How to improve student engagement

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Otherwise, they will engage only when coerced.

5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 3 of our April series on Blended Learning. Click here to read Part 1 on what makes a blended learning initiative fail. Click here to read Part 2 on what blended learning really looks like in the classroom.].

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Empowering Students and Teachers with Blended Learning

P21 Blogazine

Whenever I told people that I am a blended learning coach, I'd often get a quizzical look. "A What's a blended learning coach?" Just as frequently, I'd also get the question: "What exactly is blended learning, anyway?" August 20, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 9. Driving Question: How might the work of district leaders transform daily instruction? A what?

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

eSchool News

It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world.

Research examines blended learning, student achievement

eSchool News

A new research report from Arizona State University (ASU) focuses on various evidence-based instructional models and strategies integrated within courses from an online curriculum provider in order to determine if they lead to increased student achievement and engagement.

How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

History in Baltimore City Public Schools, I was always looking for new ways to engage my students. When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. Student Engagement. My students were so incredibly engaged because of the games.

How 3 schools are reimagining learning spaces

eSchool News

As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement.

Cincinnati Schools launches blended learning AP courses

eSchool News

“Boot camp” sessions introduce students to new blended learning platform. The sessions will guide students in how to best work in this setting—one with a state-of-the-art learning platform where teachers will facilitate student engagement with online course materials.

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 2: Implementation)

Gaggle Speaks

Blended learning starts with a strategic plan. Here are some tips to ensure your plan is successful when you’re ready to implement blended learning inside your classrooms. Incorporate personalized learning. Engage the students as much as possible.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

Kleinspiration

Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

Learning Technologies and Creativity in the Classroom

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If newer technologies can foster creativity in students then educators must seriously think about how they can incorporate them into their classroom teaching strategies. When students don’t feel engaged, their education suffers. They leave students better prepared for the future.

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. Accordingly, the group wrote, “We need to shift away from rote learning and build instead on our uniquely human strengths in areas like creativity and interpersonal interactions.”.

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

Edsurge

A great deal of initial research exists about blended learning techniques such as game-based learning, but adoption has stalled because of a lack of scalable, practical techniques that have also proven effective. students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. There are a lot of opinions and fads in education, and they are not serving students well. “In Additionally, teachers saw dramatic increases in engagement and performance.

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. But unless students belong to rather wealthy families or win the lottery, higher education comes with a big price for them — student debts.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. In contrast, my own parent-teacher conferences were student-centered—creating space for meaningful discussion about things other than grades. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. Mom, this is the project I want to show you,” said one student.

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. Students engage in selecting their pathway for learning, collaborating, questioning, and self-assessing all day long. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities

Edsurge

It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. Recreation, entertainment, and downtime for students outside of the classroom are just that: recreation, entertainment, and downtime. Nonetheless, students also want to enjoy learning.

Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

What is the ideal blended learning environment? Many ask me what the best device is for learning. Good teaching and sound student-directed learning is not, and should not be, device dependent. How does digital learning work with electives?

Video, Apps, Newsletters and Portals—Four Ways Technology Can Boost Parent Engagement

Edsurge

You ask your child, “What did you learn in school today?” A nudge from the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has sparked new interest in both parent engagement and the tools that can support it. A 2008 study , for example, found that parental involvement in middle school boosts both studentsengagement and performance. For ideas on what great parent engagement looks like and how to foster it, we talked with educators from both the U.S.

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Let Paperslide Into Your Class

CUE

He introduced us to Paperslides , a new-to-me combining of the low tech paper-glue-and-scissors we all love and miss with the ease and versatility of making videos for flipped or blended learning.

How to Choose the Right EdTech Tools for Your Classroom

Fractus Learning

The right tools can elevate a student’s learning experience to levels unfathomable to teachers who were in the field even a short ten years ago. Would you like to take your students on a field trip to, perhaps, the Palace of Versailles, the Taj Mahal, or the Great Pyramids?

Wikispaces Classroom - A Flexible Tool for Teaching & Learning

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Wikispaces Classroom is a flexible tool that has many useful features for designing and implementing technology powered learning experiences to support all learners. This online learning platform and virtual classroom is free, efficient, and built to support teaching and learning.

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Profiles in Success: Pickerington Schools Move From Traditional to "Tradigital" Math Classrooms

MIND Research Institute

Pickerington Schools in Ohio has over 10,000 students and a notable 96.5% This high-achieving district takes pride in prioritizing student engagement and enthusiasm for learning. ST Math has really helped us move away from the teacher-led classroom to the student-driven.

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. What is personalized learning?

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

Kleinspiration

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year.

How to hire technology leaders, not followers

eSchool News

Blended learning, and its subset flipped learning, are trends that are not just growing but becoming the norm. Graph 1: A typical school population before technology is added to enhance learning and teaching. Blended learning: There are two parts to this component.

Edgenuity launches online gradebook

eSchool News

New gradebook delivers in-depth student performance data in real time. Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, launched of a robust new teacher Gradebook at ISTE 2016.

Student interaction in blended courses

NspireD2

Student engagement in learning is critical and becoming actively involved is key. Learning involves interaction with the instructor, with content, and with other students. Today’s answer is often blended learning. Strategies instructional design online learningIt would be wonderful if all three could happen exclusively in face-to-face courses and very frequently, but sometimes one or the other is problematic.

What makes game-based learning so effective and how does it work?

Think Through Math

When we think of games, we often think of them as somewhat trivial or just for fun, but can a game-based learning environment really change the way students learn and teachers teach? This goes without saying, but holds true in a learning environment as well.

Want to learn more about Augmented Reality in Education? Follow These Great Educators!

Two Guys and Some iPads

They continue to share excellent resources to help educators see how augmented reality can engage students and deepen understanding. Terri Eichholz : Terri is a t eacher of K-5 Gifted Students in San Antonio, TX , who is dedicated to engaging and inspiring all learners.

Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom. One strategy for a teacher interested in pursuing this approach come fall is experimenting with the Station Rotation Model–a blended learning model.

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Edsurge

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. Today’s most hyped phrase, personalized learning, is nearing Gartner’s peak of inflated expectations among the chattering class of education thought leaders and philanthropists.

How one district improved its personalized learning by failing forward

eSchool News

In the MSD of Wayne Township , there are several blended and online opportunities available for students. The Ben Davis Extended Day (BDED) blended learning program is an extension of one of the district’s high schools, Ben Davis High School.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve.

5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance

A Principal's Reflections

A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning.

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Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting , hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. By enabling these connections, IMS, the nonprofit group that organized this event, hopes to create a plug-and play-educational ecosystem where tools can freely and seamlessly share information about student learning that educators can use to drive better learning outcomes.

Flip Your Back-to-School Night

Catlin Tucker

Back-to-School Night is the one evening each year when I have the opportunity to connect face-to-face with my students’ parents. I emphasize that the way students communicate is changing and that directly impacts how I approach the design of our class. Learning

A Back-to-School Checklist: Choosing Classroom Technology that Fosters Engagement

EdNews Daily

A new school year has begun and educators will face the task of engaging a new set of students. Cultivating an environment where students are consistently engaged with the curriculum brings a unique set of challenges with each new mix of students and level of study.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

eSpark

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill designed to address the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind. “ Under ESSA, states will now be responsible for determining if schools are successful in meeting the needs of every student.