Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

Pictures of Blended Learning: This is Progress?

The Journal

Okay, instead of writing a diatribe on blended learning, in this week’s blog we will let four pictures from blended learning classrooms "speak for themselves They say a picture is worth 1,000 words.


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Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference


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. 4 Essential Elements of a Blended Classroom: a.

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.

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. In total, 81 of the now 364 active schools in our database use a combination of two or more blended-learning models in their classrooms.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

In the fall of 2014, Mallory Mattivi, a seventh-grade English language arts and world history teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, took a leap that radically transformed her teaching. When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative. But with Cooney’s support, she started experimenting with blended learning and iterating on her classroom model.

Not Yet Blended Learning

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Source (Infographic): How to Implement Blended Learning: Version 2.0. There is a lot of talk these days about Blended Learning. However: “Increasing student opportunities to engage with technology — such as teachers using flipped classroom strategies, a school computer lab, and computers using digital curriculum in the classroom – are all steps in the right direction, but don’t meet the full potential of blended learning.

Bring Focus to Blended Learning with 12 Starting Ideas… Plus a Free ISTE Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post where I focus on some simple ways you can begin to blend your learning. I also want to invite you to a very special webinar on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 4 PM EST. First, t o ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. A blended classroom is not an instant event.

The Learning Accelerator on blended learning: `In the future, we’ll just call it learning’

The Hechinger Report

If you’ve attended a major education conference this year or follow education trends, you’ve likely heard a phrase that is creating great excitement: blended learning. Blended learning classrooms look different: instead of a teacher lecturing in front, you might see students wearing headsets and looking intently at computer screens. So we are closely following the evolution of blended learning, also known as personalized learning. Blended Learnin

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program


Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

Check out the NEW site: ClassroomCribs AND see How-To Set Up Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Learning Spaces!


Free Classroom Design Webinar: I would love for you to join me on Tuesday, July 29th at 3pm ET for a free webinar all on setting up your classroom learning space. Both individuals have lot of experience in establishing smart design for learning spaces. In order to get the latest, we''d love for you to simply go to ClassroomCribs.com and click on the orange box ("Learn More About Classroom Design"). This summer, he launched a Summer Learning Series for anyone to join.

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Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

I learned a valuable lesson that day: words matter. In schools all over the nation, “technology coaches” are being hired, “technology workshops” are being held, and classrooms are getting “flipped” and “blended.” ” Instead of “giving students access to resources,” we “go 1:1 with a blended learning approach.” ” Let’s stop talking about technology and start talking about learning

Can Blended Learning Improve Equity in One of Nation’s Most Diverse Districts?


In 2014, they were named a model for desegregation by the Center for Diversity and Equality in Education. In order to address these equity concerns, the district is increasingly turning to technology--in particular, blended learning--to allow all students to succeed. Embracing Blended Learning. The districtwide shift towards blended learning began in 2015 when Erica Hartman was hired as Supervisor of Technology Integration.

Education Research Meta Analysis from Hattie and Yates


The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. Edtech Blended Learning Hattie Edtech UpdateThe book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world.

Why An Assessment Tool Is Crucial in Blended Learning- MAP TESTING

Saving Socrates

Now you might say, no I still have kids that perform awesome in my class and deserve the A and then don''t perform so great on a standardized exam because of test anxiety or a learning issue or some other factor. This past year our school implemented a pilot program for blended learning in several classrooms. One key element of blended learning is the customization process. Hence, the need for real customization in the learning so as not to waste any time.

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

This blog post is part of a series that highlight different stakeholders' perspectives on purchasing practices for K-12 personalized learning tools. We’re providing flexible, learner-centered, blended learning environments, including access to inter­active curriculum for teachers, students, and parents. We also learned through the field observation that our wireless network had to be improved and upgraded in order for the devices to work properly.

Why Teachers Need to Open the Digital Door: LMS Platforms


Written by CUE Member Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, Ed D What is a learning management system and why should educators care about the LMS, the CMS (Content Management System) or other instructional management systems? Online learning in K12 and in HIgher Ed is growing at an unprecedented rate. Blended Learning

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Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

I wanted to see teachers guiding their students through individualized learning, units that are unique and cater to the multiple learning styles, and technology-rich classrooms that aided in the whole competency-based approach to learning. That’s what competency-based education is about – giving students a voice in how they show what they’ve learned.

AP Blended Learning Pull Out Program- Successes and Failures

Saving Socrates

They learned something priceless, the value of grit. At first, we attempted to utilize blended learning to compensate for the lack of face time beyond one 40 minute period once a week. However, I have yet to find a blended learning platform that does this for this specific AP, let alone for the AP European. AP AP European assessment blended learning digital content provider flipped flooding questioning This past year, I was pretty naive.

10 Sites for Blended Learning

Technology Tidbits

What is Blended Learning? It''s a smorgasbord of teaching strategies that uses analog and digital technologies to teach and learn. Wikipedia says, " Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace. [1] cut/crop) it, adding questions, and generate assessments to blend learning.

