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.

Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

Tablets are great for watching videos, reading books and articles, taking pictures, or playing interactive educational games, but they falter when it comes to typing up essays or preparing other documents. And although there is a growing push for schools to go paperless, neither a tablet nor Chromebook is a perfect replacement for old-fashioned paper notebooks. This means that it needs a faster processor and more storage than a pure tablet.


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Why schools are shifting to blended learning in Brazil

The Christensen Institute

For the past few years at the Institute, we’ve heard stories about Brazilian teachers trying out blended learning. To explore these trends more deeply, we published our first international blended-learning research paper in November, Blended Beyond Borders , in partnership with the WISE Initiative. Through these partners, we administered a survey to capture whether and why schools were going blended. Blended learning can give students more options.

6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces #intelEdu2in1


6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces As a current classroom teacher, I can attest to the importance of smart classroom design along with finding resources that support what happens within your space. Today’s classrooms are increasing in size, and there is an increasing need to personalize instruction for the special needs of all learners along with meeting the learning styles of the entire class.

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program

EdTech Magazine

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program. When Cincinnati Public School teachers need extra training to help them better run their blended-learning classrooms , the ­professional development sometimes comes to them — rolling up in the ­district’s Tech Truck, a training center on wheels , outfitted with current and emerging classroom teaching tools and a one-on-one coach for the educators.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. The Hechinger Report visited schools in India recently and talked to experts about blended learning – which includes an element of online learning with in-class instruction – and the potential it has for helping both teachers and students in the world’s second-most populous country. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution?

Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. Free Virtual Learning Environments.

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Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion. I l ike Felicia Zorn’s summary of how that go-nogo decision really has become ‘get with the program’ Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom. Children as young as two are utilizing tablets, exploring the apps on smartphones, and accessing knowledge via the internet. Or better yet, why should we integrate online learning into our classrooms ?

20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. Learn Something New Ernest Hemingway says “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” I would add that people who think they know everything have proven their ability to learn anything.

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Eduprotocols for Littles with Jon Corippo #kinderchat

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! You’ll want to sign up for your free 30-day trial at and remember – it is only one app – all of the other apps are inside this one simple digital learning collection from Really Good Stuff. Now, that’s good stuff for every K-2nd grade iPad or Google Play enabled tablet!

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Starting from a template that you’ve designed to guide your students through the project, they can collaborate or work together to explore, learn, brainstorm, and create. Project Pals is perfect for any student capable of using an electronic tablet, Chromebook, or device to create and share. PBL Software Review From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Project Pals is a powerful new tool that lets students organize projects.

Platform will beam lessons to rural schools via tablet

eSchool News

Mobiliya Edvelop, a digital classroom platform , is delivering remote lectures to rural schools in some corners of the world — providing tablets that help rural students tap into lessons taught in urban areas. While the cities have all the learning resources, the rural schools lack quality teachers and standardized pedagogies. Under this initiative, 14 classes from eight rural schools were given tablets powered with Mobiliya Edvelop.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

They’ll see that first screen Immediately on their phone or tablet. We also learn beta testing , which is what happens when a person NOT on their team tests the app.) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality (AR) programming app for classrooms. I first wrote about this app in December 2017 shortly after launch.

5 Ways Video Can Foster Teaching and Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Steve Zurier K–12 districts use cameras on phones, tablets and notebooks to extend classroom learning, confer with experts and arrange conferences with colleges and prospective employers. Blended Learning Classroom Collaboration Digital and Video Cameras Internet Online Video Video Conferencing

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Getting Students Hooked on Math and Science

Where Learning Clicks

If you've crossed the path of a teenager lately, you most likely saw him or her with a computer of some shape or form—from a smartphone to a tablet. 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.

How to Integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet

Shake Up Learning

prepare for online and blended learning, more and more schools are relying on Google Classroom and Google Meet to deliver online lessons and assignments. If you are a Google for Education school, combining these two remote learning tools makes a lot of sense. Learn more.

A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality. Mary Ann: We know that each student has unique strengths, learning differences, and passions.

The economics of educational nonconsumption in the developing world

The Christensen Institute

To help address this resource-constraint problem, the Rumie Initiative has developed an educational tablet. This low-cost tablet offers at least three advantages relative to textbooks. Secondly, updating the online content on a tablet via monthly synchronization with the cloud is much cheaper and easier than purchasing updated versions of textbooks. The Rumie tablet doesn’t have near the functionality of an iPad.

This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. It must also provide fast and reliable external access to teaching and learning resources that are on campus. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System). I prefer to call the ones that have evolved Online Learning Environments (OLEs).

