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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?

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 at Classical Academy, California

Where Learning Clicks

Director of Online Learning at The Classical Academies in California, Dr. Lesley Clifton, recently hosted a webinar in conjunction with blended and online learning provider, Edgenuity.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

The Los Angeles Unified School District is back in the news for its use of technology, this time for its online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. For more, see: Getting the incentives right for online credit recovery.

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.

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

eSchool News

In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. The state’s official response was to create a new program, called Virtual Arkansas , to manage its online courses and work with districts to find students who want to take them.

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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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?

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

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Getting the incentives right for online credit recovery

The Christensen Institute

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released a study on how online credit recovery impacts student achievement and outcomes in Algebra I. Students taking the online course also had lower grades in the course and lower scores on the end-of-course algebra post-test.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reinventing research

The Christensen Institute

In our latest white paper for the Clayton Christensen Institute titled A blueprint for breakthroughs: Federally funded education research in 2016 and beyond , my coauthor Julia Freeland Fisher and I lay out a new path forward for educational research. Department of Education-funded RAND RCT study of Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I (CTAI) product found that CTAI boosted the average student’s performance by approximately eight percentile points.

The upward march

The Christensen Institute

Although there is certainly nothing wrong with having a high-achieving incoming class, significant financial resources, and the respect of your peer institutions, competing on these factors distracts institutions from two important outcomes: the learning that takes place at their institution and the jobs their graduates can secure. Imagine a world in which maximizing learning and job readiness of students was all that institutions prioritized.

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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.

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.

Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

Edsurge

Today, we’d like to call out nine of our contributors in particular, who’ve written the most popular articles of 2016. But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning.

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the most interesting reads for teachers ready to embrace modern technology is this particular book, which draws from the extensive experience of its authors regarding the use of digital apps, such as Google Apps, in the process of educating the young minds of tomorrow.

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.