Blended learning solution in practice Blended learning is not only the buzz word. It is actually working. Why? Because we all realized that no single teaching approach is good enough to work for all learners. Since time immemorial we’ve been blending different instructional methods in our training initiatives. With the emergence of technology, this approach got new dimensions. What blended learning actually is? We’ve been hired by a training institution to help them design a blended training program for unemployed people aged from 25 to 35, to become accountants, using relevant accounting software. 1. Benefits: Learners could use these lessons at their own pace and according to their prior knowledge;Learners could come prepared to classroom workshops;Learners could use these learning materials also during and after the classroom workshops if needed; 2. Benefits: The same online learning environment was provided for the learners also during live sessions. 3. And what do learners think about this kind of blend? About Jana Jan
Education Week: Disruptive Innovation in Education Chat February 25, 2009 Guests: Clayton M. Christensen and Michael B. Horn are authors of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. Michelle Davis (Moderator): Good afternoon and welcome to Education Week’s Digital Directions’ live chat. Question from John Jones, Program Coordinator for the Aspirnaut Initiative, Vanderbilt University: Is there any evidence that suggests that an average student can be sufficiently motivated by a virtual teacher? Clayton M. Thanks for your question. Much more research is needed to answer your question--not just to understand if a virtual teacher can motivate an "average" student, but what specifically that teacher might need to do to motivate different "average" students with different intelligences and motivations in different circumstances. Question from Laurie Zucker-Conde, Director of World Languages and ELL, Waltham Public Schools: Michael B. This is a great question--and a crucial one. You're right. Thanks so much.
What Do We Mean by "Innovation"? in•no•vate - v. To begin something new: introduce. in•no•va•tion - n. 1. The act of innovating. 2. -- Webster's II Innovation is the spark of insight that leads a scientist or inventor to investigate an issue or phenomenon. In the world of education, innovation comes in many forms. In the Office of Innovation and Improvement, part of our mission is to identify, support and promote innovative practices in education. So how can we responsibly promote untested, unproven, but innovative practices? First, we practice truth in advertising. Second, we make our criteria for "innovative practices" transparent. Address an important challenge in education. Third, we encourage all OII grantees to put in place rigorous, experimental evaluation designs so that, over time, we can learn if these interventions are effective. Fourth, we plan to showcase OII grantees that have demonstrated success through rigorous evaluations.
Have you mastered blended learning? 10 strategies for thriving in this growing field 7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 Technology trends in both higher ed and K-12 classrooms continue to evolve and transform traditional learning environments. New learning analytics, mobile devices, open online learning, and 3D printers are some of the many Educational technology trends to be on the lookout for in 2014. Here’s a detailed discussion. 1) 3D Printing 3D Printers which enable makers to create whatever they can imagine and design have exploded into mainstream culture over the past year. The Poland and Hong Kong based GADGETS3D has launched an initiative called the “3D Printer in Every School” project in which they have designed a low cost, small 3D printer specifically created for the classroom. Click for full infographic 2) MOOCs MOOCs or massively open online courses have exploded in popularity over the past two years and will continue to grow over the next several. Click for full infographic 3) Big Data Click for full infographic 4) Digital Textbooks Click for full infographic 5) Gamification 7) Mobile learning
Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from Just a few minutes ago, I took this pictureabout 10 blocks from here.This is the Grand Cafe here in Oxford.I took this picture because this turns out to bethe first coffeehouse to openin England in 1650.That's its great claim to fame,and I wanted to show it to you,not because I want to give you the kind of Starbucks tourof historic England,but rather becausethe English coffeehouse was crucialto the development and spreadof one of the great intellectual flowerings of the last 500 years,what we now call the Enlightenment. But the other thing that makes the coffeehouse importantis the architecture of the space.It was a space where people would get togetherfrom different backgrounds,different fields of expertise, and share.It was a space, as Matt Ridley talked about, where ideas could have sex.This was their conjugal bed, in a sense --ideas would get together there.And an astonishing number of innovations from this periodhave a coffeehouse somewhere in their story.
