The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

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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?

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. Personalized learning can be implemented sustainably.

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

Edsurge

Milton Bryant is the first to admit that implementing blended learning successfully didn’t come overnight. For the past four years, Bryant has been tirelessly adapting his approach to personalized learning to ensure that each student is thriving, even when that means scrapping ideas that don’t quite pan out. Bryant is one of many teachers across the country who are continuously refining, adapting, and modifying instructional approaches to better meet their students’ needs.

15 Sites for Blended Learning

Technology Tidbits

What is Blended Learning? It's a smorgasbord of teaching strategies that uses analog and digital technologies to teach and learn. 4] Schools with blended learning models may also choose to reallocate resources to boost student achievement outcomes. [5]

10 tools for blended schools

eSchool News

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. For over five years, we at the Christensen Institute have been collecting data on blended-learning schools from around the world. Let’s take a look at 10 top edtech tools in blended schools.

Can teachers really do it all?

The Christensen Institute

The basic tenants of this design were to group students by age; provide them with standardized, one-size-fits-all instruction; rate them based on how well they responded to the standardized approach; and then sort them into different academic and career tracks. Today, when teachers try to differentiate instruction or do things outside of their teaching duties to support students, they do so contrary to the intended purpose and design of the traditional model.

Eduflow

Technology Tidbits

Eduflow is a new learning management system designed for K-12 schools. Like most LMS, a educator can create courses, track/manage students, generate detailed reports, differentiate instruction, and more. blended learning learning management system

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Lexia Learning’s PowerUp Literacy Program is 2.5x More Effective in Helping English Learners Close Critical Reading Gaps

eSchool News

A lack of access to connectivity and devices for distance learning, especially in low-income and under-resourced communities, has resulted in ELs being at a high risk for suffering from “COVID learning slide.” About Lexia Learning. About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

Kleinspiration

Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do! The progress reports highlight individual strengths and needs. This helps with my planning and differentiation for my students. They are so excited to play and learn! ”

Project Based Learning Tips that Will Transform Your Classroom – SULS015

Shake Up Learning

The post Project Based Learning Tips that Will Transform Your Classroom – SULS015 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode of The Shake Up Learning Show, Vicki shares so many tips and ideas that ANY teacher can use. She shares lots of tips for project-based learning, using the “In-Flip,” method, and how she helps students discover their passions. Project Based Learning Tips from Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher #ShakeUpLearning.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Here’s how Google describes it : “ The Chromebook App Hub , an online resource to help educators, administrators and developers work together to learn about Chromebook apps and activity ideas for schools. Idea Sparks are designed to help teachers create meaningful learning experiences for their students with Chromebooks. Learn more about ASSISTments.

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.

Strategies for supporting ELL students in math

eSchool News

million English language learners (ELLs) in elementary and middle school classrooms, learning and understanding the language of mathematics can be a challenge. Michele Dawson, senior director of instructional technology in Compton Unified School District in Calif., and Kelly Urlacher, senior curriculum designer at DreamBox Learning, had a conversation of essential approaches for supporting these students in “ Key Strategies to Making Access and Equity a Reality for ELL Students.”.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

The Hechinger Report

In recent years, the state of Rhode Island has engaged in many innovative learning projects. One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a commercial personalized learning program. The other was a third-grade blended-learning classroom at Lincoln Central Elementary School, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Related: Rhode Island’s lively experiment with blended learning.

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.

Class Compete

Technology Tidbits

Class Compete is a fantastic Game Base Learning and Assessment system that educators are using to help boost student''s test scores and eliminate test anxiety. Educators can even create their own content and best of all assess student progress through detailed reports. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction and even works for Blended Learning or the "Flipped" classroom model. For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” If you think it sounds like differentiated instruction, it does with this caveat: Personalized learning is student-directed, student-paced, and designed for each learner.

Rural schools implement personalized curriculum to close skill gaps

eSchool News

MobyMax is an integrated personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students. The program automatically identifies students’ skill gaps with find-and-fix technology that targets instruction to each child’s needs. MobyMax helps teachers differentiate instruction based on the learning needs of each student,” said MobyMax co-founder Wade Willett. With the MobyMax dashboard, the data to drive instruction is close at hand.”.