Encouraging Autonomy Using QR Codes in the Primary Classroom


Blended LearningWritten by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Michael Tillyer @mtillyer For the past twenty years as a public school teacher (18 of that in Kindergarten), I have constantly been searching for ways to utilize technology to transform the educational process for my young students. I used and created videos with my students, made the most […]. The post Encouraging Autonomy Using QR Codes in the Primary Classroom appeared first on OnCUE.

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Minecraft in Education


Blended LearningBy CUE Member and Guest Blogger Diane Main This morning, my son came up to me and my husband with his iPad and showed us a video screencast he had found on YouTube. It’s a fly-over tour of a group of military ships, completely created in Minecraft– an increasingly popular computer game and app. He […]. The post Minecraft in Education appeared first on OnCUE.

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Creative Strategies for Redesigning Today's Classrooms via @All4Ed & @edwebnet!


2 Free Webinars Featuring Classroom Design Tips - sign up now to reserve your spot - Webinar I : Redesigning Learning Spaces: Creating Brain-Friendly, Blended Learning Environments Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education in a back-to-school webinar that is part of its Project 24 leadership series. This Google Hangout will explore how classroom spaces can be transformed into brain-friendly digital learning environments.

Is it really “blended learning” or is it just “learning”?

The Principal of Change

” Maybe the analogy doesn’t connect, but I feel the same way about the term “blended learning”, in which many of our students might just simply call “learning” To me, it would be the equivalent of referring to “reading a book” to “paper learning” It is just learning. If you google “What is blended learning?”,

Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)

The CoolCatTeacher

Lee Graham on Episode 569 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Learn more. Listen to Dr. Lee Graham talk about Game Based Learning Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

Community and #RemoteLearning Conversations with Brad Currie

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do teachers share information quickly as they have had to move to distance learning amid coronavirus school closures? Advancement Courses has a free micro-course – Launching Online Learning. He is also part of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2014.

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School-Wide Innovation Day


By CUE Guest Bloggers Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Sarah Press, and Liz Tompkins Many teachers and administrators are creating time in their students’ days to allow for passion-based learning. Blended LearningYou might have heard of Genius Hour (check out the #geniushour hashtag on Twitter) or 20% Time (#20time on Twitter). Instead of a chunk of time each week being […]. The post School-Wide Innovation Day appeared first on OnCUE.

The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you want to follow those tweets, you can either track the conference hashtag #ticalsls14 or you can follow the Learning Revolution Twitter account at @learnrevproject. Free Synchronous Meeting Tools to Deliver Faculty Professional Development - Dr. Rochelle Franklin, Director of Faculty Training and Development Providing follow-up support to village school teachers for improved teaching and learning processes - Mr. Asher Javaid Who Has Time for Data?

Catholic schools turn to blended learning as a way to address students’ individual needs

The Hechinger Report

SEATTLE — After years of declining enrollment, a growing number of Catholic schools nationwide are placing their faith in blended learning, a teaching approach in which computers share the instructional load with teachers, and one that appeals to many parents disillusioned with traditional schools. Because blended learning software provides a steady and immediate flow of data on student performance, teachers can focus more closely on the individual needs of each child.

3 stories of how educational technology can improve relationships

The Christensen Institute

Around 2014, I noticed a troubling shift in how people were starting to view Blended Learning. For many, Blended Learning connoted an inhumane form of education in which teachers are demoted to mere lab monitors as children spend hours upon hours in techno-isolation with their eyes and ears glued to screens and headphones. It ignores the many other instances of successfully implemented Blended Learning that are the opposite of inhuman and isolating.

Embracing Change

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I’m working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference. My Shifting series: Shifting Education – Shifting Learning – Shifting Attitudes. future Inquiry Hub pairadimes presentation Pro-D restructuring #canedu14 challenge change change agent David Truss quote Shifting Attitudes Shifting Education Shifting Learning {Full image below}. Update: See more on the topic of Embracing Change.

Third Annual eLearning Strategies Symposium in San Mateo


Written by Past CUE President Brian Bridges With virtual and blended learning exploding in growth, CUE created the eLearning Strategies Symposium three years ago to celebrate all things online and blended learning. Whether you provide students full-time online courses, individual courses to supplement your offerings, or if you “flip” your classes, the symposium is the only […].

Just who are the people behind today’s educational software?

The Hechinger Report

In this first installment, software engineer Ben Slivka — inspired by science fiction — dreamed of creating truly adaptive learning software. What if,” Slivka asked himself, “you could build this massively multiplayer online game—but instead of shooting things, you were mastering all of K–12 education—that would motivate kids and allow them to learn at their own pace and their own way?”. Copyright © 2014. Blended Learning Computers Technology

Finding Content for Reteaching, Blending, and Flipping


Online content means you can learn anywhere, with anyone! We talked about using a tool like Socrative or InfuseLearning to get a quick feel for where students are in their learning, and then apps like Explain Everything , Educreations , or ShowMe which teachers can use to create video tutorials based on learning needs. Any educator knows that deep learning of content really happens when you have to break it apart and teach it to others.