3 ways to teach STEAM in a blended learning environment

eSchool News

But screen-based learning is not always developmentally appropriate for young learners, and it is not well suited to some forms of learning. STEAM lessons in particular, with their exploratory and experiential elements, may seem impossible to deliver in a remote learning model.

Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom


Introducing blended learning experiences in core subjects presents many opportunities over traditional print-heavy classrooms. But introducing blended learning in the classroom is not the easiest thing to do. Besides deciding on the right model that perfectly fits the learning needs of the students, there are other challenges to overcome. Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom. E-learning


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Go Bold School: Old School + Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. In today’s show, Weston Kieschnick talks about blended learning and old school teaching: The old school wisdom we should hold onto. Book: Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New Technologies that Work = Blended Learning that Works. Blended learning in the bold school.

Robotics isn’t scary! 4 benefits of working with robots

eSchool News

Robotics is attracting more student interest, and there’s a reason–when students can make real-world connections between what they learn in the classroom and exciting careers, their engagement and achievement often improve. As the director of blended learning in the Lancaster Independent School District (TX), Kimberly Lane Clark works with district campuses to help them implement successful blended learning practices.

eSchool News launches innovative Robotics Guide for educators

eSchool News

This first guide, the eSchool News Robotics Guide , offers expert insight on why robotics is quickly becoming a cornerstone of classroom instruction. In the guide, we take a look at resources to make robotics instruction a bit more manageable. Plus, we’re giving you robotics grants and funding tips, showing you how real teachers incorporate robotics into their classrooms, and linking you to robotics learning apps.

Kinders Can Code — Featuring the Voices of Lisa Guardino & Shea Smith


But soon after October’s CUE Primary in San Jose, CA, a new adventure made its way to sacred circle time – programming BeeBot Robots. The BeeBot is a small, friendly robot that the students can learn to program. We asked our Kindergarten teachers what they were currently working on and how we might incorporate the robots. Kindergarten circle time is typically filled with picture books, songs, and calendar.

Can a wall-climbing robot teach your kid to code?

The Hechinger Report

Last month, a few hand-sized, hexagonal robots took over a third-grade classroom in Southborough, Massachusetts. Meet Root — a robot being beta-tested by its creators at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Root magnetically clings to whiteboards (most of which are metal-backed) where it acts out programs that students compose on iPads that are wirelessly linked to the robot. But then you have to keep buying new robots as the kids get older.

Two reasons why teachers don’t automate their work

The Christensen Institute

Similarly, adaptive learning software might not do a good job differentiating instruction or informing teachers of students’ learning progress. When technologies fail to deliver, they leave teachers to regularly double check the technology and then re-teach content that students were supposed to learn online. For Kareem Farah , it was seeing that he couldn’t differentiate to the varied needs of his students when all were expected to learn at the same time and pace.

[On-Air Coaching] Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology – SULS006

Shake Up Learning

The post [On-Air Coaching] Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology – SULS006 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. She’s inspired by technology without always thinking things through to the end in terms of planning and her learning goals. One of Jasmine’s coolest projects is her robotic water cycle lesson, which involves all kinds of skills from her students. How to Stay Focused on the Learning Goals, NOT the technology! Dash robot.

Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction


Mary’s all-girls robotics team, knows a thing or two about breaking the mold. During a panel on the importance of STEM education for women, she explained what it’s like to be a female student competing in a male-dominated program: “Not only were we the only all-girls robotics team,” she explained of a recent competition, “we were the only team that actually allowed girls to touch the robots.” Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

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. Gady has brought in experts, primarily from Microsoft, over video to discuss their career paths, explain concepts of coding, and even help coach the school’s robotics team.

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Both Stacey and Lynn are recent facilitators of the Friday Institute’s Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program , where they they worked with a national cohort of school leaders that implemented blended and digital learning in their schools.

A Hyperdoc Unit That Will Blow Your Mind!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Designed to help students dig deeper into the book, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. This is actually much more than just a dynamic learning experience, this is a dynamic learning unit! In fact, this unit was one of the five lessons I selected to be included in my book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic. The Wild Learning Hyperdoc Unit. Shake Up Learning by Kasey Bell.

Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007

Shake Up Learning

The post Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Camden is one of those delightful students who loves learning new things. One of her favorite parts of going to school, in fact, is learning! I love to ask students what they would learn at school if they could choose, and Camden’s answers are great: she wants to learn languages (especially French so she can visit Paris) as well as dance. Learn more at this link ! [30:30]

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Becoming an Edtech Iron Chef – Featuring the Voice of @SGVCUE


Iron Chef lessons are simple, quick, and help students reach the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) while letting teachers assess student learning. It can be a brand new subject that the students are about to learn or a review of the content they have already learned. She has developed and taught a robotics curriculum and a tech-infused, French dual-language immersion curriculum in California.

The Nutritional Value of Learning

Shake Up Learning

The post The Nutritional Value of Learning appeared first on Shake Up Learning. What is the Nutritional Value of Learning in Your Classroom? What would be the nutritional value of learning in your classroom? How do you ensure the learning is DYNAMIC? Peel back the layers, not only how are you reaching the learning goals but how all the pieces work together. The nutrition facts metaphor is just that, a metaphor to help us think about learning differently.

3 strategies to teach STEAM in a blended environment

eSchool News

But screen-based learning is not always developmentally appropriate for young learners, and it is not well suited to some forms of learning. STEAM lessons in particular, with their exploratory and experiential elements, may seem impossible to deliver in a remote learning model.

Pre-Order Shake Up Learning NOW, Get the Workshop for FREE!

