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The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. I spoke recently with the principal of a charter middle school that is using blended learning and alternative staffing to try to develop a breakthrough personalized learning model. Recognizing the cost of human-graded assessment.

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. But is technology the key to their success? 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. and technology?

What model of Blended Learning should an Educator choose?

Think Exam

Blended or hybrid learning are the terms given to the new age classroom education that hasn’t lost the importance of conventional methods but only made it more enhanced with the integration of technology. The post What model of Blended Learning should an Educator choose?

Blended learning’s unfulfilled promise: Saving teachers time

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning should help solve this problem. In my recent paper, “ Teaching in the Machine Age ,” I argue that technology, if used properly, can take on some aspects of planning, grading, and instruction, thereby freeing up teachers to spend more of the their time on high-impact activities. But data we’ve gathered from the field through surveys and interviews with teachers suggests that the time-saving benefits of blended learning are often not coming to fruition.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, a high school that is part of the Summit Public Schools charter network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

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Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

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. Others, including civil rights advocates, have warned about the consequences of walking away from annual tests that measure whether students from all backgrounds are learning. Enabled by technology, future assessment systems will be both less intrusive and more precise.

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

eSchool News

In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. The state’s official response was to create a new program, called Virtual Arkansas , to manage its online courses and work with districts to find students who want to take them.

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

This handy tool has opened up the doors of blended learning and collaborative classrooms like never before. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or become a pro at all things Google. Assessment.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

Pearson has been criticized for everything from its deployment of curriculum in districts’ 1-to-1 technology programs to the prominent role it plays in high-stakes testing. Pearson was recently faulted by New Jersey state officials for a disruption of that state’s assessments.].