Serving military kids in our schools

Let’s put some action behind the words I found it somewhat ironic that Commissioner of Education Terry Holiday’s most recent blog discusses schools supporting our military families. Certainly, it is important for our schools to help military dependent children who move into Kentucky. A military child’s life is often disrupted by sudden move and by…

Reading war re-igniting?

Maybe there never was more than an uneasy cease fire Education Week reports (subscription?) that activities to implement the Common Core State Standards in actual classrooms are re-igniting the long simmering war over how to teach reading. At issue: a reading instructional technique called “Pre-Reading.” This involves classroom activities to get students ready for reading.…

Scoring student papers with a computer?

An interesting article from Education Week (subscription required?) says, “Study Supports Essay-Grading Technology.” Can computers really do this? Can machines to this better than humans? Any decent word processor today includes things like grammar and spelling check tools, which are important mechanics in any good paper. But, those tools don’t evaluate whether the meaning conveyed…

Education Commissioner: Kentucky committed to technology in schools

This past Friday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday reconfirmed the Bluegrass State’s commitment to using technology in our schools. You can read his comments, which include information about a number of interesting technology tools, here. By the way, one subject the commissioner didn’t cover was using digital learning to make summer course offerings more…