Students who pursue a mix of online and on-campus courses benefit from more networking opportunities.
"Blended learning approaches are more effective than traditional face to face instruction..." Although, this article addresses higher ed, this also pertains to K-12. A goal for districts should be how to offer similar menu of choices for students to choose from a combination of online, blended, and/or traditional classes. It should be the choice of the student. Student agency supporting personalized learning. My sons are able to choose which courses they want to take as blended, fully online, and traditional based on subject and their preferences. This should be offered to all students in all districts. Prepares them for college as well.
If we want teachers to use courses to teach effectively using Blended Learning, we need to design PD programs that use this approach.
Training educators in blended and online enviornments is the best way to offer professional development to support blended learning. This article aligns with what I have preached for years. There are some districts who are using this approach which promotes educators becoming students within blended learning models. In Colorado, Greeley-Evans Schol District, Jeffco Public Schools, and Denver Public Schools are taking this approach. Colorado eLearning Collaborative (CeC) is a nonprofit organization that is offering bended learning professional development to districts in Colorado.
10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom by Mike Acedo In today’s classroom, educators are constantly required to mold their teaching methods to give students the best opportunity to succeed. It is not only imperative for students to learn the required material, but also critical that students gain a sense of confidence toward their work, and find motivation to expand their learning.However, this can be difficult for some students, who may struggle in traditional, lecture-based class styles. For some students, finding the motivation to complete homework or prepare for class can be a constant struggle, especially when every effort is met with a poor grade or frustration from teachers and parents. Therefore, teachers must become more and more creative when motivating students to learn.
This article contains resources teachers can use to create virtual games to incorporate in their instruction. Teachers can create opportities as learning objects in their online content. These are great ideas for traditional and online lessons! Not a bad idea for including in professional development.
As a blended learning pioneer and enthusiast, I'm here to tell you technology, on its own, is no cure. More and more, blended learning has become a misused buzzword in education circles....
I love how this article clarifies some misconceptions about blended learning and describes the differences from technology in the classroom. Blended learning is more of an instructional model and is all about teaching and how teachers can engage students in a different way.
It is clear that school is not the sole provider in a community’s educational system and after-school programs play an integral role in extending the learning day for many students. Given the flexi...
The rotation and flex models described in this article illustrate how these blended models of face to face and internet based instruction increased student engagement. There is promising indicators showing increases in student achievement. Moving blended learning into the mainstream would be beneficial to all students beyond the after-school programs.
Districts interested in implementing blended learning sometimes turn to teachers rather than outside providers to create online curriculum to integrate with in-class instruction. This method may save
Many districts are moving towards creating their own digital course content. I have experience leading district level online course development and the two main motivators are 1) cost savings 2) dsitricts create exactly what they want and can manipulate. The two districts described in article describe exeriences similar to what I have seen and experienced. This area in blended and online learning will continue to grow.
School administrators overwhelmed by the idea of blended learning need not fear: many districts have successfully implemented one of four models now widely accepted in K12 education.
This article offers examples of schools and districts implementing blended learning with data supporting successful models that are working. Blended learing models are described with real examples of how they are being managed in schools. This article would be great to share with district and school leaders who need to learn about where blended learning is producing positive results.
Lawrence district cancels K12 Inc. contract Lawrence Journal World K12 Inc., the largest charter school company in the nation, will continue to be paid through the end of its contract, which expires June 30, but Doll said school district personnel...
Similar issues have been playing out in Colorado's K12 Online School. With the very real possiblity of Colorado Virtual Academy shutting is doors in June 2014, there will be thousands of students looking for new online school opportunities. District-led online schools are capable to offer the resoruces and support to online students by including blended learning options.
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