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The blended learning models that can help schools reopen

The Christensen Institute

If schools remain closed, they’ll need to prepare for more remote learning. Two of the blended-learning models we’ve documented are well suited to these circumstances: the Enriched Virtual model and the Flipped Classroom model. Using blended learning to strengthen relationships.

Can blended learning be culturally responsive?

The Christensen Institute

Kenzie is a K-12 education research intern at the Christensen Institute whose work focuses on learning from schools in the Blended Learning Universe. Kenzie holds a masters in educational leadership and policy studies and was an elementary school teacher for eight years. In a blended environment, however, many see a conflict with culturally relevant teaching. How can blended learning, therefore, square with culturally relevant teaching?

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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?

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

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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.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. As such, performance assessments can take more time and expertise to grade than simple multiple-choice tests with one “right answer.”

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Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. As part of the first cohort of blended educators in the District of Columbia Public Schools in 2013, Johnson had established a Station Rotation routine in her math and science classroom. Want to learn more? “Everyone was doing the same thing.”

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.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” When a competency-based approach to assessment is in place, students must show what they know as well as what they can do. Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

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As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Students also needed support when it came to the end of year state assessments. “We

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

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As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Pilot Study Brief from Digital Promise.

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.

Digital Equity and Why It Matters [interview with Ken Shelton] – SULS051

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Equity and Why It Matters [interview with Ken Shelton] – SULS051 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One of the biggest issues facing the learning community today is creating diverse and equitable educational practices, tools and strategies. .

What student choice and agency actually looks like

eSchool News

Student agency, which we might loosely define as students’ ability to influence their own learning, undoubtedly plays a critical role in education. The mere idea can be intimidating, and figuring out ways to develop ownership through teaching and learning practices compounds the challenge.

When Zero-Tolerance Was Failing Students, This School Turned to Restorative Justice

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AUSTIN, Texas — Even in elementary school, Luz Annette got into a lot of fights with other girls. As more research and case studies come out in support of restorative justice programs, schools are increasingly turning to the approach to reduce suspension rates (which disproportionately affect students of color) and improve graduation rates. “At One of the things she learned is impulse control.

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?

TC- What student choice and agency actually looks like

eSchool News

Student agency, which we might loosely define as students’ ability to influence their own learning, undoubtedly plays a critical role in education. The mere idea can be intimidating, and figuring out ways to develop ownership through teaching and learning practices compounds the challenge.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). And a few weeks ago, an article on a survey conducted by the Oregon teachers union last spring to learn Oregon teachers’ opinions regarding annual state assessments observed that, “[s]urvey respondents were overwhelmingly extremely negative in their response to every question.”. Use adaptive assessment.

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, if you’re studying lakes in earth science, you know how many times can you get a classroom out to a lake to study the science of the lake. Within the virtual environment, you get you learning, you get your assessment, you get your experience.

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5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Learn about AR and VR.

It’s Not About Google (Part 4) – SULS047

Shake Up Learning

The post It’s Not About Google (Part 4) – SULS047 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Our bottom line as educators is always about the learning and doing what’s best for students. Dynamic Learning with Google (Part 3). How Will You Shake Up Learning?

How to Create a Class Brand (and much more!) with Tony Vincent – SULS011

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with Tony Vincent – SULS011 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Tony Vincent , from Learning in Hand , shares many genius tips in this episode. In This Episode: [00:28] – Welcome to episode 11 of the Shake Up Learning Show! Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!

How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving

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Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. Certain edtech tools allow the teacher to use a dashboard to track student progress in real time, including: Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. A common tool seen in the world language and social studies classrooms at my school is Quizlet Live.

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.

Creating the time and space for self-directed, personalized, inquiry learning.

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Here is a student created video of teacher John Sarte sharing a bit about Inquiry Hub Secondary School, inquiry learning, and some of the projects he has worked with students on. Here are two of our competency-based courses: Foundations of Inquiry 11 and Applications of Digital Learning.

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The Use of Technology for Reading Acquisition

Saving Socrates

This is an older post, but I recently updated the bottom to include reflections on gradpoint; the blended learning digital content provider Magen David Yeshivah High School chose this past year. I did not take into account my future role as a parent nor did I take into account the possibility of ever being on the board for an elementary school or becoming so fully enamored with elementary education. She scores much lower on online exams than in person assessments.

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.

The Progression of our Lower School Technology Integration

Tech Helpful

The process of learning through that period really gave me a burden to help our school see the benefits of technology integration- not always technology for technology sake and not stand alone. I wanted them to learn that technology was a tool for their learning.

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. Though Jones found her time-based blended model did not meet students’ needs perfectly, neither she nor her cohort had the bandwidth to develop a better model during the academic year.

10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know – SULS029

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The post 10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know – SULS029 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Learn more about the Student Selector here. #3: Many teachers like to create topics for subjects (great for elementary), weeks, units of study, and more.

Do specialized teaching roles help or hurt students?

The Christensen Institute

In addition to being content instructors (often in multiple content areas), we also expect teachers to be curriculum designers, assessment creators, and experts at evaluating student work and analyzing student learning data, not to mention experts in classroom management and culture, coaching students on self-management, providing students with social and emotional support, and being the primary school connection with parents and families.

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English. Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. blended learning).

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Summer School May Offer Opportunity for Students — Just Not Yet in Person

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According to the CRPE analysis, which looked at plans from more than 100 districts and charter school groups, less than half were offering summer programs for elementary and middle school students, while 58 percent were offering a program for high schoolers.