Revisiting blended learning principles, with school plans in limbo

The Christensen Institute

For the better part of a decade, many schools have been implementing blended learning models that integrate online learning with brick-and-mortar instruction to rethink time, space, and staffing. Which learning activities are most important to do together?

4 ways to support students during online learning

eSchool News

Online learning can both hinder and hold back a child. During this past year, educators and students across the country have grappled with how to adapt to online learning challenges. Teaching online might make you feel that you are alone.

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Revisiting Blended Learning Principles, With School Plans in Limbo

Edsurge

For the better part of a decade, many schools have been implementing blended learning models that integrate online learning with brick-and-mortar instruction to rethink time, space and staffing. Which learning activities are most important to do together?

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

The best option to try and continue student learning, it seems , is to move everything online. However, we see value in the consideration of these tips as schools and colleges continue iterating on their online learning best practices): 1. Help students own their learning.

How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning

eSchool News

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

Are there any ?deeper learning? virtual schools?

Dangerously Irrelevant

But I think all of the virtual schools that I’ve encountered still focus primarily on low-level learning, digitized and chunked into a digital adaptive learning system. Where new learning models will thrive. Learning is the formation of connections.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools. Others, including civil rights advocates, have warned about the consequences of walking away from annual tests that measure whether students from all backgrounds are learning. Mainstream computer adaptive assessments are over a decade old.

Has Online Learning Really Disrupted K-12 Education in the U.S.? The Answer Is Yes — and No

The Christensen Institute

Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in U.S. Does all this online learning mean disruption has occurred in K-12 education?

Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

eSchool News

This year’s Brightspace Excellence Awards , announced at FUSION 2016 by global learning technology provider D2L, recognized the promise of online learning and its ability to connect more and more people to high-quality educational programs. Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online created robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. In the end, there is no one right way to go about implementing any type of remote learning.

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. But edtech innovations hold real promise for improving student learning outcomes if education leaders use them to redesign classroom and school models in ways that transform teachers’ instructional practices. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

The Christensen Institute

Airplanes fly farther, computer processors get faster, cell phone batteries last longer, and online-learning software becomes more engaging all because of increased understanding of how inputs and processes lead to desired outcomes. What education needs is a SportVU-like system that can track and analyze student learning patterns, teacher practices, and student learning growth in a more granular way.

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

Marketplace K-12

Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. Ramping Up Online Programs. But Pearson’s work in schools and education programs also extends to curriculum, language acquisition, online education, virtual schools and many other areas.

3 Ways in which edtech enables hybrid learning

Neo LMS

This unprecedented situation calls for a flexible hybrid learning approach to minimize further disruption and ensure that high-quality teaching and learning can continue. Hybrid (or blended) learning takes any classroom a step further towards the virtual learning environment while still allowing face-to-face interaction and communication, albeit less than in the regular classroom. 3 Ways in which edtech enables hybrid learning. Adaptive learning.

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Living, Breathing and Eating Math: An Interview with Carnegie Learning's Barry Malkin

Edsurge

I love doing and learning new things. His fluidity perfectly suits his new role as CEO of Carnegie Learning —a company he believes is on the cusp of transforming itself and math instruction. Founded 20 years ago in the research labs of Carnegie Mellon University , Carnegie Learning provides software and services for 1:1 and blended math learning environments. EdSurge: What’s changing at Carnegie Learning? More About Carnegie Learning.

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.

Self-directed learning: niche approach or powerful innovation?

The Christensen Institute

Self-directed learning doesn’t always get a positive spin in mainstream education or media. But over the last year, my experiences and observations have convinced me that having students manage their own learning can be a powerful practice with worthwhile benefits—if done right.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

In a recent post , we shed light on the difference between blended learning—an instructional modality that describes integrating technology to deliver some content—and personalized learning—a philosophy that believes in a combination of modalities and goals for better and (and in some cases, new) outcomes for students. Across the K–12 education landscape, teachers have by far the biggest impact on student learning and student experiences.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. Delivering these models to a differentiated population of educators and learners requires an adaptive approach.

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Three Thoughts on the Treatment of EdTech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Doug Levin

In fact, other than including that one question as a way to appease those who would have criticized them for not including the topic of digital learning/blended learning/personalized learning/online learning/adaptive learning/educational technology/learning technology, I can’t think of why it was even included.

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7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017

Neo LMS

Whether they used online courses as a stand-alone teaching technique – or as part of a blended learning environment – teachers did their best in delivering the best education they could. 7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017. Without further ado, here are seven e-learning trends that could shape the edtech landscape in 2017: Gamification. Students like a gamified learning environment, no matter their age. Adaptive learning.

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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. The 2018 Fuel Education (FuelEd®) Transformation Award winners are: Boulder Valley School District (Colo.) – for improving graduation rates and meeting student needs by providing online options for credit recovery and supplemental learning.

Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

Edsurge

But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Blended learning. Teamwork makes the dream work.

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What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

MindShift

Many teachers have long been frustrated with static, canned curriculum that doesn’t seem connected to kids’ lives, and testing requirements that drive the learning experience. Three main ways schools are attempting this work are through technology use, an emphasis on personalizing learning and moving toward a mastery-based or competency-based evaluation system. From the CompetencyWorks report, “Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts.”

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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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.