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Revisiting blended learning principles, with school plans in limbo

The Christensen Institute

For the better part of a decade, many schools have been implementing blended learning models that integrate online learning with brick-and-mortar instruction to rethink time, space, and staffing. Which learning activities are most important to do together?

Top 5 Blended Learning Models

Linways Technologies

Blended learning is one such method which is a student-centric learning model adopted by many institutions. It is a learning mechanism that can be equally beneficial for students in the classroom and remote learners. Lab Rotation Blended Learning.

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Revisiting Blended Learning Principles, With School Plans in Limbo

Edsurge

For the better part of a decade, many schools have been implementing blended learning models that integrate online learning with brick-and-mortar instruction to rethink time, space and staffing. Which learning activities are most important to do together?

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In total, 81 of the now 364 active schools in our database use a combination of two or more blended-learning models in their classrooms.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students. The case for blending and online learning. understands that families in today’s complex society need flexibility and options to meet their child’s individual educational needs.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative. She thought blended learning made sense for math classes, but that ELA was more centered around reading together, having class discussions, and thinking in groups—activities that she believed wouldn’t work as well in smaller groups. The post Belief—the first key to blended learning success appeared first on Christensen Institute.

From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

I recently attended the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference , which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute, to listen to school leaders from across the country discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. To be clear, nearly every successful school and district has a principal or superintendent who exhibits strong leadership and is committed to improving student learning outcomes.

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. In these conversations, one topic that has regularly come up over the last few weeks is the relationship between blended learning environments and engaging, relevant learning experiences. 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. Thankfully, over the past several years, federal, state and local leaders have worked to tackle the digital divide, which has results in 98 percent of school districts now meeting minimum connectivity goals.

Future of School and Digital Learning Collaborative Announce 10 Member Districts of the Resilient Schools Project

eSchool News

Future of School (FoS) and the Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC), two national organizations leading the way toward effective district transformation, today announced the Resilient Schools Project (RSP). Learn more at [link]. About The Digital Learning Collaborative.

Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Edsurge

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. Below I outline six strategic steps that will point school leaders as well as classroom teachers toward digital learning success: 1. Determine your education goals Keep in mind that when you’re developing an inventory of goals to be addressed via digital learning, less is more.

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. NOTE: I also recommend the Teachers Using Jamboards Group on Facebook.

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3 Key Findings on the State of Digital Learning in K–12

EdTech Magazine

3 Key Findings on the State of Digital Learning in K–12. But what is the actual state of digital learning when it comes to accessibility, implementation and effectiveness? . Schoology recently released a report on the 2018-2019 state of digital learning in K–12 schools. Using the responses from 9,279 teachers and administrators , Schoology identified three major steps for moving forward with digital learning.

8 Easy and Fun Back-to-School Online Activities (Part 2)

Shake Up Learning

The post 8 Easy and Fun Back-to-School Online Activities (Part 2) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In today’s post and episode, you’ll learn 8 awesome ways to make back-to-school online fun and engaging for students. Watch this quick video to learn how!

3 ways to reimagine learning spaces

eSchool News

As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement. Redesigning physical learning spaces can lead to brain-friendly learning and encourage students to become more engaged. Next page: How each school uses learning space to its advantage).

Strategies to Plan a District Digital Learning Day

techlearning

Recently, Milford and East Bridgewater School Districts collaborated on district-wide digital learning days that provided successful and impactful learning experiences for staff. Often those not in the classroom are quite impressed by the technology and the learning that’s happening. Once these stakeholders invest in active learning, you’ve cleared your first hurdle! Now, it’s on to our next, most important, group of investors in active learning: the educators.

How 3 schools are reimagining learning spaces

eSchool News

As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement. Redesigning physical learning spaces can lead to brain-friendly learning and encourage students to become more engaged. Next page: How each school uses learning space to its advantage.

Stop pitting technology against quality, in-person time

The Christensen Institute

But even as she acknowledged toward the end that technology has a role to play, she missed spotlighting how technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to achieve what appears most important in her mind: the chance for students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers—a counterintuitive yet important part of blended learning’s promise for many students.

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. It also addressed a second point that that group made, which is that the jobs that remain in the future will be those that leverage the abilities that make us uniquely human and separate us from machines.

Teaching may change, but students are at the center

The Christensen Institute

In this post, I share an excerpt from a recent interview with Chris Walter, a blended-learning math and science teacher at Innovations Early College High School in the Salt Lake City School District in Utah. Innovations operates a Flex model of blended learning in which students access all the assignments and learning resources for most of their courses online. Thomas: How has blended learning changed your practices?

