Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. An entire graduate course at Stanford University explores the principles for designing spaces that support learning. Yet most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces, even as more teaching and learning shifts online. Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms.

Vendors Must Hone in on Successful Models for Educator PD

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The only training or workshops I attended were those I got a grant for, applying on my own. Currently we include in-person or online PD as an optional add-on to our subscription offering, but to be honest, no one buys it. At ISTE, I attended a Software & Information Industry Association breakfast focused on PD. It looked at whether schools are embracing anytime, anywhere learning for teachers in the same way they are for students.

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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. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

Five-year-old Mykell Robinson practices his reading on the Lexia software while a small group of classmates work with a teacher. 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.”.

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. It became clear quite quickly that an investment in stuff, in boxes that plug in, is not really going to pay off with a lot of learning or classroom innovation unless there’s somebody to guide that process.”.

A Professional Development Alternative

My Island View

The list included: How to get teachers to sign up for PD, how to get teachers to fulfill seat-time requirements, how to assure that teachers taking online components were really who they said they were. There was only one session that addressed an understanding of Andragogy, also referred to as adult learning, and how components of their program addressed it. Additionally, teachers can take approved college courses or workshops that meet district requirements.

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.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

The freedom to mess up, repeatedly, is a core appeal of this club known as CoderDojo , a loosely-connected global network of coding workshops for kids ages 6 to 18, including this Boston outpost that meets in the borrowed offices of the tech company LogMeIn. Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

Recently, I attended the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Portland, Oregon, hosted by NTEN , to catch up on the newest trends in educational technology (edtech) and learn about cutting-edge tools that may be integrated to boost adult learning and workforce development initiatives at Digital Promise. How ideas from the Nonprofit Technology Conference can positively impact adult learning and workforce development initiatives. Multi-directional Learning.

2011 Virtual School Symposium Recap

The Electric Educator

Over 1,900 educators interested in online learning were in attendance. After participating in numerous workshops led by a variety of administrators and educators as well as listening to keynote addresses from Susan Patrick (president of iNACOL) and representatives from the Department of Education, and speaking with vendors I came away with the follow thoughts: 1. K-12 Online learning is in a state of great flux. vss11 online learning

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Improving online interaction

Connecting 2 the World

I was asked to give a presentation on improving interaction for online courses. The answer lies in research that has been done in online learning, social psychology, distance or online education, communication (including interpersonal, group, and CM communication), and even organizational development. In a previous paper, I identified 4 factors that affect online interaction: Technology, community, instructional constraints, and time.

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8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

The organisation’s primary activities include hosting key learning events, chief among them the annual ISTE conference and expo , producing professional development resources and a number of annual publications. iNACOL (International Association of K-12 Online Learning).

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?

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Urban Adult Literacy Collaboration in Nashville: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

What started as a learning group of local adult literacy providers convened by the Nashville Public Library has since become the Adult Education Collective Impact (AECI), a collaborative of about 20 partner organizations including the Nashville Public Library, YWCA of Nashville, Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Nashville State Community College, and local education and career service providers. Adult Learning Blog

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

The authors focus on Google Classroom in particular, not just as a piece of software, but as a means of enhancing the traditional teaching methods. 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?: From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning.

With Flip of a Giant Ceremonial Switch, CMU Starts Effort to Energize ‘Learning Engineering’

Edsurge

Then, he toggled the cardboard lever and declared open a new website , one that gave away software that took more than $100 million in grant funding to develop. It was an unusually theatrical moment for a gathering to announce the release of software tools to help professors improve their teaching. The software tools released at the event are called the OpenSimon Toolkit, and they can help colleges create digital courseware and measure how well their course materials work.

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program

EdTech Magazine

Add a Dash of Professional Development to Your Blended-Learning Program. So, we try to meet our teachers where they are because, just like our students, not every teacher learns in the same way.”. Helping our teachers using a blended-learning approach is an ongoing effort.”.

Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

Edsurge

For those looking to keep the feeling alive beyond September, there’s good news: Any time of year, faculty, administrators and software developers are gathering to discuss what’s next in education and technology—and we’ve compiled a free, downloadable calendar of the events that innovative instructors and entrepreneurs don’t want to miss. EdSurge HigherEd also regularly hosts meetups and workshops on online learning and higher education technology.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Edsurge

From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America. EdSurge’s managing editor, Tony Wan, will pose these questions to Bill Fitzgerald (New Knowledge), Doug Levin (EdTech Strategies), Courtney Goodsell (Impero Software) and Stephanie Cerda (administrator at Austin Independent School District). Who Does Online Education Really Serve?

Enter a competition to support youth in building a better web

Educator Innovator

The Digital Media and Learning Competition, administered by HASTAC and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, and in collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation and Mozilla, is calling for proposals that offer youth a chance to “Project:Connect” this summer. Deadline: Online applications are due June 10, 2013, at 5pm PST. For young people who ‘live on the web’, making the web a better place is an ideal version of community engagement and betterment.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I was there for a few reasons, starting with having the fine opportunity to lead a pre conference workshop, followed by presenting on two panels, helping out with a Twitter component, and reconnecting with dozens of friends and colleagues. Preconference workshop. I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.” Online learning is on the rise.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

The Hechinger Report

The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. But, in general, students work at their own pace through worksheets, online lessons and small-group discussions with teachers. They get frequent updates on which skills they’ve learned and which ones they need to acquire. Mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning, is taking hold across the country. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

The Greatest Challenge Facing School Leaders in a Digital World

Edsurge

Because digital devices and online environments can simultaneously be transformatively empowering and maddeningly disruptive, the work of integrating digital learning tools into schools is usually difficult and complex. By far the most prevalent issue I see in schools struggling with their technology integration and implementation is the lack of a collective vision for how digital learning tools will be used to enhance learning.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 22nd The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn.and change. Carl Rogers The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. PD certificates will be available through the Learning Revolution.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 8th Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. These sessions will be delivered by top-notch researchers and practitioners who you can learn more about here.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The] literature [on online education] was preoccupied with what I call ‘roaming autodidacts’. Online Grade Portals.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Journal Sentinel : “More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform.” ” That’s a school district in Wisconsin , and the learning software in question is the Summit Learning Platform , created by the Summit charter school chain and built by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). We just learned it was a fraud.”

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

The Christensen Institute

As a mark of the expected value of OER, a number of major philanthropic organizations, including the Hewlett Foundation , Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) , and the CK-12 Foundation , are investing in the creation and development of OER content and OER curation tools; and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has a project, called the Learning Registry , which helps make OER content easier for teachers to find.

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Texas districts are rethinking technology integrations

The Christensen Institute

These 75 organizations first confronted the puzzle together last summer, when Raise Your Hand Texas, a privately funded organization that advocates for public schools, invited all 1,200 Texas districts to compete for five opportunities to receive up to $500,000 each and intensive technical assistance to implement blended learning. In the fall, the 75 teams that demonstrated the most interest and readiness met together to begin to draft their blended-learning plans.