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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.

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?

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of homework entirely. There are a few key reasons why blended learning is facilitating this changing role of homework. First, depending on the model, blended learning can give students the time and support they need to master concepts on a daily basis—thereby reducing the need for further practice at home.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more! See Eric’s blog post on emojis in Google docs to learn how to do this. And when they then published that to the web you’ve got an online animated comic strip, whether it’s to explain a vocab term or science concept or retell part of a story. Never stop learning.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. 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.

Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

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Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion. I l ike Felicia Zorn’s summary of how that go-nogo decision really has become ‘get with the program’ Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom.

What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Teachers learn about pedagogy in their educational training in college and then they are observed in practice while teaching to make sure they are following good pedagogical practices. A digital learning environment also means that students have access to resources digitally as well.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Dan D.

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?

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.

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.

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. In many ways, disruption is already underway in the K–12 education system, relative to how we deliver content and structure assessment.

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?

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently. The traditional classroom model does not lend itself well to students learning independently. Other learning models are arising, however, that open broad possibilities for teachers to empower students to drive their own learning while teachers shift to helping students in other ways.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. 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.

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.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. Students refine these skills based on goal-setting, ungraded feedback known as the formative assessment. This evaluation is called the summative assessment.

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

Educational Initiatives, a privately-owned company in India that develops and administers large-scale assessments in private and public schools in India, faced this question when it decided to pursue a social initiative aimed at serving some of India’s most disadvantaged children. In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi.

Truly Personalized: Balancing Navajo Values With Tech Innovation

Edsurge

In order to break this cycle and support students’ aspirations and interests, STAR has sought to combine blended learning with culturally responsive, place-based teaching. Through this practice, students who have had a rough weekend at home can shift their mindset and recognize they are appreciated; the values create a stronger social-emotional foundation that enable them to focus on learning. But technology is not only about assessing students and addressing academic gaps.

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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? Students selling notes online a legal gray area, schools say | ArkansasOnline → University of Arkansas faculty members are debating how to best deal with the selling of lecture notes by students, spurred on by the practices of online study resource companies known for aggressive recruiting tactics.

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How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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.

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

MindShift

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Middlebury Interactive Languages is trying to flip that model on its head with an online program that expects a lot from beginners.

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.”.

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.