Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom


Introducing blended learning experiences in core subjects presents many opportunities over traditional print-heavy classrooms. But introducing blended learning in the classroom is not the easiest thing to do. Besides deciding on the right model that perfectly fits the learning needs of the students, there are other challenges to overcome. Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom. E-learning

5 reasons why blended learning programs fail-and how to save them

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[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 1 of our April series on Blended Learning. Too often, educators who are considering investing in blended learning pull back after hearing horror stories of good programs gone bad. Creating a successful blended learning program isn’t a race, and ours has taken nearly a decade to achieve. Next page: 3 more ways blended learning programs fail).


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A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve. As I was conducting some learning walks with the admin team I noticed some kindergarten students in Deborah Weckerly’s class engaged in blended learning activities using smartphones. Innovative educators like Deborah Weckerly are always looking for ways to improve the learning experience for kids.

5 Awesome New Screencastify Features

Cool Cat Teacher

As I review that article, all of the formative abilities from history to math and every subject are still there but now you have more making Screencastify an essential blended learning and flipped classroom tool that is easy and fast.

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How to Flip Back to School Night

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Today, I'm going to show you step by step how I used blended learning to achieve those results. We are jumping right in to learning activities: icebreakers, group work, problem solving, etc. Also, due to work schedules and such, not all parents attend Back to School Night, so rather thinking of this event in terms of information delivery, focus on how to let the parents in the room experience your class with a short learning activity.


iPads keep students connected, even on snow days

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If you have power and Internet, there’s really nothing that can stop learning from happening,” she said. Using technology to expand the learning environment is one of the most talked about subjects among educators in West Virginia and across the country. Devices like iPads or Android-based tablets have become must-haves in many districts as school officials look to create “anytime-anywhere” learning environments not restricted by the four walls of a traditional classroom.

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Digital Portfolios with Google Tools

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

As I flip the learning in my class, it is easy to get inundated with the myriad of edtech tools and sites that are available. The portfolio is one Google Doc on which the student will list and link to each of the writing pieces, as well as write a brief reflection of what was learned about the process of writing. digitallearning #edtech #flipclass #flipped #fln #google #writing a assignments blended learning digital literacy FLN flnhub Google docs hyperdocs


Blending Active Reading & Conversations with EDpuzzle

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Blending paper with digital media and face to face interactions with digital learning, I created checkpoints in an EDpuzzle video lesson that would encourage students to close read a text and "Turn and Talk" to answer text-based questions accurately. I then uploaded the new version to EDpuzzle and embedded the checkpoint questions, tagging each with a NJ Learning Standard for ELA 9th grade (formerly known as Common Core Curriculum Standards).


Leading Learning in a Blended Environment


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media and traditional face-to-face teaching. In Meriden Public Schools (CT), they are committed to promoting anytime, anywhere learning.


MC Assessment = Meta Cognitive Assessment

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''m a proponent of critical thinking, cooperative learning, metacognition, blended learning, flipped learning. I''m a proponent of learning. Socrative is my choice for BYOD-esque assessments in class. Is it blended? Is is social learning? assessment assignments BYOD BYOT common core cross-curricular edmodo flipclass flipped flipping literature paperless PBL project based learning Reading writing

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Personalized Learning: The Why, How, and What

A Principal's Reflections

As a result, many educational entities have embraced a shift to a more personalized approach to learning. While this is admirable, what I have experienced firsthand is a lack of a uniform vision and plan or collective understanding as to what it means to personalize learning.

Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO (Chrome Extension)

Shake Up Learning

The post Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO (Chrome Extension) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Tech has been a powerful enabler for new approaches to learning over the last few years and digital methods are steadily transforming teaching, as traditional pedagogy gives way to more collaborative, interactive strategies. And it works on Windows, Mac and Chromebook, so it’s great for BYOD classrooms. Ready to start planning your summer professional learning?


