4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. Allow teachers to experience blended learning as a learner. More resources for blended teachers.

Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Many in the field pose the question, does blended learning work?

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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.

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.

Bullish on blended-learning clusters

The Christensen Institute

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies, which may be key to advancing the blended-learning field and increasing its odds of personalizing learning at scale to allow every child to be successful. As Steven Hodas, the former director of that effort, has written , Digital Promise and the U.S.

Blended learning can help students take ownership of their learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the most powerful potential benefits of blended learning is how it can help teachers create an achievement-oriented culture in their classrooms. He also shares thoughts on how blended learning has changed his approaches to classroom management.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of homework entirely. There are a few key reasons why blended learning is facilitating this changing role of homework. First, depending on the model, blended learning can give students the time and support they need to master concepts on a daily basis—thereby reducing the need for further practice at home.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

Blended Learning at DB-EXCEL High School, Tennessee

Where Learning Clicks

Learn how DB-EXCEL High School evolved their blended learning program to provide flexible academic options for students. The post Blended Learning at DB-EXCEL High School, Tennessee appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

I recently attended the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference , which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute, to listen to school leaders from across the country discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. To be clear, nearly every successful school and district has a principal or superintendent who exhibits strong leadership and is committed to improving student learning outcomes.

Keep the Focus on the Learning on Digital Learning Day

Voyager Sopris Learning

For those of us who have been around for a while, Digital Learning Day (or DLDay), happening February 17, has special significance. Blended learning is a great example.

This district’s blended learning program is putting struggling readers back on track

eSchool News

To limit the time these students spend in intervention programs, we have an “all hands on deck” approach: With parental involvement and our blended learning model, Neshaminy educators identify and build upon students’ strengths to lay the foundation for reading success.

Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. What are her expectations and those of her family for her learning?

Ga. schools to receive blended learning grants

eSchool News

Grants will enable districts to provide high-speed broadband to support blended learning efforts. million through a collaborative funding effort that seeks to provide high speed broadband access required for blended learning, Gov. Blended Learning McClatchy Top News

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

What Early Blended Learning Pioneers Got Right That Today's Schools Have Forgotten

Edsurge

When I first began blending digital and face-to-face learning, it was easy enough to create a flow between online learning spaces and offline learning. However, I noticed that sometimes my students were not getting as much out of the digital learning platform as I had anticipated. This was especially true when students could rush through their tasks, consuming content without real understanding or application of learning.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Click here to learn more. For more, see: Blended learning up close—really close.

Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. That recommendation, if realized, would bind LA Unified to a time-bound, one-size-fits-all model that fails to focus on the most important criterion—whether a student has learned the material.

Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

Teaching may change, but students are at the center

The Christensen Institute

In this post, I share an excerpt from a recent interview with Chris Walter, a blended-learning math and science teacher at Innovations Early College High School in the Salt Lake City School District in Utah. Thomas: How has blended learning changed your practices?

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges. How online learning can solve teacher shortage problems.

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

Education Blog Blended learning digital learning disruptive innovation online learning virtual reality XQ Super SchoolAs the hype around virtual reality in education swells , new developments show that the movement may have some staying power this time around. Although much of the buzz has centered on the Facebook-owned $600 Oculus Rift , which has yet to make a strong push into education, two other developments have caught my eye over the past few months.

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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.

Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries.

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

Education Blog Blended learning digital learning disruptive innovation online learning virtual reality XQ Super SchoolAs the hype around virtual reality in education swells , new developments show that the movement may have some staying power this time around.

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Getting the incentives right for online credit recovery

The Christensen Institute

At first, these results seem to be a huge setback for blended learning and its advocates. Whether a blended-learning program positively impacts student achievement depends on how well all these components are orchestrated.

How 3 schools are reimagining learning spaces

eSchool News

As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement.

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9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

eSchool News

Successful online and blended learning programs in a recent survey are those that prioritized better teacher-student relationships, used an online curriculum as a primary instructional source, and used a combination of in-person and virtual instructional support.

When innovating, having the right team matters

The Christensen Institute

This week, the Clayton Christensen Institute released a case study that details the efforts of Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter school management organization that operates high schools in California’s Bay Area, and Gooru , a nonprofit edtech company, to co-develop a technology to support LPS’s personalized learning model and improve student outcomes. in June 2016 as a result of this partnership, the Gooru and LPS team are now facing another set of questions.

To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

Can public schools replicate the Mooresville model for digital learning success? Former superintendent Mark Edwards says they can

The Hechinger Report

Mooresville Graded School District, near Charlotte, North Carolina, has become a national leader over the last decade in using digital learning tools to improve student achievement. But actually, it really became the cornerstone of our work and aligned with our digital conversion.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD. Online, competency-based learning reverses the traditional relationship in education between time and student learning. In the traditional educational model, time is fixed while each student’s learning is variable. Centrality of competencies, learning outcomes, and assessments.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

With the emergence of online learning and the opportunity to pair it with competency-based learning and flexibly mix it all into place-based bootcamp type experiences that train students to practice law—the combination of which would be disruptive to higher education—legal education is awaiting a disruptive innovator that takes advantage of the current opportunity. The news that law schools are in crisis is not new.

Utah and Florida sign bills to support competency-based learning pilots, but now the real work begins

The Christensen Institute

Treat competency-based learning as a whole-system—rather than one-off—reform. Invest in digital learning to scale competency-based instruction. Although the bills themselves do not focus on the role of technology, states need to keep in mind where digital learning can make competency-based education programs sustainable and scalable. Blended learning stands to support competency-based education in at least four overarching ways.