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Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Catlin Tucker

To capitalize on this energy, most school districts organize mandatory professional development opportunities for teachers designed to teach them a new teaching strategy or introduce them to a new piece of technology. I’ve spent the better part of the summer traveling around the country leading professional development for educators as they prepare for another year. As the spark , I explain the WHY behind blended learning.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students. The case for blending and online learning. understands that families in today’s complex society need flexibility and options to meet their child’s individual educational needs.

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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?

How to Create Google Classroom Blended Learning Lessons (Part 3)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create Google Classroom Blended Learning Lessons (Part 3) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Lessons for blended learning have to be different than in-person activities translated to a digital space. What is Blended Learning?

5 Tips for Successfully Implementing Blended Learning

techlearning

In my work with Discovery Education, I help schools across the country create modern digital learning environments. In these conversations, one topic that has regularly come up over the last few weeks is the relationship between blended learning environments and engaging, relevant learning experiences. They report that blended learning environments increase student interest in instruction and that they improve focus through constant interaction with resources.

15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But did you know, Google Classroom is also a great learning tool for adults, too? Today, I am going to share with you 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning. If you are in a position where you deliver training and professional development to other educators, this episode is for you! Online Group Discussions.

A Pedagogical Framework for Managing Face-to-Face and Remote Learners at the Same Time

A Principal's Reflections

Now don't get me wrong as this has been incredibly fulfilling and a great learning experience for me. However, you just can't replace face-to-face professional learning, in my opinion. Here is where data can be collected and analyzed for groupings if the right tool is used.

Preparation for What Comes Next

A Principal's Reflections

Will kids go back to school or continue to learn remotely? How will educators get the professional learning support they so desperately need? Lessons learned since the start of the pandemic can pave the way to create a new normal. It is a stressful time for everyone.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Blended learning is not new.

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

Edsurge

Speaking on panel at the PBS Digital Innovators event, Brown talked up the rise of the online spaces for collaboration, also known as personal learning networks (PLN) as enabling anyone, even those who in remote areas or who feel more introverted, to come together to collaborate and share ideas. These networks, often found on Facebook or Twitter, are spaces where educators around the world can meet each other to share ideas and best practices.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school. Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. The new ( Re)Defining STEM learning module from TGR Foundation and Discovery Education is the first of several courses to support educators to integrate STEM in new and powerful ways.

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A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality. Mary Ann: We know that each student has unique strengths, learning differences, and passions.

13+ Google Classroom Quick Tip Videos for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post 13+ Google Classroom Quick Tip Videos for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Each week on The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast , I share a quick Google tip. Subscribe to Shake Up Learning on YouTube to access all of my tutorials and quick tips. It’s super easy to differentiate, distribute modifications, assign group work, and more. Select the student or group of students you wish to give the assignment. Learn All About the Course.

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3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum. Thankfully, over the past several years, federal, state and local leaders have worked to tackle the digital divide, which has results in 98 percent of school districts now meeting minimum connectivity goals.

Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders – SULS060

Shake Up Learning

The post Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders – SULS060 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. All the tech coaches in my Tech Coach Collaborative Group. Learn how to lead through crises on #shakeuplearning podcast with Kasey Bell. As many schools, teachers, and other educational leaders are scrambling to deliver remote learning from our own homes; we find ourselves leading from an unexpected place. Google Meet).

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. Video coaching with Edthena provides us with a sustainable and scalable professional development model. Originally we partnered with Education Elements to provide on-site personalized learning PD and consulting. You don’t have to rush through it, you can revisit things, you can actually learn the material.

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A Framework for Blended PD (Part 1)

Shake Up Learning

The post A Framework for Blended PD (Part 1) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As schools across the globe begin to plan for the new normal and redefine the school day and location, we must also rethink our professional learning plans for teachers and staff. I’m sharing a framework for Blended PD. No matter what you call it–blended PD, virtual PD, online PD, remote PD, or hybrid PD, we need to rethink our professional learning methods.

Blending the Traditional Book Study with Digital Tools

Fractus Learning

Teachers want to read, share, and learn together. Traditionally, book studies are done in face-to-face meetings. Teachers choose a book to read together, plan which chapters to read, and then decide on meeting times to discuss those chapters. Families take vacations, their children have camps and other commitments, and thus meeting together with everyone is infrequent and often not well-attended. Blended Learning Blogging Collaboration PD blogger voxer

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A Framework for Blended PD (Part 3) – SULS073

Shake Up Learning

The post A Framework for Blended PD (Part 3) – SULS073 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Delivering virtual or blended professional learning can be challenging. Today, I’m sharing Part 3 of my series on Blended PD. Here’s a 2-minute video learn how!

