Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

As I mentioned in my last post , the history of education in the United States includes a long list of ambitious programs, initiatives, and reforms that have floundered in producing their promised improvements in student outcomes. Veteran teachers and school leaders have seen wave after wave of pedagogical, curricular, and policy fads wash over the education landscape with little lasting effect. But as adoption of online learning grows, there is still a cautionary tale to be told.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

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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. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution? The education nonprofit, which provides after-school programs, designed its own blended learning model and apps to work anywhere in the world.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school. Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM.

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Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

The Hechinger Report

Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report , released last week, by Gary Miron, a professor at Western Michigan University, and Charisse Gulosino, an assistant professor at the University of Memphis. The center’s annual report about online learning for the first time took a look at blended learning, as well. Subscribe to our Blended Learning newsletter.

Building critical thinking skills online

eSchool News

As educators, we often hear about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills to our students. At Laurel Springs School , an online K-12 education provider, we have mastered the art of teaching in an online classroom.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. The Counsel for Economic Education [link] is terrific, not just for financial literacy teachers, but for teachers who teach economics. So what they found in the process was that only 1 in 6 students are receiving financial education in the United States. – Council for Economic Education [link].

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

The story of factory electrification has a parallel in education technology. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But when education leaders use these technologies merely as replacements for textbooks, gradebooks, and worksheets, they risk complicating teachers’ jobs with only marginal gains for students.

Leading Learning in a Blended Environment

edWeb.net

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media and traditional face-to-face teaching. In Meriden Public Schools (CT), they are committed to promoting anytime, anywhere learning.

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Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. The education community could have seen this coming. Source: EducationSuperHighway But back in February 2012, when Marwell started the nonprofit, hitting those marks was almost unthinkable, says Jennifer Bergland, director of governmental relations at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), a nonprofit.

Waterford Gets $20M+ Grant for Online Preschool. Its Critics Are Not Happy.

Edsurge

In the world of education, some debates rage eternal. Other funded projects focus on ocean conservation, boosting girls’ education in rural India and combating child exploitation on the internet—the latter made to the Ashton Kutcher-founded nonprofit Thorn. Waterford was selected after a careful review of existing research on early childhood development, and what it would take to bring that sort of education to scale, says Verghese.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior

edWeb.net

Anti-racist education in early childhood classrooms is far more than a multicultural lesson or two. It requires educators to deeply understand how institutional racism comes to be and manifests in environments where young students learn. Anti-Racist Education: How to Get There.

States can change the way they think about education, but will they?

The Hechinger Report

A New Hampshire student shows one of his assignments to his mother, biology teacher and math teacher during a personalized learning meeting. When it comes to influencing education policy and cultivating innovative schools, all eyes are on the states. But in return for this freedom, states must come up with their own ways of ensuring that their schools give all students a high-quality, equitable education. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

Educators and schools across the globe have embraced the concept of student agency. The underlying premise is to move learners from a state of engagement to empowerment so that they exert more ownership over their learning. A culture that embraces student agency promotes risk-taking while working to remove the fear of failure helps students develop a growth mindset, and has students applying what they have learned in real-world contexts as opposed to just in the classroom.

?Forbes “30 Under 30” Education Leaders to Learn From in 2017

Edsurge

The magazine’s “30 Under 30” list, which highlights young leaders in fields such as technology, music and healthcare, added education to the list in 2013 and since then has grown from nearly 90 nominations in 2014 to more than 450 last year. And although no current classroom teachers are included this year, 2017 brought with it another batch of former Teach for America (TFA) educators. The Students Unique this year are the honorees working on education from the inside: students.

The Technological Transformation of Districts to Benefit All Learners

edWeb.net

Many school districts are now going through a process of determining which pandemic-related practices should be kept, improved, or discarded, and the use of remote and blended learning technologies is frequently being raised during these types of discussions.

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. About a decade ago, leaders in this public school district nearly 70 miles northwest of New York City decided to radically change the way they provide education to its diverse and academically challenged student body. What is personalized learning?

