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Insights from a blended-learning teacher

The Christensen Institute

I’ve written in the past about how teachers can benefit from blended learning, but these benefits are much more compelling when they are described by teachers themselves. In this post, I share some insights from a recent interview with Amy Carlson, a blended-learning coach at Highline School District in Seattle. In the interview, Amy explains how blended learning revolutionized her approach to teaching and empowered her to engage more deeply with her students.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative. She thought blended learning made sense for math classes, but that ELA was more centered around reading together, having class discussions, and thinking in groups—activities that she believed wouldn’t work as well in smaller groups. The post Belief—the first key to blended learning success appeared first on Christensen Institute.

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Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

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.

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program

EdTech Magazine

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program. So, we try to meet our teachers where they are because, just like our students, not every teacher learns in the same way.”. Teachers Need Exposure to Technology to Learn the Ropes.

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Traditionally, literacy educators spent long hours gathering resources, developing tasks and extensions, and reading and analyzing assessment to determine if the instruction was meeting the needs of students. The mini-lesson is whole group instruction. Want to learn more?

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. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program.

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A “Modern” classroom model, designed by teachers, helps students stay engaged and connected

The Christensen Institute

A few years ago, Kareem and his colleague, Rob Barnett—both of whom were math teachers at Eastern High School in Washington DC—dramatically overhauled the conventional classroom model to better meet the learning needs of their students.

Here Are Three Types of Administrators Who Drive Achievement—and Two Who Don't

Edsurge

In the months since launching our school and district pilot program , the Kiddom team has collectively spent thousands of hours meeting with administrators to better understand their workflows, facilitate contextualized staff workshops, and support ongoing partnerships. We’ve learned so much from these passionate educators about what makes a school leader successful in driving achievement, and which qualities act as barriers to school success. Blended Learning 101.

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. Facebook group.

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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? 15 Ways to Use #GoogleClassroom in Professional Learning.

How to Create a Class Brand (and much more!) with Tony Vincent – SULS011

Shake Up Learning

with Tony Vincent – SULS011 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Tony Vincent , from Learning in Hand , shares many genius tips in this episode. Tony will also share some insight into how he makes facilitates group work, what roles he assigns, and a super cool 3D printing idea.

IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Instructional Technology Coaches can be helpful advisors for teachers if they learn strategies of encouragement and empowerment. Deb Ramm helps us learn the techniques to help powerful improvement happen in classrooms.

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As a digital learning coach and consultant with more than ten years working in instructional technology, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology. Get a FREE Online Workshop!

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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. Create a Class for Learning Challenges.

The Use of Technology for Reading Acquisition

Saving Socrates

This is an older post, but I recently updated the bottom to include reflections on gradpoint; the blended learning digital content provider Magen David Yeshivah High School chose this past year. Now I have confess, I made a major mistake (ok this is nothing new and definitely not my first nor last) by not taking the full Columbia Readers and Writers Workshop while at TC. Furthermore, it encourages student independence and ownership over their own learning.

Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

Ask a Tech Teacher

A Learning Management System (what is often called an LMS) has become foundational to blending technology into education experiences. Moodle got its start years ago as a method to organize blended learning and online classes. Otus–Exciting Free LMS You Want to Meet.

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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. What Are Learning Menus? Learning Menus Can Be Used with Any Age Group.

8 Tips for a Google Expeditions Pilot [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 8 Tips for a Google Expeditions Pilot [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Lessons Learned from a Google Expeditions Pilot. The first time we try anything, we always learn a lot of lessons! Tip #5: Test with a Small Group of Students.

Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

as you continue to amplify formative learning with digital technology. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Engaged Learning.

9 questions to create a powerhouse active learning classroom

Nureva

All these things have a huge impact on how students feel, engage and learn. With active learning on the rise across a growing number of campuses, it’s getting more and more important to create spaces that fit with new ways of teaching and learning.

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Mining for Diamonds

Buncee

I also wanted to find tools that could make learning more meaningful for all students. In 2015, I received the Michigan Association of Computers in Learning “Technology Using PreK-12 Teacher of the Year Award." The technology gems I am mining must meet certain guidelines.

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How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Educator Perspectives: 6 Ingredients for Personalized Learning Success

MIND Research Institute

Designing and implementing a personalized learning model requires more than technology—it requires a cultural shift. Brian has spearheaded amazing work at Pickerington, and has conducted workshops and trainings on technology, blended learning and personalized learning throughout the country. Seeing how technology and personalized learning are embedded in Pickerington, I asked Brian how that transformation started. Deeper Learning

The Importance of Student Buy In for the Use of New Technology and Teaching Methods

Saving Socrates

I resented the unstructured weekly meetings my students attended with school counselors and advisors and the almost monthly color war or spirit centered full school event. I found those meetings turned into venting sessions where students were given the ability to complain about anything they disliked. Furthermore, I found these meetings had an almost contagious effect among students creating animosity and inspiring grievances from even the most copacetic student.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Originally we partnered with Education Elements to provide on-site personalized learning PD and consulting. Education Elements’ leadership PD and consultative approach helped us change the way we run meetings—they’re efficient, more effective, and inclusive of all attendees.

Part 5…Beyond the Shine : Supporting Technology with the SAMR Model plus Ten Great Resource Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

By and large, according to a report the group published last month, the answer in each case is no. The group also created a free, digital curriculum called “Reading Like a Historian” that’s been downloaded more than three million times, according to Wineburg. “We Northport, N.Y.,

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

Edsurge

Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model. The 13 members of the district’s personalized learning team are proud of how the initiative has evolved.

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

NeverEndingSearch

A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration, instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to inspire learning communities to think, create, share and grow. Workshop Model.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

A similar persistence was on display at nearby tables where groups of young people created computer games and Web sites. Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus. She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom. I’m a very social and collaborative person, so my approach to handling that stress and confusion was to join everyone together to tackle applications as a group.

How to Design Google PD That Works!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. A Framework for Professional Learning with G Suite. I have delivered hundreds of hours of professional learning over the last ten years or so, and a vast portion of those sessions have focused on using Google tools in the classroom.

E-Counseling 2.0: Can a new wave of virtual guidance help?

The Hechinger Report

College Possible is one of many college advocacy groups hoping that technology will jumpstart the slow growth of low-income students in higher education. Read more about Blended Learning. Amal Abdi at her high school graduation in June, 2016. Photo: Hajira Dahir.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.

Strategies to Plan a District Digital Learning Day

techlearning

Recently, Milford and East Bridgewater School Districts collaborated on district-wide digital learning days that provided successful and impactful learning experiences for staff. Often those not in the classroom are quite impressed by the technology and the learning that’s happening.