Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

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.

Why Change as an Educator?

My Island View

Once we learned what we now understand about the benefits of physical activity, several sports related industries were spawned. Once we learned what we now know of communication, several music and print industries disappeared while being replaced with better in many ways.

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.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

As Malkus himself notes, online courses have long provided a solution to filling gaps in coursework that schools otherwise can’t afford. The upside for schools willing to invest in online courses to fill these gaps is threefold. Indeed, online AP courses marked the beginning of the disruptive trajectory that online learning has taken for over a decade. These approaches, however, only work if a school is willing to hire online courses to fill in gaps.

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Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

The Christensen Institute

Often when we speak with K–12 educators about blended learning, teachers and leaders working in high-poverty neighborhoods want to know: does blended learning work for low-income students? Last September, the Christensen Institute and the Evergreen Education Group published Proof Points , a compilation of 12 case studies of school districts around the country that have experienced improved student outcomes since implementing blended learning.

Why Change as an Educator?

My Island View

Once we learned what we now understand about the benefits of physical activity, several sports related industries were spawned. Once we learned what we now know of communication, several music and print industries disappeared while being replaced with better in many ways.

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.

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. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. 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.

The impact of interactive videos in the classroom

Neo LMS

Super-superheroes, more commonly known as elementary teachers, know how hard it can be to make 30 pairs of sparkly eyes look at the same thing and engage in the learning process at the same time. How interactive videos can impact classroom learning.

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It’s not about sex: Teaching young children where babies come from (and other stuff)

The Hechinger Report

To help parents learn how to talk to their kids about sex-adjacent topics without losing their cool, there’s a new online video series called “ Amaze Jr. ” (There’s also a well-watched series for teens called “Amaze.”) K-12 News Curriculum Health and nutrition online learning Parents

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

— Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016. A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. The initiative is in place at elementary and middle schools in Middletown.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons, including sloppiness in reporting, bias, and lack of relevance to education policy and practice considerations. Yet, teachers appear skeptical of the effect of more technology use during class time on high school student learning. One can only hope that research on online learning quality is attended to in those debates.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis.

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Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

The Hechinger Report

Two student at Greenville’s Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project on an iPad. Sign up for our Mississippi Learning newsletter. They were saying kids weren’t learning.”. K-12 News Personalized Learning Rural schools

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.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

Students at Lovett Elementary, the Clinton, Miss. In reality, every district we know approaches open educational resources with a single goal: to accelerate student learning by bringing the highest-quality instructional materials into classrooms. K-12 Opinion online learning

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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.

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

MindShift

Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. The data just keeps coming in about the importance of focus, self-control and working memory for learning and life,” Wexler said in an edWeb webinar. These tests helped Wexler’s team learn about the relative areas of cognitive weaknesses in students before using the Activate program.

4 ways forward-thinking districts are inspiring more students to code

eSchool News

Administrators build in regularly scheduled coding for students in select elementary schools, with students utilizing Code.org curriculum to enhance and deepen their critical thinking skills. The focus of the activities will involve building computer science skills and project-based learning.

The Education Building's Interior Matters

Leadership Lounge

It may be because I’m an educator, but I notice all types of learning campuses. Elementary schools are typically full of bright colors on signage and oftentimes feature lush landscaping, all of which is inviting. Technology is everywhere in these interactive learning environments.

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

The district provides a personal iPad for every teacher, middle and high school student, and teachers’ lessons include a mix of purchased and free online resources. Department of Education in efforts to provide schools with quality online material.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning; Securly Raises $4M

Marketplace K-12

In the latest dealmaking news, language and literacy software solutions company Imagine Learning acquired Think Through Learning, an online supplemental math program. Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning: Imagine Learning , a provider of elementary language and literacy software solutions, has acquired Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning , a developer of an online supplemental math program, for an undisclosed sum.

Math publisher introduces online PD series

eSchool News

Marshall Cavendish Education , publisher of the Singapore Math curriculum, introduced a new online professional development series for teachers of grades K to 5 scheduled throughout August. Learn how to prepare and plan for math for the school year.

Singapore Math offers new summer webinar series for educators

eSchool News

These Back-2-School with Math professional development math webinars give teachers confidence and inspiration as they learn math strategies on planning a successful school year for students, and parent involvement using Mathematical Practice Standards.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Learning theorist Roger Schank says “OECD should be ashamed; PISA scores announced; doing more damage.” ” Education professor Yong Zhao has several blog posts on the results of PISA and TIMSS and what we can (and can’t) learn from them. Via NJ Spotlight : “Few Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Online Learning Consortium Releases New Scorecards to Evaluate Digital Classes.”

Use Technology to Create a Positive Classroom Culture

Graphite Blog

” Use a Schoology (or another online learning platform) to get students talking about these questions. Creating a positive climate and culture in your classroom at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the year ahead.

The Long Life of a Data Trail

Graphite Blog

Online IEP programs also fit this description. Examples of services like this include many EdTech products out there, including Edmodo, Remind, ClassDojo, Schoology, most digital text offerings from traditional publishers like Pearson and McGraw Hill, learning programs like Agilix Buzz, and app ecosystems like Amplify tablets, iPads, and Chromebooks. Within educational technology, tech companies can acquire data via multiple routes.

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.

How to program greater diversity among Mississippi’s computer science grads

The Hechinger Report

The field of computer and information technology is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, among the fastest of any occupation, according to the U.S. This year, thanks to a donation from an MSU alumnus, they have expanded the residential camp to elementary school students.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Congress is now considering a draft bill , the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that could actually pass before 2016. Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core.