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Light a Fuse: How one state’s teachers are sparking digital innovation

Light a Fuse: How one state’s teachers are sparking digital innovation The nation’s smallest state aims to be a national incubator for technology in the classroom Originally published June 7, 2017 in The Hechinger Report by Nichole Dobo PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dozens of teachers hovered around a group of students gathered in the center of a…

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Q&A With Dawn Manchester

Highlander Institute is excited to welcome Dawn Manchester to our team as an Educational Strategies Specialist. Dawn is known for her work ethic, strong skill set, and personable nature, all important traits for the Institute’s growing team.   Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander: First of all, I will be trying to keep…

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Adaptive Software: Friend, Not Foe

February 25, 2015 In my work supporting blended learning in Rhode Island and the surrounding region, one of the push-backs I occasionally hear is, “Why would teachers embrace technology that’s going to make them obsolete?” When I am faced with this question, I feel a mix of anxiety and assurance. Anxiety because I know that…

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Fuse RI aims to integrate, share technology in classroom”, writes Warwick Beacon

Kelcy Dolan, Warwick Beacon January 29, 2015 Classrooms across the country are quickly evolving as new technology is introduced. Gone are the days of just paper and pencil; schools are now incorporating tablets, e-readers, laptops among various other devices into the normal school day to help students prepare for the modern age of technology. Here…

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The School of the Future is Here

Well, actually, it’s in California. Picture a child learning to swim whose parent keeps surreptitiously scooting backward to encourage them to swim further. That’s a little bit like how I feel in my work supporting blended learning at the Highlander Institute. Just when I feel like I’m starting to get it, the target moves a…

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RI Educators to Visit Summit Public Schools in Silicon Valley

Providence, RI (January 7, 2015) A team of educators from across RI will travel to the Bay area in California next week to visit with leaders of  Summit Public Schools.  The trip brings together local school leaders, education researchers, and school designers. Participants in the trip to Summit Public Schools include:  Jessica Waters, RI Mayoral…

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R.I. Gets Boost in Connecting Classrooms To High-Speed Internet

BY LINDA BORG Journal Staff Writer lborg@providencejournal.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island expects that at least 95 percent of all classrooms will have high-speed wireless Internet access by March, just in time for the new state assessment that most students will take on a computer. According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, 85 percent…

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North Providence High School Is “More Than Ready To Start Work” With Fuse RI

NP High School begins pilot program for one-to-one computing devices By JESSICA BOISCLAIR, Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – A group of students at North Providence High School will be using laptops instead of textbooks for the remainder of the school year as administration looks to collect data on the effects of one-to-one computing.…

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First Districts to Participate in Fuse RI Announced

Providence, RI (November 18, 2014) Launched by the Highlander Institute and funded by The Learning Accelerator, Fuse RI was created to share, implement, evaluate, and scale blended learning by working with educators and districts across Rhode Island. This 3-year project promises to transform education for students and teachers. Districts spanning the state were selected in…

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Shawn Rubin Talks Next Gen Learning In The Huffington Post

Posted by Tom Vander Ark October 23, 2014 The failures of top-down reforms are evident in many urban district–but so is the promise of organic, from the edges, outside-in innovation. Over the last three years, the explosion of mobile learning apps and the drop in device prices has resulted in hundreds of thousands of classrooms that…

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