How to improve student engagement
The Christensen Institute
MARCH 14, 2017
Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. In blended-learning workshops, two out of three teachers tell me that low student engagement is their root problem.
Empowering Students and Teachers with Blended Learning
AUGUST 19, 2015
Whenever I told people that I am a blended learning coach, I'd often get a quizzical look. "A 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. A what?
When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. But it simply means that if you teach kids the way they learn, they’re going to learn.”.
Research examines blended learning, student achievement
OCTOBER 1, 2015
A new research report from Arizona State University (ASU) focuses on various evidence-based instructional models and strategies integrated within courses from an online curriculum provider in order to determine if they lead to increased student achievement and engagement. Standards-based, personalized learning using customization.
Why new technologies often don’t help students
The Christensen Institute
JULY 13, 2016
Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But when education leaders use these technologies merely as replacements for textbooks, gradebooks, and worksheets, they risk complicating teachers’ jobs with only marginal gains for students.
Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 2: Implementation)
MARCH 11, 2015
Blended learning starts with a strategic plan. Here are some tips to ensure your plan is successful when you’re ready to implement blended learning inside your classrooms. Incorporate personalized learning. Give students opportunities to follow a personalized learning path. Engage the students as much as possible.
Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment
The Christensen Institute
JUNE 25, 2015
In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. Accordingly, the group wrote, “We need to shift away from rote learning and build instead on our uniquely human strengths in areas like creativity and interpersonal interactions.”. Students explore their passions in everything from elective courses to real internships to learn about career options.
Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core
MARCH 25, 2015
Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do! This helps with my planning and differentiation for my students.
Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?
APRIL 14, 2016
Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. But unless students belong to rather wealthy families or win the lottery, higher education comes with a big price for them — student debts. A lot of American or European students might relate to this. SPOCs help students engage more with the course.
Learning Technologies and Creativity in the Classroom
OCTOBER 5, 2015
If newer technologies can foster creativity in students then educators must seriously think about how they can incorporate them into their classroom teaching strategies. If you ask the vast majority of students about any links the two might have, there’s a high chance you’ll be met with a sea of blank looks. When students don’t feel engaged, their education suffers.
Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment
JANUARY 12, 2017
What is the ideal blended learning environment? Many ask me what the best device is for learning. Good teaching and sound student-directed learning is not, and should not be, device dependent. High-quality learning can happen on laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or cell phones. How does digital learning work with electives? The primary grades.
Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities
JULY 21, 2016
It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. However, teachers continue to feel the daunting pressure to compete for their students’ attention amidst the ever-evolving and rapidly-hanging mass media, social media, and entertainment industry, as these elements do a stellar job of keeping students highly engaged outside of the classroom.
New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters
MARCH 6, 2017
A great deal of initial research exists about blended learning techniques such as game-based learning, but adoption has stalled because of a lack of scalable, practical techniques that have also proven effective. students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. Now a soon-to-be released study from Vanderbilt University demonstrates the impact of rigorous, peer reviewed research into curricular tools, in this case showing that students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. Game based learning is. [an]
How to Choose the Right EdTech Tools for Your Classroom
JULY 15, 2015
The right tools can elevate a student’s learning experience to levels unfathomable to teachers who were in the field even a short ten years ago. Would you like to take your students on a field trip to, perhaps, the Palace of Versailles, the Taj Mahal, or the Great Pyramids? Perhaps you would like to create a more student centered learning environment by flipping your classroom.
Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle
The Christensen Institute
JANUARY 19, 2017
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. Education Blog
Profiles in Success: Pickerington Schools Move From Traditional to "Tradigital" Math Classrooms
MIND Research Institute
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Pickerington Schools in Ohio has over 10,000 students and a notable 96.5% This high-achieving district takes pride in prioritizing student engagement and enthusiasm for learning. ST Math has really helped us move away from the teacher-led classroom to the student-driven. Interested in learning more about ST Math? graduation rate.
Wikispaces Classroom - A Flexible Tool for Teaching & Learning
Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners
JULY 23, 2013
Wikispaces Classroom is a flexible tool that has many useful features for designing and implementing technology powered learning experiences to support all learners. This online learning platform and virtual classroom is free, efficient, and built to support teaching and learning. Discussions can be monitored for student engagement in real time through the Assessment tab.
How to hire technology leaders, not followers
MARCH 15, 2016
Blended learning, and its subset flipped learning, are trends that are not just growing but becoming the norm. Graph 1: A typical school population before technology is added to enhance learning and teaching. Some may see it as a challenge, but are reasonably happy to learn and adapt. Graph 2: A school population “sculpted” to support technology enhanced learning.
Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay
MARCH 11, 2015
Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year. Digital Learning Day edsurge Erin Klein Future Ready FutureReady Thomas Murray
Edgenuity launches online gradebook
JULY 5, 2016
New gradebook delivers in-depth student performance data in real time. Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, launched of a robust new teacher Gradebook at ISTE 2016. The Gradebook tool enables teachers to monitor student engagement, progress, and achievement in real time. Gradebook will be available in fall 2016. ISTE News
Student interaction in blended courses
MARCH 13, 2017
Student engagement in learning is critical and becoming actively involved is key. Learning involves interaction with the instructor, with content, and with other students. Today’s answer is often blended learning. Strategies instructional design online learningIt would be wonderful if all three could happen exclusively in face-to-face courses and very frequently, but sometimes one or the other is problematic. Following up on Week 2 of the BlendKit course, this article explains a […].
What makes game-based learning so effective and how does it work?
Think Through Math
MAY 20, 2016
When we think of games, we often think of them as somewhat trivial or just for fun, but can a game-based learning environment really change the way students learn and teachers teach? Researchers agree that people learn best in a game environment, more than any other traditional form of instruction, but why? Summer Learning Programs. Blended Learning Environments.
Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model
The Christensen Institute
DECEMBER 13, 2016
The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. Many educators, particularly at the elementary school level, have rotated students among centers or stations for decades.
How one district improved its personalized learning by failing forward
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
In the MSD of Wayne Township , there are several blended and online opportunities available for students. The Ben Davis Extended Day (BDED) blended learning program is an extension of one of the district’s high schools, Ben Davis High School. The program operates in the evenings and serves students who, for one reason or another, are not able to attend during the day.
Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model
JULY 20, 2015
” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom. I passionately believe the most effective learning communities are those that allow teachers to spend more time working individually or in small groups with their students to customize and personalize instruction. Will students produce something?
Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle
JANUARY 3, 2017
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. Today’s most hyped phrase, personalized learning, is nearing Gartner’s peak of inflated expectations among the chattering class of education thought leaders and philanthropists. What is personalized learning? We can also give students choice in what they learn.
Want to learn more about Augmented Reality in Education? Follow These Great Educators!
Two Guys and Some iPads
JULY 27, 2014
They continue to share excellent resources to help educators see how augmented reality can engage students and deepen understanding. Terri Eichholz : Terri is a t eacher of K-5 Gifted Students in San Antonio, TX , who is dedicated to engaging and inspiring all learners. She has a wonderful and informational blog Engage Their Minds.
A Back-to-School Checklist: Choosing Classroom Technology that Fosters Engagement
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
A new school year has begun and educators will face the task of engaging a new set of students. Cultivating an environment where students are consistently engaged with the curriculum brings a unique set of challenges with each new mix of students and level of study. Fulfill a variety of personal learning styles to meet each student where they are?
5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance
A Principal's Reflections
JANUARY 22, 2016
A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning. Step 2 If 1:1 is not in the cards make use of devices students already have, know, and use.
Flip Your Back-to-School Night
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Back-to-School Night is the one evening each year when I have the opportunity to connect face-to-face with my students’ parents. I explain why I believe it’s important to place students at the center of learning in the classroom and how I use blended learning strategies and technology to create a student-centered learning experience.
The 4 essential elements of any successful one-to-one program
FEBRUARY 28, 2016
As more and more schools and districts set goals to provide one-to-one access to technology to students to meet teaching and learning goals, district and school leaders are faced with the task of planning and implementing technology resources at levels that they might not have experienced in the past. Provide opportunities for stakeholder engagement. Establish your vision.
Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy
JANUARY 5, 2016
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill designed to address the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind. “ These harsh punishments lead some districts to “teach the test” and prioritize third party assessment scores over student engagement and learning. Blended Learning. Higher standards are right.
Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. Between 30 and 40 percent of students enter kindergarten not ready for school. Enrollment skyrocketed to nearly 300 students.
MobyMax launches K-8 cognitive skills science curriculum
AUGUST 18, 2015
MobyMax, developer of personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, is kicking off the 2015-2016 school year by releasing a new Touch Curriculum technology that uses more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen students’ mastery of science concepts. Science is the core subject for learning cognitive skills,” said Wade Willett.
Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How
Reading By Example
OCTOBER 20, 2016
In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. Memorization, basic skill development and surface-level understanding are no longer enough for our students’ futures. Yet…students need to know stuff. One approach that may offer that reasonable next step in embedding personalized learning into practice is blended learning.
Partnership aims to increase high school graduation rates
JUNE 14, 2016
In an effort to help increase high school graduation rates, Edgenuity , a provider of online and blended learning solutions, has announced a partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN). Advances in education technology have created more options for a student to receive a quality education than ever before.
Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. Today, students have choices when it comes to their education; technology has enabled new school models and a growing number of students are finding success through personalized pathways. The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea.