Has Online Learning Really Disrupted K-12 Education in the U.S.? The Answer Is Yes — and No

The Christensen Institute

Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in U.S. Does all this online learning mean disruption has occurred in K-12 education?

Online Learning for Children: Tips For Parents

MIND Research Institute

My goal is to provide you with Do’s and Don’ts regarding online learning programs that will help guide you in how to best assist the students in your life. For simplicity, I will refer to all computer-based instruction as digital learning. Tips For Parents About Online Learning.

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Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

ProfHacker

I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. Most sites will remind you of the importance of time management while learning online, and it’s true.

An iPad Alone Does Not Make an Instructional Program

Where Learning Clicks

If Apple’s stock depended at all on the number of districts purchasing the iPad, it would be a strong buy right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad. In fact, I come from an iPad-only family.

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iPad Basic Training for Teachers

EdTechSandyK

The Background Photo Used Under a Creative Commons License In the Spring of 2013, my school district committed to issuing an iPad to every classroom teacher. Most of the iPads would be in the hands of teachers by the end of the semester. Online training was the only viable solution.

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

Kleinspiration

Can''t access flash on your iPad? 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.

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5 to 6 Hours of Basic Training on iPads? What?

EdTechSandyK

Photo Used Under Creative Commons License My last post was on the plan the educational technology team in my school district came up with for iPad Basic Training for Teachers. You want HOW MUCH TIME to do basic iPad training?" Online modules allow for personalization in learning.

Sixty Percent of U.S. Chromebook Sales Are for Education, Report Concludes

Marketplace K-12

Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Procurement mobile devices chromebooks edtech educationtechnology ipadsChromebook sales to end-users will reach 7.3 million units in 2015, a 27 percent increase from last year, according to a new report.

Desperate parents need help as coronavirus upends our lives

The Hechinger Report

As an education reporter, I’ve watched hundreds of teachers lead classrooms and I’ve learned that their job is one of the hardest in the world. K-12 News English language learners Health and nutrition Mental health and trauma online learning Parents poverty Social emotional teachers

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Instead, they power up glowing iPad screens and swipe and tap their way through math problems, the day’s reading or interactive content. Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge.

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Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

The policy was spearheaded by the department chair, Nancy Cheever, who is part of a team at the university investigating digital distraction, an issue that, for many teachers, has graduated from a nuisance into a serious threat to learning. Related: Do classroom clickers improve learning?

What We Know About Tablets and How Your Child Learns to Read

Digital Promise

There is evidence that most parents who use educational apps on these devices believe their children do learn from them. In another US survey, more than half (57%) of parents said their child had learned “a lot” about one or more subject areas (such as reading/vocabulary, maths, or cognitive skills) from educational media. How can the new features of interactive books complement learning from the printed page? Blog Online Learning Research Research Map Research@Work

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

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. Mississippi Learning.

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.

Stop pitting technology against quality, in-person time

The Christensen Institute

But even as she acknowledged toward the end that technology has a role to play, she missed spotlighting how technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to achieve what appears most important in her mind: the chance for students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers—a counterintuitive yet important part of blended learning’s promise for many students.

How one high-poverty district is adding virtual reality to its classrooms

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Jada said she learned facts about wolves and monarch butterflies in the hunt. When you’re doing cool new technology, you want to try it and learn it all,” she said.

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.

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

The Hechinger Report

Teachers use the Desmos “ Activity Builder ” tool to create a series of self-paced math challenges using an online graphing calculator. The hush was troubling, because students learn a lot from debating ideas, sharing feedback and collectively exploring big questions.

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

The Hechinger Report

This is a list of kids I need to check in with, maybe because they’re learning the English language, or because I’ve observed something where they need a little more help,” Kaswell said. But now he’s implementing a particularly intense approach to it, known as personalized learning.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Gadget of the Day: my Ipad 4 Ed App List

My Paperless Classroom

Since I act like I know what I am doing and I carry an Ipad, a number of parents, teachers and friends have asked me which apps I recommend. This list is really just an inventory of what is currently on my Ipad, for each app I will discuss why I have decided to keep it.

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What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset. Twitter for professional learning is not a passive exercise.

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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.

Live Interview Thursday Sept. 29th on "iPads in the Classroom--a Success Story"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education and Emmy Award Winning Director, Allyson Rockwell, the Mason-Lake and Oceana ISDs are working on a documentary film chronicling the success in the pilot kindergarten and second grade iPad classrooms in Ludington, Michigan.

Still MOOCing Along.

EdTechSandyK

I had to say goodbye to a very precious pet during the second week of the course and have also been fighting allergies or something for the past week, so my enthusiasm for learning hasn''t been what it normally is.

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ThingLink for Video Adds Interactivity

EdTechSandyK

One of the options for the assignment was to make an introductory video for an online course. I used the free AdobeVoice app for iPad to create the original video, then uploaded it to the Adobe Voice website. blended learning Coursera MOOC multimedia online learning ThingLink video virtual learning I''m taking a MOOC through Coursera and UC Irvine called Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom.

Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. For example, many iPad and Android tablet users are finding ways to do word processing with their devices by connecting Bluetooth keyboards, and Google now has a touchscreen Chromebook that doubles as tablet.

Teacher, Teach Thyself! Free Quality PD Resources

EdTechSandyK

You don''t have to take or attend formal classes to extend your learning. It''s also the greatest opportunity many of us have all year to extend our own professional learning and grow in our craft. They get straight to the basics of what you need to learn to use a techonlogy.

One major barrier to high-quality blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Today in 2019, blended learning isn’t a new phenomenon. During that same time, we’ve also seen gradual improvements in the devices, software, and online learning resources that educators use to support blended learning. The success of the iPad is the proof in the pudding.

Millennial Parents Favor Online, Flexible Education

Waterford

Based on findings from a recent independent study, it looks like education will have strong ties to personalized learning and digital technology. 51% of the millennial parents feel strongly that high school students should be required to take one online course.

How to succeed with online PD for teachers

Neo LMS

How to power through a difficult parent-teacher meeting comes to mind, but there are many challenges that teachers learn how to handle in time. Making more use of online PD can be the solution to a more efficient program. building a personal learning network online.

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Fun Math Practice For Grades 1 - 5 from @SplashMath that is Common Core Aligned!

Kleinspiration

Splash Math apps for iPhones/iPods and iPads and web-based system that cater to Grades 1 to 5 - 10 Download Give-Aways for the App: Enter Below! Their latest launch is Splash Math grades 1 to 5 app – an iPad app that is also accessible online ( splashmath.com ).

Millennial Parents Favor Online, Flexible Education

Waterford

Based on findings from a recent independent study, it looks like education will have strong ties to personalized learning and digital technology. 51% of the millennial parents feel strongly that high school students should be required to take one online course.

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MLTI is not a Tech Buy or Commodity. It’s a Learning Initiative.

More Verbs

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been around since 2001, providing 7th & 8th Grade students and teachers with devices and more. I have been involved in learning through technology initiatives for more than 20 years. MLTI has always been about learning.

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.