blended learning

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

| December 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here […]

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Tech Tools, Blended Learning and More: ITM’s MindShift Moment

Tech Tools, Blended Learning and More: ITM’s MindShift Moment

| November 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

Excited to introduce a collaboration with the creative minds behind the Infinite Thinking Machine. This week, the producers have pulled together an episode featuring some of MindShift’s most popular articles: Why Googling Is Not Enough, The Power of One Teacher’s Vision, and How Should Teaching Change in the Age of Siri? A huge thanks and […]

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How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction

How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction

| November 14, 2012 | 25 Comments

As schools start experimenting with educational software — or blended learning — teachers are trying to find ways of using tech to enhance learning in different subjects. When it comes to math, specifically, the tactics vary widely — from using software for remediation, to practicing drills and exercises to move students ahead at their own […]

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Blended Learning: Passing Fad or True Innovation?

Blended Learning: Passing Fad or True Innovation?

| November 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

The most recent Infinite Thinking Machine episode takes a crack at defining and explaining different modes of blended learning. In short, “you mix online learning with face-to-face instruction on a regular basis.” The model — and products — teachers choose to use will depend on their instructional styles: teaching content or more open-ended styles, like […]

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To Make Blended Learning Work, Teachers Try Different Tactics

To Make Blended Learning Work, Teachers Try Different Tactics

| November 2, 2012 | 32 Comments

By now, most would agree that technology has the potential to be a useful tool for learning. Many schools have invested in some form of technology, whether it’s in computer labs, tablets, or a laptop for every student, depending on their budget. But for many schools, finding a way to integrate the use of tech […]

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The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

| November 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

Ananth Pai is a masterful educator, who runs a dynamic, student-centered classroom humming with activity — what we imagine as the best-case scenario for blended learning. Pai has created individual learning plans for each of his students, which includes time with him, with other kids, and with online games. And though his students have shown […]

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What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment?

What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment?

| October 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Katrina Schwartz As the blended learning movement grows in the U.S., schools will need to experiment with what works best in different types of settings. There’s still a lot to learn about different types of blended learning models, and a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools will raise and invest $25 million toward that effort. […]

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What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

| October 11, 2012 | 17 Comments

Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and […]

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Learning that Happens Online and Off, In and Out of School

Learning that Happens Online and Off, In and Out of School

| May 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

Could this be a model for the future school? Students spend time doing projects at off-site organizations, listening to lectures at home, collaborating with other students and teachers at school.

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Learning to Read Goes High-Tech

Learning to Read Goes High-Tech

| April 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

A computer voice guides 12-year-old Amir Accoo to spell the words he hears through his headphones: emergency, bulldozer,  minutes. Accoo spells “minutes” wrong and is asked to try that one again, several times. Later, he clicks on a proofreading button. “You check what you have wrong out of the spelling words I just did,” Accoo […]

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