Farewell, 2020: Lessons Learned

Catlin Tucker

Yet, it seemed wrong to pretend the year didn’t happen or that I learned nothing from it. When it comes to connecting with your colleagues, I’ve seen teams of teachers commit to a book study as a way to connect and learn. 3 Students are capable of self-directed learning.

Making Headway with Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Many difficult lessons were learned during the pandemic, and a few more are sure to materialize over the next couple of months. What are your exemplars of effective remote or hybrid teaching and learning, and why? Without this, the willingness and desire to learn dwindles.

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Developing Asynchronous Remote Learning Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have written extensively on the topic of remote learning. Modeling on my part and active application on their end, make these learning experiences that much richer. For more details on this blended learning approach, give this post a read.

Empathetic Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

What we have learned about COVID-19 is that it can spiral out of control at a moment's notice if social distancing and health recommendations aren't followed. Now more than ever, empathy is needed to help everyone get through remote or hybrid learning.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

How to Create Effective Learning Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

Educators have been working valiantly to make either remote or hybrid learning work. These represent new methodologies for some, while others are now applying what they had already been doing to the current situation in the form of blended learning.

How To 422

Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Or, if you’re a remote learning school, do your youngers struggle with tech because they didn’t start to learn it early enough (like Kindergarten)? Kindergarten is the perfect time to start (for the reasons listed below–they love it and learn fast).

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning. Teachers in two separate surveys estimated that only about 60% of their students were regularly participating or engaging in distance learning.

5 Keys for Successful Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Time is of the essence to get it right so that all kids can benefit from a quality learning experience that pushes them to think while limiting learning loss and achievement gaps. Balance Remote learning does not mean piling on excessive amounts of work on our learners.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Maker Learning is Powerful Learning

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we believe all learners should have the opportunity to engage in Powerful Learning. These principles guide our work to close the Digital Learning Gap by ensuring learning experiences are personal and accessible, authentic and challenging, collaborative and connected, and inquisitive and reflective. Maker learning, while in many ways still a grassroots movement, has become increasingly common in schools around the world.

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.

Using adaptive learning to personalize learning experiences

Neo LMS

The ideal learning process for a student is one that adapts to that student’s every need: the surrounding environment, the actual content of the lesson, the method of delivery, the types of assessment — and everything in between. How adaptive learning works. E-learning

Avoiding Synchronous Video Fatigue During Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

For virtually every school that is, or will be, implementing some sort of remote or hybrid learning model, you can bet that videoconference tools will play an enormous role. Facilitating professional learning using video conferencing tools is exhausting.

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What is a Lifecycle of Learning?

How to recognize each stage of your learning initiative and maximize its potential.

Distance Learning Resources

A Principal's Reflections

Schools across the world have begun to shut down for extended periods of time and distance learning plans are either being developed or put into effect. Asynchronous flipped lessons can be created using a variety of tools and added to YouTube or a learning management system (Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Moodle) for learners to access. Below are some posts that I have written over the years that might be able to aid educators as they look to facilitate virtual learning.

New Cohort Opportunity for Designing Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

In September, Digital Promise launched a series of events to support educators with continuing and growing maker learning opportunities that meet the needs of learners through distance learning and beyond. Maker Learning @ Home Cohort. Apply for the Maker Learning @ Home Cohort!

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning. Blended Learning.

Laying the Foundation for Distance Learning Success

Digital Promise

Since 2014, the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative has provided every student and teacher at select middle and high schools with a device equipped with a data plan to support learning in and out of the classroom. We’ve been using distance learning tools for years.

Infographic: Build A Better Virtual Learning Experience

Around 1.5 billion students around the world learned remotely during 2020. This stunning increase has proved how convenient and cost-effective virtual teaching can be, but it has also underscored the technology gaps that can get in the way. For every student to reach their full potential, virtual teaching apps have to ensure a great experience for every session, every time, everywhere. This infographic lays out the technology challenges that can impede teachers and students—and how they can be solved. Get the facts about: The exploding market potential of virtual teaching Factors that can undermine the virtual classroom experience What app developers need to know to close the tech gap View the Infographic today to deliver rich engagement and interaction for every student and teacher.

Support Online Learning with Powerful Thinking Routines

Catlin Tucker

Given that many teachers are working with students online, at least part-time, I created the Google Slide decks below for teachers to copy and use in an online learning scenario. That way, students can learn with and from each other. Learning

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Blended learning is not new.

Virtual Improv Activities for Remote Learning

User Generated Education

I’ve written several blogs about teaching remotely during the pandemic and how remote learning can be engaging, exciting, and include student-to-student relationship building activities. [link].

Enhance Student Engagement with Virtual Social Learning Spaces

Catlin Tucker

When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? Despite the challenges associated with this moment in education, technology is rapidly evolving to allow students more opportunities to engage in social learning spaces online.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Education Elements

Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators must orient their instruction towards distance learning. It is important to note that highly-effective distance learning doesn’t just happen with the flip of a switch.

Starting the year: Ideas for anywhere learning

Neo LMS

What are some ways that we can interact with them, involve them in different learning activities, work with them individually, and make them feel comfortable and supported in the learning space, wherever that may be? 5 Ideas for anywhere learning. E-learning

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

But how do teachers give it frequently and in ways that help students learn? ” The post Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Authentic Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

Providing authentic learning experiences to all learners should be the highest prior for all administrators, curriculum developers, and teachers. Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life. For related discussions, see 21st century skills, relevance, and rigor ( Authentic Learning ).

Blended Learning: Building a Playlist

Catlin Tucker

My doctoral research focused on the multidimensional motivational construct of teacher engagement in blended learning environments. The playlist model presents a strategy teachers can use to structure learning experiences that are more personalized to the needs of specific learners, provide students with more agency, and frees the teacher to spend time connecting with and coaching learners as they progress through the playlist. Learning

Moving to a Hybrid Learning Model

A Principal's Reflections

The pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, and lessons, some of which were very hard, were learned. As re-entry planning either begins or continues in earnest, the priority must be to transform learning in ways that provide kids with the best experience possible while ensuring the safety of all. The lessons learned during COVID19 provide opportunities to re-envision what schools can be. My thinking as of late has been around a hybrid learning model.

3 Things to Learn Over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Today, virtual trainer and Class Tech Tips guru Monica Burns talks about what we need to be learning over the summer so we can be healthier and more successful in the fall no matter what we face. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. With Advancement Courses , you never stop learning.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.