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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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WeAreTeachers: 5 Must-Try Online Tools for the STEAM Classroom

WeAreTeachers: 5 Must-Try Online Tools for the STEAM Classroom | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Integrating STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, into your teaching and learning is even easier with the amazing resources available online.
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iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know - Gotta Be Mobile

iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know - Gotta Be Mobile | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“ iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know Gotta Be Mobile Very soon you'll be able to install iOS 8 on the iPad to deliver a large collection of new iOS 8 features that will supercharge your iPad.”
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Not a huge impact but good to know anyway
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70 iPad Apps for Elementary STEM

70 iPad Apps for Elementary STEM | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Update 8/30/2014: Somehow duplicate entries found their way into my app list. Thanks to a tweet from @kiboser I removed them, so the list now includes 70 apps. I also added 3 paid apps I'm going to...

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Seventy is a good solid number to recommend. I have my work cut out here. I need to get familiar with those I haven't tried out yet.

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Advantages of Blending Distance Learning and In-Class Teaching

Advantages of Blending Distance Learning and In-Class Teaching | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“ Combining distance learning and in-class teaching into one course for graduate-level engineering management students has some distinct advantages and challenges.”
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This is How to Grade Students Work on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is How to Grade Students Work on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

This is How to Grade Students Work on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/WFnlId12yr via @medkh9

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Thanks to @medkh9 for the find

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Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Mars And The Moon, If You Know Where To Click | TechCrunch

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Mars And The Moon, If You Know Where To Click | TechCrunch | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Hey, you! Want to explore the surface of Mars? No problem! All we need is a few billion dollars, a couple hundred of the world's brightest minds, and for..

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Let's explore the solar system with Google Maps.

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Можно исследовать Марс и Луну

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Beyond Blended Learning -

Beyond Blended Learning - | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Beyond Blended Learning - can depend upon learning style, outcomes, accessibility, role requirements, career development path, the pace at which a learner (#beathinkingperformer: Beyond Blended Learning http://t.co/plQqvyoS7I)...
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Right on. Blended learning is coming to mean different things to many different types of programs from K12 to higher ed. to corporate training. We probably agree on what it's not: a hodge-podge or tossed salad of different options. A good place to start finding a definition is http://www.inacol.org/

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Google Hangout for Teachers

Google Hangout for Teachers | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Google Hangout for Teachers- A Comprehensive Tutorial ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on E-Learning-Inclusivo (Mashup) curated by juandoming (Google Hangout for Teachers- A Comprehensive Tutorial ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning...
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Time to get up to speed on Google Hangouts.

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A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School

A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
After two years of blended learning, a low-performing high school became one of the country's best. Read about how they shifted the learning, teaching, and culture.
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I would love to be a part of a blended school like this
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Terri Rice's curator insight, July 28, 1:41 PM

Blended learning is proven itself to be effective, efficient, and powerful. So what are the rest of educators waiting for? A bolt of lightening to hit them? This format for learning should be the norm in ALL levels of education in every part of the country. Money should not be an issue if the President really means what he says about educating all the children in America. I would like to see a study completed on crime rates versus increased blended learning. Does this style improve urban and suburban youngsters abilities to avoid falling into crime?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Now You Can Create Accounts on TodaysMeet and Close Rooms Early

Free Technology for Teachers: Now You Can Create Accounts on TodaysMeet and Close Rooms Early | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
"TodaysMeet is a backchannel tool that I have promoted for years. Recently, I discovered that you can now create an account on TodaysMeet. By creating an account on TodaysMeet you can manage multiple rooms from one screen. You can now require people to sign-in with verified Google Accounts before they post in your TodaysMeet room. Perhaps the best benefit of creating a TodaysMeet account is that doing so allows you to close your rooms before their planned expiration dates."
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Nice improvement but already nice tool
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ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA

ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it


According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.

The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:


Biggest Challenge for Educators

Responses

Individualized learning 38%

Intervention 19%

Data analysis 11%

Instructional assistance 10%

College and career readiness 8%

School improvement 7.5%

Dropout prevention 6.5%

*from a total of 587 respondents"




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Do you agree that personalized or "individualized" learning is the greatest challenge today? I think the educator's greatest challenge is effectively harnessing a litany of e-teaching tools, open source and proprietary, while keeping research-based, appropriate pedagogy in balance.

