Khan Academy Has Inspired Imitations Across Disciplines. MEDKSL is the Latest.

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If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Salman Khan should feel honored. Since he introduced Khan Academy in 2006, the free, open-access education platform has inspired several knock-offs focused on specific disciplines. At the time, I’d been hearing about what Khan was doing and suddenly I realized there’s a fundamental divide between how we’ve traditionally taught medical school and how the next generation is wired to learn.”

Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches. Beyond just restructuring the classroom, blended-learning models are starting to open up new connections and diversify students’ networks. Over the years, we’ve seen many blended-learning classrooms leverage software to differentiate and personalize learning pathways with greater precision and flexibility.

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The online edtech that helps educators make distance learning less distant

The Christensen Institute

Students can and should continue their learning during stay-at-home mandates. But getting remote learning to work well requires feedback loops between schools and families. One of the keys to success for any effective distance learning program is taking into account students’ personal circumstances, such as their home life, home resources, and access to technology. Online resources for instruction. Online resources for practice and feedback.

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Online Learning was a Game-Changer for Me

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To celebrate National Online Learning Day , Innovation Associate Policy Director Erin Lockett , shares her story of how supplemental online learning helped her win a longtime academic battle with statistics. . From the very first day of my first statistics course in high school , I learned I was terrible at statistics. After scraping by in high school, I hoped statistics and I would never meet again.? on Khan Academy?and

How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable

MindShift

As the dust settles from emergency distance learning, schools now have the summer to reckon with what worked and what must change as they grapple with the uncertainty of the next academic year. Whatever the fate of online learning, the past months have exposed some glaring disparities in access to education and technology, while families with children who have disabilities and special needs experienced significant challenges even when technology was available.

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Coronavirus opens doors to rethinking education

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. One example: proponents of competency-based education, which calls for a laser focus on student mastery of learning objectives and student-specific supports and routes to mastery, have become more vocal.

The blended learning models that can help schools reopen

The Christensen Institute

If schools remain closed, they’ll need to prepare for more remote learning. Two of the blended-learning models we’ve documented are well suited to these circumstances: the Enriched Virtual model and the Flipped Classroom model. Using blended learning to strengthen relationships.

Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

We educators understand online learning, probably have taken classes this way, but we haven’t yet wrapped our brains around how to make it work in OUR classes. In fact, the biggest question I get from teachers in my online classes and on my blog is: “How do I do it?” They are invested in teaching their classes and suddenly it seems impossible to meet yearly goals, build lifelong learners. Pedagogies for distance learning. Online education

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

In relation to the first aim, the most important result is that students in face-to-face arithmetic/statistics courses using Khan Academy resources achieved significantly better exam grades than students who did not use any extra resources (p < 0.05) or those who used open textbooks as an extra resource (p < 0.01). Learning will only improve measurably if you ALSO do something else. It generally compares reading print to reading online.

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Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

Ask a Tech Teacher

An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. In MBL, students are given multiple opportunities to improve work that doesn’t meet expected standards. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations. Assessments are competency-based and referenced to school learning criteria.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. teachers in mid-March to collect and share best practices, ideas, and common approaches to remote learning. Perhaps the most concerning survey result is that more than half of teachers (57 percent) say they do not feel prepared to facilitate remote and online learning.

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

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Walker, Teacher, writer at EduGeeksClub shares her impressions about the book: “The content of the book is essentially adapted for those who just start learning Google Classroom and for those who need to teach it to others.”. Who Owns the Learning?: The author of this book discusses his own Digital Learning Farm model, which effectively enables students to change the way they learn, by creating new learning tools and finding meaningfulness in their work.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Digital-based learning benefits students. Blended learning and flipped classrooms. When teachers leverage technology, learning outcomes improve. From virtual labs and games to digital textbooks and online curriculum, digital classrooms rely on video. Educators are striving to transform learning environments to meet changing needs. 84% said that school tech adds value to their child’s learning. More motivated to learn. Online Video.

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What Will K-12 Schools Look Like Post-Coronavirus?

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He argues that school leaders should start planning now for how to deal with the fact that students are getting very different quantities of learning while schools are closed. EdSurge: How will this period of forced homeschooling and online education change K-12 education?

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

The Christensen Institute

About the author: Casey Lynch is a K-12 education research intern with the Christensen Institute focused on interviewing and profiling schools in the Blended Learning Universe Directory, and a rising 8th grade English teacher in The School District of Philadelphia. Many teachers interested in implementing blended learning may be deterred by challenges in their school contexts. Innovation theory and the Blended Learning Universe Directory stand to offer implementable solutions.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, a high school that is part of the Summit Public Schools charter network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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?

