Embrace Flexibility with Universally Designed Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Universally designing blended learning presents educators with the opportunity to transition from designing a single experience that is teacher-paced and teacher-led to a more flexible experience that gives the students more control over the pace and path.

3 Things to Learn Over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. With Advancement Courses , you never stop learning.

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The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Blended instruction is what the teacher does with technology. Blended learning is where students use tech to have control over path, place, and pace. Eric Sheninger I remember back in 2012 when we began to implement blended learning strategies at my former high school. The goal was to make the learning experience more personal for our students while better meeting their individual needs in the process. Blended makes this a reality.

The blended learning models that can help schools reopen

The Christensen Institute

If schools remain closed, they’ll need to prepare for more remote learning. Two of the blended-learning models we’ve documented are well suited to these circumstances: the Enriched Virtual model and the Flipped Classroom model. Using blended learning to strengthen relationships.

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

We are beginning to see more and more innovative uses of technology not just to personalize, but also to make the learning process more personal. When a solid pedagogical foundation is in place, the stage is set to challenge students to demonstrate thinking and learning in ways that we could never have imagined a few short years ago. This, combined with relevance grounded in authentic contexts and applications, empowers students to own their learning.

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?

How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more.

3 ways to teach STEAM in a blended learning environment

eSchool News

But screen-based learning is not always developmentally appropriate for young learners, and it is not well suited to some forms of learning. STEAM lessons in particular, with their exploratory and experiential elements, may seem impossible to deliver in a remote learning model.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To enhance the learning environment with technology and use the classroom time more wisely teachers start implementing additional types of activities such as working in groups, collaborative learning, independent preparation at home, and, in doing so, unwittingly start using the blended learning approach.

Blended Learning- Genuises at Work

Battelle for Kids

Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus. Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended learning and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that teachers and leaders from around the country were deploying on the ground. 3 Make Students Agents of Their Learning.

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.

Majority of schools in Ohio report using blended learning

The Christensen Institute

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. Since we made the prediction in Disrupting Class that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses would be online in some form or fashion—the vast majority in blended learning —good data has been hard to come by. The majority of elementary schools blending use Rotation models—exactly as Heather Staker and I predicted using the theory of disruptive innovation.

3 tips on incorporating special education into your blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on how special education teachers and advocates can champion and inform the rise of personalized and blended learning in K–12 systems across the country. To get there, here are three areas that school systems implementing blended learning should start paying attention to: 1. Blended learning can facilitate inclusion, but don’t assume that’s a given.

Can blended learning be culturally responsive?

The Christensen Institute

Kenzie is a K-12 education research intern at the Christensen Institute whose work focuses on learning from schools in the Blended Learning Universe. Kenzie holds a masters in educational leadership and policy studies and was an elementary school teacher for eight years. In a blended environment, however, many see a conflict with culturally relevant teaching. How can blended learning, therefore, square with culturally relevant teaching?

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. Lab Rotation: The online learning station occurs in a dedicated computer lab. Flex: Students move on fluid schedules among online learning activities according to their needs.

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.

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?

10 keys to success in blended learning

Ditch That Textbook

In our eighth-grade math prototype and our elementary math programs, I’ve watched teachers as they adapt to blended learning. Elementary teachers have seen the value of centers for a long time. Ed Tech blended learning edtech educational technology flipped classroom formative assessmentFor many of them, the idea isn’t a strange one, and it has provided some unexpected surprises (both good and bad).

Blended Learning Best Practices (with Catlin Tucker) – SULS085

Shake Up Learning

The post Blended Learning Best Practices (with Catlin Tucker) – SULS085 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This week, I’m chatting about Blended Learning best practices with the blended learning guru, Dr. Catlin Tucker.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? Let’s say in kindergarten, the student was trying to learn Letter Sounds.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

eSchool News

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. The BLU houses a directory of blended schools around the world. This directory has helped researchers amass an informative database indicating changes over time across the blended-learning space.

Teaching like a champion—blended learning edition

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I spoke with a friend who helps schools launch blended-learning programs about what she sees as the biggest barriers inhibiting program success. First, she suggested that schools need to ensure that teachers, students, parents, and administrators all have a shared vision for why blended learning would be good for their students before getting into the “what” and “how” of a program. Education Blog Blended learning education Innovation

Blended Learning- Geniuses at Work

Battelle for Kids

Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus. Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11.

365 Inclusive Learning Strategies to Help Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Janowski and her coauthors have written a book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year. Today she talks about a mindset of including students who learn differently and better reaching the children you have in the classroom. Never stop learning!

Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

The Christensen Institute

Often when we speak with K–12 educators about blended learning, teachers and leaders working in high-poverty neighborhoods want to know: does blended learning work for low-income students? Last September, the Christensen Institute and the Evergreen Education Group published Proof Points , a compilation of 12 case studies of school districts around the country that have experienced improved student outcomes since implementing blended learning.

Elementary Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following elementary writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any elementary teachers interested in using them have access! LearningFeel free to make a copy and adjust as needed. ElemOpinionWritingRubric. ElemInfoWritingRubric. ElemNarrativeWritingRubric.

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.

How to Use Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum is a fantastic free resource of lesson plans, videos, and learning experiences for students everywhere. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Presumably, this ideal dosage of the ‘blended learning’ intervention would be sufficient to reliably generate positive learning outcomes for typical students in typical schools when compared to the alternative: traditional classroom practice not involving the use of computers. And, to be clear, the poll findings should not be taken to generalize to any student population beyond high school (like to elementary or middle school students).

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” A quick Google search of the phrase pulls up numerous examples, including “[b]lended learning programs truly are the best of both worlds for students, instructors and the institution” and “[b]lended learning combines the best of traditional, face-to-face teaching with online instruction.”.

Blended Learning Program Helps English Language Learners Rise to Grade-Level Reading Proficiency

The Journal

A pilot program for second-grade classes at an elementary school with a predominantly ELL student population saw promising results using Lexia Reading Core5

How a Student Held a Virtual Summer Camp in Summer 2020

The CoolCatTeacher

During the 2020 shut down, Sophia wanted to help the children in her neighborhood have a fun learning experience — so she created a virtual summer camp online. We can learn about learning in this example where the teacher and students are kids and everything is optional.

Blended learning can help students take ownership of their learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the most powerful potential benefits of blended learning is how it can help teachers create an achievement-oriented culture in their classrooms. In many of the best examples of blended learning, the real magic of the model comes not from the technology alone, but from the ways the technology transforms how teachers engage with and motivate their students. He also shares thoughts on how blended learning has changed his approaches to classroom management.

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.