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.

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. For example, the United States ranked 39th in math on the 2015 PISA test.

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.

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.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. Because online learning can deliver content to students at the level they need, teachers spend the bulk of class time on project-based learning for deeper exploration of concepts. It boasts a multi-level space that was formerly a Gold’s Gym but has since been transformed into open learning spaces.

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.

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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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.

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.

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. For example, the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colo.,

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OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

Students at Lovett Elementary, the Clinton, Miss. In reality, every district we know approaches open educational resources with a single goal: to accelerate student learning by bringing the highest-quality instructional materials into classrooms. K-12 Opinion online learning

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.

Rural schools turn to high-tech teacher training solutions

The Hechinger Report

The group is taking the idea of online delivery of teacher training and amplifying it, turning it into something that can be custom-fit for individual teachers and leaders. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. K-12 Future of Learning online learning teachers

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.

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The Christensen Institute

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. Because online learning can deliver content to students at the level they need, teachers spend the bulk of class time on project-based learning for deeper exploration of concepts. It boasts a multi-level space that was formerly a Gold’s Gym but has since been transformed into open learning spaces.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

The change already delivers extraordinary results and 96% of teachers claim that EdTech increases student engagement in learning. 3D learning. However, the whole system changes with the introduction of 3D learning. Game-based learning. Online learning.

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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.

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57.

Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms

Neo LMS

Constructivist learning is an educational theory based on the psychological theories of Constructivist thinkers such as Jean Piaget. The progressive education movement has a number of hallmarks, these include: Learning by doing. Collaborative learning. Personalized learning.

5 Reasons Why School Computer Labs Still Matter

ViewSonic Education

Why take time from core subjects to teach computing when students have this everywhere learning tool? Portable computing power offers learning advantages in virtually any educational environment. For example, reference articles can be kept open and visible as students write a paper.

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.

Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

By highlighting examples of research-based product development, we aim to help all stakeholders use scientific and user research to improve student outcomes and better understand learners. Mindprint Learning • myON • Remind • Sokikom • Zulama.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom. As you see, the blending learning has a bunch of benefits, but only when it is applied wisely.

Stress, The Silent Killer In Education

EdNews Daily

The stress teachers face which influences the potential for behavioral problems in students for example, is not the same experience as the resulting stress when students misbehave. Written by Dr. Jared Scherz, TeacherCoach.

The Virtual High School’s Advanced Placement®Pass Rate Continues to Surpass the National Average

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a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, found that VHS students who sat for Advanced Placement® (AP) exams outperformed the national scores on the College Board AP® exams.

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.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Think, for example, of each successive version of the iPhone that has come out with new features and functions to delight Apple’s loyal customer base. Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core.

#ETTchat: Get to Know Avra Robinson

EdTechTeacher

Here at EdTechTeacher, we take pride in the fact that all of our Instructors have been classroom teachers, and many of our instructors have come to us because of long relationships that began either at one of our events, online, or during a workshop. Q: How did you learn about EdTechTeacher?

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi. To address this problem, Educational Initiatives developed a blended-learning model for the centers that could operate without a strong pool of teachers by taking advantage of instructional expertise encoded in learning software.

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.

Truly Personalized: Balancing Navajo Values With Tech Innovation

Edsurge

In order to break this cycle and support students’ aspirations and interests, STAR has sought to combine blended learning with culturally responsive, place-based teaching. Take for example how students interact. Through this practice, students who have had a rough weekend at home can shift their mindset and recognize they are appreciated; the values create a stronger social-emotional foundation that enable them to focus on learning.

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What’s the bottom line on online preschool?

The Hechinger Report

Preschool students at Kruse Elementary School in the Poudre School District in Colorado play at the water table during choice time. Developed and administered through a state contract with the Waterford Institute, the Upstart program provides four-year-olds with in-home online curriculum.

Not Just Buzzwords: How Teachers Bring Big Ideas, Innovative Practices to Life

Edsurge

In my visits to elementary, middle, and high schools around the country this past academic year, here are five tips I took away for how educators can get beyond the buzz to implementation. Blended learning in credit-recovery courses and alternative schools—areas where students would often have no brick-and-mortar options—has gotten a bad rap because of questions about the rigor of the online learning experience. Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide.

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.

So That's What I Think About That.

The Web20Classroom

I love the idea of learning and I love to learn. The more involved I get in education through what I do, the more I get to learn. I want to create learning environments for them that allow them to be kids. Social media has done so much for my own personal and professional learning. It is a constant learning, growing and sharing experience. What are the barriers to good learning? Take social media for example.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Educators wanted students to engage more and apply their learning in meaningful ways.”.