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Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News)

Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News) | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, you may be asking yourself, “Chromebooks or iPads for my classroom?” If a school is looking to go 1:1, which one is the better choice?

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Room for both in my classroom. Schools should let teachers and students have input as to which devices they need. 

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great (and concise) article. the pros and cons of each.

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This topic focused on trends in online and blended learning. I highligh teaching and learning tools that you may not have heard of. Learning theory as well as practical "how-to" stuff is also in the bag. How can you improve your student engagement? Are there strategies for English Language Learners you may not have tried? What about your specially gifted learners?
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The Benefits of Music Education

The Benefits of Music Education | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. Learn all the benefits of music education.
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How can online and blended learning incorporate music education? I'm impressed with the K12.com approach with music education infused into the earliest grades. As of late I have had experience observing my TK students engaged in ABCmouse.com's exploratory music lessons. I was privileged to have private music instruction at an early age so I understand the benefits and I would like that for every child.
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How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Edudemic

How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Edudemic | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

Becoming critical consumers of online material requires knowing what qualifies as quality content and how to judge what is good material and what is not.

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Digital literacy includes the ability to judge the quality of information and begins at an early age.

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Focus On Inquiry

Focus On Inquiry | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

“ A new resource for teachers. Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world.”


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New kinds of learning needs new kinds of resources. 

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The Kids' Guide to Google Search

The Kids' Guide to Google Search | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. The world's most popular search engine offers clever features, shortcuts, and fun stuff to help your kid search faster and smarter.

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Timely as we are implementing Google Apps for ED in our district @lynwoodusd

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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, October 29, 2015 7:52 AM

Kids do need to know good search techniques!

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Fun tips on how to use Google. 

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English Language Learners Can Benefit from Blended Learning

English Language Learners Can Benefit from Blended Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Discussion of digital content for English Language Learners
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Showing data in favor (mostly) of blended learning to assist diverse language learners

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Future of Blended Learning to be Continuum of Personalized Learning, Report Says

Future of Blended Learning to be Continuum of Personalized Learning, Report Says | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) released a report detailing the evolution and the success of blended learning from 2008-2015 and predicted its future in education.
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Definitions for the types of blended learning (forms or modes).

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Cincinnati Schools launches blended learning AP courses | eSchool News

Cincinnati Public Schools will launch a blended learning AP course initiative with Kajeet wireless hotspots to help students stay connected.
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I am in Cincinnati this week and would like to see this initiative in action. I think the special focus on AP courses will result in engagement and results that can be shared to a broader group of students, other types of courses. 

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Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside - Common Sense Media

Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside - Common Sense Media | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Give your smartphone or tablet a workout while you and the kids head outside for some healthy, tech-infused fun. Apps designed for outdoor adventures let kids do everything from study bugs to identify constellations and create a compilation video of bike stunts. Whether you're interested in family fitness, DIY, or survival skills, you'll find plenty to keep kids active and engaged. So grab your device and head outside armed with these amazing tools.

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With the exception of a few I want to try each one. "Zombies Run" is recommended for older teens. "Google Earth" is the only one on the list I have tried.

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AdvancePath Academics: Positive Environments + Flexible, Blended Learning

AdvancePath Academics: Positive Environments + Flexible, Blended Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
GenDIY is comprised of talented students who are hacking high school, launching career-focused startups, and earning career credentials and college credits while in high school.
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Not for everyone but the non-traditional nature of the GenDIY program with AdvancePath support is pretty hopeful.

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Blended Learning: It's Not the Tech, It's How the Tech is Used

Blended Learning: It's Not the Tech, It's How the Tech is Used | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
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.
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Agreed.

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6 Models of Blended Learning Teachers Should Know About

6 Models of Blended Learning Teachers Should Know About | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
May 16, 2015
In its basic and simplest definition, blended learning is an instructional methodology, a teaching and learning approach that combines face-to-face classroom methods with computer...
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FEVTutor.com fits in primarily into the "face-to-face driver" scenario mentioned in the infographic. I understand we are unique in supporting teachers and students with personalized intervention. It can take place whenever it is needed, during school, after school, or on the weekends. 

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Unlocking Language for English-Learners

Unlocking Language for English-Learners | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement.
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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | MIT Technology Review

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | MIT Technology Review | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

HmmOnline courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.