7 Stories From Educators About Teaching In The Flipped Classroom Informed articles and commentary on this powerful and often misunderstood concept. The University of Wisconsin’s Stout School of Education publishes a great Tech Tips newsletter. The last few issues of this newsletter have been packed with resources focused on topics near and dear to us here at EmergingEdTech, and we strongly recommend signing up for this free publication. (Click image to access a Flipped Classroom Infographic from Knewton.com) There is a wealth of experienced, constructive knowledge shared in this content. The Flipped Class: Myths Vs. The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It: Shelley Wright (in an article published by Tina Barseghian) explains, “I love the flip. Advancing the Flip: Developments in Reverse Instruction: This post by Jonathan Martin on the award winning Connected Principles Blog is ripe with references, in addition to sharing insights into classroom flips performed by instructors at his educational institution and others. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
123D Catch Turns Pictures Into 3D Models This post is a combination of cross-posts from my other blogs iPadApps4School.com and Android4Schools.com. 123D Catch is a free iPad and Android app. The app makes it possible to turn your pictures into a 3D model that you can manipulate on your iPad or on your Android tablet. To create a model with 123D Catch select a physical object that you can photograph with your tablet or phone. Applications for Education123D Catch could be a great app for creating virtual manipulatives to use in a math or science lesson. Education Speak: Defining Innovation According to Merriam Webster, it's defined as: 1) the introduction of something new, 2) a new idea, method, or device: novelty. This week in Doha, Qatar, the Qatar Foundation is holding the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Earlier this year, the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the US Department of Education held a $600 million competition for the Investing in Innovation Fund, or i3 grants. When considering innovation and our work at Envision Schools, I have been reflecting on two of my favorite educational thinkers/writers: Andrew Rotherham, co-founder and publisher of Education Sector, and writer of the blog Eduwonk.com. Then there's Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning. I'm not sure if these two writers are often quoted together but their following words about innovation really resonate and have stuck with me. Last month, Rotherham wrote this in a blog, The New York State of Mind, about New York's Equity Project Charter School: Improvement vs.
E-Learning and Blended Learning It is difficult to find one simple solutions for a complex issues. The expectations with regards to performance at work place or at home are complex; we need a blend of various learning solutions to resolve these complex issues. In such a scenario, Blended learning offers a greater chance of success. Blended learning is not new concepts. In fact, it is an age-old concept that existed for several centuries. In ancient India, the pupil leave with their teacher or guru for years in Ashrams. Today, the needs and challenges of learning have changed. Time constraintTotal number of students that can be reachedLearners being distributed at far different placesComplexity of tasks to performComplexity of contentForms of content (Audio, Video, Text etc.)InfrastructureCost All these factors necessitate a unique learning strategy; a strategy that constructs a learning environment that has the following features. E-Learning and Blended Learning:
Top 10 emerging technologies for 2014 Technology has become perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, positive technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time, from resource scarcity to global environmental change. However, a lack of appropriate investment, outdated regulatory frameworks and gaps in public understanding prevent many promising technologies from achieving their potential. The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies recent key trends in technological change in its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies. The 2014 list is: Body-adapted Wearable Electronics From Google Glass to the Fitbit wristband, wearable technology has generated significant attention over the past year, with most existing devices helping people to better understand their personal health and fitness by monitoring exercise, heart rate, sleep patterns, and so on. Nanostructured Carbon Composites
Elliot Washor: Thoughts on Innovation Each year our schools fail to graduate about a million young people and many of those who do stay in school are bored and minimally engaged in challenging learning, are performing poorly, and have limited prospects for successful postsecondary learning and work. Their situation is as much attributable to a deeply flawed school design as it is to faulty execution, so it is unlikely that yet another school improvement plan will yield any significant change in their prospects. Given the escalating expectations for high school graduates, getting better at implementing the traditional school design is not nearly enough when doing differently, very differently, is so desperately needed. Reflect for a moment on how many aspects of schooling are taken for granted in the vast majority of schools in this country. Real innovation typically entails a deliberate and creative remaking of many, if not most, of those system regularities.