EdmodoCon Guest Post #3: M.Valois

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Megan is the guest moderator on the Canadian Ed Chat (#cdnedchat) on Twitter who enjoys expanding her PLN and learning about new tech tools to improve her teaching and class experience. On Tuesday, I participated in a virtual conference - a professional learning opportunity - called #Edmodocon. If you aren''t familiar, Edmodo is a social learning platform for schools, often called the "Facebook" for schools because its format is similar.


Ed Tech Vocab: Keeping Up with Trends in Education


Think of it as a cheat sheet to help you learn all you need to know about technology in the classroom! Blended learning combines traditional, in-person learning with digital learning, so that students can experience both forms.

EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #7: L. Neumann from SWEDEN!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I missed the first couple of minutes of that and dropped in on the two very wise ladies Kate Baker and Liz Calderwood juggling the BOYD, blended learning and flipping, aided by Edmodo. Feeling I was missing out a bit, I crept into my bedroom, thinking about all the lovely people I had met and chatted with during the evening; learning so much and getting so much inspiration. edtech #flipclass digital citizenship edmodo edmodocon global learning


Video communication apps and mobile learning

Nik Peachey

This kind of cross platform compatibility is really important if you are working in a BYOD environment where students could be coming to class with a wide range of devices. This would be a great tool to use as a daily learning journal, but it's probably best used by adults or more responsible teens. blended learning CMC ipad iphone mlearn mobile learning speaking skills video video conferencing

EdTech Acronyms Explained


BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment.

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Reflection of ISTE from a Newbie


Their incredible commitment to building teachers up so they can create learning-centered classrooms is honorable. I am still very new to blogging, but through their Teacher Challenges , I''ve learned more than I ever anticipated, and it has trickled down into the classrooms of AJUSD to positively affect our learning culture. First off, I''ve learned so much from the Connected Principals Blog , that it was exciting to see the faces and hear their voices in person.


Ed Tech Vocab: Keeping Up with Trends in Education


Think of it as a cheat sheet to help you learn all you need to know about technology in the classroom! Blended learning combines traditional, in-person learning with digital learning, so that students can experience both forms.

5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance

A Principal's Reflections

A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning. How can we take the greatest advantage of this moment in time and create compelling and challenging learning spaces for students? Change culture digital learning Rigor

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4 Questions for 4 Edtech Thought Leaders


As technology is quickly evolving, educators and administrators alike are trying to keep up with the new products and trends in blended learning. Serves as the State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance of Excellent Education located in Washington DC.

The Technological Transformation of Districts to Benefit All Learners


Many school districts are now going through a process of determining which pandemic-related practices should be kept, improved, or discarded, and the use of remote and blended learning technologies is frequently being raised during these types of discussions.

The Features And Benefits Of The XP-Pen Drawing Tablet In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

Much of this has to do with fluctuating learning priorities where critical thinking and problem-solving skills for a future-ready, tech-savvy student body are given precedence. The Tools Of Mobile Learning. Ways To Use The XP-Pen For Learning.

Why are some educators still reluctant to using technology in the classroom?


Technology seems to be involved nowadays in most aspects of education and many schools are adopting it quite well, whether it’s adopting BYOD initiatives, blended learning, flipped classrooms , creating content using authoring tools, or using a learning platform. It’s amazing how the amount of technology available today makes learning more interactive and easier. Maybe there is another classroom in the school that does BYOD and it’s going very well.

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Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

Practices such as BYOD, 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, classroom and school redesign, branding, makerspaces, professional learning, etc. As Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), I have worked with a fantastic team to develop services and tools to help districts, schools, and organizations across the world transform teaching, learning, and leadership.

4 Questions for 4 Edtech Thought Leaders


As technology is quickly evolving, educators and administrators alike are trying to keep up with the new products and trends in blended learning. Serves as the State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance of Excellent Education located in Washington DC.

Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

The underlying premise is to move learners from a state of engagement to empowerment so that they exert more ownership over their learning. A culture that embraces student agency promotes risk-taking while working to remove the fear of failure helps students develop a growth mindset, and has students applying what they have learned in real-world contexts as opposed to just in the classroom. Student agency is all about improving the learning experience for kids.

Making is a Process

A Principal's Reflections

The premise was simple; allow students to utilize guided inquiry in an informal learning environment that was facilitated by the use of real-world tools to do real-world work. Students were not only able to actively explore their passions, but also learn from failure as well as trial and error. Our students thrived in an environment where the word “fail” really stood for first attempt in learning. Laura Fleming Maker Movement Makerspace Uncommon Learning

5 Reasons Students Want Technology in the Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

It’s rare when anyone considers the other—and perhaps more important—angle: Students want to learn with technology. By empowering student learning with more opportunities for them to communicate with classmates, you’ll soon realize how important technology is in the classroom. These five reasons why students want to learn with technology can help you and your teacher-friends determine the right technology to implement. They want to learn at a comfortable speed.

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7 PROs and CONs of m-learning in the classroom


Mobile learning is generally defined as training or education conducted via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, generally connected to a wireless network such as GSM, G3 or Wifi. Typically mobile learning — or m-learning — entails extending teaching beyond the classroom environment, connecting with learners further afield, as well as empowering students to learn wherever they are. 7 PROs and CONs of m-learning in the classroom. E-learning

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Using Google Forms to Streamline Feedback & Document Growth


This method of using Google Forms is meant as a companion piece to this article I wrote about how I improved my rubrics by turning them into 1-column, hyperdoc-ish rubrics that students use as part of their everyday learning. Also, feel free to join GEG:NJ and learn with us even if you’re not from Jersey because not everyone is perfect. A few weeks ago, I was on our New Jersey Google Educator’s Group (GEG:NJ) show called The Suite Talk hosted by Kim Mattina.


3 Actionable Ways to be a Courageous School Leader Today


Currently, Natasha is a Digital Learning Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools. She is ecstatic to lead the work as we transition into 21st century classrooms through blended learning opportunities, BYOD, professional learning for instructional technology and digitally connected classrooms.


A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Activity-Based Learning.

Trends, challenges, and developments for higher education’s next 5 years

Bryan Alexander

Redesigning Learning Spaces. Shift to Deep Learning Approaches. Growing Focus on Measuring Learning. Increasing Use of Blended Learning Designs. Blending Formal and Informal Learning. Personalizing Learning. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Learning Analytics & Adaptive Learning. There are strong signs of our collective movement towards redesigning and rethinking learning.


Being a Grace-Giving Leader in this Season


With the rush to put distance learning into place and still support teachers, students and other stakeholders at the same time, it’s so important that we make the conscious decision to give grace to everyone. Currently, Natasha is a Digital Learning Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools.


6 Self-Care Strategies for School Leaders


Kids that just won’t engage, phone calls and emails from parents, learning new systems and tech on the fly. You are providing learning opportunities for your teachers and students, but who is providing you with learning opportunities? You’re taking care of the teachers.

3 Things for School Leaders to Consider During the Transition to Distance Learning


As the school leader in your building, you’ve put things in place to ensure that your students have what they need to be successful while face to face learning is temporarily on hold, but have you considered those things that you may need to put into place for you and your stakeholders? .


What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years


Deeper Learning: The expert panel identified several long-term trends that will greatly influence the adoption of technology in classrooms over the next five years and beyond. They see worldwide educators focusing on “ deeper learning ” outcomes that try to connect what happens in the classroom to experts and experiences beyond school as an important trend. Adaptive Learning: Adaptive learning refers to software that adjusts to students’ learning needs as they use the product.

The Promise and Perils of Technology in Education

Reading By Example

It does not harm or help student learning when put into classrooms. Only when technology is employed by the teacher to serve as part of the learning experience does it have any impact, positive or otherwise. Blended learning, flipped learning, and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are a few of the pedagogical approaches that are often referenced as powerful practices which rely on technology to facilitate learning.