9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

eSchool News

Evergreen Education Group details academic outcomes of nine different programs using Fuel Education. Successful online and blended learning programs in a recent survey are those that prioritized better teacher-student relationships, used an online curriculum as a primary instructional source, and used a combination of in-person and virtual instructional support. Best Practices Blended Learning Digital Learning and Tools News Research

Math instruction meets a personalized approach

eSchool News

One school is using a personalized and blended math curriculum to help students meet learning goals. MobyMax, a provider of personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, is helping educators at Georgia’s Screven County Elementary School personalize math instruction to meet the learning needs of every child. He also uses the data from MobyMax’s progress monitoring reports to group students by ability during small-group instruction.

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.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Create Digital Learning Spaces

The Playground Advocate

Great classrooms have always been the fertile earth for creative work, but in the Digital Age, we have the responsibility to adapt to new opportunities and new environments. Online learning experiences can be both transformative and restrictive. Learning when and how best to use digital environments in the service of learning requires more than just a passing thought. Poorly designed spaces can interfere with a student''s ability to engage and learn.

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.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online

Edsurge

It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Across the region, schools have moved classrooms to the cloud in what’s become a massive experiment in distance learning, impacting local and international schools alike. One enterprising principal she knows created a Google folder for schools to share their virtual learning plans. His time as a blended learning instructor in Taos, N.M.,

Meet Our Ambassadors: Eric Butash

Graphite Blog

The Common Sense Ambassadors are an exceptional group of Common Sense Certified education leaders who share their passion and inspiration about our mission with others. The Highlander Institute has established itself as a leading collaborator and national leader in blended learning and education innovation. These tools give teachers and parents a critical "how to" guide for raising children in today's digital age.

How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

Edsurge

To date, Levy’s group has worked with Wooten, Miller, and many other professors from an array of disciplines, colleges, and geographic locations to create more than a thousand video selections. Videos are terrific for demonstrations and equation-based work, either before or during class as preparation for a lab or other experiential learning. Address a variety of learning needs.

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What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Lately my mind has been wrapping itself around how instructional practice has changed due to digital instruction. What once was pedagogy now seems better defined as digital pedagogy for classrooms with the advantages of easily accessible technology tools. Teachers learn about pedagogy in their educational training in college and then they are observed in practice while teaching to make sure they are following good pedagogical practices.

Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders – SULS060

Shake Up Learning

The post Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders – SULS060 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. All the tech coaches in my Tech Coach Collaborative Group. Learn how to lead through crises on #shakeuplearning podcast with Kasey Bell. As many schools, teachers, and other educational leaders are scrambling to deliver remote learning from our own homes; we find ourselves leading from an unexpected place. Digital Equity.

Merit Prep Sets Student Goals One Playlist at a Time

Edsurge

A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, Onyemaobi has access to Spark , Matchbook Learning’s online information platform that uses data to help students and teachers track exactly what skills they need to master—and to set goals and find resources to help them get there. "It’s Despite their use of technology and personalized playlists, Merit Prep and Matchbook both emphasize blended learning environments in which teachers play the key role.

Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

. Nearly nine out of 10 school districts meet the federal government’s minimum standard for internet connectivity – a significant increase from 2013, when only 30 percent met that level, according to a report released Tuesday by a California-based nonprofit organization. In late 2015, Education SuperHighway received a $20 million grant from the Chan-Zuckerberg Foundation, the charitable group of the chief executive of Facebook and his wife, a pediatrician.

10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning – SULS063

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning – SULS063 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Sink or swim, teachers and educators across the globe have clung to tools like Google Classroom and Google Meet to survive school closures and remote learning. Let’s dive into 10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning. And because it’s web-based, it’s great for remote learning! Watch this 2-minute video to learn how!

A Framework for Blended PD (Part 3) – SULS073

Shake Up Learning

The post A Framework for Blended PD (Part 3) – SULS073 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Delivering virtual or blended professional learning can be challenging. Today, I’m sharing Part 3 of my series on Blended PD. Here’s a 2-minute video learn how!

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A Framework for Blended PD (Part 1)

Shake Up Learning

The post A Framework for Blended PD (Part 1) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As schools across the globe begin to plan for the new normal and redefine the school day and location, we must also rethink our professional learning plans for teachers and staff. I’m sharing a framework for Blended PD. No matter what you call it–blended PD, virtual PD, online PD, remote PD, or hybrid PD, we need to rethink our professional learning methods.