Balance with Blended Learning is Available Now!

Catlin Tucker

I want students to know that their teachers are there to support them as they work because learning is a process and everyone needs feedback and help to improve. On the other side of this tension are secondary teachers with 150+ students.

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.

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Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step. And that means navigating the debate between segmentation and collaboration that dominates secondary education today. That’s what we’re working on with SmartyReader , and we’re interested in how other ed-tech companies are making scalable solutions whose personalization is as much about teachers as it is about students. Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning.

N.C. district targets online, blended learning solutions

eSchool News

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to implement Edgenuity’s blended learning, instructional services, initial credit and credit recovery. Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, announced that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), North Carolina’s second-largest school district, has selected Edgenuity as the district’s primary online and blended learning solution. Blended Learning News Top News

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

That way, they can use that data to design learning experiences that better meet the needs of their students. The post-lesson reflection is an opportunity for students to pause and assess what they think they have learned in a lesson or series of lessons. Below are strategies I have used to build a reflective practice into my lessons, so I can understand what students think they have learned during a lesson. Learning Log/Blog.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. Third, students are assessed at deeper levels, making it more meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston. The district made sure each child had a laptop to use in class almost a decade ago, according to the current director of digital learning, Grace Magley. Meaning people learning from each other.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Financial Viability of Some ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools Unclear, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

A group of charter schools that have tried to pioneer “personalized learning” in schools face big questions about the sustainability of their approaches after private sources of funding run dry, a new analysis suggests. The “personalization” strategies in play in those schools vary widely, and include “station-rotation” models that move students through different approaches to learning, with different experiences with technology.

#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. I am passionate about technology and its effects on teaching and learning. I co-produce (with Dr. Abbie Brown) the award-winning podcast Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences ( [link] ).

Student Portfolios with Google Sites – SULS091

Shake Up Learning

The post Student Portfolios with Google Sites – SULS091 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Student Portfolios are the epitome of Dynamic Blended Learning and going beyond the due date because they are never “done.”. Watch this video to learn how!

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. And even though teachers have tried to differentiate to more personalized instruction, the federal mandated testing has forced teachers to prepare every kid in their cohort for the same tests every year. If every student learned as fast as they possibly could, they’d all move at different paces, and accomplish things as quickly as they can.

The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. Although proponents of personalized learning often talk about affording students more choice regarding how they learn, few schools have managed to figure out a coherent architecture to get there. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

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Frederick County’s Call to Administrators: Focus on the “Innovator” and “Early Adopter” Teachers, First

Edsurge

Whether a district has limited resources or in-house expertise, anyone can move toward personalizing learning by using our district's approach as a blueprint. If you feel you have arrived late to blended and personalized learning, relax. But we note that they are not consumers in the sense of exchanging money for good or services, but rather as investing considerable time, energy and passion (the currency of teaching) in the blended learning innovation.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core. Online learning is penetrating school systems nationwide by providing course options and learning experiences where students lack any alternative.

How text messages help mentors connect with students in Idaho

The Hechinger Report

The high-tech, one-on-one mentoring is part of a pilot program that aims to help students discover and prepare for a career that they can embark on right out of high school, or with minimal post-secondary training. Electronic, personalized messages have helped boost student activity during summer months, encouraged parents to do activities that improve early literacy and caught students on the verge of dropping out of high school. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites appeared first on Shake Up Learning. ” Google Sites talks to all of your favorite G Suite tools, is easy to use, embed student work, and make the learning more DYNAMIC. Learn more about Dynamic Learning here , and in my book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic. aka ePortfolio, Electronic Portfolio, Digital Portfolio, or Learning Portfolio).

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning.

Rethinking Summative Assessment: Giving Students Voice and Choice

EdTechTeam

Educators are adapting to different learning models – hybrid, remote, hyflex, and back to face-to-face; but with these different learning models, we cannot forget the learner’s voice, choice, and engagement with their learning. Will the learning objective change?

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

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. The unconventional flurry of both in-person and virtual academics in a school that had never before offered AP physics is part of a broader experiment that experts say could herald the future of education, especially for rural schools. Related: Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning ?

