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Teaching like a champion—blended learning edition

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I spoke with a friend who helps schools launch blended-learning programs about what she sees as the biggest barriers inhibiting program success. By definition , blended learning gives students more control over the time, place, path, or pace of their learning.

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more! You’d definitely want to check the transcript and show notes for all of these ideas. You’ll definitely want to go to Eric’s website Control Alt Achieve and his YouTube channel. See Eric’s blog post on emojis in Google docs to learn how to do this.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

She’s helped the students find books in the library, and she has also helped them learn some ways to navigate ways to share their knowledge through Google Slides or Wixie. Another person in our classroom really wanted to learn how to speak Spanish. We can help them share their learning.

iPads in Kindergarten

The CoolCatTeacher

It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

That fear can definitely come in there. They’re learning, and we are providing them that environment to push those boundaries. As we blend our schools and we blend our classrooms, we need to effectively take students and help them to be safe online as well as in our physical spaces.

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. Learn how she helps students learn and progress using technology. Idea #1: PBS Learning Media.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide.

Magik Play: A beautiful blend of digital and physical play

iLearn Technology

The Magik Play is a beautiful blend of digital and physical. I have seen a lot of companies try to mix physical and digital play, but had yet to see anyone do it really well. Magik Play has definitely found the sweet spot!

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

Within the virtual environment, you get you learning, you get your assessment, you get your experience. Enrique: Yeah, you definitely want to keep them seated. Most teachers — and I consider myself pretty tech savvy — Unity has a fairly steep learning curve.

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Get Qurious: Interactive and Digital Play Kit

iLearn Technology

What it is: Get Qurious is a company who’s goal is to keep kids curious, creative, and expressive by combining technology and play. The name is a bit of a misnomer, it definitely isn’t what you think of when you think of the Maker Movement.

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

One district looks at the changes a new blended math program for K-5 has brought. In this way, each standard is more like an extension of previous learning than a totally new event. A push for deeper learning.

Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. Elementary schools may also be exploring various types of blended learning.

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.

What Do Sixth Graders Say About Learning With Games? It Works

MindShift

NEW YORK — One morning, just before classes at New York City’s Quest to Learn Middle School broke for lunch, Etai Kurtzman found himself transformed into a lemon tree. Attempts to use games as assessments ruin the playful experiences that make them an effective learning tool, he said.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.