Class Compete

Technology Tidbits

Class Compete is a fantastic Game Base Learning and Assessment system that educators are using to help boost student's test scores and eliminate test anxiety. Educators can even create their own content and best of all assess student progress through detailed reports. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction and even works for Blended Learning or the "Flipped" classroom model. For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

MobyMax launches K-8 cognitive skills science curriculum

eSchool News

MobyMax, developer of personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, is kicking off the 2015-2016 school year by releasing a new Touch Curriculum technology that uses more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen students’ mastery of science concepts. Science is the core subject for learning cognitive skills,” said Wade Willett. Learning science by using analogies or trying to figure out the solution with logic is very effective.

Let’s Help Teachers Grow by Coaching — Not Micromanaging — Them

Edsurge

Across all fields, 94 percent of employees cite opportunities for learning and development as a key factor in their decision to stay at a job. In many instructional coaching models, the line between mentorship and evaluation is blurred, with coaches serving as pseudo-administrators.

Class Compete

Technology Tidbits

Class Compete is a fantastic Game Base Learning and Assessment system that educators are using to help boost student's test scores and eliminate test anxiety. Educators can even create their own content and best of all assess student progress through detailed reports. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction and even works for Blended Learning or the "Flipped" classroom model. For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

How to make math a key part of your ELL curriculum

eSchool News

Historically, English language learner (ELL) instruction has primarily focused on reading and writing. The reasons for this are twofold: 1) Reading and writing are the most obvious, immediate learning needs, and 2) federal and state reclassification requirements are focused on these subjects. Additionally, the academic language students learn in math, from terminology to word problems, gives meaning and purpose to English reading.

Oregon adopts K-8 Common Core math programs

eSchool News

Common Core programs use research-based approach to help students learn reasoning, critical thinking. The program uses a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release instructional model that balances conceptual understanding and procedural fluency to build confidence and mastery of the Common Core math standards. Likewise, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction combines a valid and reliable diagnostic measure and personalized instruction in a single online product.

Florida School Districts Participate in Achieve3000 FSA Goal-tracking Program

techlearning

Lakewood, NJ , (November 1, 2018) – Achieve3000 , the leader in differentiated literacy instruction, today announced that select school districts are participating in the Florida State Achievement (FSA) Goal Tracker Project. This program is designed to motivate students and give teachers the targeted assessment data they need to help more students achieve a learning gain on Florida’s annual assessment. Learn more at www.achieve3000.com.

LRP launches Special Ed Tech eNewsletter!

FETC Converge

This includes insights from the field to help you adopt or enhance efforts to differentiate instruction, promote universal design for learning practices, address accessibility and accommodation issues via mobile learning devices, and keep up to speed on student data privacy issues. You’ll also gain expert advice to serve students with disabilities in online and blended learning environments and raise digital literacy and other skills to meet state standards.

SEL and Classroom Culture In an Age of Distance Learning

Edsurge

Classroom learning and management all begin with relationships, and SEL can guide the relationship and community building process. Any connected educator has heard buzzwords like flipped classroom, gamification, social-emotional learning (SEL), differentiation, and personalized learning.

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Full-time online school launches in Georgia using FuelEd (Aventa)

eSchool News

has partnered with personalized learning provider Fuel Education (formerly Aventa Learning) to launch a new full-time online learning program for K-12. The public, full-time online school, Vidalia Academy, offers students across the state of Georgia the opportunity to learn in a flexible educational model that is tailored to each student’s needs. To learn more, watch this video or read this case study about FuelEd’s partnership with Miami-Dade Public Schools.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Edsurge

Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. I generated logins for my students and started “blendinginstruction using the free content from these publishers. They bought a learning management system (LMS) and asked us to start using it. Learn more about Kiddom Academy.

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series that supports the use of technology in support of differentiated learning in and beyond the PBL classroom. Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading. I was recently asked to provide a workshop that supported Differentiated Learning through the use of educational technology in the Project Based learning Classroom (PBL). This is a program that really does allow for whole class differentiation.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Could personalized learning spur an even more splintered society?