Blended learning brings out the best in educators and students

eSchool News

When edtech first burst onto the scene almost three decades ago, access to more technology – devices, broadband – was everything. How students leveraged technology to support learning would not become a primary focus for many years to come. Blended Learning Featured on eSchool News

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

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Blended learning emphasizes the best in all learners

eSchool News

When edtech first burst onto the scene almost three decades ago, access to more technology – devices, broadband – was everything. How students leveraged technology to support learning would not become a primary focus for many years to come. Blended Learning Featured on eSchool News

Cincinnati Schools launches blended learning AP courses

eSchool News

“Boot camp” sessions introduce students to new blended learning platform. Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is launching an Advanced Placement (AP) Blended Learning program, and wireless provider Kajeet will provide students with mobile hotspots to support the district’s efforts. Next page: How the AP blended learning program is structured.

Blended Learning Universe upgrades to drive educator learning, networking

The Christensen Institute

We live in an amazing time where school leaders have the capability to advance student-centered learning–the combination of personalizing learning and implementing competency-based learning–at scale. The engine to drive that transformation is blended learning. With the upgrade of the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) this week, educators and innovators have gained an important tool to advance this work.

Ga. schools to receive blended learning grants

eSchool News

Grants will enable districts to provide high-speed broadband to support blended learning efforts. million through a collaborative funding effort that seeks to provide high speed broadband access required for blended learning, Gov. Georgia students gain a distinct advantage by learning skills applicable to rapidly growing sectors of the economy,” Deal said in the release. “I Blended Learning McClatchy Top News

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. In it, education leaders advocate strongly for policymakers to increase broadband internet access in support of student learning. We especially loved this quote from Marion: “Broadband is like air — you can’t see it, but you know when it’s missing.”

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. The fast-paced learning environment must not be slowed by insufficient broadband.”

This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. It must also provide fast and reliable external access to teaching and learning resources that are on campus. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System). I prefer to call the ones that have evolved Online Learning Environments (OLEs).

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District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. The book’s key finding was that online learning would disrupt traditional K–12 classroom instruction as schools, teachers, parents, and students took advantage of the technology’s ability to address students’ individual learning needs.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Add concepts like blended and flipped learning to the equation and you come up with yet another to-do list item: Make sure students can actually use their devices when they aren’t physically on campus and within wi-fi range. Equity has become a pretty important word in the K-12 sector over the last few years as schools and districts integrate more technology applications, devices, and software into the learning environment.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

4 things districts need to know before moving to online learning

eSchool News

As the number of cases of COVID-19 multiplies and the duration of school closures increases, school districts are struggling with the feasibility of providing students with online learning opportunities. Related Content: eSchool News Online and Blended Learning Guide.

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, said that in the wake of a collective national shift over recent decades to online learning as “the way we do education,” now is the critical moment “to get serious about ubiquitous access.” to repurpose the Educational Broadband Service spectrum.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning. For many Americans, going without broadband internet would be like giving up water or electricity because it’s a means to their livelihood. Specifically, over nine million children don’t have broadband at home.

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps are expected to widen because many of those students still lack essential access to devices and internet connections at home, preventing them from participating in remote learning activities largely delivered online. School districts today continue to address that challenge as they prepare for the upcoming school year and the possibility of continuing remote or blended learning in the fall.

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps are expected to widen because many of those students still lack essential access to devices and internet connections at home, preventing them from participating in remote learning activities largely delivered online. School districts today continue to address that challenge as they prepare for the upcoming school year and the possibility of continuing remote or blended learning in the fall.

How Tech Enhances Class Performance

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Jane Sandwood, has interesting ideas on blending tech with tradition: Balancing Technology With Traditional Teaching To Enhance Performance In Class. California has recently increased state investment in school technology , focusing on better broadband connections and supporting further teaching of computer science. However, blended learning takes the positive aspects of technology and combines them with tried and tested teaching methods.

