FI Updates

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 […]


Friday Institute Hosts National Thought-Leaders on Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning

February 21, 2014 – Over 100 education, corporate, research, and nonprofit leaders came together at the National Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning Summit (TEPLS) at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University from Feb. 11-13. Described as a working meeting, the experts and leaders compared experiences, identified common barriers and solutions, and coordinated future […]


Celebrating Digital Learning Day 2014: New MOOC-Ed Course

February 5, 2014 – NC State University unveils a new Massive Open Online Courses in Education (MOOC-Ed) beginning in March through the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Marking the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Digital Learning Day, registration is officially open on the course covering the integration of digital learning in schools. Coaching Digital Learning | […]


‘Tinker’ing Toward a Better Education: Dr. Robert Tinker Awarded 2013 Friday Medal

November 22, 2013 – North Carolina State University honored Dr. Robert Tinker at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal Presentation on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. The Friday Medal is awarded annually to honor significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education and imparting inspiration. “I know that […]