5 reasons why blended learning programs fail-and how to save them

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 1 of our April series on Blended Learning. Too often, educators who are considering investing in blended learning pull back after hearing horror stories of good programs gone bad.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. If every student learned as fast as they possibly could, they’d all move at different paces, and accomplish things as quickly as they can. Vicki: So we need to personalize learning.

The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular techniques for harvesting learning from this social network. It turns out there are lots of “chat” hashtags — #scichat and #edchat and #elemchat (elementary).

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#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Fortunately, the future of learning technology is not replacing teachers, but amplifying their ability to meet the learning needs of their students. Targeting students’ individual learning needs. When implemented correctly, teachers and software work in tandem to support student learning.

Preparing Teaching Candidates for Blended and Online Environments

Fractus Learning

There is a growing need for today’s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. These courses include blended methods and technologies for blended learning environments.

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.

Creating the time and space for self-directed, personalized, inquiry learning.

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

‘Assignments’ like this are great because they force us (teachers John Sarte, Alan Soiseth and myself) to think about what it is we value, and strive towards as we build our program at Inquiry Hub Secondary School. Creating Inquiry Time to Dream-Create-Learn JPG.

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Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology

Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student’s learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences.

Communicating With Parents

Battelle for Kids

Driving Question: How Can We Communicate 21st Century Learning to Parents?What Students in our classrooms have parents who attended elementary and secondary school in the 20th century. But things look different in today's blended learning and PBL classrooms. Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 11. What is the enduring value of narrative? Many are struggling to understand what their child does in class or is expected to do for homework.

Becoming an Edtech Iron Chef – Featuring the Voice of @SGVCUE

CUE

Iron Chef lessons are simple, quick, and help students reach the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) while letting teachers assess student learning. Blended Learning Creativity and Imagination Flipped Classroom affiliate post iron chef presentations

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

jackcwest

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely. Forty six… blended learning common core Data Analysis EdTech Education Teaching Smarter Balanced

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

jackcwest

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely. Forty six… blended learning common core Data Analysis EdTech Education Teaching Smarter Balanced

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills. Learning

Design Your Own Digital Choice Board

Catlin Tucker

This week I had the pleasure of training a group of elementary teachers on blended learning strategies. Elementary teachers, who are teaching all subjects, may combine reading, math and vocabulary activities on a single board. Learning

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. There is evidence that universities have a slow-changing culture , when compared to for instance high- or secondary-schools.

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Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

The Station Rotation Model is a blended learning model where students rotate through a series of online and offline stations. This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Expressed learning preference.

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Massachusetts Community Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant to The Virtual High School For Student Access to Online Summer Courses

techlearning

a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs. We look forward to continuing to serve the students and families of Hampshire County, through online and blended learning programs that align with Ware’s school culture of high expectations and academic success.”

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School

techlearning

a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses.

The Virtual High School’s Advanced Placement®Pass Rate Continues to Surpass the National Average

techlearning

a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, found that VHS students who sat for Advanced Placement® (AP) exams outperformed the national scores on the College Board AP® exams.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning.

New Schools in Four States Partner with The Virtual High School

techlearning

The teacher will receive graduate level professional development and will learn to teach an online course on behalf of the school’s membership. is an online learning pioneer. Bo ston – Oct.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The Virtual High School’s Stacy Young to Speak at CSforALL Summit

techlearning

VHS is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that has, for over 22 years, provided middle and high schools from 40 states and 33 countries with access to high-quality online and blended learning experiences. is an online learning pioneer. Bo ston – Oct.

Communications Tips for School Leaders

Edsurge

There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Having worked with almost 200 districts across two organizations, we have learned that communications is one of the areas districts have the least experience with, but which can have the biggest impact. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core. Online learning is penetrating school systems nationwide by providing course options and learning experiences where students lack any alternative.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. When they are ready, the students demonstrate their understanding by performing thoughtfully developed tasks that determine how much learning has taken place.

Improving Learning Outcomes by Raising Teacher Effectiveness

EdSense

If the quality of education and thus the learning outcome needs to be improved, we have to tackle the most basic flaw of our education system - the inability to select, nurture and incentivise teachers.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. '" Tagged on: September 20, 2017 Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows | EdScoop → The fellows will serve directly with White House offices and bring backgrounds in one-to-one and blended learning programs. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. '" Tagged on: September 20, 2017 Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows | EdScoop → The fellows will serve directly with White House offices and bring backgrounds in one-to-one and blended learning programs. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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6 tips for making the most of your iPad and Chromebook carts

eSchool News

The elementary English teacher who is using a blended learning approach in her classroom, for example, has come to rely on that cart of fully-charged iPads or Chromebooks that’s rolled into her classroom at 8 a.m., Here’s what they had to say: Understand the learning space.

Robust Networking and Data Center Solutions Power Tech Tools in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

Although the district’s primary data center lacked proper power and cooling , Jackson focused her messaging on “all the things that would excite our district” — specifically, classroom-focused initiatives such as high-speed, ubiquitous wireless access and blended learning. Today, the district’s main data center has been moved to a colocation center, with the existing data center upgraded to a Tier III secondary site.

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7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaborators in Your Classroom

EdTechTeam

In that presentation, Kim shared some data with us from John Hattie’s Visible Learning. That means that, according to Hattie, peer collaboration and discussion results in students learning more than twice what they would learn in a traditional classroom with a traditional teacher. Peer collaboration results in students learning twice what they would learn in a normal year’s growth. What’s All the Hubbub? Why is collaboration such a big deal all of a sudden?