U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test

The Hechinger Report

In this 2015 photo, fifth graders collaborated on a Rube Goldberg machine in a Pennsylvania elementary school. Columnists Digital Education Jill Barshay K-12 Lessons From Abroad News collaboration Data and research Math & Science online learning Social emotional

Majority of schools in Ohio report using blended learning

The Christensen Institute

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. Since we made the prediction in Disrupting Class that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses would be online in some form or fashion—the vast majority in blended learning —good data has been hard to come by. There are several interesting highlights from the data.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

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.

From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

I recently attended the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference , which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute, to listen to school leaders from across the country discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. To be clear, nearly every successful school and district has a principal or superintendent who exhibits strong leadership and is committed to improving student learning outcomes.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Teachers learn about pedagogy in their educational training in college and then they are observed in practice while teaching to make sure they are following good pedagogical practices. A digital learning environment also means that students have access to resources digitally as well.

The Long Life of a Data Trail

Graphite Blog

Within educational technology, tech companies can acquire data via multiple routes. BetterLesson is an example of a site like this - a teacher creates an account, and only teacher data gets collected. A second model includes sites that get their initial data from teacher or school signup, but then as part of the service offered in the site, they acquire student information. Online IEP programs also fit this description. Who Cares Where Data Ends Up?

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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.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Dan D.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior. As Malkus himself notes, online courses have long provided a solution to filling gaps in coursework that schools otherwise can’t afford. The upside for schools willing to invest in online courses to fill these gaps is threefold.

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Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

The Christensen Institute

Often when we speak with K–12 educators about blended learning, teachers and leaders working in high-poverty neighborhoods want to know: does blended learning work for low-income students? Data so far suggests that the answer is yes, it can. The case studies demonstrate blended learning’s transformative power in high-poverty areas. Many are using blended learning to accelerate students on the wrong side of the achievement gap.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Data and Privacy and Security.

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School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Do online charter schools measure up?

eSchool News

A three-part research study indicates that online charter school performance may be underwhelming. New research offers evidence that online charter schools post weaker academic performance and struggle more to maintain student engagement than their conventional brick-and-mortar peers.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

The Christensen Institute

In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. Recently, I visited five blended-learning schools in Las Vegas and the San Jose area that are earning accolades for serving low-income and minority students and achieving strong student learning outcomes: Dr. Owen C. So what does high-quality teaching in these blended-learning schools look like? Data-driven instruction.

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. six: Where blended meets personalized learning—and gets results

eSchool News

A coordinated, intentional program of blended learning is changing teaching and learning in the Nation’s capital. Blended and personalized learning were two topics on the rise this year. The goal is to produce deeper learning.

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. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. Generally, universities are doing very well financially, so they don’t feel from the data that their world is going to collapse.

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Why gamification works [Part 2]

Neo LMS

In my last blog we started discussing the “why” of gamification , with a specific focus on the nature of motivation, lensed through one broadly held theory of motivation called Self-Determination Theory (SDT), not to be confused at this point with self-directed learning.

Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. Last year, the Institute’s BLU team took a deeper look at blended learning beyond the US.

It’s Time To Support The Mental Health & Well Being of Teachers

EdNews Daily

I had the chance to chat with Dr. Jared Scherz, the founder of TeacherCoach , and a former elementary school guidance counselor who became a clinical psychologist in New Jersey. If a child comes to school stressed, their learning is impacted.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

eSchool News

In the Putnam County (TN) School System— a rural school district with 23 schools spread across 400 miles—our personalized learning approach has allowed us to reshape education for students on a variety of fronts.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Students selling notes online a legal gray area, schools say | ArkansasOnline → University of Arkansas faculty members are debating how to best deal with the selling of lecture notes by students, spurred on by the practices of online study resource companies known for aggressive recruiting tactics.

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Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

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Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. The Fuel Education ® Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

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Two student at Greenville’s Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project on an iPad. Sign up for our Mississippi Learning newsletter. They were saying kids weren’t learning.”. Test score data is not yet available from the past year).

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

“I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning | Philly.com → Garnet Valley is a district in the vanguard of a nationwide movement to ditch traditional textbooks for open-source educational resources on the web. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning; Securly Raises $4M

Marketplace K-12

In the latest dealmaking news, language and literacy software solutions company Imagine Learning acquired Think Through Learning, an online supplemental math program. Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning: Imagine Learning , a provider of elementary language and literacy software solutions, has acquired Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning , a developer of an online supplemental math program, for an undisclosed sum.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Hill : “ Karl Rove and David Axelrod partner for online class on winning elections” – an online class on the Masterclass platform, that is. Speaking of Google, “ Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online. More PR from Techcrunch : “ Nintendo is bringing Labo kits to elementary schools.” The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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The Education Building's Interior Matters

Leadership Lounge

It may be because I’m an educator, but I notice all types of learning campuses. Elementary schools are typically full of bright colors on signage and oftentimes feature lush landscaping, all of which is inviting. Technology is everywhere in these interactive learning environments.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Differentiate the learning for principals and superintendents.

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.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Learning theorist Roger Schank says “OECD should be ashamed; PISA scores announced; doing more damage.” ” Education professor Yong Zhao has several blog posts on the results of PISA and TIMSS and what we can (and can’t) learn from them. million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. Data-Protection Law Looms.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses ?” Speaking of Hollywood Glitz, Variety reports that “ Kevin Spacey ’s Online Acting Course Pulled by MasterClass.” “ social and emotional learning.”)