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Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

When it comes to using technology to improve students’ learning opportunities, Texas is a pioneer. But this legislative season, the Senate made a major blunder that keeps students from accessing the educational options they deserve. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform.

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 1: Planning)

Gaggle Speaks

The combination of traditional face-to-face learning with online learning is having a positive impact on students. But blended learning isn’t as simple as tossing in some online coursework. Determine the right mix of online and face-to-face.

N.C. district targets online, blended learning solutions

eSchool News

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to implement Edgenuity’s blended learning, instructional services, initial credit and credit recovery. Blended Learning News Top News

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Blended Learning Barriers Examined in New Education Week Report

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A new Education Week special report profiles school districts'' efforts to bring blended learning home by increasing needy students'' access to out-of-school Wi-Fi. E-rate Ed-tech Online Learning Procurement blendedlearning digitalcontent technology

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 1: Planning)

Gaggle Speaks

The combination of traditional face-to-face learning with online learning is having a positive impact on students. But blended learning isn’t as simple as tossing in some online coursework. Determine the right mix of online and face-to-face.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution? I think blended learning has the potential to have a huge impact on education in India.”.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

Our education team has galvanized a conversation around transforming our monolithic, factory-model education system into a student-centered one powered by the disruptive innovation of online learning so that all students can realize their fullest human potential—an idea that was not on the radar before 2007. Horn online learning

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

Much of the achievement gap stems from larger societal issues such as poverty, racism, and disproportionate access to resources and opportunities; and technology is not a silver bullet for addressing these issues. In the traditional educational model, school attendance is critical because students don’t learn important academic content unless they are actually in class when the teacher covers the content. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.

How independent schools can ward off disruption

The Christensen Institute

With the enabling technology of online learning in a blended-learning setting, micro-schools are able to offer similar or even higher levels of personalization than traditional independent schools with a lower-cost business model. Instead, they offer greater affordability and accessibility. Acton compresses students’ core learning into a two-and-a-half-hour personalized-learning period each day during which students learn mostly online.

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The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Students have access to hundreds of courses while they are in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities, but they tend to focus on math, language arts, social studies and science. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

New report highlights 10-step plan to applying Universal Design for Learning online. The authors note that while, ideally, UDL allows students with disabilities to access courses without adaptation, it can also help to improve learning—and, therefore, retention—among all students.

How Khan Academy and Tata Trust’s recent partnership could affect the U.S. EdTech market

The Christensen Institute

In December, Tata Trusts announced a five-year partnership with Khan Academy to develop tech-enabled, high-quality and localized education resources across India by providing a personalized, mastery-based learning experience. A few examples to illustrate the point: TurboTax found early success, not by going after individuals who already used the services of a personal accountant, but by going after individuals who could either not afford or secure access to one.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

As online, competency-based learning gains steam in higher education, a critical question is emerging. Whenever a disruptive innovation emerges—and online, competency-based learning deployed in the right business model is a disruptive innovation—it doesn’t look as good as existing services according to the old metrics of performance. For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs.

Match Beyond: No excuses meets disruption in higher education

The Christensen Institute

With millions of nonconsumers of traditional colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide—many of them low-income adults with jobs or families—and a traditional higher education model that, increasingly, is both expensive and under financial strain, there has been no shortage of opportunities for disruptive higher education upstarts powered by online learning to emerge. The partnership enrolled its first formal cohort of students in January 2015.

Are you ever too old to disrupt? What Penn Foster has been up to

The Christensen Institute

Penn Foster is a private company that operates a private online high school, career academy, and institution of higher education. Its high school enrollments saw only modest growth until the company put the product entirely online in 2006. Since then, like many online-learning companies, Penn Foster’s high school has seen significant growth. But its new ventures in the online high school space for adults mark an important new market that make it a company to watch.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. 2015 represents a new beginning for both though—beginnings that hold potential. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

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A window into the future of learning

The Christensen Institute

Schools, I’d learned in my job, were incredibly obstinate to change. The book in fact outlined with incredible precision what the future of teaching and learning could look like, as technology became more and more a part of classrooms across the country. On the other, online learning could be an engine to individualize education successfully in ways never before possible. Last week, Michael Horn stepped down as Executive Director of our education team.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide access and opportunity they might not otherwise have.”. million online courses in 2014-15.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” Dwinal then explains how online learning is addressing these issues by making the teacher labor force more flexible such that more skilled and certified individuals are available to address the nations teaching needs.

The unintended benefits of online courses

The Christensen Institute

As we’ve long pointed out, the growth of online and blending learning in our K–12 education system signals a promising path to personalizing instruction for each students’ needs and strengths.

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Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

eSchool News

This year’s Brightspace Excellence Awards , announced at FUSION 2016 by global learning technology provider D2L, recognized the promise of online learning and its ability to connect more and more people to high-quality educational programs. Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online created robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors.

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

And as Andrew points out, “a million kids in the United States… don’t have access to chemistry at all… [this] will be a game changer for kids who have nothing as the alternative.” In September 2015, Google launched Google Expeditions to a closed group of schools. The product consists of a cardboard viewer that costs a mere $15, which holds a smart phone and, at the time, allowed students access to more than 100 virtual field trips.

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Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom. One strategy for a teacher interested in pursuing this approach come fall is experimenting with the Station Rotation Model–a blended learning model.

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

And as Andrew points out, “a million kids in the United States… don’t have access to chemistry at all… [this] will be a game changer for kids who have nothing as the alternative.” In September 2015, Google launched Google Expeditions to a closed group of schools.

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Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. Learning

Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

MindShift

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide access and opportunity they might not otherwise have.”. million online courses in 2014-15.

Bridging the divide between ed tech research and the classroom

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. “We The second is a set of videos on 11 topics (one example: language learning) that give viewers the ability to watch key research concepts in action. A high school library in a school district in Mentor, Ohio. Photo: Nichole Dobo.

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

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On the other side of the spectrum are countries where most of the population can only dream about higher education, because only a few — the elite — have access to it. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

A few states require such training for people who accesses specific, statewide student databases.). If you have a heartbeat and access to a computer, that’s a really good place to start.”. And plenty of free privacy resources can be found online.

Over 25 Ideas for eLearning… Inclement Weather and Snow Day Make Up

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I thought you might be interested in learning more about eLearning and inclement weather make up. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. I am also still learning!

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Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning—particularly the Station Rotation, Lab Rotation, and Flipped Classroom models—can be one sustaining innovation that we can layer on our existing classrooms to pave the way to higher outcomes, both by allowing us to differentiate instruction with far greater precision and by dolling out content and assessments that match each students’ needs and strengths. Instead, they offer more affordable, accessible, and foolproof options to new customers.