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Published: Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Pupils in Telefonplan school in Stockholm

The Telefonplan School in Stockholm has taken a radically new approach to education that involves doing away with classrooms and grades and pioneering a system where students learn in groups at their level, not necessarily by age. The architect behind this school, Rosan Bosch, designed the school so children could work independently in open-spaces while lounging, or go to “the village” to work on group-projects.

Published: Sunday, 9 September 2012
Image from SysTech site

The Systemic Learning Solutions (SysTech) project promotes the learning and teaching of 21st century skills with the aid of Finnish educational know-how and technological learning solutions. The aim is to make systemic learning solutions an integral part of the Finnish education system as well as an essential part of Finnish education export. The goal is that systemic learning solutions are validated and implemented on a large scale into different educational systems.

Published: Sunday, 9 September 2012
FINNABLE 2020 Project is now online

The Tekes funded FINNABLE 2020 is a value network project that creates new learning ecosystems which enable people to learn regardless of time and place.  The main aim of the project is to create and develop technologically enabled practices that bring added value to learning and teaching and foster social practices that connect learners to global collaboration, promoting life-long learning.

Published: Friday, 31 August 2012
Take part in a European public consultation on Opening up Education

The Commission services (DG EAC) has launched a public consultation on "Opening up Education – a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies". This consultation is aimed at all stakeholders affected by education and training policies and systems, including school education, vocational education and training, higher education and adult education. Contributions are expected from public authorities, organisations and citizens. The consultation is available until 13 November 2012 - you can access it here.

Published: Friday, 31 August 2012
ELE project site

The ELE project is shaping the foundation of the welfare society nationally and internationally. The Finnish educational system and teacher training at the University of Helsinki have created a strong foundation for Finland’s success in PISA evaluations. The project uses top scientific expertise to develop learning contents, physical spaces and services and networks with the help of new technology, creating a platform for distributing the Finnish equal-opportunity model of teaching and learning both nationally and internationally. You can find out more at the ELE project site.

Published: Friday, 31 August 2012
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A recent article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports on students' reactions to a highschool that combines virtual learning, face-to-face instruction and blended approaches with teachers in the classroom while a student is online in the same room. This new programme at Chaffey District Online High School offers the courses required for college preparedness in California, with the flexibility of allowing students to work at their own schedule with as much supervision and help as they need.

Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Cutting costs through partnership in US cyber schools

The US state of Pennsylvania is witnessing the emergence of new partnerships that help cut costs for students attending one of the state's 13 cyber schools. A report in eSchool in late July highlighted the partnership which brings together The Learning Lamp and In-Shore Technologies who are now offering Blended Learning Technologies (BLT), which provides curriculum, teachers, hardware, and tech support for half the cost districts pay when a student enrolls in one the state’s 13 cyber charter schools.

Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Online for-profit college in the US faces difficulties

In the July edition of eCampus news there is a report on the problems faced by Ashford University, one of the fastest growing online schools. One of the biggest problems facing this college is the rejection  of its request for accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Ashford's own website makes no mention of these difficulties and continues to make large numbers of college-level courses available online.

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