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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.

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Blended Learning

Where Learning Clicks

Quite often, I am finding that the obstacles schools and districts face when starting an online and blended learning program could have been avoided with the right channel of communication and relationship development.

Julie Young returns to online learning

The Christensen Institute

When Julie Young stepped down from the helm of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) after 17 years, I wrote at the end of my piece reflecting on what her contributions had meant that I wouldn’t be surprised to see Julie “continue to play a leadership role in transforming schooling to put students at the center of their learning. accredited high school through virtual learning. And, just as at FLVS, students will be able to move at their own pace and learn from anywhere at any time.

Research examines blended learning, student achievement

eSchool News

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.

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.

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.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency.

The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. I spoke recently with the principal of a charter middle school that is using blended learning and alternative staffing to try to develop a breakthrough personalized learning model. Recognizing the cost of human-graded assessment.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

Not only are we tired of the same recurring debates about what is wrong with today’s education system and who is to blame for its inadequacies, but we also realize that no amount of tweaking or modifying the current, industrial-era system will fulfill our vision of all children learning and thriving to their full potential.”. Conversely, the Internet revolution has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for new approaches to learning.”.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

An Education Week article reported that in 2011, “black and Hispanic students trailed their white peers by an average of more than 20 test-score points on the NAEP math and reading assessments at 4th and 8th grades, a difference of about two grade levels.” 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.

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.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools. Others, including civil rights advocates, have warned about the consequences of walking away from annual tests that measure whether students from all backgrounds are learning. Enabled by technology, future assessment systems will be both less intrusive and more precise.

The Top 15 Tweets of 2015 from @coolcatteacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Wow, 2015 was a big year for Twitter in education. Here are the 15 top Tweets from 2015 that I tweeted from my account. Lots of talk about grading and assessment this year. Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) March 3, 2015. #14 Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) June 29, 2015. #13

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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.

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. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. I am almost booked through June I am already taking fall dates for 2015 – Mike.

Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

The Christensen Institute

Airplanes fly farther, computer processors get faster, cell phone batteries last longer, and online-learning software becomes more engaging all because of increased understanding of how inputs and processes lead to desired outcomes. What education needs is a SportVU-like system that can track and analyze student learning patterns, teacher practices, and student learning growth in a more granular way.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Go To Class | Next Session : 3rd May, 2015. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5: Planning for Teaching and Learning. Learn How to Play Chess.

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.

#SmartSeries Refresh | Improving Conditions and Career: How Blended Learning Can Improve The Teaching Profession

ExcelinEd

A lot has happened in the world of digital learning since ExcelinEd’s Digital Learning Now initiative and Getting Smart released the first Smart Series paper in August 2012. Improving Conditions and Careers: How Blended Learning Can Improve The Teaching Profession.

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. Holmes County Central High School is one of eight rural schools participating in a new, blended learning AP Physics program.

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.

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.

5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics

The CoolCatTeacher

He teaches English at Mountain House High School in California, a 1:1 Chromebook blended learning school, where he received the 2015 Online Course Design Award from Blended Schools Network for his work on creating engaging online learning courses.

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. Earlier this year, Illinois launched a self-directed online AP pilot program for 75 students at 10 rural high schools. LEXINGTON, Miss.

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. The booming online-learning market alone, however, will not accomplish this vision.

Full-time online school launches in Georgia using FuelEd (Aventa)

eSchool News

FuelEd, Vidalia City Board of Education open full-time online school for Georgia students. has partnered with personalized learning provider Fuel Education (formerly Aventa Learning) to launch a new full-time online learning program for K-12.

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

Marketplace K-12

Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. ” New school accountability measures in England and Wales caused a steep drop in vocational course-taking, from 700,000 enrollments in 2012 to 320,000 in 2015. Ramping Up Online Programs.

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Using online learning, assessment and data analysis, we can more precisely pinpoint what students know and where they are still struggling at the moment they are struggling. We can then use that information to drive better learning. Central to the Teach to One model is an online program that helps create an individualized learning experience for each student. Vitter student-centered learning Teach to One teachers

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

Educational Initiatives, a privately-owned company in India that develops and administers large-scale assessments in private and public schools in India, faced this question when it decided to pursue a social initiative aimed at serving some of India’s most disadvantaged children. In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large.

When Teachers Build Edtech, Awesomeness Ensues—and Here’s Why

Edsurge

A few years ago, she could see that some of her fifth graders struggled with second grade math skills, while others were capable of eighth grade content on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. But for good learning to happen, customization is a non-negotiable. For example, KIPP students are assessed three times a year on the NWEA MAP test. Traditional assessments do not capture that type of student growth data nor do end-of-year state tests.

What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

MindShift

Many teachers have long been frustrated with static, canned curriculum that doesn’t seem connected to kids’ lives, and testing requirements that drive the learning experience. Patrick would like to see modular assessment offered at public libraries. By Jane Mount/MindShift.

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.

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

MindShift

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Middlebury Interactive Languages is trying to flip that model on its head with an online program that expects a lot from beginners.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Create Digital Learning Spaces

The Playground Advocate

Online learning experiences can be both transformative and restrictive. Learning when and how best to use digital environments in the service of learning requires more than just a passing thought. The advantages of LMSs are that they are built for learning.