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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. Google provides quick and easy access to information while YouTube provides on-demand how-to videos on just about any topic.

How Malaysian schools are tackling blended-learning challenges

The Christensen Institute

Malaysia has a very unique education system: over the past two decades, the government has invested millions of dollars in equipping all 10,000 public schools with not only computer labs, but also the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In our newest report published in conjunction with the WISE Initiative , we found examples that illustrate that blended models are not about the tech itself but about the creative instructional models that educators manage to wrap around the tech.

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Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

The new school year is underway, but districts across the country are still struggling to fill hundreds of teaching positions. And particular regions, like rural districts, where it’s difficult to find qualified teachers, are also especially strained.

Why my school switched from virtual to blended learning

eSchool News

Online learning has transformed contemporary education. It has opened the doors for students to digest information in an entirely new way, learn on their own time and at their own pace, and do it all in the comfort of their own home.

Online Learning for Children: Tips For Parents

MIND Research Institute

As a teacher, school leader, and former AmeriCorps tutor, as well as mentor to countless youth, I see the impact of your efforts every day. Our students need supportive adults in their lives who can challenge, mentor, and push them to meet and exceed their potential.

E-learning Engagement: Persuasive Design Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Elearning design needs to engage and persuade the learner to know how to engage with the content and learning. Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms.

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.

What Early Blended Learning Pioneers Got Right That Today's Schools Have Forgotten

Edsurge

When I first began blending digital and face-to-face learning, it was easy enough to create a flow between online learning spaces and offline learning. However, I noticed that sometimes my students were not getting as much out of the digital learning platform as I had anticipated. This was especially true when students could rush through their tasks, consuming content without real understanding or application of learning.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. Those days are coming to an end. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow.

Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries.

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

eSchool News

In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. The state’s official response was to create a new program, called Virtual Arkansas , to manage its online courses and work with districts to find students who want to take them.

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. Thomas: How has blended learning changed your practices?

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

In 2014, she traveled to and explored the education systems of Finland and New Zealand as an Eisenhower Fellow (full disclosure: I was also a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow). Can you explain what you saw and learned? In my piece “ Waking up in Helsinki, Waking up to St.

Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. The basic pattern Arnett elucidates is not confined to education. It enables people who are not experts in a given field to deliver the basic services of experts in that field. And it unleashes the experts to be able practice to the top of their craft.

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. Even 10 years ago, we had already spent over $60 billion on them in K–12 schools in the United States to little effect. The reason quite simply was that when we crammed computers into existing learning models, they produced begrudging or negative results.

Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries.

Blended Learning in AJUSD

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We want classrooms filled with student collaboration and discussion about their learning, connecting to the world around them. Some rights reserved by tgbarrett Blended learning Students learn in different ways, and at different paces.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

We wanted to create a place where we didn’t just write nice books that sat on people’s shelves and gathered dust, but a place that created and shaped meaningful dialogues that would produce systematic change. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do just that. After having impact, we hoped they would move on at some point to other roles where they could continue to use the theories of disruptive innovation to help transform the world in powerful ways.

How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Louise Waters, the CEO of the Leadership Public Schools (LPS), is no stranger to innovation. But one of Waters’ key breakthroughs has been learning how to not go it alone—a collaboration lesson for leaders across all industries to innovate successfully.

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.

Charter schools innovate to tackle teacher preparation

The Christensen Institute

These challenges are only likely to grow in the years ahead as the teaching practice changes monumentally with the rise of blended learning. Teachers will remain not just relevant, but critical; the skills they need to be successful will change, however, and our current institutions that prepare and train teachers are woefully unprepared to support the shift. As a result, we will likely need to rely, at least in part, on new organizations and approaches.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

From the right to the left, from those who support school choice to those who have sought to protect traditional school districts, from superintendents and principals to the presidents of the two major teachers unions, and from industry leaders to researchers, a diverse group of unlikely bedfellows released on Tuesday a new effort and accompanying report to rethink education in America titled Education Reimagined: A transformational vision for education in the U.S.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

John Danner, education entrepreneur, doubles down on human capital

The Christensen Institute

He then turned to a career in education. He co-founded Rocketship Education, a network of blended-learning charter schools, and then left a few years ago and founded his current venture, Zeal , which has the mission of crushing the cost of tutoring so that every student can have a personal math coach. I caught up with John recently to hear how the new venture was going and hear his evolving thoughts on the critical future of human capital in education.

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

For those without access to the original text, the Summer 2008 edition (Vol. 3) of Education Next included an article “ How Do We Transform Our Schools? What would the K-12 sector look like if we were on track for the prediction to come true?

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Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

The Christensen Institute

Although high school graduation rates have risen in recent years to all-time highs, the nation’s college graduation rate remains far lower than graduates of of our nation’s top colleges might assume. According to the Department of Education , 59 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate within six years. have attended some college but have no degree to show for it. But that fall, the network’s leaders decided to make a change.

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.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Create Digital Learning Spaces

The Playground Advocate

One of the most useful creativity skills we can develop is the ability to imagine and develop the spaces in which creativity can most easily happen. Online learning experiences can be both transformative and restrictive. It also helps to build community.

‘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. it seems almost unfathomable, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start preparing.

Community, Relationships and Rhizomatic Learning

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I’m at the BC Digital Learning Conference in Burnaby BC. A common theme inspired by Verena was the ideas that even with online learning… relationships are the most important thing that we need to focus on with students. through Coquitlam Open Learning.

2011 Virtual School Symposium

The Electric Educator

This week I am hanging out in Indianapolis at the Virtual School Symposium sponsored by the International Association for K12 Online Learning ( iNACOL ). conference online learning

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love reading, but there are so many books out there, it’s challenging to pick the right one for my education needs. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Karen Dikson, came to the rescue. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources they can turn to. Who Owns the 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.

Texas districts are rethinking technology integrations

The Christensen Institute

For the past year, 75 districts and charters in Texas have focused quietly on a vexing puzzle: how to use technology to jumpstart student achievement, but without wasting dollars on unwise technology bets that never pay off?