9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including: –weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity –underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design –considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning How to Successfully Implement a Blended Learning Program No educational technology topics were off limits, and for good reason, during last week’s NCTies. Everything from identity management to flipping the classroom was fair game, and with the state’s NCEdCloud initiative still somewhat of a mystery, there’s a lot of change going on in the Tar Heel State. One session that caught the attention of many educators during the day-and-a-half long event was on blended learning in the elementary school classroom. Rebecca Phillips and Emily Schmidt from Coltrane Webb STEM Elementary guided a crowded room of teachers on how to successfully implement a blended learning program.
Blended Learning at GrayHarriman.com What is Blended LearningWhy use Blended Learning?How does one create Blended Learning?What medium can be used in Blended Learning?What are the challenges of Blended Learning?What are the advantages of Blended Learning? What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? Lenny Gonzales As the blended learning movement grows in the U.S., schools will need to experiment with what works best in different types of settings. There’s still a lot to learn about different types of blended learning models, and a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools will raise and invest $25 million toward that effort. With partial grants from the Bay Area’s Fisher family (owners of Gap), and the advice of board members Michael Horn from the Innosight Institute and Salman Khan of the Khan Academy, the nonprofit, which has raised $12 million so far, aims to fund new and innovative approaches in existing blended learning programs with grants to each school. The effort is led by Brian Greenberg, who chronicled the successes and challenges of piloting the Khan Academy in Oakland’s Envision Schools on the Blend My Learning blog.
Make Thinking Visible with the Flipped Classroom Model Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT Duration: One hour From Harvard University to inner city Detroit to rural Colorado; from basic introductory classes to AP courses, teachers are experiencing significant improvement in student achievement transitioning to the ‘Flipped Classroom’ model. A side benefit is that teachers save time. The flip model represents a merger of:
25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner Critical thinking is the engine of learning. Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies. So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of a mash of Habits of Mind, various 21st century learning frameworks, and the aforementioned learning taxonomies, promoting collaboration, problem-solving, and real-world connections (standard “critical thinking fare” with Habits of Mind-sounding phrases such as “Open-Mindedness”). At the bottom, it pushes a bit further, however, offering 25 critical thinking strategies to help support progressive learning.
Self-paced blended learning highlights ‘average’ student myth By Peter West Read more by Contributor March 18th, 2014 Data from a middle school self-paced blended learning class reinforces the concept that variation from one student to the next is significant “If you design something for the average …person, wouldn’t it fit most people?” Todd Rose – The Myth of Average: from TEDx This seems like a natural conclusion to draw, but research has shown this is incorrect.
Blended Learning: Combining Face-to-Face and Online Education There's this myth in the brick and mortar schools that somehow the onset of online K-12 learning will be the death of face-to-face (F2F) interaction. However this isn't so -- or at least in the interest of the future of rigor in education, it shouldn't be. In fact, without a heaping dose of F2F time plus real-time communication, online learning would become a desolate road for the educational system to travel. The fact is that there is a purpose in protecting a level of F2F and real-time interaction even in an online program.