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5 blended-learning trends to watch

The Christensen Institute

For the last decade, the Christensen Institute has investigated how schools are integrating face-to-face and online learning modalities in ways that enable greater flexibility and student control, otherwise known as “blended learning.” Education Blog

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.

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Must-have Resources for Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Guest blogger, Emily Cleary, has some great ideas on some of her favorite must-have resources for today’s blended learning. There are so many videos online, but those videos just might be lacking the exact, focused, content you need to learn or want to teach someone.

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.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

The Christensen Institute

To understand the nuances of personalized learning—and why it’s not solely tech-centered, though technology may be a critical lever for scale—it’s important to define what personalized learning is…and if it’s different from blended learning, it’s often interchangeably applied concept.

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.

Why Flipped and Blended Learning are Making Waves in education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh and his colleague, Ilya Mishra, are new contributors to Ask a Tech Teacher who specialize in online learning and educational technology (more on Ilya’s bio below). I know you’ll enjoy their thoughts: To be an integral part of this relatively young digital age, it is imperative for educators to keep up with the technological advances in every sector. The resources provided as a part of flipped learning can mostly be paused and replayed.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

These teacher shortages are proving especially acute in certain subject areas like special education, science, and mathematics. These chronic shortages, in turn, tend to limit the coursework that students can access. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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.

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.

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

public schools to attend an Apple Distinguished Schools Day where Natick shared its blended learning approach with other schools and districts. What attracted Natick to blended learning was the personalized approach. So that means more blended learning.

How Malaysian schools are tackling blended-learning challenges

The Christensen Institute

Malaysia has a very unique education system: over the past two decades, the government has invested millions of dollars in equipping all 10,000 public schools with not only computer labs, but also the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Our partners at the edtech nonprofit FrogAsia were instrumental in helping us to gather data and understand the landscape of the Malaysian education system. Blending with little financing. Focusing on blended-learning PD.

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference

Kleinspiration

This summer I was selected, along with 34 other educators across the country, to attend the National Association of Independent Schools Teachers of the Future Conference to be held in Alexandria, VA on the beautiful campus of Episcopal High School.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Ubiquitous access to technology means that acquiring knowledge is no longer dependent solely on a classroom teacher. Google provides quick and easy access to information while YouTube provides on-demand how-to videos on just about any topic. The case for blending and online learning.

Blended learning’s unfulfilled promise: Saving teachers time

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning should help solve this problem. But data we’ve gathered from the field through surveys and interviews with teachers suggests that the time-saving benefits of blended learning are often not coming to fruition. Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential. . Blended learning has upfront costs. Online student learning data can be hard to access and interpret.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, a high school that is part of the Summit Public Schools charter network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

The Christensen Institute

WeWork, the leader in coworking spaces, has been turning heads in education circles for the last year. Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. The future of online learning in higher education is in bricks, not just clicks.

Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

When it comes to using technology to improve students’ learning opportunities, Texas is a pioneer. But this legislative season, the Senate made a major blunder that keeps students from accessing the educational options they deserve. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. 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. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed.

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

Blended Learning Barriers Examined in New Education Week Report

Marketplace K-12

A new Education Week special report profiles school districts'' efforts to bring blended learning home by increasing needy students'' access to out-of-school Wi-Fi. E-rate Ed-tech Online Learning Procurement blendedlearning digitalcontent technology

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. Yet throughout India, a number of digital initiatives are underway aimed at improving education in areas that lack sufficient trained and experienced teachers.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Students have access to hundreds of courses while they are in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities, but they tend to focus on math, language arts, social studies and science. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson.

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.

Dealing with a 'Culture of Fear'—Administrators on PD in the Age of Blended Learning

Edsurge

It’s pretty clear that very few people in education enjoy those typical sit-and-get professional development sessions. And when blended learning gets thrown into the mix, the situation gets even more complicated—what happens when educators seem afraid of products? EdSurge: I'm going to open with a really broad question… Generally, when it comes to professional learning, how do we get our staff to grow? Michelle Clavijo-Diaz: Stop forcing it on [educators].

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?

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

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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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.

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. million teachers to be superheroes, which is a preposterous starting point for education reform.

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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. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide access and opportunity they might not otherwise have.”. million online courses in 2014-15.

Create online learning with 123ContactForm

Nik Peachey

123ContactForm may not sound like the kind of tool that would be of interest to educators, but as I discovered when they asked me to review their online form creation tool, they offer quite a range of features that can solve many of the problems we have as 21st century teachers.

Match Beyond: No excuses meets disruption in higher education

The Christensen Institute

Disruption has been alive and well in higher education for years now. 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.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

While Florida garners national attention as the site of tax credit scholarships captivating Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, a lesser-known example of choice in education in the state could be turning into a movement. Florida is one of the homes of “course access” or “course choice” legislation that allows public dollars to follow students to pay for an individual course of their choice. Course access has traditionally been mostly for high school students.

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.

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?