Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

eLearn.fyi is a database of more than 300 online resources, from a civics curriculum created by a former Supreme Court justice to engineering lessons for building a robotic arm. When the coronavirus pandemic first struck and classes shifted online last spring, Sophia Joffe was in 11th grade.

10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

Waterford

It’s tough to know exactly what the upcoming school year will look like, but by keeping up on current trends in the educational sphere, you can return to school next year informed, whether you’re in a classroom or teaching at a distance. Blended Learning. Personalized Learning.

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Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

The Hechinger Report

Monica Williams remembers the late May day she and first grade teacher Lizette Gutierrez reconnected with the four young siblings from Cable Elementary. No teachers from the San Antonio elementary had heard from the children since schools closed abruptly in March due to the pandemic.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

While the pandemic and the sudden shutdown of schools provoked fear, the teachers at this remote refugee camp in northern Iraq weren’t worried about how students would cope: They were confident their students were prepared to take their learning fully online.

Teachers forced to “MacGyver” their own tech solutions

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 other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

Remote learning has been a disaster for many students. But some kids have thrived

The Hechinger Report

Dalton McKittrick is among a small number of students who have thrived in remote learning. Like millions of other American school children, he was pushed into remote learning from home when the coronavirus hit this spring. He enjoyed learning again. He enjoyed learning again.

When Olympic athletes coach students on perseverance and self control

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 other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Remote learning helpline for teachers … and parents.

Best practices for remote learning, according to experts

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 other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Individual learning time doesn’t have to be lonely.

Who ya gonna call? Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents

The Hechinger Report

The “dream team” of experts answering calls all had stellar credentials: They were teachers themselves, with training in how to deploy technology for learning and years of classroom experience. Related: Rhode Island teachers trying out blended learning — but without high stakes pressure.

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. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Related: Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

OPINION: How can teachers help students grapple with the chaos surrounding us?

The Hechinger Report

No matter whether elementary teachers return to physical or virtual classrooms, this will be a year for the history books. What’s less clear is how prepared elementary school teachers are to put these seismic events into context.

PROOF POINTS: 114 studies on flipped classrooms show small payoff for big effort

The Hechinger Report

It’s “flipped” because it’s the opposite of the traditional structure in which students first learn from a teacher’s in-class instruction. Advocates believe that students learn more when class time is spent actively learning instead of passively listening.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

The extreme scarcity of counselors in Arizona, especially in elementary schools, puts students there at particular risk. Janine Menard works as a counselor at Sheely Farms Elementary, which enrolls about 750 students from pre-K through eighth grade in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson.

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4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies

Edsurge

In this situation, teachers need technology tools that allow them to provide the same high-quality experience for students learning at home and in person. The Samsung Interactive Display provides engaging, exciting learning experiences for students—from anywhere.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

According to a longtime observer of the Florida education scene, rather than have the school control the educational experiences, as occurs in course access, a subset of parents, particularly at the elementary school level—both public and home-school—are opting to manage their children’s education and customize a mix of public brick-and-mortar school, online school, home school, and even some private school (such as private music lessons) experiences.

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 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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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.

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. Before they can read, preschoolers and early elementary school students sit with teachers and watch and listen as stories are narrated to them. Beyond being good for kids, this can help parents or teachers who are learning sign language expand their own vocabulary.

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office

Edsurge

Market data and services firm MDR has updated a wide-ranging survey it last fielded in 2018 about teachers and tech, and the resulting report, “How 2020 Shifted Perceptions of Technology in the Classroom,” illustrates how COVID-19’s disruptions have upended some edtech trends and accelerated others.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. In one class, Danusis introduces me to a lanky child in rain boots, who clicks through an online math program while chatting about a baby goat that’s being weaned in her backyard. Future of Learning.

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. Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato.

Why Black families are choosing to keep their kids remote when schools reopen

The Hechinger Report

Although the district is one of the most racially diverse in the state, school officials are expecting a fragmented return along demographic lines as more families of color than white families opt to enroll their children in online learning.

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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. Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, ARLINGTON, Va.

COVID-19’s Long-Term Impacts on Education in 2020 and Beyond

Edsurge

The biggest shifts may occur at the intersections of K-12, higher education and workforce learning. Secondary teacher positions are harder to fill than elementary ones; as are science and math openings. Education Technology Market Trends Workforce Training Higher Education

How to use podcasts in the classroom (with Listenwise)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Moreover, podcasts can also help English language learners learn authentically-spoken English and academic language. In an online classroom setting, the class can listen together as a whole then students can go in pairs into a breakout room to discuss.

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. Many charter networks here, including Crescent City Schools, Firstline, ReNEW, and KIPP, have embraced an educational philosophy known as “personalized learning.”. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning. Mississippi 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 But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. We can extend the learning day.

The best ideas from the Distance Learning Playbook by Fisher & Frey

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast : We’re talking to Doug Fisher about the best practices in distance learning from their book with John Hattie — The Distance Learning Playbook: K-12 Teaching For Engagement and Impact in Any Setting. For elementary, it’s 2-3.5

What COVID-era learning looks like in 144 innovative schools around the country

The Christensen Institute

But with little to no state and federal guidance about high-quality options for learning during a pandemic, school leaders urgently need ways to learn from the struggles and triumphs of their peers. School levels: Elementary, middle and high.

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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. The best way to acquire and retain knowledge is by learning through games. If you are wondering how it works in practice, here’s a good example: Duolingo is a free mobile app that helps students to learn foreign languages.

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Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

State and federal agencies have advised schools to create online learning plans to minimize the disruption to student learning. Most schools are completely unprepared – or, at best, woefully underprepared – for coronavirus and virtual learning. Future of 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. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. For more, see: With blended learning, plan on change.

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. Lab Rotation: The online learning station occurs in a dedicated computer lab. A La Carte: Students take an online course or courses with online teachers in addition to other face-to-face courses.