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Data Analytics, Blended Learning Methods Make Sure Students Are College Ready

Data Analytics, Blended Learning Methods Make Sure Students Are College Ready | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Technology can assist administrators with getting students prepared for the future.
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How student empowerment drives blended learning and other tips from experts in the field - The Hechinger Report

How student empowerment drives blended learning and other tips from experts in the field - The Hechinger Report | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Blended learning can lead to student agency — the enabling of informed, empowered learning — when it gives students choices about what, where, when, and how they learn. 


A group experts* recently shared blended learning strategies in Next Generation Learning Challenge’s #NGLCchat on student agency. (NGLC’s founding partners include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is also a funder of The Hechinger Report). Their ideas follow. 


Blended learning leads to student agency when it is about the learner, not the technology, the test, or even the school, but when it reaches ALL students.

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The Advantages of Blended Learning

The Advantages of Blended Learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
The teaching landscape is rapidly changing, the technological rise of the 21st century and widespread integration of those technologies into our society, combined with access to the internet has integrally changed teaching in just a few years.

Our children, and their following generations are already and will continue to grow up in a world that’s a stark reminder of how rapidly the human civilisation has changed, a society and world where Smartphones and Tablets are widespread, affordable, and replacing most computers and laptops.

The rapidly changing landscapes should be a marker to show that teaching methods need to evolve to keep up with the times and incorporate integrated technologies into the learning modal, these technologies aren’t going to go away, they’ll continue to be integrated into our society and it’s time to embrace them for the advantages they bring.
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Top 4 must-haves for online, blended learning

Top 4 must-haves for online, blended learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Participants in a recent study identified some of what they consider to be the top success factors in an online or blended learning program.
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Blended Learning Is Making Teachers More Productive in the Classroom. Here's How.

Blended Learning Is Making Teachers More Productive in the Classroom. Here's How. | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Blended learning is an educational approach in which students learn in some part through instruction or content from digital or online media — and it's on the rise. More teachers are adopting blended learning methods to bring technology into every subject area. These tools are making teachers more productive by giving them even more options for engaging lesson plans and more time to focus on individual students when not instructing the class at once.

 

While most public schools do not have a computer for every student in every class, computer labs and roving laptop carts help teachers to fill the gap when they need to use technology in class.

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Blended learning and the new norm...

This struck me this week.  "Students are coming more and more to their on-line content in more frequent and shorter bursts and usually with their phone or other mobile device, think notebook." 

I have been in a couple "blended learning" conversations recently too.  Blended learning = a blend of classroom and on-line instruction.  Somewhere between old school brick and mortar and new school exclusively on - line.  Get it?  Got it? Good.

Let me say this again.  More and more, people are rendering the content of their on-line learning in shorter, quicker bites, and typically from a mobile device.
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Ohio Schools Go Big with Blended Learning

Ohio Schools Go Big with Blended Learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
A majority of schools in Ohio are using some form of blended learning, primarily in high schools or schools that house grades K-12, according to a new report.
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How Access to Online Learning Resources as Part of a Blended Learning Approach in School Curriculums is Elevating Healthcare Students’ Skillsets

How Access to Online Learning Resources as Part of a Blended Learning Approach in School Curriculums is Elevating Healthcare Students’ Skillsets | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
The introduction of break-through online cognitive simulations into healthcare education is helping students to learn and retain skills, and improving their overall skillset and experience in the process. In modern times where teaching in a technology-rich and online environment is quickly becoming the norm, healthcare students are now experiencing the benefits of having access to online learning resources that are creating opportunities for faster and more comprehensive learning., ,  , , S...

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The Architecture of Open Source Applications (Volume 2): Moodle

The Architecture of Open Source Applications (Volume 2): Moodle | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Moodle focuses on providing an online space for teaching and learning, rather than any of the other systems that an educational organisation might need. Moodle provides a basic implementation of the other functionalities, so that it can function either as a stand-alone system or integrated with other systems. The role Moodle plays is normally called a virtual learning environment (VLE), or learning or course management system (LMS, CMS or even LCMS).

Moodle is open source or free software (GPL). It is written in PHP. It will run on most common web servers, on common platforms. It requires a database, and will work with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle.

The Moodle project was started by Martin Dougiamas in 1999, while he was working at Curtin University, Australia. Version 1.0 was released in 2002, at which time PHP4.2 and MySQL 3.23 were the technologies available. This limited the kind of architecture that was possible initially, but much has changed since then. The current release is the Moodle 2.2.x series.
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What’s next: Blended Learning 2.0

What’s next: Blended Learning 2.0 | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Blended learning combines traditional face-to-face teaching with technology, in ways that allow students to accelerate their learning at a pace that is right for them. To be successful, experts agree, a blended learning program needs to have a clearly articulated vision from its educational leadership, the right technological tools and an in-depth professional development program for teachers.
Rhode Island’s former state education commissioner, Deborah Gist, strongly advocated for blended learning, but resigned in February. This week, Ken Wagner, senior deputy commissioner in the New York State Department of Education, was named to replace her (pending a vote of the Board of Education).
The nonprofit Highlander Institute has been offering training and support to Rhode Island districts to help them ramp up their blended learning efforts. Shawn Rubin, Highlander’s director of blended learning, is already thinking about what the next iteration of blended learning should look like.
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Education technology is spreading fast, but there’s no recipe for success

Education technology is spreading fast, but there’s no recipe for success | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Many people are seeking the “secret sauce” for digital learning.
As educators expand the use of education technology, they often face a tricky balance. These tools offer the possibility for innovation – trying something new in a quest to improve teaching and learning. But technology isn’t cheap, and the risk of failure looms.


