Blended Learning What is blended learning? Blended learning is not the same as technology-rich instruction. It goes beyond one-to-one computers and high-tech gadgets. Blended learning involves leveraging the Internet to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, including increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of learning. The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns: at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience. What are the most common models of blended learning? The majority of blended-learning programs resemble one of four models: Rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and Enriched Virtual. Blended Learning Universe Blended Learning MOOC May 2013
4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning 4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning by Jennifer Rita Nichols The term “21st century” has become an integral part of educational thinking and planning for the future. Educators and administrators are actively searching for ways to prepare students for the future, and the educational system has been evolving faster than ever before. Various studies have shown us that rote memorization is not an effective learning strategy, and that teacher-centered classrooms may not be the most efficiently structured ones for student engagement. However, despite learning about the skills that students will need to develop to become successful in the 21st century, as well as what beliefs about education may be worth hanging onto or throwing away, schools and teachers are left trying to figure out what their role needs to be in the education of their 21st century students. Nowadays, we don’t live in the same world. So then, what is the role of education in the 21st century? Society has changed. 1. 2. 3.
Georgia Virtual Learning Open Online Teacher Training » Create 1.1.1 – Time Management Quest The Time Management quest explores the interrelationship between planning, establishing a specific schedule, and the successful development and delivery of an online course. Introduction: Peter F. Take a moment to complete this Time Management quiz and reflect on time management practices. Completing this Quest successfully means: Reflecting and identifying five tools aligned with effective time management practices for the online learning environment. The Quest: Learning to manage one’s time through the employment of maps, schedules, calendars, and so forth will enable a more productive approach to assigned tasks within the online learning classroom. Resources for Exploration: Article published by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. To complete this Quest successfully: List five time management tools in your blog and briefly describe their use and relevance to the online world. Reminder: Visitors to TOOL are encouraged to learn and earn. Still have questions?
10 Reasons Every District Should Open a Flex School - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - AdvancePath, blended learning, Connections Education, K12 Flex is category of blended learning. Innosight Institute in their recently updated classifications of blended learning defined a flex model as “a program in which content and instruction are delivered primarily by the Internet, students move on an individually customized, fluid schedule among learning modalities, and the teacher-of-record is on-site.” While most instruction is online, “The teacher-of-record or other adults provide face-to-face support on a flexible and adaptive as-needed basis through activities such as small-group instruction, group projects, and individual tutoring.” In schools using rotation models, student spent 20 to 50 percent of their time online. In contrast, flex schools have a digital backbone–core instruction is conducted online with on-site academic support and guidance, integration and application opportunities, and extracurricular activities. There are 10 existing or potential benefits of flex models: For more see:
The Flipped Learning Process Visually Explained April 2, 2015 After yesterday’s post on “Flipped Learning Resources” one of our readers emailed us this beautiful visual outlining the six main steps involved in the creation of a flipped classroom. These steps include: planning, recording, sharing, changing, grouping, and regrouping. Read the graphic for more details on each of these steps. As a refresher for those who are not yet familiar with the concept of a flipped classroom. via Daily Genius Courtesy of eLearning Infographics
The Everything Machine by Tinybop Parent Survival Guide to Fifty Shades of Grey – How to Talk to Your Child about Sadomasochism | Miriam Grossman, MD Mom, who’s Mr. Grey? Dad, what do those handcuffs mean? Parents, get ready for questions. Don’t underestimate the impact of the hard sell on your kids. It’s difficult to overstate the dangers. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I consider it my professional responsibility to help parents deal with this difficult issue, so I’ve been blogging about the harm posed by the film. But there’s a silver lining to this dark cloud that is Hollywood’s gift to us this Valentine’s Day. While the ideas promoted by Fifty Shades of Grey are vile, they present a precious opportunity: to explain truths your children must know, but won’t hear anywhere else. In this post, I provide guidance on how to speak to children – young adults, teens, and tweens if necessary – about the disturbed behaviors glamorized by what could become a blockbuster film. First, some assurance. Even if your teen shrugs off everything you say with a roll of her eyes, I promise you, she hears every word.
