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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. And I never tire of hearing stories from educators who are successfully implementing personalized approaches to provide their students a truly unique learning experience. Today, I'm amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

Balance with Blended Learning is Available Now!

Catlin Tucker

I want students to know that their teachers are there to support them as they work because learning is a process and everyone needs feedback and help to improve. I want students to be intrinsically motivated to revisit and improve their work because they feel like active agents in the learning process. I want teachers to form meaningful relationships with their students and dedicate time to building a true partnership with them so that the responsibility for learning is shared.

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.”.

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.

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

Kleinspiration

Click Above to Register Now I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on learning. I invite you to simply click above to register for this free, jam-packed one hour webinar about effective class design and personalized learning for students.

The importance of jaggedness in personalized learning

eSchool News

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83 percent of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26 percent think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

One Step at a Time: A Traditional School’s Journey Into Personalized Learning

Edsurge

It is a part of the Lumen Christi Academies , a group of Catholic schools in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to “nurture ethical scholars who will change the world” through active, personalized and student-led learning. Much of the changes center on shifting our culture and mindset from teacher-focused to student-centered learning. Modifying the curriculum appeared to be a huge challenge; how can we possibly personalize something that is essentially pre-designed?

Infusing blended learning with voice and choice

The Christensen Institute

A model of blended learning rarely looks the same across classrooms. The models of course aren’t designed to be molds but to be guiding choreographies for a teacher and her students—and inevitably those individuals bring ingenuity to the craft as they improvise to create deeper and more customized learning opportunities. Cooke Elementary, had used the Lab Rotation and Station Rotation models for several years.

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.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

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.

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It We wanted to unpack that and disrupt that, and make a plan for how we can achieve a goal of tech being viewed and used by students as a tool and resource for their learning.”. The personalized learning program helps with that

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

Edsurge

Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model.

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

eSchool News

An effective way to tackle the challenge of teaching core academics to all students across ability levels is to implement a personalized approach supported by a variety of carefully chosen digital resources. In the Putnam County (TN) School System— a rural school district with 23 schools spread across 400 miles—our personalized learning approach has allowed us to reshape education for students on a variety of fronts.

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, who teaches fourth and fifth grade Math at Ketcham Elementary Schoolin Washington, D.C., Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It We wanted to unpack that and disrupt that, and make a plan for how we can achieve a goal of tech being viewed and used by students as a tool and resource for their learning.”. The personalized learning program helps with that

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It We wanted to unpack that and disrupt that, and make a plan for how we can achieve a goal of tech being viewed and used by students as a tool and resource for their learning.”. The personalized learning program helps with that

10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

Waterford

Some, like social-emotional learning and digital citizenship, have long been important—and they may require even more focus this year. Others, like genius hour and bite-sized learning, are recently arrived educational trends that may have a helpful place in your classroom. This year, as schools moved to online learning and teachers scrambled to adjust their curriculum, many teachers, students, and parents gained new appreciation for the value of self-care. Blended Learning.

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Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. teachers in mid-March to collect and share best practices, ideas, and common approaches to remote learning. More than half of those surveyed teach in public schools (66 percent) and more than half are elementary school teachers (60 percent).

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context. Personalized learning.

New Resource Drills Down on Blended Learning, ‘Personalized’ Ed. Practices

Marketplace K-12

Big, broad terms like “blended learning” and “personalized learning” permeate pretty much every corner of the K-12 landscape these days. The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit headquartered in the Silicon Valley, created the “ Blended and Personalized Learning Practices at Work ” website as a collection of resources, including videos, audio recordings, and screencasts. What Is Personalized Learning?

Blending with Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. When it comes to personalized learning , the “personal” should be emphasized. Putting all kids in front of a device and having them engaged in an adaptive learning tool all at the same time is not personalized. In many cases, but not all, technology is a catalyst to facilitate the personalization of the learning environment.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

Edsurge

This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. Roots Elementary School in Denver, Colo. EdSurge is on the road.

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. six: Where blended meets personalized learning—and gets results

eSchool News

A coordinated, intentional program of blended learning is changing teaching and learning in the Nation’s capital. Blended and personalized learning were two topics on the rise this year. the focus is mostly on blended instruction, but they’re not just sticking kids behind computers. The goal is to produce deeper learning. Part of their success has hinged on the way teachers are using blended learning in the classroom.

How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Graber on Episode 497 The four shifts is a new education technology paradigm shared in the book Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber. Julie Graber’s Bio as Submitted Julie Graber is an instructional technology consultant on a technology innovation team for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa where she supports educators with effective teaching, learning, leading, and technology practices.

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Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide. Its conclusions run contrary to the on-the-ground reality lived by many educators and leaders dedicated to providing millions of students with blended-learning experiences.

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

It’s also the fact that when a school hires a singular position to own a large change, it sends a message that one person owns the responsibility to change practices across an entire staff. After five years of teaching, most recently as a technology teacher at an elementary school, I was recruited for a role outside of the classroom. In 2017, I began a new position as the director of personalized learning at a public charter school serving students in grades 7-12 in Phoenix.

Choice Boards 101: Strategies to Ensure Classroom, Professional, and Virtual Learning Success

A Principal's Reflections

As of late, I have been working with quite a few districts on personalization through a variety of blended learning strategies. My experience in this area began over three years ago, thanks to having the opportunity to coach teachers and administrators at Wells Elementary School. After my fourth coaching session with them, the principal asked if I could create a choice board for his staff to work through and learn to use even more technology tools effectively.