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.

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.

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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.

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?

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

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?

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.

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).

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom Mullaney is a Digital Learning Integration Designer for the San Francisco Unified School District. Tom’s education experience includes Special Education, Social Studies, and educational technology coaching in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

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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

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

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).

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

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.

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. Sponsor : Urkund Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email.

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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. The Hechinger Report visited schools in India recently and talked to experts about blended learning – which includes an element of online learning with in-class instruction – and the potential it has for helping both teachers and students in the world’s second-most populous country. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution?

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?

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.

10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

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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.

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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. Lindsey: What I did was I told them, you’re going to have a chance to learn anything that you want to, and then we watched a video from Kid President about how the world needs you. We can help them share their learning.

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.”

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. Whatever you choose to study, your coursework will lead you through developing tangible products and resources. Staying Present: Mindfulness for Better Teaching and Learning.

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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. She bridges that gap between my college learning and how to apply that. Then we can bounce ideas off of each other, “I learned that in college, what do you think about that?”. “Oh

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Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. Or better yet, why should we integrate online learning into our classrooms ? The demands and constraints of a normal day’s routine often inhibit the dedication towards learning a new website or strategy.

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

Edsurge

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.

Strategies for Motivating Students: Start with Intrinsic Motivation

Waterford

This quote is a great reminder that if we can get students curious and motivated to learn, we can set them up for a lifelong love of learning. And as a teacher, you have the power to help them find that passion for learning while they are young.

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies

Edsurge

In this situation, teachers need technology tools that allow them to provide the same high-quality experience for students learning at home and in person. The Samsung Interactive Display provides engaging, exciting learning experiences for students—from anywhere.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

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. They are assigned a topic and divided into specific groups (as known as typical collaborative learning groups.) We are working on students taking responsibility for their learning.

The InterACTIVE Class in a Post-COVID World – SULS079

Shake Up Learning

The post The InterACTIVE Class in a Post-COVID World – SULS079 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Creating an engaging classroom is harder than ever in these post-COVID hybrid learning days. In This Episode: [00:29] Get ready to meet and learn more about The Merrills. [01:52]

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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. First, school systems might consider leveraging blended learning. For example, when KIPP Empower , an elementary school in Los Angeles, Calif., Second, systems might bring in more non-teacher adults to support learning.

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Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers (Part 2 – Google Classroom) – SULS0104

Shake Up Learning

The post Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers (Part 2 – Google Classroom) – SULS0104 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s learn how to make the most of Google Classroom–gain must-have skills, and a few tips and tricks to help you and your students thrive.

Emergency Backpacks, Outdoor Classes and Other Strategies for a Successful School Reopening

Edsurge

It’s why Gupta and the other school and district leaders who spoke at a recent online event said they sent out surveys over the summer, asking families about their comfort levels and preferences for reopening—be it in-person, virtual or some blend of the two.

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. Richard Byrne on episode 532 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Innovate and try some new apps.

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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.

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. Can you explain what you saw and learned? Finnish schools believe that children can make purposeful decisions about where to be, what to study, how to perform.