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5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate.

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.

Blended learning up close—really close

The Christensen Institute

Next-gen learning has fallen into this trap. But to date, there is little data that captures the intricate, hidden details like the photograph above—data on the actual day-to-day tactics unfolding in blended-learning schools across the country.

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?

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.

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.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late.

5 Technology Tools Perfect for ELA Online Learning Stations

Catlin Tucker

English teachers frequently ask me which technology tools I use to design my online learning stations. Below are my 5 favorite technology tools and online resources for designing the online learning stations in my English classroom. #1 Learning

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide.

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful

eSchool News

“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning. The move to blended learning has been labelled as “disruptive” by many, such as Clayton Christensen in his book “ Disrupting Class.”

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.

For Online Learning, One Size Won’t Always Fit All

Where Learning Clicks

The key to successful online learning requires close coordination of many moving pieces—administrators, teachers, hardware, software, labs, and more. The post For Online Learning, One Size Won’t Always Fit All appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

This city’s blended learning program has led to a big culture shift

eSchool News

Key takeaways: A blended learning program in D.C. began in 2012 is freeing up time for more project-based learning by pairing ELA and math software with individualized lessons. A training program is helping teachers rethink lessons for blended learning.

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.

Vendors Must Hone in on Successful Models for Educator PD

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Currently we include in-person or online PD as an optional add-on to our subscription offering, but to be honest, no one buys it. At ISTE, I attended a Software & Information Industry Association breakfast focused on PD. But there is a booming business in online PD.

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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.

The Case for Online Learning

Leadership Lounge

Online learning has been a part of higher education since the late 1990s. In fact, universities have utilized distance learning for decades, beginning with correspondence and then moving videoconferencing in the late 1980s. As the Internet improved, so did the opportunity to move from point-to-point video-conference delivery of instruction to asynchronous online learning. Now, online learning has become a required element in university program offerings.

How should we spend $4 billion on computer science education? Get experts involved

The Christensen Institute

If approved, the investment would mark an opportunity not only to invest in bringing a high leverage skillset to today’s students, but also to fundamentally rethink teaching and learning, with the potential to bring industry experts to bear in classrooms. This does not mean developers and software engineers should all become classroom teachers. I can’t possibly learn CAD, apps, all that stuff,” Gady explained.

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.

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

The Hechinger Report

Teachers use the Desmos “ Activity Builder ” tool to create a series of self-paced math challenges using an online graphing calculator. The hush was troubling, because students learn a lot from debating ideas, sharing feedback and collectively exploring big questions.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. The event became much more dramatic than expected, once the hosting city, Washington DC, was clobbered by the great snowpocalyspe of 2016. Online learning is on the rise.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve.

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

Edsurge

But for good learning to happen, customization is a non-negotiable. Data that is not actionable plus online content that is not customized is a recipe for disappointment.". Data that is not actionable plus online content that is not customized is a recipe for disappointment,” laments Jennie Dougherty, KIPP Bay Area’s Associate Director of Innovation. Ultimately, these KIPP teachers wanted tighter alignment between their classroom lessons and what students were doing online.

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

The authors focus on Google Classroom in particular, not just as a piece of software, but as a means of enhancing the traditional teaching methods. Who Owns the Learning?: From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

— Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.

10 tools for blended schools

eSchool News

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. Let’s take a look at 10 top edtech tools in blended schools.

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

The Hechinger Report

Yet Colorado appears to be the only state whose law, adopted in 2016, requires that districts train all teachers and school administrators in the basics of privacy and information security. (A And plenty of free privacy resources can be found online.

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

The Hechinger Report

This is a list of kids I need to check in with, maybe because they’re learning the English language, or because I’ve observed something where they need a little more help,” Kaswell said. But now he’s implementing a particularly intense approach to it, known as personalized learning.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”. The pair launched the first CoderDojo in June 2011, hosted by the National Software Centre in Cork.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. The case for learning out loud extends beyond the development of effective communication skills.

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How to hire technology leaders, not followers

eSchool News

Blended learning, and its subset flipped learning, are trends that are not just growing but becoming the norm. Graph 1: A typical school population before technology is added to enhance learning and teaching. Blended learning: There are two parts to this component.

Developing a Research Base to Evaluate Digital Courseware

Edsurge

Online and blended learning continue to trend upward in higher education institutions across the U.S. Babson Survey , the proportion of academic leaders who report that online learning is critical for long-term institutional growth has grown from 49 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2015, and institutions are investing in edtech products to support digital learning. At the same time, the number of studies of the effectiveness of learning software is huge.

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Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

eSchool News

Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.