6 EdTech Tools for the Future Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

It offers discounted pricing for educators to meet this goal. Many open educational resources are run by universities (like MIT OpenCourseWare ), whereas you can find some within interactive online environments like Khan Academy and Codeacademy. Cloud-Based Learning Systems. The transition to online learning has already proven this to be true.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.” As a member of Alan’s Team all year, it is a lot of fun to meet so many people from around the world at his summer conference in Boston. Learn more at the conference master classes page. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? Personalized learning is the No. So what is personalized learning, exactly? “Because learning is a collaborative process.

How 3 Techniques From Cognitive Psychology Reinvigorated My Math Classroom

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Simply put: some practices that feel challenging for learners lead to effective and efficient learning. After exploring new curriculum and sequencing changes, I wasn’t finding what I needed, so I pivoted to dive into research related to cognitive psychology—a field that is concerned with mental processes (such as perception, thinking, learning and memory). Unexpectedly, when I started exploring how the brain learns, I found my answer. Education Technology Learning Research

Want to Teach Kids to Code? honorCode CEO Explains Why You Should Focus on Teachers First

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The thing that is really special about our teacher PD program is that we meet them where their content is. I lead instruction for about 150 6-12 graders at the moment, and then we’re also doing our after-school academy where we leverage a lot of our community partners like Google. Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of onlinelearn how to code” tools, from Code.org to Khan Academy. Want the full interview with Jeffrey?

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online

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It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. So much of teaching is a relationship—and understanding what that looks like online is a completely new venue to figure out Dana Watts While the U.S. Across the region, schools have moved classrooms to the cloud in what’s become a massive experiment in distance learning, impacting local and international schools alike.

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing

MindShift

How will learning continue while kids are stuck indoors for weeks? Some districts have sent kids home with a provisional two weeks worth of homework , while others have followed universities like Stanford and Berkeley and pivoted to remote learning in a bid to salvage the year. While the move online is the best approach to continue classes, it not only entails a change in format, but also demands a change in practice.

The SAMR Model, COVID 19, and an Incredible Opportunity

Saving Socrates

Death knocking at our door, social isolation, job loss, and much more, but there might be a few positive outcomes to the largest experiment of remote learning in history. I redesigned the way the classes were run to meet the needs of my students and built the relationships needed to help transform them as learners. Much has been said about the ways students learn best. Student-centered learning is all the buzz and inquiry-based education is being discussed everywhere.

5 Goals for the School Year

The Electric Educator

I''ve enjoyed the opportunity to visit schools around the country, meet new people, and share my experiences with technology in the classroom. Google Podcasts Over the summer I was shocked to learn that the Google tutorial screencasts that I created were the #1 series on the iTunesU Teaching and Education section. I even beat out the Khan Academy! Focus my PLN Over the last few years I have built a very wide-ranging professional learning network.

Open Learning Opportunities for All Young People

Educator Innovator

We’ve heard a lot of talk these days about open educational resources and online courses and how these platforms can make high-quality learning available for all. The code.org campaign has been touting the potential of online courses to teach kids how to code. Khan Academy has been the darling of the tech industry because of its potential to disrupt existing models of educational content delivery. This article was originally featured on BoingBoing.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

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For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here. Notes from the Discussion We no longer have to go to school if we want to learn. More info on Harvard online degree programs and certificates. Students can graduate from high school with dual credit then get the rest of their college experience entirely online. High school library prediction - Librarians will become resources to help students find online courses.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Really looking forward to Space Force Academy. Ron Howard voiceover: she was not really looking forward to Space Force Academy.). From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Vista Higher Learning has acquired SANTILLANA USA.

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Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ FutureLearn , the massive open online course provider owned by the Open University in the U.K., ” “What’s the bottom line on online preschool ?” ” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a new CEO : John “Jack” Lynch, formerly the head of Renaissance Learning.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Online Grade Portals.

OER will evolve to address the problems we hire it to solve

The Christensen Institute

As one example, consider the popularity of Khan Academy , whose library of practice activities and videos are accessed each month by over 10 million users around the world and in many schools across the United States. Department of Education (DOE) has a project, called the Learning Registry , which helps make OER content easier for teachers to find. A number of pioneering school systems use OER as a central part of their approaches to personalized learning.

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