5 Ways Online Learning Can Open Doors For All Students

EdNews Daily

According to Babson Survey Research Group , the number of students registered in online courses grew to 5.8 Online class growth has been consistent for the past 13 years, and more than a quarter of higher education students (or 28%) are enrolled in at least one online course.

Why Change as an Educator?

My Island View

One undeniable fact about teaching is that teachers not only need to be masters of content within their subject area, but they must also be masters of education as a subject. This was education or centuries.

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. When it comes to their children’s education, parents are like drug-sniffing dogs.

Why Change as an Educator?

My Island View

One undeniable fact about teaching is that teachers not only need to be masters of content within their subject area, but they must also be masters of education as a subject. This was education or centuries.

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. The majority of elementary schools blending use Rotation models—exactly as Heather Staker and I predicted using the theory of disruptive innovation.

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. So the OECD turned to educational-software developers, led by Arthur Graesser at the University of Memphis, to create simulated computer agents to pose as humans.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

While Florida garners national attention as the site of tax credit scholarships captivating Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, a lesser-known example of choice in education in the state could be turning into a movement. In other words, a student might take her core academics online at home, come in to the local elementary school for arts and physical education, and then enroll in a music academy for private piano lessons.

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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.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

As the disruption of monolithic teacher-led instruction continues to occur, there may be another educational practice that is being transformed along with it, especially for younger students: homework. 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.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at [link]. My Own Chapter: M oving From Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0. This edited book is the perfect primer on self-determined learning or heutagogy. Education 1.0:

U.S. Senate's ESEA Rewrite Plugs 'Open Educational Resources'

Marketplace K-12

"Open education resources," an alternative to commercial products, get a boost in the U.S. Senate's version of bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

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.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

In 2014, she traveled to and explored the education systems of Finland and New Zealand as an Eisenhower Fellow (full disclosure: I was also a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow). Can you explain what you saw and learned? Rhonda Broussard is the founder and president of St.

The big jobs of small-town principals

The Hechinger Report

Snyder is the principal of the elementary, middle and high schools in this tiny town in southeastern Colorado. Rural school leaders have some of the most complex, multifaceted jobs in education. Matthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado.

STUDENT VOICES: The education system encourages students to be dead inside

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

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 bilingual app with sign language brings more stories to deaf children

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. K-12 News English language learners online learning Personalized Learning

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How Parents and Teachers Can Teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy

The CoolCatTeacher

This is one of those really important life experiences where a lot of learning can happen, especially in the area of empathy at a young age. We’ll include information in the show notes so that you can follow him and all of the work that he does, helping all of us be better educators.

5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

The CoolCatTeacher

From blackout poetry to rhymefinding extensions, learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes. Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. You could definitely use this with your lower elementary students.

Micro-school parents, students build one-room schoolhouses of today

The Christensen Institute

These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children but cannot or do not want to homeschool them. Micro-schools come in a variety of flavors but frequently do away with grade-levels in favor of technology-enabled, student-customized pathways to learning. It boasts a multi-level space that was formerly a Gold’s Gym but has since been transformed into open learning spaces.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry. This frustration led to the creation of StackUp, a way for Nick (and others like him) to better document self-directed learning.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons, including sloppiness in reporting, bias, and lack of relevance to education policy and practice considerations. Reporting by the poll authors aside, this is what struck me most about this year’s findings: Teachers seem to be strong proponents of equity of access to technology in high school classrooms for educational purposes.

Confessions of a blended leader

The Christensen Institute

Our guest blogger Elizabeth Anthony ​leads blended-learning implementations in K–12 Catholic schools as the b lended ​l​ earning c oordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). She blogs regularly on blended learning for Notre Dame ACE Academies. Have you ever felt like your blended- or personalized-learning program should be more innovative than it is? But this transition will take time — and it will not come at the expense of student learning.

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.

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.

Stress, The Silent Killer In Education

EdNews Daily

We start by appreciating how stress is a cause, a result or both for the most insidious problems in education including: Obesity. TeacherCoach: Individual educators can sign up and begin taking online learning engagements in a matter of minutes.

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.

4 Online Courses to help you become a better teacher

The Electric Educator

Starting at the end of January I am offering 4 unique online courses that will help you use technology more effectively and confidently in your classroom. You will also interact with other educators in the course who will be sharing their classroom ideas. Continuing education credit is available in most states. This is what other educators have said about my online courses: "This course has shown me so many new ways that I can use our Chromebooks!

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.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.

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? Last September, the Christensen Institute and the Evergreen Education Group published Proof Points , a compilation of 12 case studies of school districts around the country that have experienced improved student outcomes since implementing blended learning.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. Indeed, online AP courses marked the beginning of the disruptive trajectory that online learning has taken for over a decade. These approaches, however, only work if a school is willing to hire online courses to fill in gaps.

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To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

Students at Lovett Elementary, the Clinton, Miss. Our nine districts have been considering free or low-cost open educational resources alongside traditional options. The first and most troubling misunderstanding is that districts turn to open educational resources simply to save money.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. (Oh National) Education Politics. Via Politico : “Employee satisfaction in the department [of Education] ’s main K–12 office dropped markedly this year. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

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Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids

The Hechinger Report

Growth mindset theory, the idea that intelligence is malleable and can grow, has taken the education world by storm in the past decade as a way of motivating students academically. Educators are hungry for fixes.

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.

Rural schools turn to high-tech teacher training solutions

The Hechinger Report

Educators must meet annual requirements that dictate how much time they spend improving their craft – even though teachers’ colleges aren’t often nestled in such remote locations. executive director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative.

The FREE education browser for your iPad via @TheRoverApp to view Flash Content!

Kleinspiration

Rover is the free to download education app that streams educational Flash content to your iPad! Rover is an education app and the only education browser for your iPad designed for teachers and students of all ages. Can''t access flash on your iPad?

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