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.

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?

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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. By definition , blended learning gives students more control over the time, place, path, or pace 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.

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?

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.

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.

Study: Blended Learning Literacy Tool Boosts Reading Achievement

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Findings from a new study suggest that Raz-Plus® is an effective supplemental resource to improve elementary students’ reading achievement and interest

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.

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.

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

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.

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

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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., 7 models of blended learning that were cropping up in schools.

5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Mark Sparvell cites current research about what students really want in their classroom and how social-emotional learning relates to education technology. Mark has taught both pre-service and post-graduate studies.

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The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. And many of the public, government-run schools – where 70 percent of all children study – have no computers or tablets. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution?

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Check out their free 3-hour micro course, Launching Online Learning. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota.

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. Roots Elementary, a K-2 charter school in Denver; and ReNEW’s Dolores T. What Is Personalized Learning?

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

She’s helped the students find books in the library, and she has also helped them learn some ways to navigate ways to share their knowledge through Google Slides or Wixie. Another person in our classroom really wanted to learn how to speak Spanish. We can help them share their learning.

Customized, Practical PD for Teachers: Advancement Courses

The CoolCatTeacher

So, if you’re passionate about learning and want your courses to mean something, Advancement Courses could be a great fit for you. The courses are self-paced and not tied to a semester or physical classroom, so you can study anywhere.

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A first year teacher shares elements of an awesome mentoring experience

The CoolCatTeacher

Helping first-year teachers learn and grow is a challenge facing education systems worldwide. She’s really great at not only – she bridges the gap between what I learned in college and how to actually apply that, so she’s been really great with that.

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Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. As part of the first cohort of blended educators in the District of Columbia Public Schools in 2013, Johnson had established a Station Rotation routine in her math and science classroom. Want to learn more? “Everyone was doing the same thing.”

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

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One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. They must learn which line comes first in order to progress to the next letter. mt=8 An app that allows children to quickly learn common vocabulary.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

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This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. To start somewhere, they decided to search for digital content to help with improving student learning.

Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

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Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion. I l ike Felicia Zorn’s summary of how that go-nogo decision really has become ‘get with the program’ Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

A t this particular meeting, the PACE partner districts discussed implementing and assessing work-study competencies—New Hampshire’s name for a broad set of non-cognitive and social emotional skills that the state is hoping to instill in its graduates.

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8 Epic Edtech Tools to Try This School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to the show and learn how it is used and follow the links in the show notes below. He was a high school social studies teacher before becoming a full-time technology integration specialist. Listen to the show and learn how it is used and follow the links in the show notes below.

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This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Pilot Study Brief from Digital Promise.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Pilot Study Brief from Digital Promise.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency.

A window into the future of learning

The Christensen Institute

Schools, I’d learned in my job, were incredibly obstinate to change. The book in fact outlined with incredible precision what the future of teaching and learning could look like, as technology became more and more a part of classrooms across the country. On the other, online learning could be an engine to individualize education successfully in ways never before possible. For all of the systems, designs, and ideas we can study, education is ultimately a human endeavor.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

When Zero-Tolerance Was Failing Students, This School Turned to Restorative Justice

Edsurge

AUSTIN, Texas — Even in elementary school, Luz Annette got into a lot of fights with other girls. As more research and case studies come out in support of restorative justice programs, schools are increasingly turning to the approach to reduce suspension rates (which disproportionately affect students of color) and improve graduation rates. “At One of the things she learned is impulse control.

Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007

Shake Up Learning

The post Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Bonner Elementary in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Camden is one of those delightful students who loves learning new things. Learn more at this link ! [30:30] Bonner Elementary.

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Digital Equity and Why It Matters [interview with Ken Shelton] – SULS051

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Equity and Why It Matters [interview with Ken Shelton] – SULS051 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One of the biggest issues facing the learning community today is creating diverse and equitable educational practices, tools and strategies. .

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.