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.

Creating the time and space for self-directed, personalized, inquiry learning.

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

‘Assignments’ like this are great because they force us (teachers John Sarte, Alan Soiseth and myself) to think about what it is we value, and strive towards as we build our program at Inquiry Hub Secondary School. Here is a student created video of teacher John Sarte sharing a bit about Inquiry Hub Secondary School, inquiry learning, and some of the projects he has worked with students on. Creating Inquiry Time to Dream-Create-Learn JPG.

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Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology

Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student’s learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences. Below you will find website suggestions that address the different learning styles in your classroom with the help of technology: Verbal-Linguistic. link] Students can blog about their learning.

6 Ways in which edtech shapes teacher training programs

Neo LMS

If future teachers are taught in the same way as the older generation, they’ll miss the opportunity to learn about edtech early on. Universities or school districts will have to adapt in order to accommodate quality flexible learning.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Second, it’s governed by high expectations and high standards, grounded in the belief that all children can (and do) learn regardless of who they are or where they live.

itslearning to host ISTE roundtable series on education practices

eSchool News

Educators point to the ability to learn from colleagues, in addition to experts, as essential for enhancing their abilities. itslearning , developer of the itslearning learning management system, is helping attendees at the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo to be part of topic-specific “professional learning networks” through roundtable sessions on pedagogical best practices. Personalized Learning Roundtable. Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning.

Top School & District Innovator Awardees 2019

EdNews Daily

The Learning Counsel, a leading education research institute and news media hub, announced this year’s National Digital Transition Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX. About the Learning Counsel. By Doug Cauthen.

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The 2015 CEA Ken Spencer Award goes to Inquiry Hub

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

The Canadian Education Association 's 2015 Ken Spencer Award has awarded Inquiry Hub Secondary School with first place. Being new and small, we are still developing our community, learning, and adjusting as we go. You can see our Ken Spencer Award blog post our team wrote here: Inquiry Hub: Engaging students through themes and inquiry within a blended learning environment. And as we work out our own local recipe, we are making mistakes and learning as we go.

Implementing Innovation Strategies to Make School Districts More Equitable

edWeb.net

The longer-term vision, which is starting to become a reality in Dr. Conner’s district, is schools will become hubs, teachers will become learning accelerators, and students will become co-authors of their own education. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

An Innovative Vision for the Future of Schools

The Innovative Educator

That's because we've learned that we don't quite know what's ahead of us. In many districts this will mean keeping remote learning for most secondary students and for all primary students who want it. Virtual School: Students learn either entirely or primarily online.

25+ Ways to Use Google Keep for Teachers and Students – SULS041

Shake Up Learning

The post 25+ Ways to Use Google Keep for Teachers and Students – SULS041 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Personalize Google Keep for You and Your Students. To learn more about this strategy, check out my previous post: Personalize Google Keep for You and Your Students.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs

Edsurge

It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. But there’s another factor that’s impeding remote learning.

Communications Tips for School Leaders

Edsurge

There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Having worked with almost 200 districts across two organizations, we have learned that communications is one of the areas districts have the least experience with, but which can have the biggest impact. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

Freedom to Learn

User Generated Education

One of those bright spots was being asked to read Carl Rogers, Freedom to Learn , which was published 1969 in an upper level Educational Psychology course. The big aha for me was that school systems should be focused on helping learners develop the skills for how to learn not what to learn, a concept and goal that as an educator I’ve held onto ever since. The experience of Mrs. Shiel’s experiment is illustrative of the principles of learning that Rogers (1969, pp.

Vegas PBS and Nevada Learning Academy Launch Online Career Pathway Courses in Information Technology, Business Management, and Health Science for Students Statewide

techlearning

In alignment with the governor’s objectives, Vegas PBS, through a state grant for distance education, has partnered with Nevada Learning Academy (NVLA) to provide additional opportunities for students to prepare for industry-recognized certifications in Health Science, Information Technology, and Business Management. Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, VEGAS PBS KIDS, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!