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Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed By Lisa Hervey, Ph.D., NBCT In March of 2014, the Friday Institute’s Digital Learning Collaborative launched its inaugural Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) for instructional technology coaches – Cultivating a Culture of Change – “just as surgeons see coaching as vital to improving their craft, […]

Friday Institute Receives Learning Accelerator Grant to Improve Support for Educators

Cupertino, CA – September 25, 2014 – The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a nonprofit organization supporting the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across America, today announced a second round of funding for a human capital cohort that will focus on principal training, teacher professional development platforms, and further implementation of a previously-funded teacher […]

Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched the first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL). The course transpired over 6 weeks, beginning on March 10, 2014. One of the development team’s priority goals […]

MOOC-Ed offers new courses for Fall 2014

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is excited to announce that it will be offering four Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) this fall, three of which are brand new, and all of which cover a wide variety of topics. Every MOOC-Ed course provides high-quality, free professional […]

Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coach – The 4 R’s

By Jaclyn Stevens, M.Ed. The instructional technology coach strives to engage and support digital transitions in their school and district, to empower educators to take ownership of their technology and align its use to curriculum and instruction… but, though we try, at times all we as coaches seem to do is become the help desk […]

FI Tech. Innovations Impact National Policy

July 9, 2014 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to focus E-Rate resources on wireless Internet access and new technologies in schools nationwide today. This proposal has been underway for some time, and Phil Emer, Director of Technology Planning and Policy at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC […]

Oh, Lit is Lit, and Math is Math: The Content-Specific Tool Fallacy

By Alex Kaulfuss, Ph.D., NBCT When I introduce myself to colleagues as an educator who is certified in both English / Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, I am often met with looks that betray their shared, hidden question: What lusûs naturæ have they placed before us at which to marvel? I understand their response, for, […]

Friday Institute to develop the NC Digital Learning Plan for K-12 Education

June 11, 2014 – The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University has received a State contract to work with the Department of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, policymakers, educators, business leaders and other stakeholders to develop the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan. The charge for the plan is comprehensive, with […]

FI Exec. Director Shares Lessons Learned from Portugal

April 24, 2014 – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released a report detailing the association’s senior delegation to Portugal last October (October 18-26, 2013), which included Glenn Kleiman, executive director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. The Institute is constantly working to move digital learning forward in North Carolina, […]

Meeting at the Crossroads of Common Core, Digital Learning & State Policy

March 14, 2014 – On March 10-11, North Carolina educators, researchers and legislators came together at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation for a Convening on K-12 Mathematics Education: Common Core, Digital Learning, and State Policy. The Convening set the stage for policymakers, practitioners, and Friday Institute researchers to work toward mutual understandings of the […]