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5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate.

One major barrier to high-quality blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Today in 2019, blended learning isn’t a new phenomenon. During that same time, we’ve also seen gradual improvements in the devices, software, and online learning resources that educators use to support blended learning. Education Blog Blended learnin

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

The Christensen Institute

In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students.

5 Basic ingredients to online learning success

Neo LMS

We already have online courses, learning management systems , online collaboration tools, apps for all sorts of classroom activities, and so on, and so forth. E-learning is part of today’s education and will probably be a bigger part of it in the future. E-learnin

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.

Must-have Resources for Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Guest blogger, Emily Cleary, has some great ideas on some of her favorite must-have resources for today’s blended learning. There are so many videos online, but those videos just might be lacking the exact, focused, content you need to learn or want to teach someone.

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program

EdTech Magazine

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program. So, we try to meet our teachers where they are because, just like our students, not every teacher learns in the same way.”. Helping our teachers using a blended-learning approach is an ongoing effort.”.

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide.

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. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

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.”

The Case for Online Learning

Leadership Lounge

Online learning has been a part of higher education since the late 1990s. In fact, universities have utilized distance learning for decades, beginning with correspondence and then moving videoconferencing in the late 1980s. As the Internet improved, so did the opportunity to move from point-to-point video-conference delivery of instruction to asynchronous online learning. Now, online learning has become a required element in university program offerings.

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.

Create online learning with 123ContactForm

Nik Peachey

123ContactForm may not sound like the kind of tool that would be of interest to educators, but as I discovered when they asked me to review their online form creation tool, they offer quite a range of features that can solve many of the problems we have as 21st century teachers.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. The reason quite simply was that when we crammed computers into existing learning models, they produced begrudging or negative results. Initiatives that provide computers to every student in a classroom do not improve learning outcomes.

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

Based on a prediction of logarithmic growth, that would suggest – if the prediction was correct – that we should be a substantial way toward the “substitution of online-delivered learning for live-teacher instruction” (p.98).

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Vendors Must Hone in on Successful Models for Educator PD

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Currently we include in-person or online PD as an optional add-on to our subscription offering, but to be honest, no one buys it. At ISTE, I attended a Software & Information Industry Association breakfast focused on PD. But there is a booming business in online PD.

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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. Students taking the online course also had lower grades in the course and lower scores on the end-of-course algebra post-test.

To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

How should we spend $4 billion on computer science education? Get experts involved

The Christensen Institute

If approved, the investment would mark an opportunity not only to invest in bringing a high leverage skillset to today’s students, but also to fundamentally rethink teaching and learning, with the potential to bring industry experts to bear in classrooms. This would depend, of course, on how states allocate the funding and the underlying educational models that they choose to fund. This does not mean developers and software engineers should all become classroom teachers.

What the closure of 2 bootcamps means for the industry’s future

The Christensen Institute

I imagine that that sort of dependence likely accounts for some of the challenges faced by bootcamps that offer just one, or a very limited number of courses. We also believe we are in the very early innings of the era of renewable learning. But because we are venture-funded, and because we have a big vision for the future, we continue to make big investments in new products, categories and software for both our consumer and enterprise businesses.

Schools' Online Credit Recovery Courses Under Scrutiny

Leadership Lounge

Imagine the following scenario: During his sophomore year, a high school student failed world history, a course required for graduation. They learn that due to budget cuts, the district no longer offers summer school programs for students to retake failed courses.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. In short, voice and video conversations can take online learning from mundane to memorable.

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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.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

In 2016, for instance, an audit of some 1,200 Web-based education software products by the nonprofit Common Sense Education found that nearly half the offerings didn’t automatically encrypt student data. And plenty of free privacy resources can be found online.

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

His laboratory is developing software to animate ASL avatars. About three quarters of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in America are mainstreamed, learning alongside hearing students in schools and classes where sign-language interpreters are often in short supply.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”. The pair launched the first CoderDojo in June 2011, hosted by the National Software Centre in Cork.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

Though the definition of personalized learning could encompass many modalities, there are innovative classroom design and support components outside of standard pedagogical approaches that are often missed. Of course, not all integrated approaches are created equal.

How can Teachers Increase Social Learning While Teaching Online?

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s becoming more common to take online classes or blend traditional with online learning. The main point of this theory is that social learning attributes human behavior to be an outcome of cognitive, behavioral and environmental influences (Bandura, 1977 ).

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.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. Where enthusiastic faculty insist on teaching emerging trends or technologies they are compelled to do so as extracurricular courses.

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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?

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

High school students could take college courses in Middletown with a certified adjunct professor. Three-credit courses were $1,200 each, a major discount, but only about 50 low-income students were participating. ’” Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning. "This

How to hire technology leaders, not followers

eSchool News

Blended learning, and its subset flipped learning, are trends that are not just growing but becoming the norm. Graph 1: A typical school population before technology is added to enhance learning and teaching. Blended learning: There are two parts to this component.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

High school students could take college courses in Middletown with a certified adjunct professor. Three-credit courses were $1,200 each, a major discount, but only about 50 low-income students were participating. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.