Blended learning up close—really close

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Next-gen learning has fallen into this trap. But to date, there is little data that captures the intricate, hidden details like the photograph above—data on the actual day-to-day tactics unfolding in blended-learning schools across the country.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

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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.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

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To understand the nuances of personalized learning—and why it’s not solely tech-centered, though technology may be a critical lever for scale—it’s important to define what personalized learning is…and if it’s different from blended learning, it’s often interchangeably applied concept.

With blended learning, plan on change

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As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process.

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

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In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom. As you see, the blending learning has a bunch of benefits, but only when it is applied wisely.

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

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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.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

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Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Blended Learning

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Quite often, I am finding that the obstacles schools and districts face when starting an online and blended learning program could have been avoided with the right channel of communication and relationship development.

The secret element in blended learning

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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.

4 Models of blended learning to implement in the classroom

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We can all agree that the phrase “blended learning” is well and truly a part of the modern-day discourse on education; so much so that academics have begun to curate a universal definition, as well as identify sub-themes and genres of the concept. 4 Models of blended learning.

Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

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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.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

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Districts in Oklahoma, for example, one of the hardest-hit states, are still trying to fill more than 500 teaching vacancies—despite eliminating more than 1,500 teaching jobs in the past year, according to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

How Malaysian schools are tackling blended-learning challenges

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Malaysia has a very unique education system: over the past two decades, the government has invested millions of dollars in equipping all 10,000 public schools with not only computer labs, but also the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In our newest report published in conjunction with the WISE Initiative , we found examples that illustrate that blended models are not about the tech itself but about the creative instructional models that educators manage to wrap around the tech.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

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Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

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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.

Blended Learning Universe upgrades to drive educator learning, networking

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We live in an amazing time where school leaders have the capability to advance student-centered learning–the combination of personalizing learning and implementing competency-based learning–at scale. The engine to drive that transformation is blended learning. With the upgrade of the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) this week, educators and innovators have gained an important tool to advance this work.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

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Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, a high school that is part of the Summit Public Schools charter network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

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Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches. Blended learning can be an engine that accelerates data-driven instruction to new heights.

From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

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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.

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

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Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. Improving online learning.

Report that says online learning growth is slowing misses big picture

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For 12 years, the Babson Survey Group in partnership with other organizations, including the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium), has done critical research into the growth of online learning in American higher education that it publishes in the report Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States. But as of late, the research has suggested that the growth of online learning is flattening.

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

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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.

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful

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“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning. The move to blended learning has been labelled as “disruptive” by many, such as Clayton Christensen in his book “ Disrupting Class.”

Online learning: Students want quality, not just convenience

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Most students in fully online college courses live close to the educational institution offering them, and are interested in the quality, not just the convenience, of their education, according to a new survey. Online courses can’t just be about convenience, the survey found.

9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

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Successful online and blended learning programs in a recent survey are those that prioritized better teacher-student relationships, used an online curriculum as a primary instructional source, and used a combination of in-person and virtual instructional support.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

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Learn more! And then there’s a lot of other possible neat examples. See Eric’s blog post on emojis in Google docs to learn how to do this. they are a big time saver for students and teaches on long documents, for example, if you’re writing a book.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

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For example, as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee explain in their book, The Second Machine Age , when factory managers first replaced the steam engines used to power manufacturing equipment with electric motors, the new technology had little impact on productivity.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

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Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Click here to learn more. For more, see: Blended learning up close—really close.

Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

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Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report , released last week, by Gary Miron, a professor at Western Michigan University, and Charisse Gulosino, an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.

3 stories of how educational technology can improve relationships

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Around 2014, I noticed a troubling shift in how people were starting to view Blended Learning. For many, Blended Learning connoted an inhumane form of education in which teachers are demoted to mere lab monitors as children spend hours upon hours in techno-isolation with their eyes and ears glued to screens and headphones. It ignores the many other instances of successfully implemented Blended Learning that are the opposite of inhuman and isolating.

Rethink funding for quality learning

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In 2008, in the book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson made the bold prediction that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses in America would be online. This post was first published on WISE ed.review.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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Below are a few examples that illustrate some of these solutions. In the traditional educational model, school attendance is critical because students don’t learn important academic content unless they are actually in class when the teacher covers the content. As a result, the more a student is absent or tardy, the more that student becomes lost and confused as holes in her learning accumulate. As I’ve written previously, blended learning can help to alleviate this problem.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

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For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. The reason quite simply was that when we crammed computers into existing learning models, they produced begrudging or negative results.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

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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.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

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Our education team has galvanized a conversation around transforming our monolithic, factory-model education system into a student-centered one powered by the disruptive innovation of online learning so that all students can realize their fullest human potential—an idea that was not on the radar before 2007. Horn online learning

How independent schools can ward off disruption

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With the enabling technology of online learning in a blended-learning setting, micro-schools are able to offer similar or even higher levels of personalization than traditional independent schools with a lower-cost business model. Although the campuses do not have full gymnasiums, auditoriums, or other facilities frequently seen at independent schools, they focus on providing a customized student learning experience.

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Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

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In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

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With textbooks open, they watched a lecture about Newton’s Laws on a giant screen, while their classroom teacher simultaneously offered examples of those laws in action. Holmes County Central High School is one of eight rural schools participating in a new, blended learning AP Physics program.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

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But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. Yet like any confessional, Brown also offered ways to repent from what he called “the seven deadly sins of online learning.” There are too many generalizations—online and blended learning isn't a single entity.