4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. Allow teachers to experience blended learning as a learner. More resources for blended teachers.

Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Many in the field pose the question, does blended learning work?

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Building a blended-learning leadership pipeline

The Christensen Institute

By definition, blended learning incorporates the human touch. In an effective blended-learning environment, students benefit not only from the flexibility and individualization that educational software can offer, but also from new and varied interactions with adults in the classroom. As more and more schools consider going blended, are we paying sufficient attention to the human side of the blended equation?

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.

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. But with Cooney’s support, she started experimenting with blended learning and iterating on her classroom model.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of homework entirely. There are a few key reasons why blended learning is facilitating this changing role of homework. First, depending on the model, blended learning can give students the time and support they need to master concepts on a daily basis—thereby reducing the need for further practice at home.

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

Keep the Focus on the Learning on Digital Learning Day

Voyager Sopris Learning

For those of us who have been around for a while, Digital Learning Day (or DLDay), happening February 17, has special significance. Blended learning is a great example.

A new tool for putting the learning in digital learning

The Christensen Institute

Today marks the sixth annual Digital Learning Day. It’s a day to step back and look at the enormous progress and promise that technology brings to instruction and to look ahead at where digital learning stands to grow. Clifford Maxwell contributed to this blog post.

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.

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. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

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.

Has Online Learning Really Disrupted K-12 Education in the U.S.? The Answer Is Yes — and No

The Christensen Institute

Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in U.S. Does all this online learning mean disruption has occurred in K-12 education?

NSF funds research on math software

eSchool News

North Carolina State researchers hope findings will improve ST Math and other digital learning platforms. Researchers hope the findings will help improve MIND Research Institute’s ST Math and other digital learning platforms that have cropped up in a number of classrooms.

Getting the incentives right for online credit recovery

The Christensen Institute

At first, these results seem to be a huge setback for blended learning and its advocates. Whether a blended-learning program positively impacts student achievement depends on how well all these components are orchestrated.

How Automated Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long. My son has learning issues, and when I walked into his classroom, I began to see it through his eyes,” he says.

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When innovating, having the right team matters

The Christensen Institute

This week, the Clayton Christensen Institute released a case study that details the efforts of Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter school management organization that operates high schools in California’s Bay Area, and Gooru , a nonprofit edtech company, to co-develop a technology to support LPS’s personalized learning model and improve student outcomes.

How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long. My son has learning issues, and when I walked into his classroom, I began to see it through his eyes,” he says.

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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.

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.

Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more. We can keep learning more.

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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). “ How to Change the Way Kids Learn.”

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Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

Kleinspiration

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Digital Learning Day edsurge Erin Klein Future Ready FutureReady Thomas Murray

Making student data more usable: What innovation theory tells us about interoperability

The Christensen Institute

As schools adopt blended learning, many are eager to use the floods of student learning data gathered by their various software systems to make better instructional decisions. So it isn’t hard to imagine an ideal world in which all student data flows seamlessly and securely between software applications: a concept known as data interoperability. But currently, data interoperability across education software tools remains more of a hope than a reality.

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Top School & District Innovator Awardees 2019

EdNews Daily

The Learning Counsel, a leading education research institute and news media hub, announced this year’s National Digital Transition Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX. About the Learning Counsel. By Doug Cauthen.

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How Technology will Alter the Teaching Profession

EdNews Daily

In education like everywhere else, the way that products are delivered (in this case, learning) is undergoing a seismic shift. Approximately 50 percent of teaching jobs will go into prep and analytics to provide totally personalized learning pathways. By Leilani Cauthen.

In DC, Teachers Run the Jail. It’s Turning Inmates Into Students.

Edsurge

She purchased tablets to offer short-term learning opportunities to transient inmates. And she created a residential learning bloc named for the phoenix, the mystical bird who rises from its ashes to have a second chance at life. WASHINGTON, D.C. Jerard Briscoe is away at school.

T&L Leadership Summit Workgroup: Blended and Personalized Learning

techlearning

The need to create more authentic personalized learning opportunities for all learners was one of the top issues addressed at the March Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Rosewood, California. edtech Conference Blended Learning Leadership TL Advisor Blog

The Digital Transition: When Will Schools Be Transformed?

EdNews Daily

Is there an end point in this digital transformation for institutional education? In 2013-2014, the real beginning of the digital transformation, schools mostly stumbled about as they either considered or implemented a widespread acquisition of computing devices. By Leilani Cauthen.

Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

Chromebooks are simple to use and easy to setup and manage, but the software is limited to web applications that run in an Internet browser. But the innovator’s dilemma for Microsoft is that producing crummy versions of its bread-and-butter software would frustrate current Windows and Office users and undermine its profit margins.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Add concepts like blended and flipped learning to the equation and you come up with yet another to-do list item: Make sure students can actually use their devices when they aren’t physically on campus and within wi-fi range.

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

The best option to try and continue student learning, it seems , is to move everything online. However, we see value in the consideration of these tips as schools and colleges continue iterating on their online learning best practices): 1. Help students own their learning.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs).

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Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

Prioritize sessions that were most relevant to my work—that is, engaging adults in online and blended learning paradigms—and download collaborative notes (with presentation slides and speaker info) from the sessions I couldn’t attend. Multi-directional Learning. Software.