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The Secret to Making It a Great School Year

The Secret to Making It a Great School Year | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

Blogger Elena Aguilar advocates for focusing and reflecting on three good things at the end of each school day.  

** With a blended learning lens I think the interesting part of this reflective process will be ‘What was my role in this?’ – how did I create the conditions for good learning in my classroom – whether virtual or brick and mortar. **

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Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends (download free Whitepaper)

Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends (download free Whitepaper) | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
Read the latest 10 innovations in Blended Learning. Written with Getting Smart.

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Great snapshot of 5 years of Blended Learning.

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Tablets for Fifth Graders? Teachers Try Different Tactics

Tablets for Fifth Graders? Teachers Try Different Tactics | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
A new study shows allowing fifth graders to use tablets at home and in class has potential to give them more learning opportunities.
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The study finds that students used the tablets for more activities than even they expected. Though only 56 percent of students said they envisioned using the tablet for internet research before the study, that number turned out to be 93 percent after the study was completed. Only six percent of students thought they might use the tablet to create videos, when in fact 39 percent completed video projects. Other common uses included project work, educational games, homework, checking grades, communicating with teachers and classmates, receiving reminders, and organizing schoolwork.

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The Rise of Blended Learning

The Rise of Blended Learning | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
How a new trend in education rethinks the role of computers in the classroom and lets each student learn at a different pace

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is key "Further, to understand blended learning, it's crucial to understand what it's not: doing online worksheets, reading digital prompts or any other technology-related activity aren't examples of blended learning unless they allow a student some control over the pace and content of the instruction

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, July 21, 2013 6:44 PM

This article really resonated with me. I am not a teacher, but I see teachers around me where I work trying to find ways to insert the technology into their classrooms without looking at the outcomes they want first. Using the technology is the tool to help you acheive the outcome - not the outcome itself!

learninghood's comment, July 23, 2013 11:23 AM
Love this... Further, to understand blended learning, it's crucial to understand what it's not: doing online worksheets, reading digital prompts or any other technology-related activity aren't examples of blended learning unless they allow a student some control over the pace and content of the instruction

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/The-Rise-of-Blended-Learning-214602391.html#ixzz2ZslANO3O
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learninghood's comment, July 23, 2013 11:23 AM
Love this... Further, to understand blended learning, it's crucial to understand what it's not: doing online worksheets, reading digital prompts or any other technology-related activity aren't examples of blended learning unless they allow a student some control over the pace and content of the instruction

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/The-Rise-of-Blended-Learning-214602391.html#ixzz2ZslANO3O
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7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

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The Secret to Making It a Great School Year

The Secret to Making It a Great School Year | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

Blogger Elena Aguilar advocates for focusing and reflecting on three good things at the end of each school day.  

** With a blended learning lens I think the interesting part of this reflective process will be ‘What was my role in this?’ – how did I create the conditions for good learning in my classroom – whether virtual or brick and mortar. **

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All I Really Need to Know About Life I Learned in My Online School

All I Really Need to Know About Life I Learned in My Online School...
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A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking

A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
How to create a community of learners. Reflective prompts for students, teacher and principals. Modeled on Bloom's approach to thinking.
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Blooms Taxonomy of Apps

iPad Apps separated by Bloom's Taxonomy.  It starts with creation - the highest order thinking skill!!  It indicates if the app needs to be bought.  Also check out the issuu - what a neat tool for teachers!!

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Blogging Tips for Teachers | The Cornerstone

Blogging Tips for Teachers | The Cornerstone | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

This page shares ideas for educators to use in creating websites with teaching resources.  It has great ideas that allow teachers that want to start a learning community blog to think through the process as they begin their journey.

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Whose Children Will Get the Best Jobs in the 21st Century? | Psychology Today

Whose Children Will Get the Best Jobs in the 21st Century? | Psychology Today | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

Blended Learning skill sets will set out students up for success when "The best jobs will go to applicants who can think". By Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed....

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2010 Educator's Package

2010 Educator's Package | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

Differentiated Instruction support documents for teachers.  The entire teacher package!!  This site offers lots of great ideas to roll up your sleeves and get started.  Differentiated instruction is supported by Blended Learning in that the content, assignments and daily outcomes can be differentiated for each child.

