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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning
As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction — guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned. Here are four crucial factors to keep in mind as schools plunge in. 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 students more creative learners. A big part of creating that vision is having strong leadership at all levels. A district superintendent who sees the value in a model will help remove old policies that inhibit the work. A strong leader will remove barriers, support professional development for teachers, celebrate successes and help move past challenges. Equally important is to have that same kind of visionary leadership from principals and teachers willing to lead by example in the classroom.

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The Longer View: Edtech and 21st-Century Education As an early Baby Boomer, born just after WWII, I began my public education in the early '50s. College got me through the '60s and I began teaching in the '70s. Since my retirement from public education, I taught in a college education department for another six years. After 40 years in the classroom, I have acquired a unique perspective on education and the constant influence of technology. My experience has taken me through the days when technology was a thing of science fiction.

Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom Kristin: I can say that the things I've been doing the last two years have really made a difference, because my kids have scored the highest in the State on the standardized tests. So what we're doing here is working, and it's helping them be successful. Julie: We define Blended Learning as the combination of digital content and activity with face-to-face content and activity. Make Literacy a Focus of PBL What's the role of literacy in project-based learning? It's hard to imagine a project, in any subject area, that doesn't involve the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. That was the overwhelming message from participants in a recent Twitter chat about PBL and literacy (#IRAchat, hosted by the International Reading Association).

5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson. As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.

How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation The leaders of a school or school district play a big role in setting the culture and work environment for teachers. And when it comes to trying new things, the attitude of principals and superintendents can sometimes make or break a teacher’s willingness and ability to weave new ideas and methods into the teaching practice. In most schools, strong, effective leaders can make all the difference. In addition to setting the tone for nimble and progressive teaching that’s geared towards what students need most, school leaders can also find ways to integrate technology in smart ways that work on the same goals.

Learning and Teaching - Centre for Professional Learning and Development On this page we highlight learning and teaching professional development opportunities for anyone at NTU who is teaching and / or support learning in HE, whether new or experienced. What's available to help me plan my professional development? The Learning and Teaching CPD Tool provides a summary of available learning and teaching CPD for colleagues at different stages of development. Once you know what professional development you need, use this to search for a course, event or resource to fit your stage of development. The NTU Learning and Teaching Professional Development Framework can help you identify your professional development objectives and find CPD to address those. How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning The excerpt below is from the book “Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom,” by Esther Wojcicki, Lance Izumi and Alicia Chang. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “Trick in the Blended Classroom,” written by Wojcicki. It all started in 1987, when I got a grant from the State of California.

Project Based Learning Connects To Flip Learning… Plus Hundreds of Resources Welcome a post that is a companion to my PBL Flipped Learning Presentation. You will see that Flipped Learning really does connect with PBL plus find 100’s of resources. Those at my presentation will even learn more! In Calif. District, Blended-Learning Approach Turns Teachers Into Facilitators - Education Week Teacher UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous

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