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Hmm. Maybe there are unexpected benefits to MOOCs. They are pushing Universities to more carefully justify on-campus offerings. What benefit is there to offering this course live?

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Just 37% of U.S. High School Seniors Prepared for College Math and Reading, Test Shows

Just 37% of U.S. High School Seniors Prepared for College Math and Reading, Test Shows | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Only 37% of American 12th-graders were academically prepared for college math and reading in 2015, a slight dip from two years earlier, according to test scores released Wednesday.
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What's going on?
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Technology takes hold in the early grades

Technology takes hold in the early grades | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

"Mixing academic software programs with traditional classroom instruction – often referred to as blended learning – is moving from high schools and middle schools to the early grades, even reaching some 4-year-olds in transitional kindergarten ..."

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The issue is not whether or not technology will be included in early learning, but how it is blended.

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Google About Me Gives You More Control Over The Personal Information You Share With The World

Google About Me Gives You More Control Over The Personal Information You Share With The World | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Google has rolled out the 'About me' page, a portal where you can control what personal info you want others to see. Here's what you need to know about this new Google service.
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Check your contact info settings, control privacy settings, and set preferences across Google services.

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Google Docs And Drive Back Up After Quick Friday Crash | The Market Business

After going through a massive crash Friday afternoon, Google Drive is back online to the relief of users and the company alike. The disruption was apparently
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Not sure how it affected GAFE users, but a pretty serious outage 

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LA Galaxy launch Academy blended learning program - LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy launch Academy blended learning program - LA Galaxy | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
LA Galaxy have launched an innovative high school education program at StubHub Center, the country's first of its kind blended learning program that will immerse LA Galaxy Academy student-athletes in the same environment and schedule as the LA...
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This is pretty exciting even if you are not a Galaxy fan. The video linked is a PR piece from the club's corporate, but worth a look (about 5 minutes).

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5 Tips for Embracing Blended Learning in Elementary Classrooms - Blackboard Blog

5 Tips for Embracing Blended Learning in Elementary Classrooms - Blackboard Blog | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Paula Barr, second grade teacher for Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, KS, shares her tips on how to incorporate blended learning within the classroom.
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Okay, this is just an advert for Bb. It is also a window into a special focus for blended learning, elementary K-5. Notice how the attention is on in-class use of technology in this video's discussion.

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Blended Learning in Kindergarten

Blended Learning in Kindergarten | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Last year, Barbie Gossett volunteered to turn her Kindergarten classroom into a blended learning environment.
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Community college online classes lag behind in success, report says

As community colleges throughout the state rapidly expand online course offerings, a report released this week shows students are less likely to complete and pass the digital classes than traditional ones.Roughly 625,000 students are now enroll
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A 60% success rate is just not good enough. Teachers and students need to more prepared for the demands of online learning. 

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Why Is Blended Learning Good for Students? Here's Why

Is blended learning really that good for students? Well, the research seems to say so.
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If it helps teachers differentiate learning so that everyone learns at his/her own pace,  I am all for it. 

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Beyond the Factory Model - Blended learning in Oakland schools

Beyond the Factory Model - Blended learning in Oakland schools | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Oakland teachers learn how to blend
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Blended learning experiments in Oakland produce mixed results. Some suffer from "too much too soon" and a large "overwhelm" factor for teachers. What's at stake is the push for greater levels of innovation. That's what the infusion of technology and training has to offer. I think they came to the conclusion that they did offer too many online programs with limited integration. If at all possible teachers and students should only have one login.

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A Beautiful Visual on The Impact of Music Education on Kids Cognitive Skills

A Beautiful Visual on The Impact of Music Education on Kids Cognitive Skills | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
April 12, 2015
Does music  education really improve kids cognitive skills? The answer, in our view, is hard to determine and it requires a series of longitudinal studies across different...
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I for one support music and arts education. I know what an important part it has played in my life. I am suspicious of the IQ study mentioned in the infographic and think more studies need to be done to show the correlation between arts education and academic achievement.

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The 11 Most Important Google Drive Updates in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 11 Most Important Google Drive Updates in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

December 20, 2014
Throughout this year Google Drive has been continuously releasing interesting updates to enhance the performance of its services namely Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms..


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Styles!

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I like being able to Edit, crop, and add a border to images in slides..