With FEV Tutor we are helping to bridge the gap with a truly innovative and careful solution to the problem. We are able to offer teachers support to individualize instruction and it's not a stand-alone, do it yourself program. We partner with teachers as much as they need to provide targeted tutoring for students. We are effectively supporting response to intervention (RTI), special education, advanced placement programs, credit recovery, online and blended instructional strategies, and more.

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Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/YovZtBCSUm via @medkh9
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Thanks to author Med Kharbach and the tweet from @IU13ELearning for this list. There are some here I haven't seen yet, but now will have to check out. It's almost time to start lesson planning and preps for the new year.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like - Mind/Shift

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like - Mind/Shift | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“ The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.”
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A study in inquiry learning
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Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended-Learning Schools Shine - Education Next

Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended-Learning Schools Shine - Education Next | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
A growing number of examples show that used well, blended learning—and hence education technology—can help boost student achievement in both charter and district school settings.
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Horn is right to mention no rigorous studies were done, but I like his "counter the myth" push to find the good. He's determined. 

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Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX recently commissioned a study of nearly 1,000 videos, segmenting them out by by video type and production style, and discovered this among their other findings:Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings. Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
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Confirms what we all knew from first-hand experience. Attention spans don't stretch past give minutes on video content. PowerPoint style slides are nearly dead.
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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning |...

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning |... | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and...
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I like #4 the best. Involve teachers in development of blended learning and it will not only stay relevant to your school's vision, it will boost learning. On the contrary, don't involve teachers and you will find blended learning to be counterproductive.
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Lessons from ‘first movers’: 14 essential questions to understand the viability of new blended learning implementations

Lessons from ‘first movers’: 14 essential questions to understand the viability of new blended learning implementations | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Our research into five blended learning models uncovered a set of key questions to help guide understanding of the viability of new implementations, and of their potential for positive impact on student outcomes.
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The Ins and Outs of Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom

The Ins and Outs of Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Between teaching in the classroom, grading papers outside of it, and keeping up with the consistent stream of meetings and conferences, it can be hard to make time to keep up with the latest trends and buzzwords in the field of education.
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Kaplan's attempt to define Blended learning for elementary.

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BCPS tries new "blending learning" approach to teaching summer school - Baltimore Sun

BCPS tries new "blending learning" approach to teaching summer school - Baltimore Sun | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

BCPS tries new "blending learning" approach to teaching summer school Baltimore Sun "Baltimore County decided to change summer school a little bit, because we're doing a lot more blended learning and online learning throughout the school year ...

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More power to blended learning. I'm all for options that create more flexibility for teachers and students to achieve. 

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5 Time-Saving Ways Teachers Can Use Google Forms - Edudemic

5 Time-Saving Ways Teachers Can Use Google Forms - Edudemic | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications.

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I love G forms for so many uses. I'm glad someone summed up 5 of the good ones.

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Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom

Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Blended learning combines the best of online learning with traditional teaching. The educational trend is showing results – higher test scores, happier teachers and students – as more schools adopt and adapt it.
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This article is very positive on Blended learning. It's good to see the CSM shedding light on such an important trend in education. If you have time also see the "gallery" they have of photos taken at schools around the country. Very inspirational.

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Great ePortfolio Resources for Teachers

Great ePortfolio Resources for Teachers | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“July 28, 2014With the massive uptake of web 2.0 technologies, the concept of portfolios has migrated to the cloud giving rise to what is now termed electronic portfolios or ePortfolios for...”
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Three cheers for e-portfolios in the cloud!
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“RT @UlbrickRowena: Get your students making web based magazines http://t.co/Q6wXE24fZe #EduTECH”
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Fun!
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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionalsso here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning"


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I'm putting this helpful list in the course design hopper right away. Whether in the classroom or online, we all struggle with distractions.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 21, 7:59 PM

This applies to adults, youth, and children in their learning whether it is digital, blended, or face-to-face. Learning should be about questioning, problematizing, getting emotional about something that is important, etc. and sharing those things. Good teaching helps create spaces where that can happen.

Scott Anderson (Daymap)'s curator insight, July 28, 2:34 AM

We all know how distracting the internet can be! Have a look at the article below and gain some insight into winning the attention of adult learners.

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Foster children become focus of California schools - Imperial Valley Press

Foster children become focus of California schools - Imperial Valley Press | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Foster children become focus of California schools Imperial Valley Press The 10 school districts in Santa Cruz County, with about 450 foster children, have proposed tutoring, counseling, extra-curricular activities and other help for foster youth...
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Finally a glimmer of hope for the thousands of foster children in our schools. When people care and there's enough support amazing things can happen. 

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