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The Number of Students Taking in Online Courses Is Quickly Rising, But Perceptions Are Changing Slowly


In both K12 and higher education options for students to take whole courses, blended courses and—in some places—entire degree programs online are more prevalent than ever. But that expansion doesn’t necessarily correlate with how the public perceives the quality of online courses, historically questioned for its lack of rigor and limited measurable learning gains. Then they want to talk to me for 45 minutes about how bad online learning is.

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15 Collaborative Tools for Your Classroom That Are NOT Google

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Collaborative Tools for Your Classroom That Are NOT Google appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are hundreds of fantastic collaborative learning tools! A few weeks back, I asked the Shake Up Learning Community to share their favorite collaborative tools and this post is a summarization are their top choices. Click here to join the Shake Up Learning Community.). Learn more about Pear Deck. Learn more about Flipgrid.

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5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Would that have helped you to develop a true feel for what you were learning? Now imagine your students creating a virtual world for others to experience in order to make their learning visible? You might think it is out of reach financially or it is too difficult to learn. VR AR Viewing and Creation: Chromebook, Desktop, Tablet, Mobile Device.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged


The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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iPads keep students connected, even on snow days

eSchool News

If you have power and Internet, there’s really nothing that can stop learning from happening,” she said. Using technology to expand the learning environment is one of the most talked about subjects among educators in West Virginia and across the country. Devices like iPads or Android-based tablets have become must-haves in many districts as school officials look to create “anytime-anywhere” learning environments not restricted by the four walls of a traditional classroom.

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Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. teachers are gearing up for back to school–gathering ideas, planning lessons, and getting their classrooms ready for learning. We want to know what they like, what they don’t like, where they struggle, and their learning style. If you could learn anything at school, what would you choose to learn? How do you learn best?

The Learning Mixologist – #ISTE19 (FREE Preview) – SULS017

Shake Up Learning

The post The Learning Mixologist – #ISTE19 (FREE Preview) – SULS017 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Tune in today to learn more about The Learning Mixologist – # ISTE19 (FREE Preview) with Holly Clark. We first presented this information at FETC and the information provided is from both of our books and learning frameworks! We are so excited to chat more about the Learning Mixologist ideologies and templates. Shake Up Learning 2019.

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Using Videos to Manage a Rowdy Classroom: Smart, Constructive or Simply Lazy?


Her research paper, “ Non-optimal Uses of Video In the Classroom ,” published by the Learning, Media and Technology Journal in 2006, is one of the few papers that addresses instances where teachers used video for non-optimal purposes in classrooms, including in lieu of classroom management and to give the teacher a break. As long as it is purposeful and will help the learning objective I think more videos is a really good thing.

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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. Perhaps you would like to create a more student centered learning environment by flipping your classroom. The class code option is a fantastic feature of many EdTech tools and helps to create a more personalized learning experience for my students. Blended Learning How To

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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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. High-quality learning can happen on laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or cell phones. In many cases, it’s not the device that makes the difference, often the best learning occurs with no device. How does digital learning work with electives?

The Chromebook Infused Classroom – SULS070

Shake Up Learning

The post The Chromebook Infused Classroom – SULS070 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Learn all about the Infused Classroom model, using Hyperdocs for remote learning, and practical ways to go from analog to digital! Conquer remote learning and digital learning experiences like a pro! You’ll learn how to: Amplify student voice in the classroom. Use technology to assess understanding and craft personalized learning experiences.

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

Shake Up Learning

The post 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google has been working to bridge the gap between the tablet and laptop by allowing us to use Android apps on a Chromebook. Click here to learn how this works in the mobile app.). Be sure to check out all of the Google Classroom resources from Shake Up Learning. It worked both in the regular Chromebook “mode,” as well as when I flipped it over to tablet.

10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I had the privilege of attending the Google Geo Institute ( #CAGTI17 ) with approximately 90 other educators from around the world last week to learn more about Google’s Geo Tools ! If you want to learn how to create your own here is Micah’s presentation. Learn about anywhere. Shake Up Learning 2017.

How—and Why—We Can Improve the Future of Mobile Learning


When Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) were first introduced, people quickly realized these platforms could help students learn more effectively at their own pace on their own schedule. This development, combined with tremendous growth in mobile device usage due to improved technology, naturally led to a shift in mobile learning patterns. Wheneducational resources like study materials are easily accessible via a smartphone or tablet, students can benefit tremendously.

Top 10 Reasons Every School Should Go Google!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I had to put this on the back of my Shake Up Learning t-shirt! Check out the Shake Up Learning Tshirt Store. Learn more about G Suite for Education here. Learn more about Google Expeditions and Google Cardboard here. I can assess work from my phone, tablet, Chromebook, or laptop. With G Suite, your learning experiences can become more interactive and help you create a dynamic classroom. Shake Up Learning 2017.