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Developing open education literacies with practicing K-12 teachers

Developing open education literacies with practicing K-12 teachers | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
This study seeks to understand how to use formal learning activities to effectively support the development of open education literacies among K-12 teachers. Considering pre- and post-surveys from K-12 teachers (n = 80) who participated in a three-day institute, this study considers whether participants entered institutes with false confidence or misconceptions related to open education, whether participant knowledge grew as a result of participation, whether takeaways matched expectations, whether time teaching (i.e., teacher veterancy) impacted participant data, and what specific evaluation items influenced participants’ overall evaluations of the institutes.
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eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [Infographic]

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [Infographic] | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Fantastic infographic with eLearning Trends to you should follow in year 2015.
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10 Drivers Of Blended Learning In Education

10 Drivers Of Blended Learning In Education | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Blended learning is the use of both face-to-face and eLearning approaches to deliver learning experiences (as opposed to direct instruction).

Whether you’re mixing a formal learning management system with in-person lectures, or a flipped approach that combines YouTube videos with in-class group work and individual instruction, these are all examples of blended learning.

The infographic below from the good folks at Digital Learning Now offers a basic framework for implementing blended learning (Create conditions for success, Plan, Implement, Improve), and then interestingly offers to “drivers” of blended learning, including online state testing, cost, and the critical ability to personalize learning.

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Blended Learning Is About More Than Technology

Blended Learning Is About More Than Technology | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Done right, blended learning breaks through the barriers of the use of time, place, path to understanding, and pace to allow each student to work according to his or her particular needs—whether that be in a group or alone, on practice problems or projects, online or offline. It preserves the benefits of the old and provides new benefits—personalization, access and equity, and cost control.

 

The question is how educators can capture these benefits. Blended learning is not inherently good or bad. It is a pathway to student-centered learning at scale to allow each child to achieve his or her fullest potential, but it is not a guaranteed success.

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The benefits of online learning

The benefits of online learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Georgetown University professor Dr. Pablo Molina joins host John Gilroy to discuss distance learning and the strengths and weaknesses of learning technology.
November 18, 2014
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Give recognition for your student's achievements - Award them Open Badges

Give recognition for your student's achievements - Award them Open Badges | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Open Badges is a new digital reward system which allows students to verify their skills, interests and achievements and store them all in one place. 

The badges are awarded by completing a series of tasks or meeting a set of criteria for which students must supply evidence.

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Three Ways Blended Learning Makes Teachers’ Days More Efficient

Three Ways Blended Learning Makes Teachers’ Days More Efficient | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

To best discuss how blended learning makes teachers’ days more efficient, we should first be certain we are operating under the same definitions. Blended learning is not taking your lesson plans and throwing them into a blender, as much as some frustrated teachers might like to do at times.

 

Rather, blended learning is a way of combining a variety of learning environments into one classroom—and even taking those teaching applications beyond the classroom. There are a variety of ways to approach blended learning, but they all share an emphasis on allowing each student to learn in the way that suits him or her best.

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A Guide to Game-Based Learning

A Guide to Game-Based Learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Is Game-Based Learning the Same as Gamification?

Not exactly. Gamification is "applying typical elements of game playing (e.g., point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity." Great classrooms often use both.

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Blended Learning Is for Teachers, Too

Blended Learning Is for Teachers, Too | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Innovative professional development initiatives infuse technology with in-person learning to enhance learning experiences for teachers.

 

Technology can't replace the very best of in-person learning. Great teachers remain essential to creating and shepherding student learning through discussion, debate, coaching, advising, encouraging collaboration, and, yes, even using technology as a tool for instruction.

 

The question becomes, then, what can be done to help teachers be the best they can be, particularly with the new tools they have at their disposal?

 

In answer to this question, I believe we've got to help teachers engage as deep learners in their own profession, moving beyond one-size-fits-all, stand-and-deliver training and professional development (PD). I also believe that blended approaches will be instrumental to this in many of the same ways as for students, by using technology to focus on mastery of key skills with personalized supports and engagement in authentic tasks, while also allowing for choice and collaboration.

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Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc

Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Even today’s students need support with some areas of digital practice, particularly in an academic context, so it’s important to make sure that these needs are met.

 

While employability is an obvious driver, developing students who can learn and thrive in a digital society is a key role for universities and colleges.

 

We define digital literacies as the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society. To help with thinking about this, we have outlined seven elements of digital literacy for consideration, which can be seen in the following diagram.

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How to make technology a successful partner in teaching

How to make technology a successful partner in teaching | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

From interactive whiteboards and internet-enabled mobile devices, right through to online and cloud-based software, there are a multitude of digital technologies to help learning and teaching which can be overwhelming.

 

For many educators, the truth is that lack of resources and time make it nigh on impossible to become an expert in every new product and technology. 

