Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. 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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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.

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.

Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. The real-time lessons would be available at least three times a day and would be posted online.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

A bilingual app with sign language brings more stories to deaf children

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. K-12 News English language learners online learning Personalized Learning

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Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School

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a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses.

Massachusetts Community Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant to The Virtual High School For Student Access to Online Summer Courses

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a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs. We’re thrilled that middle and high school students in the area will have access to this enriching and engaging summer program, so they can be better prepared for college, careers, and beyond.”

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

Credit where it is due : the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform expanded coverage of the topic – including 4 items on ‘digital learning’ this year (2 answered by the full sample and 2 split A/B questions asked of half of the sample each) – and while not perfect is much improved. Yet, teachers appear skeptical of the effect of more technology use during class time on high school student 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.

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.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

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. In other words, a student might take her core academics online at home, come in to the local elementary school for arts and physical education, and then enroll in a music academy for private piano lessons.

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Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids

The Hechinger Report

The researcher, Jessica Schleider, currently a psychology fellow at Yale Medical School, adapted Dweck’s online program into two half-hour mindset lessons, one aimed at depression and the other at anxiety. ” The problem is that low-income teens often don’t have access to it.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

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.

iPad Basic Training for Teachers

EdTechSandyK

The purposes for this initiative were to give teachers an additional tool for teaching and learning and to familiarize teachers with mobile devices in anticipation of more iPads being purchased for classroom use and a grades 6-12 BYOD program coming in the next school year.

What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

What once was pedagogy now seems better defined as digital pedagogy for classrooms with the advantages of easily accessible technology tools. A digital learning environment also means that students have access to resources digitally as well.

How one tiny town is battling ‘rural brain drain’

The Hechinger Report

In its efforts to prevent students from leaving forever, to provide a public space for all residents to use and improve access to nearby natural resources, the school has built a sense of community. Related: Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

The change already delivers extraordinary results and 96% of teachers claim that EdTech increases student engagement in learning. 3D learning. However, the whole system changes with the introduction of 3D learning. Game-based learning. Online learning.

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5 Reasons Why School Computer Labs Still Matter

ViewSonic Education

Why take time from core subjects to teach computing when students have this everywhere learning tool? Accessibility to computing power is no longer constrained by time and place. Portable computing power offers learning advantages in virtually any educational environment.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. It seems that technical training is less relevant here than e-learning course design.

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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.

Fun Math Practice For Grades 1 - 5 from @SplashMath that is Common Core Aligned!

Kleinspiration

The winner of the Best App Ever Award 2011 in Elementary Student App category; they have been regularly featured by Apple in their hand-picked lists on the iTunes App Store- New and Noteworthy, What''s Hot and Staff Favorites.

K–12 Videoconferencing Offers New Opportunities for Understaffed School Districts

EdTech Magazine

Videoconferencing tools and online learning environments may be the answer. . In a recent study conducted by InFocus , AVTechnology and Tech & Learning, only 19 percent of the 201 education technology users surveyed use videoconferencing in their schools. . “K–12

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It’s Time To Support The Mental Health & Well Being of Teachers

EdNews Daily

I had the chance to chat with Dr. Jared Scherz, the founder of TeacherCoach , and a former elementary school guidance counselor who became a clinical psychologist in New Jersey. If a child comes to school stressed, their learning is impacted.

Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. Last year, the Institute’s BLU team took a deeper look at blended learning beyond the US.

The FREE education browser for your iPad via @TheRoverApp to view Flash Content!

Kleinspiration

Can''t access flash on your iPad? Rover is targeted towards enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad- including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g.

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Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

Below you can see the responses that best highlight what we’ve learned from ed-tech developers so far. Mindprint Learning • myON • Remind • Sokikom • Zulama. Need for focus on teaching elementary math topics.

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

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.

Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion. Children as young as two are utilizing tablets, exploring the apps on smartphones, and accessing knowledge via the internet. Must-have Resources for Blended Learning.

PebbleGo Expands Its Reach by Adding Spanish Content and Audio

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(Minneapolis, MN) June 19, 2018 — Capstone’s K–2 online resource PebbleGo today announced its release of expanded Spanish materials. PebbleGo’s database is used by students in nearly 20% of the country’s elementary schools.

A window into the future of learning

The Christensen Institute

Schools, I’d learned in my job, were incredibly obstinate to change. The book in fact outlined with incredible precision what the future of teaching and learning could look like, as technology became more and more a part of classrooms across the country. On the other, online learning could be an engine to individualize education successfully in ways never before possible. Last week, Michael Horn stepped down as Executive Director of our education team.

New Schools in Four States Partner with The Virtual High School

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as their online course solution for students in the upcoming academic year. The VHS catalog consists of more than 200 unique online courses, including 23 AP® offerings, innovative STEM programs, and a wide variety of unique electives, including computer science. Bo ston – Oct.

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

techlearning

Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. The Fuel Education ® Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

#BacktoSchool Ideas from @LEGO_Education for #Students Who Like To Play & Make Stuff

The Innovative Educator

If you're an innovative educator like @JPatanio or I, this type of learning by doing is right up your alley. The Lego Foundation has found via their research the incredible power of learning through play. Teachers can also access courses and earn badges for LEGO MINDSTOMS Education EV3.

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

Prior to participating in a blended-learning pilot, Angela Jones, a teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, had already started putting a great deal of effort into personalizing learning for her students, despite limited access to learning software and devices at the time. When a student is struggling and not understanding the Zearn lesson, why am I putting them on 40-minutes online a day?

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). Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core. Instead, they offer more affordable, accessible, and foolproof options to new customers. The booming online-learning market alone, however, will not accomplish this vision.