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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. Early on, as many in the field do, the overlap of blended and competency-based learning felt obvious to me.

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.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

The Christensen Institute

In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students.

Majority of schools in Ohio report using blended learning

The Christensen Institute

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. Since we made the prediction in Disrupting Class that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses would be online in some form or fashion—the vast majority in blended learning —good data has been hard to come by. The majority of elementary schools blending use Rotation models—exactly as Heather Staker and I predicted using the theory of disruptive innovation.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. For an ecosystem to nurture “next-gen” or personalized learning models, we need a value network that is organized around accountability to individual student outcomes and growth.

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.

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. The reality is that our traditional education system was designed to utilize teachers as lesson planners, graders, and managers of whole-group instruction, but today we also expect them to be counselors, mentors, and individual learning specialists.

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.

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. Part of their success has hinged on the way teachers are using blended learning in the classroom.

Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action

eSchool News

New report explores main blended models and their use. A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. Flipped learning might also be used to help students rotate.

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. six: 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. Blended and personalized learning were two topics on the rise this year. The goal is to produce deeper learning.

10 districts that have seen big blended learning success

eSchool News

Edgenuity highlights schools, districts implementing blended learning. As schools and districts try to better meet the needs of students with different learning styles, blended learning programs are becoming increasingly popular. Blended Learning News Top News

Rethink funding for quality learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2008, in the book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson made the bold prediction that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses in America would be online. This post was first published on WISE ed.review.

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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Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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Micro-school parents, students build one-room schoolhouses of today

The Christensen Institute

These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children but cannot or do not want to homeschool them. Micro-schools come in a variety of flavors but frequently do away with grade-levels in favor of technology-enabled, student-customized pathways to learning. It boasts a multi-level space that was formerly a Gold’s Gym but has since been transformed into open learning spaces.

Stop pitting technology against quality, in-person time

The Christensen Institute

But even as she acknowledged toward the end that technology has a role to play, she missed spotlighting how technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to achieve what appears most important in her mind: the chance for students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers—a counterintuitive yet important part of blended learning’s promise for many students.

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

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.”.

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.

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. Testing need not be the enemy of teaching and learning.

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.”.

Stepping Toward Personalized Learning and a Lesson on Walls… plus a Free Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I want to take a break from my Over 70 STEM Resource Series to have a conversation on Personalized Learning and its relationship to the Walls of education. I also would like to invite you to a free ISTE OLN Webinar on Personalized Learning with Andrew Miller.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. When they are ready, the students demonstrate their understanding by performing thoughtfully developed tasks that determine how much learning has taken place.

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.

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.

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. Although the campuses do not have full gymnasiums, auditoriums, or other facilities frequently seen at independent schools, they focus on providing a customized student learning experience.

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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.

Three Thoughts on the Treatment of EdTech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Doug Levin

In 2015, the poll included 34 questions (not counting the a/b/c/d variations of some questions asked only to a fraction of the overall sample), only one (1) of which addressed the topic of technology in education.

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How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

The Christensen Institute

But one of Waters’ key breakthroughs has been learning how to not go it alone—a collaboration lesson for leaders across all industries to innovate successfully. Embrace what you don’t know and be open to learning from those outside of your traditional teams.

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.

'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

Edsurge

However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program will offer incarcerated learners a second chance. In 2015, after the state passed a law requiring each local board of education to have a virtual option for students in grades 9-12, the Athens City School District created Renaissance. For students attending the school virtually, all lessons and activities are done online through recordings, live videos and guided readings.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Blended Learning in K8 Schools: Expert Advice from Michael Horn

District Administration

Online learning combined with face-to-face instruction can result in a more personalized learning experience. District Administration, July 2014 Blended learning is constantly growing and evolving, and transforming education to be more of a student-centered environment.

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The Christensen Institute

These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children but cannot or do not want to homeschool them. Micro-schools come in a variety of flavors but frequently do away with grade-levels in favor of technology-enabled, student-customized pathways to learning. It boasts a multi-level space that was formerly a Gold’s Gym but has since been transformed into open learning spaces.

Public-University Group Expands ‘Personalized Learning’ Efforts

Wired Campus

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is expanding its support of “personalized learning” with the help of a new $4.6-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Personalized learning” means different things to different people. The group will help universities scale their use of adaptive courseware — that is, technology that analyzes students’ data in order to help them learn.