Educause K-12 Blended Research EDUCAUSE Library Items for K-12 Two K-12 Grantees Recently Featured on Getting Smart blog March 13, 2014 At first glance, Piedmont City Schools in rural Alabama and New York City’s Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School may not appear to have much in common. The former is a rural district working to b… Next Gen Tools: Activate Instruction February 3, 2014 This innovation brief from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) focuses on Summit Public Schools' co-development of Activate Instruction-- a free, open, online site for curricula… Activate Instruction Helps Summit Public Schools Personalize Learning February 6, 2014 NGLC has embarked upon a new publication series, Next Gen Tools . December 5, 2013 The Workshop School is a high school run in partnership between a nonprofit and the School District of Philadelphia. KIPP Bay Area Schools: KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory A new charter school, KIPP SF College Prep is the first KIPP high school in the nation to adopt blended learning.
Blended Learning Toolkit | BlendKit Course: DIY Project Tasks Course Home | Schedule | Learning Activities | DIY Tasks | Readings | Blogging | Badges | Real Time Sessions/Archive | Stories Task 01: Conceptualize Your Blended Learning Course Course Blueprint template, instructions, and sample [Word doc; size=349kb] Mix Map template and instructions [Word doc; size=45kb] Mix Map completed sample [pdf file; size=24kb] Video: Oregon State University Prof. Burnett shares her Mix Map [8 min. streaming video] Task 02: Design for Interaction in Your Blended Learning Course Create Course Document Drafts: Schedule, Syllabus, and Protocols (instructions, templates, and examples) [pdf file; size=144kb] Module Interaction Worksheet [Word doc; size=33kb] Task 03: Decide Upon Assessments of Learning in Your Blended Learning Course Revise Course Blueprint and Revise Syllabus Assignment Instructions [pdf file; size=102kb] Configure Online Quiz Settings [pdf file; size=78kb] Task 04: Develop Content/Assignment Pages for Your Blended Learning Course
EDge21 In the 1984 film Teachers, Royal Dano played a teacher named Ditto Stiles. Ditto was known for having virtually no interactions with his students. He had established a system by which students automatically distributed "ditto" worksheets that would be collected at the end of the class by other students. Throughout the class, Ditto would hide behind a newspaper. If you are an educator of a certain age (as am I), you likely have many memories, both good and maybe not so good, of the “Ditto machine." In North America, "Ditto" is a brand name which was commonly used for a spirit duplicator (referred to as a Banda machine in the UK, a Roneo in France and Australia). The spirit duplicator is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "mimeograph," which was a different, but not dissimilar process. Introduced by 3M in the late 1960s, the thermofax machine could generate a spirit master from an ordinary printed, typed, or handwritten sheet. More Ditto in Pop Culture
Teachers Share Sweet 'Blended' Recipes Cookbooks save lives. Seriously. Before codified culinary knowledge, humans had to experiment by digesting mixtures of random artifacts, discovering their gastro-intestinal effects through trial, error and death. Thankfully, somewhere along the way, homo sapiens started collecting step-by-step recipes to avoid heartburn and poison, eventually yielding straight-up gustatory delight to the point that you can now walk down any city street in America and order a Boston Cream. I think the cookbook is a great model for what early blended schools could be doing for teachers as we learn what works and what doesn’t. This approximates the thinking behind Mission Dolores Academy and St. At both schools, we found it was easy to come up with ideas for using technology to differentiate or motivate, but when we tried to apply these ideas, the clunkiness of the available digital content programs posed frustrating obstacles, each one causing our already time-stretched teachers a lot of heartburn. 1. 2.
5 Skills for Blended-Learning Teachers -- THE Journal Blended Learning | Viewpoint 5 Skills for Blended-Learning Teachers In the seventh installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker outline the five skills that will increasingly be important for many teachers in the future. By Michael Horn, Heather Staker10/04/12 As more schools adopt blended-learning models, the role of the teacher is shifting. Although it is hard to generalize across the landscape of blended learning because of the rapid pace of innovation in the models, the differences between the models, and the continued changes in technology, there are five common skills that teachers will likely need to be successful in a blended-learning environment. 1) Comfort with 'Chaos' One of the biggest shifts in a blended-learning environment is often that students will be engaged in different activities and working on different concepts and skills. About the Authors Heather Staker is a senior education research fellow at Innosight Institute.
Learn It In 5 - Home The Reed Diaries DynaMind eLearning – Tailoring eLearning solutions | DynaMind eLearning We are currently working on an interesting e-learning development project for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It is a course to ensure IFRC staff and partners apply the IFRC Principles and Rules in their day-to-day work. Legal compliance courses are some of the most boring e-learning you will find out there. What’s so hard? We need to have a much closer look at the root causes of the problem. Application is an even bigger problem. If there are just a couple of rules to comply with, it’s easy. But what do you do with over a hundred rules? We use the principle – borrowed from traditional distance learning design – that is called ‘wrap around’. We applied the same ‘wrap around’ design approach for the development of an e-learning module on the Code of Conduct for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). This is some of the feedback we got from people who took the ACFID Code of Conduct course: Not frightened anymore?