Google and VMware joining forces is good for schools

This week Google and VMware announced a new strategic partnership. The interesting thing is that Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is already using Google and VMware as partners. We have purchased approximately 10,000 Chromebooks to promote Personalized Learning for our 35,000 students. For students, the Chromebooks, with their web-only interface, meet their needs for Blended …

Sheila E. to Drum-up Support for Oakland Students

Events to showcase legendary drummer Sheila E, Kev Choice, Juan Escovedo, Mary Fettig, Michael Franti and Friends, Goapele, Judith Hill, Javier Navarette, Orianthi, Ozomatli, OUSD’s “Big O” teacher band, and bands from numerous middle and high schools What: OUSD Jazz Festival with Sheila E. and Friends (Free admission) When: Thursday, February 6 at 7:00pm Where: …

FCC Chairman visits Oakland Unified

The visit by Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, to Edna Brewer in Oakland Unified School District was a treat for all involved. The Chairman first visited several Blended Learning classrooms each with a Chromebook cart and a wireless access point. He was very impressed with what he saw: engaged students, personalized learning, and excellent …

Do you have a plan for Common Core testing?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) have created plans and tools to help schools and districts prepare for testing in 2014-2015. 45 states have adopted the Common Core Standards and all schools in those states will need to be ready. Do you have a plan? <span class=”mceItemHidden”> &lt;a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/6951856/”&gt;Do …

Back from SXSWedu – a 5-minute summary

SXSW edu 2013 from John Krull on Vimeo. A five-minute look at SXSWedu 2013 highlights that Common Core State Assessments and an increase in EdTech investment will bring both new learning tools and data “plumbing”. Keynote speaker Bill Gates remarks that we are at a tipping point in US Education due to this convergence.

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