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Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom. As you see, the blending learning has a bunch of benefits, but only when it is applied wisely.

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Whether you want to or not, go ahead and set up now.

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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. Both schools and workplaces alike are accepting the shifting times, moving from traditional to technological resources and approaches. Online Classes.

Blended Learning: Designing a Whole Group Rotation with StudySync

Catlin Tucker

The term “blended learning” is an umbrella that encompasses many different models that combine active, engaged learning online with active, engage learning offline. There are several benefits to using the Whole Group Rotation. Learning

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.

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.

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.

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). In our newest report published in conjunction with the WISE Initiative , we found examples that illustrate that blended models are not about the tech itself but about the creative instructional models that educators manage to wrap around the tech.

Blended learning’s unfulfilled promise: Saving teachers time

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers will tell you there is never enough time in the day to do all the things they need to do. Between teaching, planning, grading, supporting out-of-class activities, and building relationships with students and their families, there never seems to be enough time to go around. Blended learning should help solve this problem. Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential. .

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.

Coronavirus Closures? Online Learning Tips for Teachers and Schools [interview with an American Teacher in China]

Shake Up Learning

Online Learning Tips for Teachers and Schools [interview with an American Teacher in China] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Are you prepared for online learning if your school is closed for an extended period of time? Click To Tweet. Click To Tweet.

4 things districts need to know before moving to online learning

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This story originally appeared online on MSU Today , Michigan State University’s news site, and is reposted here with permission.]. Related content: How to be a successful virtual teacher. The eSchool News Online and Blended Learning Guide is here!

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.

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

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior.

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How to use GoConqr for distance learning and tools that can help you

GoConqr

There is growing pressure on teachers to implement distance learning and online learning strategies for their students in these difficult times. Changing drastically from face to face to online lessons in the blink of an eye can seem daunting to both teachers and students.

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

Edsurge

And when blended learning gets thrown into the mix, the situation gets even more complicated—what happens when educators seem afraid of products? Talk to administrators, and they have some answers to these questions—as well as thoughts about what parts of PD should be left far, far behind. to get their thoughts. Take a look at their answers below, or listen to the entirety of the panel on the EdSurge podcast.

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.

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?

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. How do you square that with your business model?

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

New report highlights 10-step plan to applying Universal Design for Learning online. Knowing Where to Start. And in engagement and interaction , an instructor is enabled to tap into students’ interests, challenge and motivate them to learn.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. Even 10 years ago, we had already spent over $60 billion on them in K–12 schools in the United States to little effect. The reason quite simply was that when we crammed computers into existing learning models, they produced begrudging or negative results.

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. The basic pattern Arnett elucidates is not confined to education. It enables people who are not experts in a given field to deliver the basic services of experts in that field. And it unleashes the experts to be able practice to the top of their craft.

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

For those without access to the original text, the Summer 2008 edition (Vol. 3) of Education Next included an article “ How Do We Transform Our Schools? What would the K-12 sector look like if we were on track for the prediction to come true?

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Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

We wanted to create a place where we didn’t just write nice books that sat on people’s shelves and gathered dust, but a place that created and shaped meaningful dialogues that would produce systematic change. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do just that. After having impact, we hoped they would move on at some point to other roles where they could continue to use the theories of disruptive innovation to help transform the world in powerful ways.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

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

The Christensen Institute

This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide. 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.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Given this reality, many education leaders have rightly made it their priority to recruit high-quality teachers to work with their students, and many of the leading education reform efforts focus on teachers. Department of Education are to get states to implement rigorous teacher evaluation systems and to improve the quality of the nation’s teacher preparation programs. One of the most conclusive findings in education research is that teachers matter.

Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

The Christensen Institute

Although high school graduation rates have risen in recent years to all-time highs, the nation’s college graduation rate remains far lower than graduates of of our nation’s top colleges might assume. According to the Department of Education , 59 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate within six years. have attended some college but have no degree to show for it. But that fall, the network’s leaders decided to make a change.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online

Edsurge

It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. it seems almost unfathomable, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start preparing.

FREE PD for Teachers Stuck at Home

Shake Up Learning

The post FREE PD for Teachers Stuck at Home appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Some teachers are on spring break, some are on an “extended” spring break, while others are making a go of home learning. Here are some professional growth and learning options while you wait.

Nearly half of education-vendor websites tested had security problems, audit reveals

The Hechinger Report

Nearly half of the more than 1,200 education technology vendor websites used by teachers and students, and checked in an October audit, did not include a secure log-in, according to a new survey. This makes these programs vulnerable to a security breach – a school leader’s nightmare.

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More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

To take full advantage of all the internet has to offer, schools need to have reliable, speedy connections. When teachers don’t know if a program will crash midway through class – or work at all – they are often hesitant to use online programs to enhance lessons.

Grace is Greater Than Grades

Shake Up Learning

The post Grace is Greater Than Grades appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As the confusion and conversations continue online, one thing has become quite clear to me. The idea of home learning, remote learning, distance learning, whichever verbiage you try, doesn’t fit.

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. Accessibility Is a Process, Not a Box to Check.

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Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.