Removing Barriers with UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Like many, this teacher felt intense pressure to teach the standards and wasn’t sure how to embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning. In other words, can students transfer that new learning to a novel situation?

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Blended Learning: The Whole Group Rotation

Catlin Tucker

When I work with teachers who are new to blended learning, there is often a knee-jerk concern about the time required to design a lesson that strategically blends active, engaged learning online with active, engaged learning offline.

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Self-Regulation in Blended Learning Environments

Catlin Tucker

I can empathize with their frustration, but I attribute these behaviors to underdeveloped self-regulation skills, especially in online and blended learning environments. Blended Learning Environments Require Self-regulation Skills. Learning

Blended Learning: Building a Playlist

Catlin Tucker

This is a sentiment I’ve repeatedly heard this year as I work with educators who are teaching online, on hybrid schedules, or juggling the demands of the concurrent classroom. My doctoral research focused on the multidimensional motivational construct of teacher engagement in blended learning environments. Build in Formative Assessment Collecting informal data throughout a playlist provides insight into what students know or can do. Learning

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.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate. ” When bricks and clicks combine into a powerful learning experience for students, we have an effective blended classroom. This blog post is sponsored by PowerSchool Learning.

5 blended-learning trends to watch

The Christensen Institute

For the last decade, the Christensen Institute has investigated how schools are integrating face-to-face and online learning modalities in ways that enable greater flexibility and student control, otherwise known as “blended learning.” As strategies for student-centered learning evolve, how are we seeing schools combine blended-learning practices with other approaches to innovation? Blended learning was one of 88 total tags.)

Simplify your blended learning workload

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Dr. Catlin Tucker , a blended learning coach and teacher of 16 years, shares her expertise about tackling the different aspects of blended teaching including engagement, group work, and assessment in a virtual classroom or hybrid setting.

Why Flipped and Blended Learning are Making Waves in education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh and his colleague, Ilya Mishra, are new contributors to Ask a Tech Teacher who specialize in online learning and educational technology (more on Ilya’s bio below). A Columbia University research found that, on average, students taught through online learning techniques performed modestly better than those learning through classical classroom approach. The resources provided as a part of flipped learning can mostly be paused and replayed.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how.

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.

Blended Learning: Designing a Whole Group Rotation with StudySync

Catlin Tucker

The term “blended learning” is an umbrella that encompasses many different models that combine active, engaged learning online with active, engage learning offline. In my book, Blended Learning in Action , I included a chapter on the Whole Group Rotation, which is a modern spin on the Lab Rotation. Instead, an entire class can rotation between online and offline activities together in a single space. Learning

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Who are great blended-learning teachers?

The Christensen Institute

What does it take to be a great teacher in a blended program? To ask that same question in education parlance, what competencies — meaning motives, traits, self-concepts, values, knowledge, and skills—matter most for teachers who are substituting online learning for part of face-to-face instruction? Online and blended learning are relatively new. Blended-learning success depends on a mental shift from teacher-led to student-centered learning.

7 questions–and answers–about copyright during online learning

eSchool News

Many publishers waived copyright fees for use of materials in distance learning, made teaching resources freely available and aggregated useful content. Online learning platforms and other edtech tools gained traction. More assessments moved online.

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Sean explains how blended learning has allowed him to be more in touch with his students and to collaborate with his colleagues.

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.

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?

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Blended Learning

Where Learning Clicks

Quite often, I am finding that the obstacles schools and districts face when starting an online and blended learning program could have been avoided with the right channel of communication and relationship development. For example, the relationship between superintendents, curriculum directors, and IT directors can make or break a successful blended learning initiative.

Blended learning’s unfulfilled promise: Saving teachers time

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning should help solve this problem. 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. Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential. . Blended learning has upfront costs. Online student learning data can be hard to access and interpret.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late. But, what is blended learning? This video offers a good introduction to blended learning if you've never heard the term before. What is blended learning?

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. This rotation was to serve as a simulation for what we could take back to our own learning environments and use as a model for differentiated instruction. 4 Essential Elements of a Blended Classroom: a.

Blended Learning and Project Based Learning… Taking the PBL Gold Standards Online

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

PBL is a natural fit in any combination of face to face, elearning, and a blended environment. Now is especially the time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. Look at them with a blended idea in mind.

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.

Top 4 must-haves for online, blended learning

eSchool News

Many educators turn to online and blended learning solutions to offer alternative solutions for at-risk students. The most important attribute of a successful online or blended learning program is a “rigorous and engaging curriculum,” according to participants in a recent study. Those surveyed also said successful online and blended programs need the following: presence of student progress tracking and reporting tools.

Leveraging Your LMS & Tech Tools: PBL and Blended Learning (Part 2)

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Another school year is on its way and it is so important that we keep Project based Learning as a way to ensure authentic and deeper learning for our studennts. This will probably include bringing PBL into a combination of face to face, elearning, and a blended environment.

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Julie Young returns to online learning

The Christensen Institute

When Julie Young stepped down from the helm of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) after 17 years, I wrote at the end of my piece reflecting on what her contributions had meant that I wouldn’t be surprised to see Julie “continue to play a leadership role in transforming schooling to put students at the center of their learning. accredited high school through virtual learning. And, just as at FLVS, students will be able to move at their own pace and learn from anywhere at any time.

Research examines blended learning, student achievement

eSchool News

A new research report from Arizona State University (ASU) focuses on various evidence-based instructional models and strategies integrated within courses from an online curriculum provider in order to determine if they lead to increased student achievement and engagement. Odysseyware aims to provide a learning solution for schools seeking the flexibility and customization of online courses, as well as for those looking to offer students a virtual learning environment.

Enhance Student Engagement with Virtual Social Learning Spaces

Catlin Tucker

When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? Despite the challenges associated with this moment in education, technology is rapidly evolving to allow students more opportunities to engage in social learning spaces online.

4 Models of blended learning to implement in the classroom

Neo LMS

We can all agree that the phrase “blended learning” is well and truly a part of the modern-day discourse on education; so much so that academics have begun to curate a universal definition, as well as identify sub-themes and genres of the concept. The hawk-eyed among us will further realize that what defines blended learning is precisely a blend and interconnected use of the above modalities. 4 Models of blended learning. The self-blended model.

Peer Feedback: Making It Meaningful

Catlin Tucker

As a learning community, all members should play a role in providing thoughtful and substantive feedback. I believe rubrics should be provided at the start of any assignment, task, or project that will be assessed using a rubric. Feedback is how students feel seen and supported.

Assess blended learning with student media

NspireD2

Week 3 of the BlendKit Course deals with assessment and one topic is the use of projects and authentic tasks as evidence of students reaching learning goals. To learn […]. Strategies online learningFor me, that translates readily into assignments where students create media. Such projects are the focus of the Remix project at Notre Dame (image above) and they are one of the main topics on this blog.

5 Basic ingredients to online learning success

Neo LMS

We already have online courses, learning management systems , online collaboration tools, apps for all sorts of classroom activities, and so on, and so forth. E-learning is part of today’s education and will probably be a bigger part of it in the future. But since there are so many ways to adapt e-learning, or to blend it with face-to-face instruction in a physical learning environment, one question gets on many teachers’ lips: How do I know if I’m doing this right?!

5 Tips for incorporating blended learning into your classroom

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly technology is a massive boon for teaching, from massive online research facilities to interactive content and full-spectrum online learning environments, to collaboration across country and cultural divides, to the promise that teachers can spend less time preparing and grading, and systems that yield more data with which to measure students across a number of parameters — not to mention achieving the ideals of the flipped classroom. Learn from your students.