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?

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. Half of all new principals quit their jobs within three years, according to a 2014 study. Matthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Years later, studying psychology, she wondered if mindset interventions would also be effective in her field. The study was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in September 2017, and co-authored by Schleider’s advisor, John Weisz, a Harvard psychology professor.

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

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. 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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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.

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.

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

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When I was in elementary school and in middle school, I always knew that I wanted to be a composer. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices.

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.

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.

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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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.

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 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.

K–12 Videoconferencing Offers New Opportunities for Understaffed School Districts

EdTech Magazine

Videoconferencing tools and online learning environments may be the answer. . In a recent study conducted by InFocus , AVTechnology and Tech & Learning, only 19 percent of the 201 education technology users surveyed use videoconferencing in their schools. . “K–12

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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?

Preparing Teaching Candidates for Blended and Online Environments

Fractus Learning

There is a growing need for today’s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. These courses include blended methods and technologies for blended learning environments.

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

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.

Massachusetts Community Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant to The Virtual High School For Student Access to Online Summer Courses

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a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts funding allows Ware Junior Senior High School students in grades 7-12 to take online summer courses through VHS. is an online learning pioneer.

PebbleGo Expands Its Reach by Adding Spanish Content and Audio

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(Minneapolis, MN) June 19, 2018 — Capstone’s K–2 online resource PebbleGo today announced its release of expanded Spanish materials. PebbleGo’s database is used by students in nearly 20% of the country’s elementary schools.

A window into the future of learning

The Christensen Institute

Schools, I’d learned in my job, were incredibly obstinate to change. The book in fact outlined with incredible precision what the future of teaching and learning could look like, as technology became more and more a part of classrooms across the country. On the other, online learning could be an engine to individualize education successfully in ways never before possible. For all of the systems, designs, and ideas we can study, education is ultimately a human endeavor.

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. Or better yet, why should we integrate online learning into our classrooms ? Many online resources do not have to be printed, copied, stapled, or hole-punched.

“Learning how to use tools is not an age barrier between digital natives and digital immigrants, but a mindset barrier between fixed and growth mindsets.” – James Yanuzzelli, USA

Daily Edventures

For MIE Expert Jim Yanuzzelli, the “why” of learning is every bit as important as the “what.” That’s why he incorporates at least one project- based learning (PBL) activity in every unit of study. When I incorporated Learning tools, I saw the conversations and collaboration grow.

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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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?

New Schools in Four States Partner with The Virtual High School

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as their online course solution for students in the upcoming academic year. Schools expand their local course offerings by incorporating the VHS catalog into their program of studies. is an online learning pioneer. Bo ston – Oct.

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.

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.

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.

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]. Self-determined learning or heutagogy is fast gaining interest from educators around the world interested in an evidence-based approach to learning. Learning Environment.

4 ways forward-thinking districts are inspiring more students to code

eSchool News

Administrators build in regularly scheduled coding for students in select elementary schools, with students utilizing Code.org curriculum to enhance and deepen their critical thinking skills. The focus of the activities will involve building computer science skills and project-based learning.