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10 Tips for Making Blended Learning "Blend" in your Class

10 Tips for Making Blended Learning "Blend" in your Class | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
There is no downside to blended learning. Students will be incredibly engaged, but do take caution: It will change your way of teaching forever.
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Data Is Beautiful is a hidden gem for gorgeous data visualizations

Data Is Beautiful is a hidden gem for gorgeous data visualizations | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Data visualization is one of the most delightful trends in media. It’s perfect for skimming and can turn a boring economic analysis into a work of art. Many practitioners are looking for inspiration in this quickly evolving field. A (relatively) new Reddit, DataIsBeautiful, aims to collect the best of the Web in a daily rounded up of gorgeous data visualizations.
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5 misconceptions about blended learning

5 misconceptions about blended learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Blended learning is transforming roles of teachers and students in many classrooms and has become a trendy buzzword in education in recent years. Yet, for all its trendiness and efficacy, the true meaning of what blended learning means has somehow gotten lost in all the buzz. This has become a term that has many meanings to many different stakeholders. I want to use this blog post to start the conversation around some of the most common misconceptions I encounter regarding blended learning, with hopes that we can demystify this very solid instructional approach.
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Four Things You Need To Know About Online Learning

Four Things You Need To Know About Online Learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Blended is the Killer App

If online doesn’t replace onground is there a role for these tools in education? Absolutely. The resounding response from the educators I spoke with at OESIS was that some type of blended learning is really resonating with independent schools. Blended learning is this idea that some class activities can (and should) be completed on a web site or app, while other activities should stay inside the classroom in the context of a relationship between a student and a teacher. Blended (also known by several other names including ‘flipped’ teaching) is gaining traction precisely because it acknowledges something teachers have always known: lecturing is a waste of time.

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Effective practice with e-portfolios | Jisc

Effective practice with e-portfolios | Jisc | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Effective Practice with e-Portfolios uses the outcomes of recent significant projects and examples from current practice to explore how e-portfolios can add value to personalised and reflective models of learning. Drawing on the work of key national agencies and organisations and on excellent practice and recent initiatives by institutions and professional bodies, the guide illustrates a wide variety of e-portfolio use across further, higher and continuing education.
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Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0 | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Self-determined learning or heutagogy is fast gaining interest from educators around the world interested in an evidence-based approach to learning. Grounded as it is on brain research and extensive research into how people learn self-determined learning is particularly popular among those interested in innovative approaches to learning. This edited book is the perfect primer on self-determined learning or heutagogy. It consists of an introductory chapter explaining the main concepts and principles of this exciting approach to educational practice. This is followed by 16 chapters describing the experience of practitioners in using the approach. These experiences come from a wide variety of interests including school education, higher education, workplace learning, consulting, lifelong learning, training, and community education. Full of links to resources, curated sites,and discussion forums, this is a valuable ‘how to’ book for the interested practitioner and theoretician alike..
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4 Common E-Portfolio Mistakes to Avoid -- Campus Technology

4 Common E-Portfolio Mistakes to Avoid -- Campus Technology | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Electronic portfolio projects have great potential to impact learning, assessment, and professional development. Yet expanding e-portfolios campuswide and sustaining the program isn't easy. Here are four pitfalls to watch out for.
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What is blended learning?

What is blended learning? | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Andrea Edginton was tepid about teaching when her academic career began six years ago. She had gained scant lecture experience in her PhD program and was annoyed by students who showed little motivation in class. On joining the University of Waterloo’s school of pharmacy, where 40 percent of her time would be spent teaching, she wondered a little guiltily: “How can I get out of the classroom?”

 

Today, the newly tenured associate professor laughs to revisit the situation that ultimately led her to pioneer a course in a teaching style known as blended learning. Blended learning, in a nutshell, combines online and in-class components that allow students many ways to engage with a topic.

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Benefits of Blended Learning: Student Perspectives

Benefits of Blended Learning: Student Perspectives | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Are students really embracing the benefits of blended learning? When's the last time a student told you how much they love their textbooks?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 15, 6:56 PM

Good teaching is about being thoughtful and tactful in helping students make good choices in their learning. It is about helping students understand their particular learning needs.

 

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Leading and Learning for a Successful Digital Transformation

Leading and Learning for a Successful Digital Transformation | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Education, like so many other aspects of our society, has been undergoing a digital transformation. Accepting this reality is inevitable. Embracing it would be wise. But my district has chosen to go a step beyond that as we strive to lead the transformation.

 

Digital transformation in Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) began with our second-generation strategic planning process, which we call Design II. Launched in January 2007, the process engaged hundreds of staff and community members in shaping the future of our district.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 9, 1:50 PM

One thing that small projects allows for us teachers and students being more actively involved in transforming what School is. Without that voice, it is just reform that ends up deforming.

 

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Using Learning Activities to Optimize Blended Learning

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How To Optimize Blended Learning Through Learning Activities. Using Learning Activities to Optimize Blended Learning. Blended Learning pros and cons.

 

Blended courses come with their own benefits and challenges. In this article, you will find invaluable tips and strategies on how to map the class activities with the online materials to achieve the best possible educational experience for your learners.

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Building Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom

Building Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Remember feeling nervous before starting your first day on the job? You may have experienced butterflies in your stomach, had questions about expectations, or concerns about learning the rules and finding information. Students feel the same way with a new professor, regardless if the class is face-to-face or online. With technology, you can reduce new-class jitters and get your students on track for success.
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Key characteristics of learners in a digital age and their influence on the design of teaching and learning

Key characteristics of learners in a digital age and their influence on the design of teaching and learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Here I want to discuss one key component of a learning environment, learner characteristics, and in particular focus on the characteristics of learners that are particularly relevant for designing teaching and learning in a digital age.

 

Probably nothing more reflects changes to teaching in a digital age than the change in learner characteristics.

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Why you should care about gamification in higher education

Why you should care about gamification in higher education | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Gamification has serious implications for college students—and perhaps it’s time higher education got serious about implementing game design.
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