blended learning

D.C. schools give blended learning a try

Blended learning is a teaching method that has long been used in private schools and college classrooms, but only in recent years has it been trending in public K12 classrooms.

The academic results for young people in public grade schools are still up in the air, but for now that’s OK.

Indeed, that students who attend a public school in an impoverished section of the District are using computers on a daily basis proves school officials, principals and students are moving in the right direction.

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Online curriculum increases options for Arizona students

With the new school year approaching, many Arizona school districts are flaunting the success their busy, on-the-go, technology-wielding students have had with online curricula, such as the Mesa Distance Learning Program.

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FAQs about online learning

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has put together a list of frequently-asked questions about online learning, with sections for parents, teachers, and administrators. Information includes how to start an online or blended learning program, and how to find quality online courses to implement in your school.

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New Albany (Ohio) district investing $347K in tech upgrades

The New Albany-Plain school board will spend $347,000 to upgrade technology for K8 classrooms, replacing equipment that is eight to 10 years old. Among other initiatives, the new equipment will help facilitate 10 blended learning courses the school offers.

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Hybrid PD supported by online ‘communities of practice’

With the many professional educational technology resources available to the K12 community today, it’s imperative that we transition from episodic and ineffective models to an interactive environment that is digitally-based and connected 24/7.

Cobb school board approves digital math book purchase

The Cobb County (Marietta, Ga.) board has decided to purchase $2.9 million worth of electronic math textbooks for its middle and high school students. It’s a scaled-down version of the $7.5 million proposal 100 teachers endorsed that would have provided printed math textbooks, workbooks, and online resources to each of the district’s 108,000 students.

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Atlanta Public Schools turns to ASCD for capacity building solutions

Atlanta Public Schools (APS), serving more than 51,000 students in the greater Atlanta, Ga., metro area, has chosen to partner with ASCD to develop a professional development system to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) through a blended model of capacity building.

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The rise of blended learning

For months, Stanton Elementary School (Washington, D.C.) teachers and administrators searched books, webinars, conferences, news articles, and anything else they could find for ideas about how to get students more engaged in the classroom. They kept running across the same mysterious two words: blended learning.

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