Daphne Gray-Grant's newsletter is always interesting and worthwhile. Every teacher, not just those devoted to literacy instruction, should subscribe. It provides valuable insight into good instructional practices. http://mail.aol.com/35605-111/aol-6/en-us/mail/DisplayMessage.aspx?ws_popup=true
Of the five K-12 learning trends mentioned in this article, the last one deserves the most notice. More teachers are actively pursuing means and methods to use technology for learning than in past years. http://thejournal.com/Articles/2012/02/02/5-K12-E-Learning-Trends.aspx?Page=2#
Some of today's students have a clear vision of what technology tools are helpful to their learning. They want to be actively engaged which is not often the scene in their classrooms. http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/02/01/digital-learning-what-kids-really-want.aspx
I have a young relative engaged in on-line schooling through a charter school. I found this article helpful to identify some areas that were causing stress and distress. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-learning-seven-tips-heather-wolpert-gawron
Clearly American public schools and colleges are not graduating enough students with the engineering and advanced manufacturing skills to fill the jobs available in the country. The building of additional factories, as promised by both Republicans and Democrats, without addressing this short-fall, can only result in more US jobs being out-sourced to foreign workers or foreign countries.