Shake Up Learning

The post Pre-Order Shake Up Learning NOW, Get the Workshop for FREE! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Pre-Order Shake Up Learning and Get the Workshop for FREE! If you pre-order between now and April 3, 2018, I’m giving you a special gift–new brand new online course, The Dynamic Learning Workshop! Rapidly evolving technology and the demands of the digital age are transforming not only the way we live but also the way we learn.

My Experience of Hands-On Learning

Fractus Learning

Of course, everyone has different ways of learning, and my brain just never was able to wrap itself around the logistical, precise formulas and robotic, numerical answers. The few things that did stick included the hands-on approach to my learning, however. Hands-on learning helped me construct meaning out of abstract symbols that meant nothing to me. Hands-on learning helped me construct meaning out of abstract symbols that meant nothing to me.

17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 (Infographic and FREE Download)

Shake Up Learning

The post 17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 (Infographic and FREE Download) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I always geek out learning about the latest gadgets, but I especially love learning about new ways that technology can improve learning in the classroom. The new year always inspires us to set new goals, learn new things, and start fresh. Last year’s most popular post on Shake Up Learning was, “ 16 Things for Teachers to Try in 2016.”

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Technology Underscores the Promise of a New School Year

EdTech Magazine

Many will also have new laptops or tablets through one-to-one computing programs , upgraded classroom technology for blended learning , and teachers trained to more effectively use technology to personalize instruction. are starting the year with new options for learning about STEM subjects tied to in-demand, high-paying careers — such as cybersecurity, game art and design, digital design and animation. . Gamifying Teacher Training on Blended Learning.

Leading in Uncertain Times

A Principal's Reflections

The concept of leadership hasn’t changed, although the conditions under which leaders work and learn sure have. A rapid evolution in artificial intelligence, automation, and advanced robotics should have served notice to anyone in the education space that things needed to change. In the end, though, scalable change resulting in a transformation of teaching, learning, and leadership was more of an exception as opposed to the rule. Want to learn more?

K–12 Experts Weigh In on Training Teachers to Use Education Technology

EdTech Magazine

Any professional development plan needs to focus on encouraging and enabling a basic and sustained change in how teachers view teaching and learning, says Amy Valentine, executive director of the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning. From the start, there needs to be strong instructional leadership and alignment to teaching and learning so that it’s standards-based,” says Rebekah Kim, executive director of teaching, learning and leadership at Highline Public Schools. “It

AI in the classroom: Are we there yet?


We’ve described before the nuanced distinction between AI and machine learning : machine learning is a subset of AI and encompasses cutting-edge work primarily using neural networks to mimic how the brain computes, applied to the more superior capacity of computers, enabling them to learn. You teach it to learn. Read more: The role of the LMS in designing personalized learning paths for students.

Makerspaces go digital: 6 options for the blended classroom


Not wanting to be a complete killjoy, I must however point out that many, many Makerspace projects exist and are conducted in blended learning environments using digital tools. I thought we could explore some of the Makerspaces and tools that are blending online and physical environments. Read more: 4 Modern literacies students need to learn in school. Raspberry Pi is a UK-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping anyone learn to code, and have fun doing it.

Celebrating a School-Wide Commitment to Powerful Learning

Digital Promise

In collaboration with HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Initiative, Digital Promise Global is launching two new programs that celebrate teachers and schools who demonstrate powerful teaching and learning with technology. Powerful use of technology contributes to closing the Digital Learning Gap. HP Spotlight Schools Exemplify Powerful Learning. Teachers use technology to create authentic and collaborative learning experiences for students.

Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool

A Principal's Reflections

Let’s first begin by evaluating the efficacy of both using the following questions: How are kids learning with technology in ways that they couldn’t without it? A push for efficacy benefits everyone who is championing better approaches to improve student learning and professional practice. Achievement can undoubtedly fall into one of these categories, but there is so much more to learning and kids than a score. What makes something innovative?

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The Four P's—The Future of Edtech


At TETC I offered a session on "The Benefits of Blended Learning Math Instruction." Adoption of a blended learning classroom is just now becoming less trendy and more commonplace. To me, one of the most surprising things about our station rotation blended learning model adoption has been how quickly it could have morphed into personalized learning for each child to meet their needs where they are.

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K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. Our Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing study found that districts often use “ pilot tryouts ” to make decisions about learning technology tools.

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. Or one for the Robotics Club, National Honor Society, Made with Code, Girls/Boys Scouts, etc. Create a Class for Learning Challenges. Badging has become particularly popular for encouraging teachers to learn new tech skills. Online Professional Learning.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes.

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eSchool News launches Digital & Mobile Learning Guide

eSchool News

The November Guide, the eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide , offers expert insight on the reasons digital and mobile learning support students’ academic achievement and build the skills they’ll carry with them into the global economy. In the guide, we take a look at the various factors present in successful digital and mobile learning initiatives. We explore this issue, which is vital to digital and mobile learning.

3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Digital Promise

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) defines summer learning loss as “the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer.” NSLA states summer learning loss “ is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. Vancouver Public Schools hosted a Girls Lead the Way summer robotics camp at McLoughlin Middle School.

It’s Time For a Permanent Solution In Higher Education

Omega Notes

Some may ask themselves: Will higher education’s future consist of an education dystopia where all students are forced into cold tech-driven isolation against their will as professors are quickly replaced by their AI robot counterparts? Social scientists echo this sentiment and point out that the workplace and learning environment(s) of tomorrow will be more virtual than ever before. Distance learning will spike for both practical and economic reasons.

5 Strategies to Help Superintendents Lead Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

School leaders need to explain clearly to staff, teachers, parents and students why the technology they are adopting is important and how it is going to improve learning. . Create Compelling Learning Environments. Modern K–12 pedagogies demand a learning environment that fits students’ needs, starting by breaking away from the rows of desks typically found in most classrooms. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Find out which blended learning program will best fit your classroom.