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.

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.

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.

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.

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 They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

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. The post Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report appeared first on the Edthena blog.

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. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

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. But the disruptive story of online learning is far from complete.

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. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System).

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

[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

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.

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. .

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? Read more about Blended Learning. Digital Education K-12 News online learning Personalized Learning Technology access Credit: Getty Images.

“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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Texas school district overcomes challenges in pursuit of Wide Area Network upgrade

Education Superhighway

Lubbock Independent School District aims to support a thriving culture of digital learning in its schools by ensuring teachers and students have more than enough bandwidth. Learn more about our Fiber Consulting Program.

Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. million more students that now have the minimum connectivity they need for digital learning. We hope the next administration recognizes how critically important it is to connect all students to high-speed broadband.

Getting schooled in social media

The Hechinger Report

Sharing student learning with frazzled parents was also the motivation behind the social-media app Seesaw , launched in 2015. Read more about Blended Learning. Columnists K-12 News Tech Smart Parents Personalized Learning Technology access

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Although personalized learning is gaining momentum around the country, investment opportunities and school systems leading the charge have largely been concentrated in urban communities. More flexible learning environments also entails a shift in staffing and the role of educators.

Digital and Educational Equity

eSpark

In the blended learning community, educational equity is a growing concern in districts that use classroom technology. families, broadband is not affordable. Missing out on homework can seriously derail a student’s learning.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. '" Tagged on: September 20, 2017 Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows | EdScoop → The fellows will serve directly with White House offices and bring backgrounds in one-to-one and blended learning programs. It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me. I’m having some trust issues and just need some space.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. '" Tagged on: September 20, 2017 Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows | EdScoop → The fellows will serve directly with White House offices and bring backgrounds in one-to-one and blended learning programs. It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me. I’m having some trust issues and just need some space.

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No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal

Edsurge

The budget did not mention any details about the Office of Education Technology, or how the staggering cuts could affect edtech initiatives like the department’s #GoOpen campaign or its commitment to connect 99 percent of American students to broadband by 2018. The grants are intended to fund programs around STEM education, college and career counseling, and supporting effective use of technology around blended learning and edtech devices.