The Case for Case Studies: Success Stories for Continued Growth

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Case studies provide a glimpse into how vision, strategic planning, and implementation drive results-oriented change. Image credit: https://www.dynbiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/case_study.jpg No two schools or districts take on the same initiative in the same way.

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.

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9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

eSchool News

Successful online and blended learning programs in a recent survey are those that prioritized better teacher-student relationships, used an online curriculum as a primary instructional source, and used a combination of in-person and virtual instructional support.

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.

Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

The Christensen Institute

Often when we speak with K–12 educators about blended learning, teachers and leaders working in high-poverty neighborhoods want to know: does blended learning work for low-income students? Last September, the Christensen Institute and the Evergreen Education Group published Proof Points , a compilation of 12 case studies of school districts around the country that have experienced improved student outcomes since implementing blended learning.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative. She thought blended learning made sense for math classes, but that ELA was more centered around reading together, having class discussions, and thinking in groups—activities that she believed wouldn’t work as well in smaller groups. But with Cooney’s support, she started experimenting with blended learning and iterating on her classroom model.

Blended Learning Success: Positively Impacting Every Student

FuelEd

We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Crater Lake Charter Academy case study

Infusing blended learning with voice and choice

The Christensen Institute

A model of blended learning rarely looks the same across classrooms. The models of course aren’t designed to be molds but to be guiding choreographies for a teacher and her students—and inevitably those individuals bring ingenuity to the craft as they improvise to create deeper and more customized learning opportunities. For one, three stations a day were challenging to manage and the students lost learning time during station transitions.

Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action

eSchool News

New report explores main blended models and their use. A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. Flipped learning might also be used to help students rotate.

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

Edsurge

Milton Bryant is the first to admit that implementing blended learning successfully didn’t come overnight. For the past four years, Bryant has been tirelessly adapting his approach to personalized learning to ensure that each student is thriving, even when that means scrapping ideas that don’t quite pan out. The report builds upon over five years of research that the Christensen Institute has conducted on the rise of different blended learning models in K-12 schools.

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful

eSchool News

“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning. The move to blended learning has been labelled as “disruptive” by many, such as Clayton Christensen in his book “ Disrupting Class.”

New Resource Drills Down on Blended Learning, ‘Personalized’ Ed. Practices

Marketplace K-12

Big, broad terms like “blended learning” and “personalized learning” permeate pretty much every corner of the K-12 landscape these days. See also : Blended Learning: The 7 Studies You Need to Know. What Is Personalized Learning?

#SmartSeries Refresh: Blended Learning Implementation Guide 3.0

ExcelinEd

A lot has happened in the world of digital learning since ExcelinEd’s Digital Learning Now initiative and Getting Smart released the first Smart Series paper in August 2012. ” Blended Learning Implementation Guide 3.0. Blended Learning Implementation Guide 3.0″

How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning

eSchool News

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

Good online teaching is often just plain good teaching

eSchool News

One teacher learns that the secret to good online teaching is all in the approach. Online classes offered John a new method of learning that was previously unavailable to him and a more flexible way to get back on the path to graduation. Sparking a love of learning.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

Here’s what you missed at BPLC18, the Blended & Personalized Learning Conference

eSchool News

Earlier this month, the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and the Learning Accelerator held a three-day event called the 2018 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference. Defining blended and personalized learning. Learning games.

30+ YouTube Channels for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post 30+ YouTube Channels for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. YouTube = Learning at Your Fingertips! There are so many ways to learn with YouTube channels for teachers and students! For students, YouTube is often their first stop when learning a new skill.

Charter schools innovate to tackle teacher preparation

The Christensen Institute

These challenges are only likely to grow in the years ahead as the teaching practice changes monumentally with the rise of blended learning. My colleague Thomas Arnett’s new case study, Startup Teacher Education: A fresh take on teacher credentialing , provides some important clues. The study also provides recommendations for schools looking to launch similar programs.

Getting the incentives right for online credit recovery

The Christensen Institute

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released a study on how online credit recovery impacts student achievement and outcomes in Algebra I. At first, these results seem to be a huge setback for blended learning and its advocates.

How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

The Christensen Institute

But one of Waters’ key breakthroughs has been learning how to not go it alone—a collaboration lesson for leaders across all industries to innovate successfully. Embrace what you don’t know and be open to learning from those outside of your traditional teams.

When Zero-Tolerance Was Failing Students, This School Turned to Restorative Justice

Edsurge

As more research and case studies come out in support of restorative justice programs, schools are increasingly turning to the approach to reduce suspension rates (which disproportionately affect students of color) and improve graduation rates. “At In most cases, students are sent to RJ after a series of episodes in which they’ve acted out or shown disrespect to their peers or teachers. “It One of the things she learned is impulse control.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”.

When innovating, having the right team matters

The Christensen Institute

This week, the Clayton Christensen Institute released a case study that details the efforts of Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter school management organization that operates high schools in California’s Bay Area, and Gooru , a nonprofit edtech company, to co-develop a technology to support LPS’s personalized learning model and improve student outcomes. Is what Gooru built so specific to the LPS use case such that it won’t scale naturally?

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

Edsurge

This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. To start somewhere, they decided to search for digital content to help with improving student learning. Additionally, when they saw how the devices helped students learn, principals of individual schools began to use their budgets to buy more laptops and create computer labs, reports Stiffler.

Preparing Teaching Candidates for Blended and Online Environments

Fractus Learning

There is a growing need for today’s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. These courses include blended methods and technologies for blended learning environments.

20 YouTube Channels for Educators

Shake Up Learning

20 YouTube Channels for Educators YouTube = Learning at Your Fingertips! When you want to learn something new these days, most of us head over to YouTube. You can learn just about anything on YouTube: how to fix your dryer, how to create a blog, or how to use Google Docs.

The power of ed-tech in the developing world

Neo LMS

We focus a lot on the K-12 system of the United States in our blog , and I thought it would be fun and interesting to explore how countries in the developing world are facing their specific educational challenges with blended learning models. Zaya Learning Labs. E-learning

Personalized teaching: 4 funding strategies to amplify teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Great teaching is at the heart of high-quality personalized learning. Accordingly, one of the best things a school can do to improve the personalized learning experiences of its students is to expand the impact of its highest-performing teachers. The first set of case studies was released March 14. Lori Treiber and Scott Nolt are blended-learning teachers at Central Cabarrus High School and Jay M.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve.

Classroom Design Trends: Update Classroom Layout to Boost Engagement

ViewSonic Education

At its core is the idea that meaningful learning is a creative process. Schools are creating classroom layouts that support successful 21 st century learning. The ability to rearrange components supports the many faces of constructive learning. Active learning environments.

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Live, Learn, Launch: How a Radical Live-Work Space Is Igniting Campus Innovation

Edsurge

Student engagement is key to energizing learning outcomes, and universities have been investing heavily in building multi-purpose spaces that provide opportunities for students to imagine, prototype, fail and retool their way to profound learning experiences. But the University of Utah has gone a step further, intentionally blending learning, making and living spaces. Our students are not reading case studies. They are the case study.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

Tips from the pros: Making an Enriched Virtual program work for your students

The Christensen Institute

The Enriched Virtual model allows students to complete the majority of coursework online at home or outside of school, but attend school for required face-to-face learning sessions with a teacher. The Enriched Virtual is considered a disruptive blended-learning model because it transforms the student learning experience beyond just adding an online-learning feature to a traditional classroom. BLU: What does PD look like for your blended teachers?