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.

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.

Home Education and Language Learning in the World of Digital Technology

Why do people home educate their children? It could be because of inflexibility in a family schedule. It might be for financial reasons. Maybe home education addresses an area of learning that is not available in the local public or private schools. It could also be to allow a student to progress at a pace that is in-line with his or her unique abilities. But one constant theme that runs through all the theories behind parents choosing home education is that ultimately parents want to make sure their children succeed.

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.

Developing Second Language Proficiency Online

It’s the first day of school. The bell rings, the lockers slam. Students are dressed in the new clothes specially set aside for the day, and giggling and chatter fill the air. Teens scramble to claim the perfect seat, the seat they hope to claim for the year. The bell rings and the teacher is looking at twenty plus sets of eyes. Expectations are high. What are they thinking? I’m so excited to learn to write an email in Spanish.

What Students Really Think About Learning Online

After writing about what it’s like being an online teacher, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes.
So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond.

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