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Blended Learning: Designing with Balance in Mind

Catlin Tucker

I host a podcast called The Balance and wrote a book titled Balance with Blended Learning because I see teachers struggling with balance in every coaching and training session I facilitate. The person doing the work in a classroom is the person doing the learning.

Achieve3000 updates blended learning, differentiated instruction tools

eSchool News

Achieve3000 offers innovative new ways to empower blended learning and accelerate student literacy gains through differentiated instruction in the 2016-2017 school year. plus several international editions – Achieve3000 is ensuring both teachers and students have the standards-aligned, grade-appropriate content they need to meet grade-level state standards, perform on high-stakes state assessments, and achieve college and career readiness literacy goals.

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Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

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. In total, 81 of the now 364 active schools in our database use a combination of two or more blended-learning models in their classrooms.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. Recently, I visited five blended-learning schools in Las Vegas and the San Jose area that are earning accolades for serving low-income and minority students and achieving strong student learning outcomes: Dr. Owen C. So what does high-quality teaching in these blended-learning schools look like?

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference

Kleinspiration

This year''s conference is titled "Exploring Together: Blended and Online Learning" and focuses on four themes: blended and online learning, student health and well being, student assessment, and accreditation. During our morning sessions, participants were involved in rotating through a series of three stations: collaborative, independent, and direct instruction. My first group was direct instruction.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills.

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15 Sites for Blended Learning

Technology Tidbits

What is Blended Learning? It's a smorgasbord of teaching strategies that uses analog and digital technologies to teach and learn. 4] Schools with blended learning models may also choose to reallocate resources to boost student achievement outcomes. [5]

Can teachers really do it all?

The Christensen Institute

The basic tenants of this design were to group students by age; provide them with standardized, one-size-fits-all instruction; rate them based on how well they responded to the standardized approach; and then sort them into different academic and career tracks. Today, when teachers try to differentiate instruction or do things outside of their teaching duties to support students, they do so contrary to the intended purpose and design of the traditional model.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

Full-time online school launches in Georgia using FuelEd (Aventa)

eSchool News

FuelEd, Vidalia City Board of Education open full-time online school for Georgia students. has partnered with personalized learning provider Fuel Education (formerly Aventa Learning) to launch a new full-time online learning program for K-12. The public, full-time online school, Vidalia Academy, offers students across the state of Georgia the opportunity to learn in a flexible educational model that is tailored to each student’s needs.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers.

42 Distance Learning and Inspiring Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Over the past months, many educators have been sharing resources, best practices, and more about distance learning.

Top Learning Tools when School is Closed

Technology Tidbits

As with almost everything technology-based, remote teaching and learning has been on a steady increase in recent years. Adventure Academy - Similar to ABCmouse, this online curriculum is for ages 8-13 in Math, Reading, and Science. online learning top 10

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning—particularly the Station Rotation, Lab Rotation, and Flipped Classroom models—can be one sustaining innovation that we can layer on our existing classrooms to pave the way to higher outcomes, both by allowing us to differentiate instruction with far greater precision and by dolling out content and assessments that match each students’ needs and strengths. The booming online-learning market alone, however, will not accomplish this vision.

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. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. As a result, replacing one of those stations with online learning is a low conceptual hurdle for teachers to overcome. Differentiated instruction.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

Edsurge

We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. But this innovation is at odds with a generations-old notion of what school should look like and it is spurring debate of the merit of online schools. Many valid questions have been raised about online schools. How do you know learning is happening?

'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

Edsurge

The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year). We sit down with students and create a personalized learning plan for each of them.

Flexible, resilient pedagogy: How to plan activities that work for in-person, remote, AND hybrid instruction

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This episode will include teaching ideas, learning activities, and teaching resources that will help you create lesson plans that will stand despite the last-minute changes in schooling due to the outbreak. . Can you really create ONE set of lessons that work face-to-face AND online?

What Lessons Does Special Education Hold for Improving Personalized Learning?

MindShift

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. Sessions are free to watch for five days, then become part of the Home Learning Summit library. Sign up now: [link] Whether by circumstance or choice, learning at home is now the reality for more students than ever. Understanding when, where, and how learning takes place has never been more important. Blended Learning ? Learning ?

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Activity-Based Learning.