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.

In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner. Indeed, a school district may spend scarce resources building out a list of desired “competencies” that it wants students to master, but lack the resources or capacity to rethink scheduling and assessment.

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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.

Learning Technologies and Creativity in the Classroom

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The unfortunate truth is that, by and large, students view the classroom as a place where they are forced to learn via long-established teaching methods. Dropout rates increase, test and project scores dip, and – worst of all – learning becomes synonymous with boredom. It lets them learn through curiosity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Many educators would strongly disagree with such an assessment. Learning technologies and creative thinking activities.

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.

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. For more, see: With blended learning, plan on change.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them. While it’s still early on, Middletown can envision a learning environment in which all students can develop grade-level skills before they are even cognizant of the interventions helping them do so.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. Diagnostic products and software systems that target specific areas of learning for improvement can help students find success, freeing educators to help every learner reach their personal best within one classroom. These out-of-the-box blended learning solutions can also help nontraditional students find their own paths. Technology is blended in a unique way throughout the PAUSD program.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

eSchool News

students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and district educators say a personalized learning solution has had a positive impact in a number of academic areas. Scores for grades 2-8 in math and reading on year-to-year Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments show 140 to 240 percent growth, with the highest scores in grades 6-8—when students typically see a slight decline. Curriculum Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

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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. The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea. How do you know learning is happening? Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

'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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Tagged on: March 3, 2017 Safekeeping in 2017 | Tech & Learning → A terrifying look at the present of cyberbullying prevention: massive, pervasive digital surveillance of children and youth in schools.

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

The Hechinger Report

Ten years later, the couple sat across a wooden table from Caleb, now 16, a high school dropout and, as of September, survivor of a suicide attempt. Not only did Caleb never return to his local school, but he learned little throughout his elementary, middle and high school years — which included hundreds of hours struggling through computer lessons in math, science and social studies. Related: Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands.