Online and Blended Learning Guide

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eSchool News Online and Blended Learning Guide including the latest tools to learn during COVID-19, full of resources, tips, trends, and insight from industry experts on Online and Blended Learning that are essential to the classroom, school, and district. Ancillary Coronavirus Update Guides blended blended learning classroom district eSchool News learning news online resources school tips tools trends

One major barrier to high-quality blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Today in 2019, blended learning isn’t a new phenomenon. First, the good news: During the nine years since the Institute’s first blended learning report , we’ve seen an increasing number of schools adopt blended learning, iterate on their practices, codify what works, and share their strategies. During that same time, we’ve also seen gradual improvements in the devices, software, and online learning resources that educators use to support blended learning.

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Bullish on blended-learning clusters

The Christensen Institute

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies, which may be key to advancing the blended-learning field and increasing its odds of personalizing learning at scale to allow every child to be successful. One question is which, if any, of these emerging potential blended-learning clusters will succeed.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

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. But, what is blended learning? This video offers a good introduction to blended learning if you've never heard the term before. What is blended learning?

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

The Christensen Institute

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.” A quick Google search of the phrase pulls up numerous examples, including “[b]lended learning programs truly are the best of both worlds for students, instructors and the institution” and “[b]lended learning combines the best of traditional, face-to-face teaching with online instruction.”.

Why blended learning will become an educational norm

Neo LMS

Each student has a unique blend of nuances that makes them the individual learner they are. Some enjoy listening to stories in lessons, others need to put their hands to work during a learning experience, while others actually like reading about new things. And if we take into account ed-tech and the increasingly important role it plays in learning and instruction, blended learning seems like a feasible — maybe perfect? What’s in a blend?

eSchool News launches Online and Blended Learning Guide

eSchool News

eSchool News Guides are full of resources, tips, trends, and insights from industry experts on a variety of topics that are essential to the classroom, school, and district. The April Guide, the Online and Blended Learning Guide , delves into the complications schools face as many have been pushed online in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Engaging videos and interactive resources are just a sampling of these learning materials, and our stories connect you to them.

The Learning Accelerator on blended learning: `In the future, we’ll just call it learning’

The Hechinger Report

If you’ve attended a major education conference this year or follow education trends, you’ve likely heard a phrase that is creating great excitement: blended learning. Blended learning classrooms look different: instead of a teacher lecturing in front, you might see students wearing headsets and looking intently at computer screens. So we are closely following the evolution of blended learning, also known as personalized learning. Blended Learnin

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

AI and Machine Learning together can create powerful applications that will prepare students and teachers for 21st century curriculum. Some areas where AI applications can be seen across the globe are: Personalizing learning : Based on a student's learning, AI and ML algorithms are able to understand and customize needs of a student and provide appropriate learning resources. It increases the human engagement and makes learning more fun.

What the closure of 2 bootcamps means for the industry’s future

The Christensen Institute

The truth is that what people tend to refer to as a “bootcamp industry” really involves a massive amount of variability, both in terms of the visions and strategies of different providers. We also believe we are in the very early innings of the era of renewable learning. Horn: Given the explosion in coding bootcamps, it seems as though the industry was ripe for consolidation. Do you expect to see consolidation in the industry?

Mathematical Modeling on Trial and the Maths Fix

The CoolCatTeacher

Conrad Wolfram has written a book, The Math(s) Fix and how AI can be part of this process of learning new math. Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. Working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, it spans industries as diverse as medicine, finance and telecoms.

Meaning of 'Online Courses' Is Shifting, Industry Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

In the ed-tech industry, "online course" revenues jumped 320 percent, and the advent of blended learning is one of the main reasons, a study finds. Ed-tech Online Learning Virtual Schools harvardgraduateschoolofeducation johnrichards onlinecourse siia virtualeducation

Advancing equity through innovation: a choice, not a guarantee

The Christensen Institute

For example, disruption in the auto industry vastly expanded access to individual transportation by lowering the cost of car ownership. Blended learning’s impact on equity in education. One particular disruptive innovation relevant to our work in education is blended learning —the incorporation of online learning into brick-and-mortar school settings. Yet, blended learning is not inherently more equitable than conventional instruction.

VR & AR in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Hall Davidson’s Bio as Submitted T he Discovery Education Global Learning Initiative Senior Director, Hall Davidson has become a master and advocate for technology integration in education. He has worked with ministries, school districts, and industries across the world. He has become a leading guru of virtual environments, learning with mobile devices, social media, and digital textbooks.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”. Instead, by establishing an ideal vision of learning in a tech-free world, schools and edtech companies stand to more effortlessly deploy technology in a manner that predictably drives outcomes in the long run.

Can teachers really do it all?

The Christensen Institute

Instead, schools were designed to train students for work in an industrial economy of the past. Back when tracking students for industrial or agricultural jobs was acceptable, teaching was a reasonably manageable job. Fortunately, we live in a time when new technologies and blended-learning models allow us to redesign the roles and tasks of teachers so that teachers can be there for their students and still have a balanced life outside the classroom.

