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4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. In order to better understand the skills and training required to implement blended learning effectively, I conducted a three-year doctoral research study at three public school sites in Los Angeles.

Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Instead, personalized learning echoes calls for models that serve every student at all levels in each classroom.

The Core 4 of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In some ways, creating a successful personalized learning classroom is similar to winning a basketball game. To give us direction, my high school basketball coach consistently focused on three key areas, which he called the Big Three: Personalized Learning Teachers Blended Learning EdTech

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Thomas: How has blended learning changed your practices? Your family?

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. Through its experience working with K–12 schools to create blended-learning programs, it has been at the forefront of developing some of the tools, models, and expertise for making blended learning work. Given the company’s vast experience and impressive results , it was exciting to read CEO and Founder Anthony Kim’s new book, Personalized Learning Playbook. Why is personalized learning important?,

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. What the trend suggests is that schools are using blended learning to solve discrete problems.

Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

Education Elements

It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans. Personalized Learning Personalized Classroom EdTechMy predictions over the last few years have come true.

Blended learning up close—really close

The Christensen Institute

Next-gen learning has fallen into this trap. But to date, there is little data that captures the intricate, hidden details like the photograph above—data on the actual day-to-day tactics unfolding in blended-learning schools across the country. One of the miracles of modern microscopes is that they allow us to see things so up close that they look nearly unrecognizable.

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

At last week’s iNACOL Symposium, the conference halls were abuzz about the promise of personalized learning. In the same week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report in partnership with RAND profiling promising academic results across schools pursuing a range of personalized approaches over the past two to three years. Champions of personalized learning are rejecting the century old premise that students ought to experience school on the basis of standardized curriculum, age cohorts, grade levels ,and seat time.

Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. In particular, the disruptive rise of online and blended learning has made the concept of anytime, anywhere customized learning plausible. applaud this effort.

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

Given this history, could blended learning be just the latest educational fad to follow this same pattern? During the last decade, we’ve documented how online learning—often in the form of blended learning —is an innovation with disruptive potential to transform our antiquated, seat-time-based education system. Hiring blended learning for the wrong jobs.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches.

How one district built a better blended learning program

eSchool News

Blended learning is rapidly becoming a core part of schools’ educational approach, partly because the model suits so many educational needs–credit recovery, dual enrollment, and access to advanced courses not always offered in brick-and-mortar schools. Blended Learning NewsNext page: How the district implemented a model for online instruction.

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

Kleinspiration

Click Above to Register Now I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on learning. invite you to simply click above to register for this free, jam-packed one hour webinar about effective class design and personalized learning for students. Warmly, Erin Klein.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of homework entirely. There are a few key reasons why blended learning is facilitating this changing role of homework. First, depending on the model, blended learning can give students the time and support they need to master concepts on a daily basis—thereby reducing the need for further practice at home. At ASMS, blended learning itself doesn’t obviate homework.

Uncovering what works in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

To scale effective blended and personalized learning environments, we first need to develop a better understanding of what learning approaches work, for which students, in what circumstances. This approach entails more than just identifying the observable attributes—such as technology usage or student demographics—of blended programs. Reinventing research.

How to Create Relevant, Compelling Online and Blended Learning Assignments

Where Learning Clicks

Check out these tips on creating relevant, compelling online and blended learning assignments to help students explore their creativity. The post How to Create Relevant, Compelling Online and Blended Learning Assignments appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom Blended Learning Personalized Learning Teacher Resources Teaching Strategies

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. While I cannot speak for the entire body of OER and personalized learning advocates, I think Hansel’s emphasis on the importance of consistent, cohesive curriculum is of paramount importance.

Bullish on blended-learning clusters

The Christensen Institute

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies, which may be key to advancing the blended-learning field and increasing its odds of personalizing learning at scale to allow every child to be successful. New York City was also an early site of a potential cluster, with its iZone InnovateNYCSchools initiative that focused on both the emergence of blended-learning schools and their interactions with education technology companies.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide. Despite all this activity, the charter schools pioneering blended learning get far more attention for their innovations.

New Resource Drills Down on Blended Learning, ‘Personalized’ Ed. Practices

Marketplace K-12

Big, broad terms like “blended learning” and “personalized learning” permeate pretty much every corner of the K-12 landscape these days. A new online resource aims to make those often-abstract concepts a lot more concrete by showing district officials and other audiences what those strategies actually look like in practice. Educators Seek Clarity.

