blended learning

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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MOOCs go to K12: Higher ed trend expands to high schools

K12 districts are beginning to experiment with “massive open online courses”—better known as MOOCs—to offer classes they might not otherwise be able to due to budget cuts or low interest from students.

Blended learning means more computer time for 'digital natives'

Cumberland (R.I.) High School is using the Edgenuity online blended learning program for summer school credit recovery. The program provides more flexibility to students who might otherwise have had to take summer classes in another school where Cumberland would not be able to control the rigor.

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Rockford (Mich.) school board may pilot blended learning program

In a memo, Ryan Kelley, assistant superintendent for instruction at Rockford Public Schools, said most of the approximately 35 students enrolled in a cyber learning program developed by the Kent Intermediate School District failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and the district's board is looking at a blended learning alternative.

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Richland (Wash.) School District looks to add digital learning materials

Lori McCord, director of teaching and learning, says Richland schools need to be prepared for 21st-century learners. That means using fewer traditional textbooks, and adding more tablet computers and online resources, such as articles, videos, and lectures.

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New W.Va. principal to run the "school of the future"

The new Edgewood Elementary School (Charleston, W.Va.), which will implement a "blended learning" style, has hired Pam Gould as principal. Gould will oversee a staff unfamiliar with the new curriculum, while at the same time consolidating two low-performing schools: Watts and Robins.

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New technology is poised to disrupt America’s schools

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.

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