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microchipTomorrow’s Classroom

By Esther Shein

By 2020, school will be less of a citadel than ever, and kids will be doing more and more of their learning in the real world.

When McKinzey Manes heads for the office in the morning at 7:15 a.m., she’s dressed for success—in a jacket, sweater, light-colored shirt, and low-heeled shoes. Likewise, her business partner, Aiden Haubein, favors khakis and collared shirts. They’re disciplined, they work hard, and they’re still in high school. Manes and Haubein, both 18, are developing an app they’ve dubbed the “All in One,” which integrates the various elements of people’s professional and personal lives: calendar, email, cloud storage, tasks, notes, and projects, at the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), an immersive, hands-on program offered by the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas.

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MOOC: Will These Four Letters Change K-12?

By Michelle Locke

Find out how higher learning’s latest infatuation might play with younger students.

Cheap, hip, and tailored for the YouTube generation, MOOCs—massive open online courses—are the hottest thing in higher ed right now. But do they have potential for K–12 instruction?

Absolutely, says Raymond Schroeder, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. There’s already talk of using the MOOC model to offer more advanced-placement high school courses, and it’s likely interest will continue to grow. Many trends, online learning among them, begin in higher education and then move to the K–12 level, says Schroeder. “I think there’s potential for MOOCs to penetrate deep into K–12.”

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