How Malaysian schools are tackling blended-learning challenges

The Christensen Institute

Malaysia has a very unique education system: over the past two decades, the government has invested millions of dollars in equipping all 10,000 public schools with not only computer labs, but also the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In our newest report published in conjunction with the WISE Initiative , we found examples that illustrate that blended models are not about the tech itself but about the creative instructional models that educators manage to wrap around the tech.

How NEO helped me work my way into a blended learning environment

Neo LMS

To get started I read the book Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, joined several groups online and followed a couple of entities on Twitter. This epiphany brought me to the blended learning movement.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more! See Eric’s blog post on emojis in Google docs to learn how to do this. And when they then published that to the web you’ve got an online animated comic strip, whether it’s to explain a vocab term or science concept or retell part of a story. Never stop learning.

Dealing with a 'Culture of Fear'—Administrators on PD in the Age of Blended Learning

Edsurge

And when blended learning gets thrown into the mix, the situation gets even more complicated—what happens when educators seem afraid of products? EdSurge: I'm going to open with a really broad question… Generally, when it comes to professional learning, how do we get our staff to grow? Stepan Mekhitarian: I think what's very important is for blended learning to not be a separate, compartmentalized aspect of learning at a school site.

5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics

The CoolCatTeacher

He teaches English at Mountain House High School in California, a 1:1 Chromebook blended learning school, where he received the 2015 Online Course Design Award from Blended Schools Network for his work on creating engaging online learning courses.

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

The Hechinger Report

Teachers use the Desmos “ Activity Builder ” tool to create a series of self-paced math challenges using an online graphing calculator. The hush was troubling, because students learn a lot from debating ideas, sharing feedback and collectively exploring big questions.

Why classrooms can’t go blended without going digital

The Christensen Institute

Today, February 22, is Digital Learning Day , which highlights instructional practices that effectively use technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience as well as the educators and school leaders that are working to improve student outcomes. Digital learning is also a very important part of our blended learning model. Student-led digital learning for blended success. This can be a school, learning center, or computer lab.

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

The Hechinger Report

This is a list of kids I need to check in with, maybe because they’re learning the English language, or because I’ve observed something where they need a little more help,” Kaswell said. But now he’s implementing a particularly intense approach to it, known as personalized learning.

Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. Chromebooks are simple to use and easy to setup and manage, but the software is limited to web applications that run in an Internet browser.

Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. Last year, the Institute’s BLU team took a deeper look at blended learning beyond the US.

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

The Christensen Institute

About the author: Casey Lynch is a K-12 education research intern with the Christensen Institute focused on interviewing and profiling schools in the Blended Learning Universe Directory, and a rising 8th grade English teacher in The School District of Philadelphia. Many teachers interested in implementing blended learning may be deterred by challenges in their school contexts. Students complete gamified learning exercises on Siyavula’s Everything Maths at home.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Digital-based learning benefits students. Blended learning and flipped classrooms. When teachers leverage technology, learning outcomes improve. From virtual labs and games to digital textbooks and online curriculum, digital classrooms rely on video. Online Video.

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Squaring personalization and digitization in 2018

The Christensen Institute

leads blended-learning implementations in K–12 Catholic schools as the b lended- l earning c oordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). ?She She blogs regularly on blended learning for Notre Dame ACE Academies. Now, I want to say first and foremost that I champion blended learning specifically because of the myriad benefits I know this model can have for students. A Factory Blended Model.

Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Edsurge

Shiny new technologies can capture well-meaning educators like insects in amber, but the evidence is clear that digital learning can improve student opportunities and outcomes. Keep in mind that when you’re developing an inventory of goals to be addressed via digital learning, less is more.

Teen Mothers Need a Lot of Support. This New Orleans School Actually Provides It.

Edsurge

The school achieves this mainly through its “homebound” program, which allows expecting and new mothers to blend online learning with one-on-one visits from a designated “homebound teacher” until they are able to resume normal classes. She didn’t have any help learning the material, either. She would search for lessons on Google, watch YouTube videos and ask friends to recount what they had learned in class.

Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

Edsurge

Amongst our standout articles and the themes they evoke: a Stanford University researcher on edtech and equity, an entrepreneur on growth mindset, and a look into Chromebooks by the president of a iBoss Cybersecurity. But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. Personalized learning.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Financial Viability of Some ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools Unclear, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

A group of charter schools that have tried to pioneer “personalized learning” in schools face big questions about the sustainability of their approaches after private sources of funding run dry, a new analysis suggests. The “personalization” strategies in play in those schools vary widely, and include “station-rotation” models that move students through different approaches to learning, with different experiences with technology.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ FutureLearn , the massive open online course provider owned by the Open University in the U.K., ” “What’s the bottom line on online preschool ?” ” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a new CEO : John “Jack” Lynch, formerly the head of Renaissance Learning.