To assure success, many educators try to find and follow a recipe for digital learning. But many crucial ingredients can’t be found in a case study about “best practices,” said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that advocates for math, science and technology education and annually surveys students and educators about their experiences with those topics.

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eLearning Tip: The Difference Between Copyright Free and Royalty Free

eLearning Tip: The Difference Between Copyright Free and Royalty Free | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Finding quality assets (images, sound effects, video, etc.) to use in your eLearning course is one of the most important and potentially daunting aspects of developing. Everyone should know by now, that you can’t just pull an image off of a Google image search and use it. There are certain legal rights for pretty much every digital asset out there. There are some important terms you should understand before you use an image or other digital assets that you did not create on your own.

 

Public Domain – Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable.

 

Copyright – A legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator (e.g. the photographer of a photograph or the author of a book) to receive compensation for their intellectual effort.

 

Royalty Free – The right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each “use” or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

 

Creative Commons – These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.

 

Fair Use – A limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work.

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Is "making a game out of learning" bad for learning?

Is "making a game out of learning" bad for learning? | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

A few years ago, Osterweil distilled what he calls the “four freedoms of play,” including freedom to experiment, freedom to fail, freedom to assume different identities and freedom of effort (meaning the ability to mix full-throttle effort with periods of relaxation and disengagement). For Osterweil, these freedoms are about more than good game design.


I argue that real learning happens in moments of playful exploration,” he said, “and all those freedoms should be present.


Schools overemphasize the learning of facts and formulas, and the right answers for standardized tests, he said. Rather than changing that educational model, “bad ideas like gamification replicate it.”

 

The problem isn’t just the drill-and-practice design of many games, according to Klopfer. It’s also that teachers predominantly use games as a reward or reinforcement, rather than a starting point for learning.

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Education & Skills Today: How to transform schools into learning organisations?

Education & Skills Today: How to transform schools into learning organisations? | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Schools nowadays are required to learn faster than ever before in order to deal effectively with the growing pressures of a rapidly changing environment. Many schools however, look much the same today as they did a generation ago, and too many teachers are not developing the pedagogies and practices required to meet the diverse needs of 21st-century learners.
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Blended Learning Helps Students at Different Cognitive Levels

Blended Learning Helps Students at Different Cognitive Levels | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

 What is the best way to meet today's students "in the middle?" Kids today are more tech-savvy than ever before, and teachers are struggling to make sure that every student is educated according to their needs. From elementary to secondary school, students learn at different rates and have varying needs of social and educational interaction. How do we use cognitive data and blended learning to the students' benefit?


Blended learning is defined as a formal education program in which a student learns, at least in part, through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace. This is critical as standard school curriculum is designed to the needs and ability of the average student, leaving many students to slip through the cracks.

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10 Educational Trends to Watch in 2016 

10 Educational Trends to Watch in 2016  | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Each year I put together a list of 10 educational trends that we can expect to gain even more traction in the upcoming year. 2016 will be no different. This year I find many familiar trends, some that first made my list five to ten years ago, but now they are gaining momentum and are likely to garner more startup and grant funding, not to mention finding their way in some of the more innovative schools and classrooms around the world. With that said, I confess that some of my predictions from last year were somewhat premature. Several of them are making their way to the list again. I was just a little bit too far ahead of the curve. Let’s see how I do in 2016. Without those clarifications and caveats, here are my 10 educational trends to watch in 2015.
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In the mixer

In the mixer | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Once, blended learning was an easy concept to understand. It described the difference between traditional and distance education. You mixed your face to face learning experience with remote learning, usually mediated through some kind of technology. First it was paper based, and then there was a rapid evolution of technology, and now the distance side of blended learning comes in many shades and hues. The most common form of blended learning today is where you spend some time in the classroom, but the majority of your time studying online. Some people call it the flipped classroom. Whatever. It's blended. Local and remote. There you go.

But it's not a simple as that now. Blended learning is taking on a number of other connotations, because thanks to the advent of the digital device, there are now many more modes of learning.
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How to get started in blended learning: an interview with Tony Bates

How to get started in blended learning: an interview with Tony Bates | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Following my keynote at the ‘Dé Onderwijsdagen’ conference in the Netherlands this week (a blog post about my presentation and a video recording of the full presentation will be available shortly), I was interviewed by Zac Woolfitt from Inholland, a large multi-campus Hogeschool (University of Applied Science) in the Netherlands.
Inholland is just embarking on implementing blended and hybrid learning, and is using my book as a guide for faculty and instructors.
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Digital Spaces: 12 Best Practices for Multimedia Learning

Digital Spaces: 12 Best Practices for Multimedia Learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Design online course content by following best practices to reduce students' cognitive load and prevent the words, pictures, and media from over-stimulating and inhibiting learning.
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Competency-Based and Blended Learning: Friends or Foes?

