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 brings out the best in educators and students

eSchool News

If you’ve been paying attention to education news lately, you’ve probably noticed that the conversation around technology in the classroom is shifting. When edtech first burst onto the scene almost three decades ago, access to more technology – devices, broadband – was everything.

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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.

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.

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. Edthena Updates edtech update Education Technology K-12 teachers Professional development SETDA

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.

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.”

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.

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

eSchool News

Follow these guidelines to create a technology infrastructure that support teachers and students. Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. 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.

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

Edsurge

How are rural schools, which face logistical obstacles unheard of in more urban districts, finding ways to provide their students with technology? The access to technology that students have is just as varied as the students and schools themselves. 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.

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. As well as enhancing lessons, technology in schools can also be a useful tool to improve discipline.

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. However, we see value in the consideration of these tips as schools and colleges continue iterating on their online learning best practices): 1. Help students own their 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. Most schools are completely unprepared – or, at best, woefully underprepared – for coronavirus and virtual learning. Future of Learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Here’s why it matters: A technology snafu creates a situation where precious class time can be lost. Some say technology can help teachers create lessons that are tailored to fit each child. (Is Credit: Getty Images.

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. School District’s technology director. “We

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. When McClary joined the district as the manager of educational technology in 2014, progress was less than stellar.

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

eSchool News

In the guide, we take a look at how IT leaders work with administrators and teachers to secure district buy-in for new technology, and we also check in with experts to outline a few ways to navigate a technology upgrade.

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[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. As he spoke, it became clear to me that the only way to have an impact on the K-12 education industry (a $650 billion business at last count) was to introduce the use of technology to improve its product and increase its productivity. 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.

Getting schooled in social media

The Hechinger Report

Schools need to get better at telling the story of the good things happening in classrooms,” said Steven Anderson, a former teacher and instructional technology director who now consults with districts about venturing into social media. Read more about Blended Learning.

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 department also did not respond to questions around how the budget could affect the Office of Education Technology and its programs. Education Technology Government Policy

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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. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

The district is working toward this goal through a wide range of bold initiatives, which include offering two years of kindergarten, ending “social promotion,” connecting every student to technology, and putting significant resources into athletic facilities and music programs.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

The district is working toward this goal through a wide range of bold initiatives, which include offering two years of kindergarten, ending “social promotion,” connecting every student to technology, and putting significant resources into athletic facilities and music programs. “We

OPINION: Why is Trump’s ed secretary ignoring the biggest development in education since the printing press?

The Hechinger Report

A critical difference between the two types of choice is the vastly greater number of options associated with course-based choice, of which so-called personalized learning and blended learning are subsets. K-12 Opinion Rural schools Solutions Technology access

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.

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. Or do you think the savings being realized are mainly due to advancements in technology that have lowered the cost of internet connections?

Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers

EdTech Magazine

Thankfully, technologies such as virtual reality and collaboration software can assist with the training and recruiting of better teachers. Recruiting talented teachers there, however, is no longer an issue thanks to videoconferencing technology. 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.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

million into schoolwide technology upgrades. They have to learn early.”. One in five Greeley residents lives below the poverty level, and the school district is trying to upgrade its technology to give students an economic boost. We literally dumpster-dive for technology.”.

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. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom.

“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. After using Compare & Connect K-12 and evaluating their pricing information, Lewis-Palmer’s technology team, saw that the district was paying far more for their internet access than neighboring districts of a similar size were paying.

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

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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