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5 examples of blended learning success

Discover how New Hampshire is sustaining positive blended learning policies in its schools blended-competency. As new educational models gain support among educators and students who want to learn in new and different ways, blended learning is perhaps one of the strongest among these new models.

Now, researchers have discovered that some of these models work well together–for instance, blended learning and competency-based learning, another strong model in which students advance based on mastery and not grade level or time-in-seat, have evolved to overlap and complement one another.

A new report from the Clayton Christensen Institute, authored by Julia Freeland, notes that blended learning supports competency-based learning in at least four ways:

1. “Online content can offer a continuum of learning along which students can progress at a flexible pace.”
2. Assessments can be delivered on-demand when students are learning online.
3. Students have more than one lesson, or one information source, through which to access content, because online learning is delivered in a “more modular manner” than face-to-face instruction. This leads to students having “multiple pathways to mastery.”
4. Blended learning offers tools for personalized education, which can support districts that are trying to scale competency-based learning systems.

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A New Wonderful Wheel on SAMR and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

The buzz that the Modern Taxonomy Wheel generated over the last couple of weeks  has not yet died out and now we have a new updated wheel from the same guy Allan Carrington. I love Allan's work and I find it really interesting. His wheels come along in such a visually attractive way summarizing most of the apps and web tools we have been sharing here with you.

If you already had a chance to have a look at the previous wheel and compare it with this new one you will notice that Allan has brought about some new updates to the new wheel. There is now a particular shared focus on both SAMR model and Bloom's digital taxonomy to help teachers better leverage technology in their teaching.

If you are not familiar with what SAMR is all about, please read this post.

Now, Click on this LINK to get the poster as PDF.

Sioux City school technology director wins state award

SIOUX CITY | Efforts to expand technology in the Sioux City school district have earned Technology Director Neil Schroeder an award as one of the state’s top administrators.

Schroeder was named Iowa Technology & Education Connection’s administrator of the year Friday. The award is given to a principal, superintendent or other administrator who expands the use of technology in their district.
ITEC, which will give the award to Schroeder during its fall conference in Des Moines on Oct. 14, is a group that works with districts to expand technology in the classroom.

Shroeder was quick to share the credit for the district’s success.

“It’s kind of a humbling experience,” Schroeder said of the award. “I really don’t care who gets the credit for the award. This is an outgrowth of great administrators and great teachers.” <READ MORE>

Why High-Tech Teaching Is a Win for Everyone

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When Lyndsey Winslett's daughter Ava was home sick last year for six weeks, the fourth-grader didn't miss a single lesson -- her smiling face was right there in class with her friends, pixelated on a computer screen. Thanks to Alabama-based Huntsville City Schools' 1:1 program, which supplies one laptop or tablet for every child in grades 1-12, Ava's teacher was able to dial her student right into the classroom via Skype.

"Every morning her classmates would look into the camera and say, 'Hey, Ava,' 'Good morning, Ava.' It was amazing," Winslett says. "When she finally made it back to school it didn't feel like she had been gone -- there was no tough readjustment or playing catch-up on missed lessons."

Increasingly, programs such as these are becoming more prevalent. Although many public schools in America are still struggling with budget cuts and classroom size, other school systems in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and elsewhere are making the bold decision to put aside traditional textbooks in favor of laptops and e-readers. The goals? Improving students' grades and saving money for schools and parents.

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