Why teachers should disrupt themselves

The Christensen Institute

If you’re a teacher, just consider how nice it would be to have more time for things like collaborating with colleagues, differentiating your instruction, planning cross-disciplinary projects, or bringing field and industry experts into your classroom. But if teachers use technology to disrupt some of their work in order to expand their capacity for other instructional activities , disruption can be a powerful force for improving the learning experiences teachers offer their students.

Two reasons why teachers don’t automate their work

The Christensen Institute

If you’re a teacher, just consider how nice it would be to have more time for collaborating with colleagues, differentiating your instruction, planning engaging projects, building relationships with students, or bringing field and industry experts into your classroom. Similarly, adaptive learning software might not do a good job differentiating instruction or informing teachers of students’ learning progress.

Despite Poor Performance, Virtual School Enrollment Continues to Grow

Edsurge

The number of K-12 students enrolling in full-time virtual and blended learning schools continues to grow, despite research suggesting that students in these programs do not perform as well as their peers in traditional settings. In a series of new research briefs released Tuesday, the nonprofit National Education Policy Center (NEPC) challenges the idea that online learning programs can be as effective as traditional schools in delivering individualized instruction to students.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

NextGen Personal Finance and Tim Ranzetta, who is the founder, was just recognized earlier this week by Jumpstart [link] as really the leader in the industry. 5 Idea Friday Blended Learning and E-Learning College (aged 18+) Education Financial Literacy and Life Skills Game Based Learning High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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21 Hours at ISTE - Enough of a Good Thing

Education Elements

With over 14,000 educators, what seemed like as many industry experts and vendors (don’t worry, it wasn’t actually that many!) Personalized Learning Teachers Blended Learning Ed Tech Digital Learning Solutions teacher EdTechIf you went to ISTE this year you are probably not reading this blog right now, as you are still there or, having already left, are now in active recovery and trying to shield yourself from all external stimuli.

District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. The book’s key finding was that online learning would disrupt traditional K–12 classroom instruction as schools, teachers, parents, and students took advantage of the technology’s ability to address students’ individual learning needs.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. In all industries, when a disruptive innovation emerges, it typically commoditizes expertise. 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.

How independent schools can ward off disruption

The Christensen Institute

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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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 one hand, technology could simply digitize our industrial model of education and drive down the cost without improving the quality. Last week, Michael Horn stepped down as Executive Director of our education team.

Charter schools innovate to tackle teacher preparation

The Christensen Institute

These challenges are only likely to grow in the years ahead as the teaching practice changes monumentally with the rise of blended learning. These CMOs faced a similar situation to what IBM faced in the early days of the mainframe computer industry. As blended learning grows and teachers’ roles shift, more schools may have to follow the lead of these CMOs to varying degrees in the immediate future.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

For example, states already operating in a budget deficit can hardly expect to come up with the millions of dollars that would be required each year to make physics teachers’ pay commensurate with the pay typical of private industry positions. As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges.

Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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Vendors Must Hone in on Successful Models for Educator PD

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

At ISTE, I attended a Software & Information Industry Association breakfast focused on PD. It looked at whether schools are embracing anytime, anywhere learning for teachers in the same way they are for students. The consensus of the panelists was that the best learning goes on between two teachers, especially if they are colleagues. The Startup Blog blended learning ISTE Listenwise Online Learning PD professional development

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Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

At last week’s iNACOL Symposium, the conference halls were abuzz about the promise of personalized learning. These conversations and findings mark an encouraging departure from our industrial model of education. Champions of personalized learning are rejecting the century old premise that students ought to experience school on the basis of standardized curriculum, age cohorts, grade levels ,and seat time.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

From that day forward, the printed book became the foundation of the educational publishing industry. Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. Instructors of online and blended learning programs also reap the benefits.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

From the right to the left, from those who support school choice to those who have sought to protect traditional school districts, from superintendents and principals to the presidents of the two major teachers unions, and from industry leaders to researchers, a diverse group of unlikely bedfellows released on Tuesday a new effort and accompanying report to rethink education in America titled Education Reimagined: A transformational vision for education in the U.S.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. But it’s a move both the industry and founder and CEO Evan Marwell are celebrating. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go). He’d spent his career building and selling companies in various industries, including finance, telecommunications, software and consumer retail.

How should we spend $4 billion on computer science education? Get experts involved

The Christensen Institute

If approved, the investment would mark an opportunity not only to invest in bringing a high leverage skillset to today’s students, but also to fundamentally rethink teaching and learning, with the potential to bring industry experts to bear in classrooms. Specifically, computer science is clearly a subject where industry professionals possess a huge reservoir of up-to-date know-how from which K–12 classrooms could benefit.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

In every industry, the early successful products and services often have an interdependent architecture—meaning that they tend to be proprietary and bundled. In addition, differences in usage patterns—and therefore people’s individual needs—are not obvious during the interdependent stage of an industry’s evolution. As online learning has grown, the vision of modularizing parts of the school and classroom experience to customize a student’s education has grown in popularity.