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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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The more I read about this kind of learning, the more I see blended learning as just a stepping stone.

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Nancy White's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:25 AM

Curating is where this begins, informal, unstructured, yet purposeful.

 

Nancy White's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:28 AM

From blended-learning, to personalized learing, to curiosity-fueled learning?

Gail M. Roper's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:51 AM

“THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE CONTROLLING YOUR LEARNING, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN AS WELL.”

My mom used to say this, she told me that the main thing that kids needed to learn to do was to teach themselves.  She believed that it was a skill that would last them a lifetime.  This article is compelling.  It even elaborates on removing adult barriers. 

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Spotting Schools’ Version of "Bigfoot" (EdSurge News)

Spotting Schools’ Version of "Bigfoot" (EdSurge News) | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
The call arrived late one night from Margaret Angell of the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellowship.“Alex, we have a sighting!” she told me. “Kids are learning at their own pace.”I asked her if she was sure.
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Really love the comparison of bringing innovation to schools with Bigfoot sightings!  It does seem that way some days, but when you read about and see examples of innovation like the one Alex describes here, it re-invigorates you!

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Schools Must Bring Creativity to Blended Learning

Schools Must Bring Creativity to Blended Learning | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
Too often, schools bring only tepid energy to the blending of traditional and online learning, Charles Mojkowski says.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby, Lynnette Van Dyke
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This statement pretty much sums up my concern I share with this author:

 

" Behind those data dashboards of sophisticated performance information and analytics, what makes a student really tick goes largely unknown, untouched by human hands, hearts, and minds."

 

Blended Learing to me has to be about more than just delivery of content online.  The reason for blending learning must be for a greater purpose than just improving standardized test scores! It should be about using technology to its full potential -to help students realize their passions, connect globally with those that can help them learn, work on real-world problem solving and become self-directed life-long learners.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:14 AM

This is an excellent thought piece that's worth reading. I love this statement: "the importance of technology is not technology. It is rather in the nature of the partnership that humans form with technology. And, as in any partnership, each partner must bring something of value to the table." But the author goes on to say that the very structure of school is the biggest hinderance to technology's ability to move into these new domains that hold such promise for individualized learning and learning outcomes. I have been thinking this for years: the factory model of school in which rows of students in classrooms are expected to achieve a "grade level" expectation ignores the individual, ignores creative expression, and plays to the fallacy that one's age determines what one should be able to do. Humans are not cogs in a wheel and genius comes in many styles of clothes...

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Personalize Learning: Learning IS Personal

Personalize Learning: Learning IS Personal | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
Learning is personal. Each of us is unique. Because learners are so diverse, learning needs to start with each learner.
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I love this! "[Education] is about teaching and learning not delivering curriculum. It is about values, culture, and each learner being unique." -Barbara Bray

 

I continue to believe that blended learning is a strategy that will allow us to offer this level of personal learning to our students.

 

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Blended Learning: Building High Schools Around Student Needs

Blended Learning: Building High Schools Around Student Needs | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
With the rise of online and blended learning schools, today’s students have many options. See how blended learning brings together the best of both worlds.
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While watching the video - I was struck by how much the entire school environment looked like a library.  When you can't tear down and create a brand new school - look to your library as a great place for blended learning to take hold and cultures to shift toward personalized learning!

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Nancy White's curator insight, July 12, 2013 10:51 AM

This is yet another piece that I believe illustrates that blended learning can be a path to personalized learning.

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Is K–12 blended learning disruptive?An introduction of the theory of hybrids | Christensen Institute

Is K–12 blended learning disruptive?An introduction of the theory of hybrids | Christensen Institute | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
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This is report is really making me think!  I am struggling with the new definition's addition of modalities as a pathway to integrated learning - though I can see that it could happen - it seems like this would be by chance rather than by design. I do feel we are on the right track with our blended learning efforts by emphasizing backwards design (UbD)  as the first step in the process.

 

I also am looking at our district efforts with a new lens - and see that what we are currently doing is what this report identifies as a hybrid - which isn't neccessarily bad , but definitely warrants some deeper thinking about where we want to go with the model we are using.

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Nancy White's comment, July 12, 2013 1:46 PM
The more I investigate this report, the more concern I have that this is not the vision I have for the future of education. As I really disect what is meant by "disruptive innovation" - it seems that the drives are usually lowering costs, reducing complexity, and downsizing. In education, our needs are far different. Perhaps this is not the right model to evaluate blended learning --unless it is the model of education that is all about reducing teacher numbers and teaching to the test -standardizing the online curriculum for the purpose of producing test scores only. In the adaptive computer based learning scenario - where is the passion, collaboration, creativity and authentic transfer of knowledge and skills to real-world tasks?
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Blended Learning & the Learner: What’s edtech got to do with it? | LessonCast

Blended Learning & the Learner: What’s edtech got to do with it? | LessonCast | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
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Exactly!  Learning goals come first. Love this infographic that will help teachers design learning for higher levels of thinking & doing using iPads.

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Innovations in Education - From Blended Learning to Creating Innovators

Innovations in Education - From Blended Learning to Creating Innovators | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
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My latest blog post explores how implementing blended learning, with an emphasis on not just blending face-to-face learning and online learning --but also giving students a choice in path of learning - can help develop student creativity & innovation and lead toward personalization of learning.

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Nancy White's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:01 AM

Another post at the intersection of blended learning & personalized learning.

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Blended Learning Defined

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Six Key Ingredients of Learner-centered eLearning Courses

Six Key Ingredients of Learner-centered eLearning Courses | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
Learner-centric approach seems to be at the forefront of effective instruction in eLearning courses. The learner must be at the heart of it. (Six Key Ingredients of Learner-centered eLearning Courses | Design with a focus on the learner first!

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Whether you are teacing in a traditional classroom environment, blended, or fully online, these are key ingredients for motivated, self-directed learners.

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Louise Lewis's curator insight, July 26, 2013 1:25 PM

Teachers to partner the learning process rather than direct it.

Nancy White's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:41 AM

Whether you are teaching in traditional face-to-face classrooms, blended, or fully online, these are key ingredients for motivated, self-directed learners.

 

When designing learning for digital citizenship, we need to think beyond just delivery of "content" - but how can you help students own it?  Use these ingredients in your learning design!

Barbara Bray's comment, August 7, 2013 2:41 PM
Thank you Nancy for your insight on self-directed learners.
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Innovations in Education - Being a Designer of Learning

Innovations in Education - Being a Designer of Learning | Blended Learning | Scoop.it
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How our district is approaching blended learning.

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Blended Learning Is a Comfortable Alternative to MOOCs and Online Learning

Blended Learning Is a Comfortable Alternative to MOOCs and Online Learning | Blended Learning | Scoop.it

"There is a big difference between online education, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and blended learning... MOOCs are a relatively new spin on web-based learning that opens up classes to the masses, though usually not for credit. Blended learning, on the other hand, uses technology to enhance traditional learning environments. In blended classrooms, also known as flipped classrooms, professors use classroom time to interact with students and use the Internet to deliver lectures, typically as web videos."


Via EDTC@UTB
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This article really makes me wonder where we are headed in K-12 with MOOCs. Is this the future of blended learning?

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EDTC@UTB's curator insight, January 17, 2013 2:06 PM

I often recommend to faculty wanting to become online instructors that they transition into e-learning gradually, beginning with moving some of their content online while teaching face-to-face.

Louise Gravina's comment, January 20, 2013 4:45 PM
Can see real positives in a blended approach to learning... interesting to see different methods