Resource: iNACOL’s Reports on Next-Generation Learning

Edsurge

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) aims “to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.” It does this through: Advocacy. Identifying models of next-generation learning. Convening and engaging education experts in networks.

A shocking number of young people can’t separate fact from fiction online

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. The study, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning , was produced by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Whether this bounty will make us smarter and better informed or more ignorant and narrow-minded will depend on our awareness of this problem and our educational response to it. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Read more about Blended Learning.

3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal

A Principal's Reflections

In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom. The key to strengthening learning and instruction consists of the right balance of two main components: Instruction (what the teacher does) Learning (what the student does) Balance surely is important. Any personalization necessitates a move from “what” to the “who” to emphasize ownership of learning. Making learning personal is a means to this end.

Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning Tool

eSchool News

For the second time in two months, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company (NYSE: RST) has had two of its literacy programs recognized as standouts in a prominent edtech award program. NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. 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. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. URL: www.christenseninstitute.org/education.

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Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. We think that’s the hardest work left,” said Brennan McMahon Parton, director of policy and advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign. “We While data used to be widely connected to test scores and punishment for failing teachers, the report found a change in opinion among educators: just 18 percent now say data is used simply as a way to crack down on so-called failing schools. K-12 News Data and research Personalized Learning

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Eyes on the Future: Building on COVID Lessons for Enriched Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

COVID-19 was tough on schools, calling for swift shifts in teaching and learning practices to support virtual learning environments and a host of new pedagogical demands. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, schools defaulted to online learning. Professional Learning.

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

The online education movement has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content. Districts, in turn, must decide whether to build out their own online content platforms, farm it out to a learning platform provider like FuelEd (formerly Aventa Learning) or K12, or take a hybrid approach. Educators, on the other hand, view the platform from their own perspectives and without considering its technical capabilities.

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Buncee is headed to FETC19

Buncee

The Buncee Bus is on the way to the 39th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Learn how Buncee allows teachers to create and customize lessons focused on historical primary sources for their classroom allowing students to work at their own pace through carefully crafted, interactive digital lessons that support natural differentiation, collaboration, and the ultimate student-centered classroom. Join me to learn about these powerful tools.

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

Edsurge

public education these days is personalized learning. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer. Personalized learning has laudable aims.

A New Curriculum Helps Students With Disabilities Transition to Life After High School

Edsurge

My son has had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) since second grade. According to the National Center for Special Education Research : It takes more than a special education teacher or a transition specialist to improve these practices—it takes the entire school community. Data: National Center for Special Education Research. Horn on Blended Learning. Building Self-Advocacy. Two years ago, my oldest son graduated from high school.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

The Hechinger Report

Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. But when it comes to selecting ed-tech products or figuring out how to use them in the classroom, they could still learn something from the successful partnership between Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter network that serves the San Francisco Bay area, and Gooru , an ed-tech nonprofit.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”. His paltry education was much like that of dozens of other children in the GNETS system whose experiences this reporter researched. Again, the result is stunted learning.

How a New Hampshire school uses personalization to put the tools in the hands of the learners

The Hechinger Report

The demand for making the learning experience responsive to every student’s individual learning needs is accelerating. Personalization is a growing focus for policy development, technology applications and educational marketing. Benjamin Bloom understood the value of personalization in 1967, when his research showed over 90 percent of all students could learn at high levels when provided with instruction that effectively met their particular learning needs.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that can severely damage the mission of education.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that can severely damage the mission of education.

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Why one school district tried something new — even though people were happy with the status quo

The Hechinger Report

Education reform is often framed as an issue for schools that are failing to meet expectations. Education Reimagined, a reform advocacy program that emerged from an unusual coalition of union leaders and reformers, recently highlighted the Cedar Rapids district’s work, and The Hechinger Report spoke with Pickering to learn more about it. Q: What are you doing in the district with technology, and is that how you “reimagined” education?