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Five Takeaways from #TheFutureOfEducation Discussion

Bill Rice Technology’s becoming a stronger force in some classrooms. Teachers are tweeting. Students skim textbooks on iPads. Two Ohio superintendents even recently traveled to Washington D.C. to talk tech with President Obama. Experts say technology can help students reach higher levels of educational success–and earlier this week, Civic Commons ideastream hosted a panel discussion [...]

Blended Learning Expanding In Mentor, With The Help Of A State Grant


At Ridge Middle School in Mentor, a class of 7th grade English students gears up for a quiz.  They’ve been studying Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the short story from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and their teacher, Stephanie Dwyer, wants to get a read on their comprehension of the text. It takes a few minutes to set it [...]

What’s Digital Learning Day?

Sean Gallup / Getty Images Happy Digital Learning Day. Digital Learning Day, organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, promotes the use of technology in schools. Is that a good thing? Our colleagues at StateImpact Florida explain: Advocates argue access and customization are the biggest advantages to digital instruction. Students often find digital instruction more engaging — pull [...]

How Online Education is Changing School in Ohio

Corein Loving, 17, works on his online AP Art studies at a "blended learning" charter school in Cleveland.

More than 30,000 Ohio students attend school online, skipping buses, cafeterias and classrooms to do their lessons entirely by computer, often at home, typing in tests and papers to be reviewed by a teacher far away. That’s more than 12 times the number of students enrolled online in 2000, when Ohio’s first virtual school opened. [...]

How Much Does It Cost to Run an Online School?

Shontyana Black, 18, of Brunswick, gets some online course advice from TRECA Digital Academy regional coordinator Denise Kovatch during a September orientation session.

Robert Mengerink didn’t know how much an online school really costs to operate – until he started one. When he learned this summer that the agency he heads, the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, could offer a basic online program for less than half of what the state pays online schools per student, he [...]

For Most Online School Graduates, Formal Education Stops with High School

TRECA Digital Academy staffer Tina Dracon helps 17-year-old Jonathan Poling get his computer set up as mother Liz looks on during an September orientation session.

Few graduates of Ohio’s statewide online schools attend postsecondary training: not a two-year community college, not a four-year public university and often not even training for a vocational certificate. Fewer than one in 10 online school graduates go on for postsecondary work, compared with nearly four in 10 for Ohio’s “Big 8″ urban districts, according [...]

Ohio, Now With 28 New Charter Schools

Marjie Kennedy / Flickr This school year, Ohio students are attending 28 brand-new charter schools. The new schools include some that blend online and classroom learning as well as two overseen by the Ohio Department of Education’s new sponsorship department. This year’s crop of 28 schools is down from 39 new charter schools opening in 2010-11, the [...]

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