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growSuccess.pdf

Education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. Today’s global, knowledge-based economy makes the ongoing work in our schools critical to our students’ success in life and to Ontario’s economic future. As an agent of change and social cohesion, our education system supports and reflects the democratic values of fairness, equity, and respect for all. The schools we create today will shape the society that we and our children share tomorrow.  (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2009, p. 6)

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Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:A Day in a Mastery-Centered Classroom

Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:A Day in a Mastery-Centered Classroom | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Most important, students felt the respect I had for them. The students who understood a concept quickly and were ready to move on were allowed to do so. Students who took more time knew that I wasn't going to move on without them. It took these learners a while to get used to the idea that they couldn't hide or slide by and that they were going to have to learn the content and demonstrate their understanding before moving on. Such a class may be the first experience a lagging student has had with someone saying, "I'm absolutely not going to leave you behind."

Once my high school learners realized I meant this, the stragglers caught up. Respect is powerful.

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Alive in the Swamp: assessing digital innovations in education - Nesta

Alive in the Swamp: assessing digital innovations in education - Nesta | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
This report, from Michael Fullan and Pearson's Katelyn Donnelly, provides an actionable guide to learning technology that will allow founders, funders, and teachers to make better decisions. It identifies persistent gaps in innovation activity and points to what needs to be done if we are to finally make good on the promise of technology to transform learning.
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The authors argue that we should seek digital innovations that produce at least twice the learning outcome for half the cost of our current tools. To achieve this, three forces need to come together. One is technology, the other pedagogy, and the third is change knowledge, or how to secure transformation across an entire school system
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Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning

Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning | Blended Learners | Scoop.it
Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digi...

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Changes in Education are coming in part due to two things - 'unpreceidented technolgical infrastructure and new imperical evidence about learning'.  Support interest driven learning - Become the Academic Coach!  Great way to look at peices that we can change in the system to spark kids interests.  

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Five technology skills every student should learn | eSchool News

Five technology skills every student should learn | eSchool News | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

What are the most critical technology skills for students to learn? We recently asked our readers this question, and here's what they had to say.  Blended learning will help students to reach these 5 skills!

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Blended Learning in Ontario

Blended learning uses the tools of the provincial learning management system (LMS) to teach and support learning in a face-to-face class. Through blended learning, K-12 students can access high-quality course materials, course calendars, and assignments during and outside school hours.

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A Vision of Students Today

a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams,...
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Flipped Classroom Infographic #flippedclassroom #blendedlearning #edtech

Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model.  The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving 'homework' into the classroom.

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Blended Learning in Plain English - Common Craft Style

Inspired by Lee LeFever (@leelefever) when he did a talk at RCAC in London Ontario in early December, this video has been a labour of love as many people do not understand Blended Learning and I hope to rectify this. 

 

Blended learning is a powerful change in pedagogy from the chalk and talk method of 'lesson delivery'. Teachers can embrace their inner 'Guide on the Side' instead of the 'Sage on the Stage' and foster inquiry, collaboration, and support the 21st century learner.

 

Please visit my website for examples of ways to blend learning and to optimize student engagement and acheivement - http://learninghood.ca . Check out my Scoop.it at http://www.scoop.it/t/blended-learners for articles and resources that support the Blended Learning movement.

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Dr. Kathleen Godfrey- Turning the Digital Native into the Digital Teacher | Alliance for Excellent Education

Dr. Kathleen Godfrey- Turning the Digital Native into the Digital Teacher | Alliance for Excellent Education | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

Dr. Kathleen Godfrey outlines the main points of making a switch to using using technology in the classroom.

1. Technology is a pedagogical tool to be used thoughtfully and purposefully.
2. Technology should add something substantial to class instruction; it shouldn’t be used just for its own sake.
3. Although it has the power to transform teaching and learning, I need to provide scaffolding to help students learn to value technology-facilitated learning.
4. Just because someone is a digital native doesn’t mean that they will be able to learn new technologies easily. 
5. Less is more. Although my students benefit from seeing me model how to use technology effectively, they have the ability to learn complex new technologies on a limited basis. 

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GEDSB - Strategic Plan - To increase Achievement, Engagement and Change the Learning Environment

GEDSB - Strategic Plan - To increase Achievement, Engagement and Change the Learning Environment | Blended Learners | Scoop.it

Strategic Plan for GEDSB... we are changing the Acheivement, Environment, and Engagement.  We have implimented a technology infusion for all teachers and students over the next five years.  Blended learning supports the Multi-Year plan and it supports the inplementation of Blended Learning within the GEDSB board. (look to pdf at the bottom of post)

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LearningforAll2011.pdf

Learning for All, Kindergarten to Grade 121 is a resource guide outlining an integrated process of assessment and instruction for elementary and secondary school educators across Ontario that is designed to help raise the bar and close the gap in achievement for all students. The guide supports the three core priorities for education in Ontario:
•• High levels of student achievement
•• Reduced gaps in student achievement
•• Increased public confidence in publicly funded education

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