The Secret Is the Blend | Higher Ed Beta Recently, a Dean’s office asked me whether they should deliver blended classes in their college. Specifically, they wanted some evidence that showed that students enrolled in blended courses as they do online courses. Our online courses can sometimes fill up far faster than our face-to-face (f2f) courses. Through the years, I have had a couple chapters on blended learning, one of which I just wrote a little over a year ago, so I had some literature, but I wanted to know what was happening on other campuses as of late. This request led me to ask my tweeps (peeps or friends on Twitter) what research was out there and resulted in a working blog post that listed some of these resources. Let’s remember that blended learning is not new, but it has had a resurgence in the past couple years. I am a bit partial, I know. However, as recent as last month, I was asked to come talk to a university that was starting a blended program (Hi, friends at U of Tampa). Why the growth?
Difference Engine: The woes of Windows 10 DESPITE its having been available for 18 months, three out of four PC owners have not bothered to upgrade their computers to the latest version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 10. More than 700m of the world's 1.5bn or so computers continue to run on Windows 7, a piece of software three generations old. A further 300m users have stuck with other versions—half of them stubbornly (and rashly) clinging to 16-year-old Windows XP that Microsoft pensioned off three years ago. The business world has been even more recalcitrant. In a recent study by Softchoice, an info-tech consultancy, corporate computers were found to be running a whole gamut of legacy versions of Windows. That said, some 400m or so copies of Windows 10 are now thought to be in circulation. Can Windows 10 do the same? Things were dandy during the first 12 months following Windows 10's carefully orchestrated launch in July 2015, when upgrades were free for existing users of Windows 7 or 8.1.
26.2 Random Lessons I Learned From My First Marathon 26.2 Random Lessons I Learned From My First Marathon When I crossed the finish line of my first marathon, I was completely overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with thanks for my family for being there with me, overwhelmed with pride for becoming a marathoner and overwhelmed with lessons I knew I needed to write down before I made the same mistakes twice in marathon #2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. .2 Marathons are far. Do you have any tips? Comments Natalie DiBlasio @ndiblasio Natalie comes to RunHaven with an addiction to marathons and a passion for journalism.
Blended Learning: What and Why? In the ongoing quest for improved workforce training, organizations often find they don’t know where to turn for the best advice. Is it better to outsource or to train in-house? What are the newest tools and techniques for delivering training? The traditional instructor-led, classroom training model has typically been thought of as the standard for delivering high quality training to learners. However, studies have shown the effectiveness of training has less to do with face-to-face instruction than it does with the design of the course material1. One thing is certain; companies want more value from their training programs, i.e. better results for less capital outlay. What is Blended Learning? Take one part classroom training, one part e-learning, a dash of self-study, and add a pinch of on-the-job training. Often blended learning is thought of as a compromise between delivering classroom-only training, or online training. Benefits of Blended Learning 1 U.S. By Designing Digitally, Inc.
Stylus/Stylus Publishing - High-Impact ePortfolio Practice: A Catalyst for Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning “A handbook of everything educators need to know about the current state of the art, capped off with a rovocative look at the synergy of ePortfolios with other student success interventions.” - John N. “Drawing on years of work with campuses nationwide, the authors provide excellent analyses of best practices in ePortfolio use, and they situate their examples in critical contexts that demonstrate the role ePortfolios play in facilitating reflection and integration, essential elements of impactful education. “I enjoyed this book enormously and was delighted to discover that many of my ‘dreams’ regarding ePortfolio practice, like ‘social learning’ and ‘community portfolios’ are gaining ground. “Rich with theoretical grounding and examples of actual practice at a wide variety of colleges and universities, High-Impact ePortfolio Practice reveals the power of combining reflective pedagogy with a technology that showcases signature work.