How might we leverage our class community to learn about and from each other? In Global Online Academy courses, students from around the world gather in online classes to explore topics they care about. With so many people, places, and perspectives in one learning community, designing for global understanding is not only possible, but important. One of […]

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Online Learning
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Student Experience

Lunch in a school cafeteria is often chaotic and quick. You dodge about foraging for food, assemble a meal, try to remember to grab silverware, and get to a table with little time to enjoy whatever you’ve gathered. It’s likely you’ll also attempt to finish your math homework or study for a Spanish quiz while […]

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Student Experience
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Time Management

What happens when teachers from a global network of schools get together to talk about feedback? A lot of great ideas, that’s what happens. Last week we brought GOA teachers together for our first series of faculty meetings of the new school year. With a faculty spread across eleven time zones, the idea of a […]

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Instructional Design
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Is collaboration becoming a term like… innovation? organic? or feminism? That is, has it come to mean everything and (potentially) nothing? Collaboration is often bandied about as a critical 21st-century skill, which amuses me, given that some of us were collaborating in the 20th century. Part of our troubles in schools may come from collaboration’s […]

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Student Engagement
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Blended Learning
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Student Experience

At GOA, we’ve always had a culture of experimentation and innovation. It is embedded in who we are. During our early years, we fostered this by intentionally maintaining a loose formal technology plan and system. All members of GOA, from staff to faculty, were encouraged to play and innovate with new technology. Some of our […]

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Instructional Design
Leadership

Feedback is best when it’s immediate, timely, and focused on student goals. In many classrooms, it’s often easy to spot examples of summative feedback (i.e. an end-of-course test, term paper, or project presentation). At GOA, we are placing an increased focus on formative feedback, which helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas […]

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Blended Learning
Instructional Design

Early on I started thinking of my typography teacher, Juliet Shen, as “the doctor.” Each week during my typography class, taken several years ago at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, my classmates and I would arrive and hang our projects on a clothes line, strung along one of the classroom walls; then “the […]

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Professional Development
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Student Experience

I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a new cookbook and its creators Samin Nosrat (author) and Wendy MacNaughton (illustrator). Michael Pollan, in his foreword to SALT FAT ACID HEAT: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, calls it not a typical cookbook, but more a wonderful cooking school. I agree, and beyond bolstering my […]

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Instructional Design
Professional Development
Student Engagement

The most interesting thing in education right now may be competency-based learning (CBL). CBL allows students to show what they know through demonstrations of learning rather than pursuit of a letter grade earned through content knowledge and seat time. Many learning organizations adopting CBL aim to foster flexible pacing, to utilize new technology, and to […]

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Instructional Design
Student Experience

The summer months bring many educators to the water, be it oceans, lakes, or swimming pools. We close our laptops, put away the required reading, and try to clear our minds. No matter how much we try to get away from it all, there is a part of our teacherly minds that stands on another […]

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