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. But it turns out American teens are, surprisingly, much better at group collaboration than at individual academic work.

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.

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. The district is working to improve results at its elementary school, which has been underperforming. Matthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado.

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.

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

How do you really invest in empathizing with a particular school or group of kids down south? 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.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

Five-year-old Mykell Robinson practices his reading on the Lexia software while a small group of classmates work with a teacher. Many charter networks here, including Crescent City Schools, Firstline, ReNEW, and KIPP, have embraced an educational philosophy known as “personalized learning.”.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

The researcher, Jessica Schleider, currently a psychology fellow at Yale Medical School, adapted Dweck’s online program into two half-hour mindset lessons, one aimed at depression and the other at anxiety. Columnists Jill Barshay K-12 News Mental health and trauma 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

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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.

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 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. Group work. Collaborative 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.

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. Many schools still lack the resources to implement 1:1 learning. Learning lab.

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? Small-group instruction.

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.

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.

STEM for kids: Online classes teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills

Neo LMS

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is an important group of subjects that are in high demand — not just in classrooms, but in the job market as well. E-learning

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Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

Below you can see the responses that best highlight what we’ve learned from ed-tech developers so far. Mindprint Learning • myON • Remind • Sokikom • Zulama. Need for focus on teaching elementary math topics.

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.

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Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently. The traditional classroom model does not lend itself well to students learning independently. Its instructional format is predominantly face-to-face, teacher-delivered lectures or demonstrations of the material, and each cohort of students works through a single, unified curriculum at the pace of the whole group.

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

Prior to participating in a blended-learning pilot, Angela Jones, a teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, had already started putting a great deal of effort into personalizing learning for her students, despite limited access to learning software and devices at the time. When a student is struggling and not understanding the Zearn lesson, why am I putting them on 40-minutes online a day? In some cases, this occurs in small groups.

Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. The real-time lessons would be available at least three times a day and would be posted online.

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.

#BacktoSchool Ideas from @LEGO_Education for #Students Who Like To Play & Make Stuff

The Innovative Educator

If you're an innovative educator like @JPatanio or I, this type of learning by doing is right up your alley. The Lego Foundation has found via their research the incredible power of learning through play. Ed tech leader Jackie Patanio & I building Emoticons.

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

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at [link]. Learning Environment.

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.

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.

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

Edsurge

Milton Bryant is the first to admit that implementing blended learning successfully didn’t come overnight. For the past four years, Bryant has been tirelessly adapting his approach to personalized learning to ensure that each student is thriving, even when that means scrapping ideas that don’t quite pan out. Bryant, who teaches fourth and fifth grade Math at Ketcham Elementary Schoolin Washington, D.C., 7 models of blended learning that were cropping up in schools.

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.”.