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How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Book studies are a great way to level up your professional learning! I get a lot of questions about different ways to run book studies for educators, how to choose a book, what tools to use, and how to keep your group engaged. Let’s break this down and think through some ways to improve your group book studies! Think through all of the possibilities for your audience and be sure you are forming a group with meaning.

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Goodbye, Long Nights of Lesson Planning: The Secrets to Successful Virtual Co-Teaching

Edsurge

Here’s what we’ve learned along the way. From a Pair of Virtual Co-Teachers to a Group This year’s ambitions include flipping our classrooms to create more opportunities in the school day for collaborative application tasks. Each classroom films their discussion and uploads to Vialogues , a video discussion tool in which students tag their group’s discussion moves and missed opportunities. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

3 Ways to Deploy 3000 Devices in Your District

Edsurge

I recently heard a teacher describe the change in education over the past decade as this: a shift in focus from teaching (the delivery of content and curriculum) to learning (what students actually know and can do). Creating a strong learning culture with student-centered classrooms takes intentionality, vulnerability, and unceasing dedication. Creating a strong learning culture with student-centered classrooms takes intentionality, vulnerability, and unceasing dedication.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This opens so many doors for teachers, students, and parents to connect, collaborate and learn. SAT/ACT Study Groups. When it comes time to prepare for the SAT and ACT, often times students will form study groups across the area or region. Consider ways you can bring the world to your students by co-teaching with a teacher and group of students in another country.

Adapting, Balancing, and Collaborating in Mentor Public Schools

Digital Promise

The district provides opportunities to its students through its emphasis on the fundamental ABCs – adapting, balancing, and collaborating – which they will highlight at the spring 2017 League of Innovative Schools meeting in late April. Throughout the district, traditional rows of desks have been updated and replaced with flexible learning spaces. The district-wide implementation and emphasis on blended learning was strategic.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I enjoy learning from all of you.

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3 Key Findings on the State of Digital Learning in K–12

EdTech Magazine

3 Key Findings on the State of Digital Learning in K–12. But what is the actual state of digital learning when it comes to accessibility, implementation and effectiveness? . Schoology recently released a report on the 2018-2019 state of digital learning in K–12 schools. Using the responses from 9,279 teachers and administrators , Schoology identified three major steps for moving forward with digital learning. Professional Development Is in Need of an Upgrade.

Sparking a Culture of Innovation in Northern New Jersey

Digital Promise

From creating academies for student learning in Leonia School District to establishing a STEM program for girls in Wyckoff School District, there is plenty of great work to spotlight and learn from in Northern New Jersey. Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together stakeholders across sectors to support innovative teaching and learning in their region. Visit Digital Promise to learn more about Education Innovation Clusters.

Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates

Shake Up Learning

The post Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Differentiate with Learning Menus and Choice Boards. I love learning menus, and it is one of my favorite ways to incorporate student choice and to differentiate learning. What Are Learning Menus? Learning menus (aka choice boards) are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities.

The Remote Route to Literacy Development

edWeb.net

Teaching and learning move out of the classroom into the virtual world, putting literacy gains at risk. When COVID hit and schools closed, teachers wondered how to bring this successful program into the virtual learning environment with the same student reach and impact.

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How the Country’s Largest District is Personalizing Learning for Every Teacher

Edsurge

Over the past five years—as the district has invested more and more in helping teachers identify their own needs—some equally large questions have been raised, namely: How do the city’s thousands of teachers find resources aligned to their unique professional goals—and how does the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) personalize learning for all of them? Every teacher needs access to high-quality resources and learning experiences that meet their personal needs.

Burnout No More: Tips for Managing Teaching Stressors

edWeb.net

Resulting accomplishments build a group’s confidence and competence to take on larger projects—like overhauling a school’s schedule or incorporating unique instructional practices across grades to promote student achievement—that meet community needs. By Michele Israel.

How the Country’s Largest District is Personalizing Learning for Every Teacher

Edsurge

Over the past five years—as the district has invested more and more in helping teachers identify their own needs—some equally large questions have been raised, namely: How do the city’s thousands of teachers find resources aligned to their unique professional goals—and how does the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) personalize learning for all of them? Every teacher needs access to high-quality resources and learning experiences that meet their personal needs.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Edsurge

Shiny new technologies can capture well-meaning educators like insects in amber, but the evidence is clear that digital learning can improve student opportunities and outcomes. Below I outline six strategic steps that will point school leaders as well as classroom teachers toward digital learning success: 1. Determine your education goals Keep in mind that when you’re developing an inventory of goals to be addressed via digital learning, less is more.

Putting Interrupted Learning Back on Track

edWeb.net

Will online learning continue? These few months of interrupted education call for a rethinking of how students learn. Mabry said that learning loss, typically a summer phenomenon, has exploded during the COVID crisis. Will there be a hybrid approach to teaching and learning?