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Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Catlin Tucker

To capitalize on this energy, most school districts organize mandatory professional development opportunities for teachers designed to teach them a new teaching strategy or introduce them to a new piece of technology. As the spark , I explain the WHY behind blended learning.

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. Technological tools are integrated into the lives of today’s students and they want those same tools integrated into their educational experiences.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. Recently, I visited five blended-learning schools in Las Vegas and the San Jose area that are earning accolades for serving low-income and minority students and achieving strong student learning outcomes: Dr. Owen C. So what does high-quality teaching in these blended-learning schools look like?

5 Tips for Successfully Implementing Blended Learning

techlearning

In my work with Discovery Education, I help schools across the country create modern digital learning environments. Therefore, I often have the opportunity to sit with school administrators at all levels and hear first-hand their thoughts on education.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. This is the second post in 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. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

#STMathChat Gets Educators Tweeting About Blended Learning

MIND Research Institute

Educators from around the country met up on Twitter on January 12th to chat about creating blended learning environments via #STMathChat. Many educators are using Twitter to communicate and share teaching ideas, strategies and tips.

Future Ready Schools® Releases New Blended Learning Guide for Districts

techlearning

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.

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

Edsurge

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. Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

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

Edsurge

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. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin. Michigan Virtual has been in the online education space for two decades. How an LMS Makes Personal Learning More Efficient.

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How to Use Augmented Reality in Language and Literature Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

TW Williamson on Episode 452 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast TW Williamson, an educator in Taiwan, shares how he is helping literature and language teachers use augmented reality (AR) in their classrooms.

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Bring Focus to Blended Learning with 12 Starting Ideas… Plus a Free ISTE Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post where I focus on some simple ways you can begin to blend your learning. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As you might know there are plenty of ways to look at Blended Learning.

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

Edsurge

It’s pretty clear that very few people in education enjoy those typical sit-and-get professional development sessions. 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?

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

eSchool News

Odysseyware, a provider of customizable online courses for K-12 education, announced the launch of its School Transformation Series. These models are ushering in a new era of personalized learning pathways, teacher empowerment, and student choice. News Professional Development

Preservice Teacher Virtual Co-Op Program

The CoolCatTeacher

This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms. They offer over 200 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas covering both foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12 education.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we are talking with Wanda Terral, 23-year educator and district tech coordinator in Lakeland, Tennessee. They’re learning, and we are providing them that environment to push those boundaries.

How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. What if I told you that you could create a class template inside Google Classroom? In 2018, Google released several significant updates to Google Classroom.

4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom + Meaningful Feedback = Winning Combination! In this post, we will explore ways to give meaningful feedback in Google Classroom. Shake Up Learning 2019.

35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day

Shake Up Learning

The post 35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Here are 35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day! Below you will find my curated list of the top 35 Google Classroom Resources that I think will make your day!

5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Wondering how to organize Google Classroom? I decided to put this question to the Shake Up Learning Facebook group and find out what teachers are doing with this new setup.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. teachers are gearing up for back to school–gathering ideas, planning lessons, and getting their classrooms ready for learning. How do you learn best?

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.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Expand Your Use of Google Classroom. Google has opened up Google Classroom to users outside of G Suite for Education. 20 NEW Ways to Use Google Classroom.

Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom (Shake Up Challenge!)

Shake Up Learning

The post Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom (Shake Up Challenge!) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Is Your Classroom Static or Dynamic? Learning doesn’t have to end when the bell rings. Dynamic Classroom Badge. Shake Up Learning 2017.

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.

Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are lots of ways to make a copy and distribute to students, like using Google Classroom or Doctopus, but this little trick is super simple! Do you need help with learning about sharing? Shake Up Learning 2019.

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?

25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are workarounds, but those never really satisfied our needs in the classroom. Podcasting is a fantastic way for students to create and demonstrate their learning.

How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. I had one big question: Would using games as a primary learning tool actually improve my students’ performance? The pilot had another, unanticipated benefit—professional learning.

12 Google Slides Resources That Will Make Your Day

Shake Up Learning

The post 12 Google Slides Resources That Will Make Your Day appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Slides is like a Swiss Army Knife for your classroom. Bring the fun and laughter of Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show into your classroom AND your professional development!

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s what we discussed… Day 1: The Big Picture: Start With the Why – How is the innovation decade going to change learning of, by, and for young people? – Transmedia – Blended learning models – Personalization v. We also had fun as we learned.

How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Cultivating a culture of communication in the classroom creates a foundation for building the other, ‘C’s:’ collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Frederick County’s Call to Administrators: Focus on the “Innovator” and “Early Adopter” Teachers, First

Edsurge

Whether a district has limited resources or in-house expertise, anyone can move toward personalizing learning by using our district's approach as a blueprint. If you feel you have arrived late to blended and personalized learning, relax. But we note that they are not consumers in the sense of exchanging money for good or services, but rather as investing considerable time, energy and passion (the currency of teaching) in the blended learning innovation.

5 #FETC Presentations You Might Have Missed!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I just finished presenting, connecting, and learning at the Future of Educational Technology Conference , or FETC, in Orlando, Florida. So no FOMO for Shake Up Learning readers! Shake Up Learning 2018. Shake Up Learning 2019.

It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner)

Shake Up Learning

The post It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But despite the sometimes Google-centric ideas, I am a firm believer in a focus on learning, not tools. Using Google Classroom is a no-brainer!

Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down (Part 2)!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I love to dig into the lesser-known Google tools and figure out how these can be used for learning in the K12 classroom. Bring the Power of Shake Up Learning and Kasey Bell to Your School, District, or Event! Shake Up Learning 2019.

The Google Slides Online Course You Have Been Waiting For!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this course, you will learn how to use Slides in new and unexpected ways in your classroom that will engage your students and make learning more dynamic! 6 hours of professional learning credit. Shake Up Learning 2018.