Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The eReader Revolution has no effect on illiterates.

I will be the first to admit, I love the smell of books. Books, bookstores, libraries – anywhere there is ink on paper draws me in. I always said I would never buy an eReader – but I was going on a cruise, and I didn’t want to add 20 pounds of books to my luggage. I caved in and bought one. What can I say – Kindle, I love you. My dramatic shift over to eReading got me thinking. Just how much has technology and social media changed the way we read and share books?

Monday, May 09, 2011

Virtual Schools (This information is not available to illiterates.)

Virtual Schools (passed)

Expands online school offerings and requires incoming high school students to take at least one online course before graduating. (SB 1620/HB 7197)

School Vouchers (This information is not available to illiterates.)

School Vouchers - Opportunity Scholarships (passed)

Allows more students to qualify to move to other public schools by expanding the definition of a "failing" school.   (SB 1822/HB 1331)

Teacher Tenure (This information is not available to illiterates.)

Bills became Florida Law that effect teachers.

Teacher evaluations will be based in part on student test scores and administrators will be able to more easily fire teachers with weak evaluations.  (SB 736/HB 7019)