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

The best option to try and continue student learning, it seems , is to move everything online. Outside of the practical and difficult challenges of switching from brick-and-mortar operations to fully virtual ones—mad-dash technical setups, student access to broadband and computers, and student hardware and software accessibility—ensuring that students still have access to the best possible education is also a considerable hurdle for schools and universities.

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair

EdTech Magazine

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair. This is an example of a modern ­learning environment , and in an ideal world, students here receive ­personalized instruction that results in better classroom performance. . Modern classrooms are open and flexible and have writable surfaces, modular furniture, one-to-one devices, hands-on learning with makerspace activities and robust broadband connectivity. Our goal is to enhance learning, and it works.

[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

Education Elements

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the implementation of high quality blended/personalized learning in America’s schools. However, with the publication of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns,” the conversations changed and the idea began to gain traction. Personalized learning is an idea whose time has come. Personalized Learning Education Leaders

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. The homework divide is one of the most critical issues to address if we are to ever see broad-based positive effects of blended and digital learning.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

State and federal agencies have advised schools to create online learning plans to minimize the disruption to student learning. Their students have internet connections at home, laptops they can work from, teachers who know how to design online lessons and a strong foundation of in-school blended learning experience. Most schools are completely unprepared – or, at best, woefully underprepared – for coronavirus and virtual learning. Future of Learning.

eSchool News launches eSchool News IT Solutions: Hardware and Management Guide

eSchool News

We put a spotlight on examples of how real IT leaders make innovation a priority for their district, and we examine priorities such as content accessibility, broadband access, and supporting UDL. Stay tuned for eSchool News Guides on library media technology, online/blended learning, and more. We are excited to bring you the latest in the eSchool News Guides series.

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Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

Edsurge

That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. With ongoing collaboration and learning, I have gained a refreshed understanding of what’s needed to achieve our goals, and I remain committed to educational equity. students still lack the broadband capability necessary for digital learning.

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Why and How a Small Colorado District Upgraded its Network

Education Superhighway

Though for many school districts, slow download speeds in classrooms serve as the impetus for a network upgrade, there are many reasons district leaders strive to revamp their broadband infrastructure. The broadband itself was sufficient for the number of devices they had now, but what if they wanted to use more devices? Having a more robust broadband infrastructure has fostered a sense of innovation in Lewis-Palmer’s teachers, and not just in traditional subjects.

Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers

EdTech Magazine

Using videoconferencing systems, cloud-based collaboration learning platforms and satellite-based broadband communications , district leaders have given students access to better teachers and more diverse classes, EdTech reports. We’re finding virtual learning to be a very useful option for giving our students access to new opportunities,” says Mike Peck, PAASD’s district coordinator of online and blended learning, in an EdTech article. “It

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Is technology necessary to personalize learning? However, it remains clear that more work and investment are needed over the long run to address the digital equity challenge of today and provide robust broadband connectivity for all students in and outside of school.”. Read more about Blended Learning. Digital Education K-12 News online learning Personalized Learning Technology access

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

Edsurge

After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. One unique aspect of Mat-Su’s approach to digital learning is that edtech is housed under the office of instruction. Since implementing Chromebooks and the blended learning strategy in the district, student performance metrics across the board have risen.

Will your students excel in the Innovation Age?

eSchool News

And now, what can I do with what I have learned to find solutions to unmet needs? A group of students with screwdrivers in hand taking apart old desktop computers to learn about circuits. schools to receive blended learning grants. million through a collaborative funding effort that seeks to provide high speed broadband access required for blended learning, Gov. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

Will your students excel in the Innovation Age?

eSchool News

And now, what can I do with what I have learned to find solutions to unmet needs? A group of students with screwdrivers in hand taking apart old desktop computers to learn about circuits. schools to receive blended learning grants. million through a collaborative funding effort that seeks to provide high speed broadband access required for blended learning, Gov. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

Without home access to broadband Internet, students don’t have a chance at an equitable education and have virtually no chance to compete for the best jobs and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty that is pervasive in the Washington inner city. By Charles Sosnik.

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.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom. We spoke with her about the challenges and triumphs she’s seen in advocating for broadband access across the state for the second installment in our new Broadband Leaders series. .