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How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Ubiquitous access to technology means that acquiring knowledge is no longer dependent solely on a classroom teacher. The case for blending and online learning.

5 Tips for Successfully Implementing Blended Learning

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In my work with Discovery Education, I help schools across the country create modern digital learning environments. They report that blended learning environments increase student interest in instruction and that they improve focus through constant interaction with resources.

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum.

Future Ready Schools® Releases New Blended Learning Guide for Districts

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In conjunction with the seventh annual Digital Learning Day , Future Ready Schools (FRS), an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), released a new guide for school districts interested in using “blended learning” to support their approach to instruction.

Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

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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. Student Jemar Lee explains why blended learning was ideal for him.

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. .

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

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Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

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The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to the successful digital transformation and implementation of innovative practices at my former school when I was a principal the key driver for us was the ability to show, not just talk about, evidence of improvement.

A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality. Could you paint a picture of a classroom where technology is a lever for personalization?

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

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Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Digital Learning Day edsurge Erin Klein Future Ready FutureReady Thomas Murray

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Gear: Personalized Professional Learning ).

3 Ways to Deploy 3000 Devices in Your District

Edsurge

I recently heard a teacher describe the change in education over the past decade as this: a shift in focus from teaching (the delivery of content and curriculum) to learning (what students actually know and can do). Creating a strong learning culture with student-centered classrooms takes intentionality, vulnerability, and unceasing dedication. Creating a strong learning culture with student-centered classrooms takes intentionality, vulnerability, and unceasing dedication.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media

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However, said Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, social media also has the ability to help users share their stories and shed a positive light on their activities. Enhance student learning: Social media is ubiquitous.

Adaptive literacy? 3 must-knows for teachers and admin about adaptive learning

eSchool News

The use of differentiated instruction to individualize each student’s learning experience is becoming more common in today’s elementary classrooms, but creating meaningful differentiation for a typical class of 25 students or more can still be a challenge.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Personalized Learning Aids All Students. Collaboration and Blended Learning Fosters Critical Skills.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District , a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Like a few other students of hers, Karim would spend his lunch period in her classroom, where she would give him some extra academic help.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District , a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. — Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.

Not Just About Students: The Importance of Personalizing Learning for Teachers

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My journey as an educator began thirty years ago and—I’ll admit—references to personalized learning were never mentioned or formally discussed back then. We consider physical changes as being individual and unique, yet do we recognize that each person’s learning journey can be just as individual? Notice, I said “students,” but let’s remember that lifelong learning is for all—including those educators who have direct impact on students.

10 Big Ideas for Technology Integration

Learning in Hand

Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant at Grand Wood AEA. Big Idea #1 Technology is integrated well when it is used as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. “If You’ve got to change classroom setup, routines, and activities when using technology.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

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Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts. But these elements are rarely applied to professional development. Micro-credentials have the benefit of being rooted in classroom practice. Digital Promise ).

Is Your School "Future Ready"?

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This is the first in a series of posts that examine how schools and districts are planning for and implementing digital learning efforts. By signing, school leaders committed to working with teachers, families, and community members to transition their districts to "personalized, digital learning.". Learning is always the goal, with pedagogy and curricula as the driver. Upcoming Webinars: It's About the Learning, Not the Technology … Until It Breaks.

It’s About the Learning, Not the Technology … Until It Breaks

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This is the second in a series of posts that examine how schools and districts are planning for and implementing digital learning efforts. We lose sight of our primary goal of providing a computing platform to enrich, empower, and facilitate teaching and learning. We lose sight of our primary goal of providing a computing platform to enrich, empower, and facilitate teaching and learning. Upcoming Webinars: It's About the Learning, Not the Technology … Until It Breaks.