Competency-Based and Blended Learning: Friends or Foes? | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Early on, as many in the field do, the overlap of blended and competency-based learning felt obvious to me. What better way to allow for flexible pacing than to use technology in classrooms? But over the years, I’ve come to realize that competency-based education advocates are calling for a vision of education that goes far beyond pacing reforms, and that online and blended learning are on a rapid growth trajectory that only sometimes appear to be moving in a competency-based direction. The two may be converging as the call for personalized learning grows louder, but just how much do we understand about how the two interact?

At the start of the presentation, I decided to sketch out my latest thinking on how these two aspects of education reform work for and against one another and why.
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Overcoming Communication Barriers in Blended Learning

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Blended Learning | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
hroughout our lives, from childhood to adulthood to parenthood, we hear about the importance of communication and building strong relationships, but at times, we need reminding of their significance and how they apply to our current situation. Quite often, I find that the obstacles schools and districts face when starting an online or blended learning program could have been avoided with the right channel of communication and relationship development.

For example, the relationship between superintendents, curriculum directors, and IT directors can make or break a successful blended learning initiative. That is why communication and team collaboration among people in these key positions is a necessity when prioritizing your district’s goals for transforming blended learning models. Unfortunately, web-based curriculum decisions are often made without the expertise and support of IT directors. IT directors are often left with many bandwidth and system requirement questions just before implementation begins.
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Blended Learning 2.0

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Once, blended learning was an easy concept to understand. It described the difference between traditional and distance education. You mixed your face to face learning experience with remote learning, usually mediated through some kind of technology. First it was paper based, and then there was a rapid evolution of technology, and now the distance side of blended learning comes in many shades and hues. The most common form of blended learning today is where you spend some time in the classroom, but the majority of your time studying online. Some people call it the flipped classroom. Whatever. It's blended. Local and remote. There you go.

But it's not a simple as that now. Blended learning is taking on a number of other connotations, because thanks to the advent of the digital device, there are now many more modes of learning. Consider for example the blend between mobile and tethered learning experiences. You can be mobile and take your learning beyond the classroom, but you can be away from the classroom and still be tethered to your technology. What are the issues here? There is plenty of debate and much research in this area, not least around student preferences. Some people prefer to learn on the move, while others are more comfortable with larger screens, and with all their resources physically around them.

Then there is the blend between paper based texts and e-readers. Which is best? Who prefers which? It's a blend we are taking an increasing interest in, throughout the education community. Both can support learning on the move, but then, learning has always taken place exactly where the learner goes.
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Blended learning emerges as a leading trend in education technology, report says - The Hechinger Report

Blended learning emerges as a leading trend in education technology, report says - The Hechinger Report | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
he use of blended learning in schools has increased the adoption of educational technology as the public has grown fond of online learning, according to a new report.


A closely-watched report that provides insight into digital learning trends – both in and out of school settings — named blended learning as a key topic to watch in the next two years.


The annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report’s K-12 2015 Edition was released Monday at the ISTE 2015 conference in Philadelphia, a conference devoted to educational technology that’s expected to draw about 18,000 attendees. The trends included in the report were selected by 56 experts from 22 countries, and they collaborate online to discuss the topics on a public website.

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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it
In the infographic, Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy, we have organized types of activities that suit various levels of assessments (2001) starting with remember, understand, and apply in the first row. Assessment activities like matching, multiple choice, and word problems fall among these lower levels of learning. Grading and feedback criteria for these levels of learning are very objective and include answer keys and checklists. One key advantage of using assessments in these levels is that often grading and feedback criteria are objective enough to be computer automated in the blended or online environment.
 

The second row of our infographic includes higher levels of active learning including analyze, evaluate, and create. Engaging curriculum whether face-to-face, blended, or online push student performances to these levels of learning; however, these assessments are less conducive to automated feedback systems as rubrics typically require intelligent judgment. The appropriate level of learning for any assessment should be determined by the learning objective(s).
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Book ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ now ready and available | Tony Bates

Book ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ now ready and available | Tony Bates | Blended Learning Lab | Scoop.it

IT’S OPEN! IT’S FREE! IT’S ONLINE! IT’S READY!
For the last two weeks I have been frantically re-editing my online open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age.’ I am relieved and pleased to announce that the book is now finished – or at least as finished as an open online textbook will be, as it’s possible, indeed essential, to continue to add or remove materials to keep it up to date.


So if you get the chance, log in to the book, have a look at it, and, if you can find the time, send me your comments.


The target group


The audience I am reaching out for are primarily:
- college and university instructors anxious to improve their teaching or facing major challenges in the classroom,


- school teachers, particularly in secondary or high schools anxious to ensure their students are ready for either post-secondary education or a rapidly changing and highly uncertain job market.

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