Must-have Resources for Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Guest blogger, Emily Cleary, has some great ideas on some of her favorite must-have resources for today’s blended learning. There are so many videos online, but those videos just might be lacking the exact, focused, content you need to learn or want to teach someone.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

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. How online learning can solve teacher shortage problems.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

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.

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.

Getting Students Hooked on Math and Science

Where Learning Clicks

Even math teachers learn new and exciting things about graphing calculators from their students. The post Getting Students Hooked on Math and Science appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Bring Focus to Blended Learning with 12 Starting Ideas… Plus a Free ISTE Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post where I focus on some simple ways you can begin to blend your learning. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As you might know there are plenty of ways to look at Blended Learning.

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.

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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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. 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.

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. Good luck solving the STEM problem in this country against that backdrop.

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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. I can’t possibly learn CAD, apps, all that stuff,” Gady explained.

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

The Christensen Institute

We also believe we are in the very early innings of the era of renewable learning. The success of those programs stems from employer relationships that we built years ago, and we’re now seeing the benefits and traction of those early investments. Bridging that gap is one of the greatest challenges facing the developed world today, and the adoption of AI and machine learning will only compound that challenge.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

10 K12 education trends to look for this year

eSchool News

Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) have been creating new opportunities in teaching and learning. It gives teachers the ability to show their students aspects of history, travel, and STEM subjects in an immersive experience. Growth of integrated learning.

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Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” Dwinal then explains how online learning is addressing these issues by making the teacher labor force more flexible such that more skilled and certified individuals are available to address the nations teaching needs.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. The real cause for our perceived disagreement stems from the ambiguity around the term “personalized learning.”

An insider’s advice on creating an effective virtual learning program

eSchool News

It takes a lot of work to cultivate strong, engaged online learners, and every district has its own unique needs and challenges. For these reasons, developing a successful online learning program isn’t easy.

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

The Hechinger Report

Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?

A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Edsurge

Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. Tara Gilboa, Online Learning Experience Designer at Colorado School of Mines The LMS Checklist #1: Is the platform straightforward and user-friendly? Students and faculty live a significant portion of their daily lives online in social media spaces,” writes University of Central Florida’s Tom Cavanagh in his article on the LMS selection process.

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Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

As the utilization and embracement of technology in education has increased, as has utilization of online and blended learning in and out of the classroom, imperative for today’s digital native learners and members of the future workforce. Op-Ed, Dr. Mikki McComb-Cobza.

5 Advantages of Online Professional Development for Teachers

EdNews Daily

The number of teachers who participate in online professional development is rising at a faster rate than any other time in history. Today, prospective teachers can take full online degrees for certification, whether it is to obtain a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree.

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Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. Elementary schools may also be exploring various types of blended learning.

The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. I spoke recently with the principal of a charter middle school that is using blended learning and alternative staffing to try to develop a breakthrough personalized learning model.

Over 25 Ideas for eLearning… Inclement Weather and Snow Day Make Up

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a timely post that gives us a quick break from the 70 STEM links series. In this post I thought you might be interested in learning more about eLearning and inclement weather make up. In the next post I will continue the STEM Series. I am also still learning!

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Stepping Toward Personalized Learning and a Lesson on Walls… plus a Free Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I want to take a break from my Over 70 STEM Resource Series to have a conversation on Personalized Learning and its relationship to the Walls of education. I also would like to invite you to a free ISTE OLN Webinar on Personalized Learning with Andrew Miller.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School

techlearning

a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses.

New Schools in Four States Partner with The Virtual High School

techlearning

as their online course solution for students in the upcoming academic year. The VHS catalog consists of more than 200 unique online courses, including 23 AP® offerings, innovative STEM programs, and a wide variety of unique electives, including computer science. Bo ston – Oct.

Truly Personalized: Balancing Navajo Values With Tech Innovation

Edsurge

In order to break this cycle and support students’ aspirations and interests, STAR has sought to combine blended learning with culturally responsive, place-based teaching. Through this practice, students who have had a rough weekend at home can shift their mindset and recognize they are appreciated; the values create a stronger social-emotional foundation that enable them to focus on learning. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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High School Students Invited to Compete in New Solar Energy Design Challenge

techlearning

a non-profit organization empowering schools with the industry’s most extensive variety of online and blended learning programs, in partnership with Concord Consortium and industry partners, presents The Solar Energy Design Challenge. is an online learning pioneer.

No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal

Edsurge

The grants are intended to fund programs around STEM education, college and career counseling, and supporting effective use of technology around blended learning and edtech devices. Also on the chopping block are 21st Century Community Learning Program Centers , as the budget proposes cutting $1.2 billion to effectively kill the program that provides after-school learning opportunities for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5: Planning for Teaching and Learning. Instructional Design for Mobile Learning. Self-Paced Online Courses For Teacher.

Community, Relationships and Rhizomatic Learning

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I’m at the BC Digital Learning Conference in Burnaby BC. A common theme inspired by Verena was the ideas that even with online learning… relationships are the most important thing that we need to focus on with students. through Coquitlam Open Learning.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

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. Tell us about your journey – what inspired you to join the Learning Technology Center of Illinois and balance the responsibilities of a State E-rate Coordinator? What does blended learning look like?

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

Will “school choice on steroids” get a boost under a Trump administration?

The Hechinger Report

The logical extension of such policies – permitting students to take individual courses wherever they wish, by using online options – has already begun to take root in about a dozen states. So far, only a tiny fraction of eligible students have enrolled for online classes.