Empowering Students and Teachers with Blended Learning

P21 Blogazine

Whenever I told people that I am a blended learning coach, I'd often get a quizzical look. "A what? What's a blended learning coach?" Just as frequently, I'd also get the question: "What exactly is blended learning, anyway?" These reactions have become less common recently as more and more people become acquainted with what blended learning is—a powerful instructional model in which teachers integrate technology into their teaching in order to better personalize learning and increase student engagement. P21 Blogazine

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I.  The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches.

Is Blended Learning the Same as Technology-Rich Instruction?

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:45am There’s a lot of confusion around blended learning and technology-rich instruction. Many schools think that because they use computers in the classroom they are a blended school. Yet, “blended learning” and “technology-rich instruction” mean something quite different. .

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference

Kleinspiration

This year''s conference is titled "Exploring Together: Blended and Online Learning" and focuses on four themes: blended and online learning, student health and well being, student assessment, and accreditation. This rotation was to serve as a simulation for what we could take back to our own learning environments and use as a model for differentiated instruction.

3 tips on incorporating special education into your blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on how special education teachers and advocates can champion and inform the rise of personalized and blended learning in K–12 systems across the country. To get there, here are three areas that school systems implementing blended learning should start paying attention to: 1. We’ve often discussed how effective blended-learning design requires gathering the right people around the design table.

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide. The reality is that blended learning is flourishing. Do lectures work?

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Deeper learning.

[Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

When I gave up control of my classroom, true learning started taking place. Students started asking me what they could do either advance their learning or help in the classroom. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Student Achievement Creative teachers Student AgencyGiving up control felt liberating and inspiring. handed the baton of teaching to my students. I was no longer the focus of the lesson. Student’s voices traveled through our classroom with excitement and engagement. The more I put on the students the more they produced.

Why teachers can’t deliver real personalized learning in today’s schools

The Christensen Institute

In a traditional classroom, students do not learn unless the teacher is in control by managing and guiding the learning experience, giving students directions, and making sure they all stay on task and on pace. More generally, when many students are already behind academically and where such crises in their personal lives are far too common, focusing on social and emotional needs can quickly undermine teachers’ and administrators’ efforts to close achievement gaps and change the ultimate life trajectories of their students. Taycheedah is the women’s prison in Wisconsin.

The 3 Biggest K–12 Tech Trends for 2017

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom tech and data will continue to boost learning outcomes. Blended Learning Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics Data Governance Makerspaces Personalized Learning STEM

Personalized Learning: Toward a Healthy Learning

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Blended Learning Student AchievementAs I was thinking about big mindset shifts, these advertisements caught my eye. The first one says “more scientists and educators smoke Kent”. The point here is that educated and smart people smoke this brand. The other advertisement says that there is “scientific evidence” that people who smoke Chesterfields saw “no adverse effects on the nose, throat and sinuses”. Yes, scientific evidence that this brand is safe.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”. But still not satisfied, Fauteux wanted to push the model even further so that students could have greater control over their learning.

What’s Up with… Blended Learning?

Where Learning Clicks

Where Learning Clicks presents a new video series exploring the myriad terms, phrases, concepts and jargon of the edtech landscape. Watch our first installment to find out… What’s Up with Blended Learning? Blended learning is an instructional method that integrates the traditional classroom with innovative technology, but it’s more than just technology-rich instruction. According to the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, blended learning is defined as a formal education program with three key.

Competency-based and blended learning: Friends or foes?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I presented a webinar for the Michigan-based EdTech Specialists’ webinar series on blended learning and competency-based education. The presentation provided me with a chance to revisit a blog post I wrote two years ago on the overlap—or lack thereof—between competency-based and blended approaches to teaching and learning.

Where blended meets personalized learning—and gets results

eSchool News

A coordinated, intentional program of blended learning is changing teaching and learning in the Nation’s capital. Public School District (DCPS) has earned a sort of celebrity status with lawmakers, superintendents, and think tank heads filing in to see what, and especially how, students are learning. For the past two years, the Washington, D.C.

6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces #intelEdu2in1

Kleinspiration

6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces As a current classroom teacher, I can attest to the importance of smart classroom design along with finding resources that support what happens within your space. Personally, I prefer to bring in resources that are easy to use and reliable. Curriculum changes. Students change.