based Education Data

The Education Industry Association hosted their 24th annual EDVentures conference on July 16, 2014, in Newport Beach, California. For those unfamiliar with EDVentures, it is considered to be a conference at “the intersection of entrepreneurial leadership and technology”. EDVentures attendees range from the most respected thought leaders in the education industry to new education technology start-ups. 

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