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K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning Trend

By Maggie Wirtane, Rotational… Flex… Self-blended… Enriched-virtual… What are these terms describing? Apps? Cars? New types of virtual gaming? Actually, these terms describe a nascent form of learning referred to as blended learning or hybrid learning. Indeed, a 2011 report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) indicates that blended learning is on the rise and… Read More ›

99 Resources and Tools for Digital Learning

By Carrie Hopkins, from The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online education has changed the landscape of guided learning for both students and teachers. Professors who once stood in front of classrooms filled with dozens of students now stand in front of webcams in front of thousands or tens… Read More ›

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OpenEd Free Video Library for Open Web Learning

OpenEd is an effort to collect free educational videos aligned to Common Core State Standards for all teachers and students with internet connection and computers. It’s now accepting user applications into beta release, and of course user feedback. This is their letter for an introduction: OpenEd helps you find the best videos and other content… Read More ›


Blended Learning Implementation Guide (#DLDay)

Blended learning is not ‘just another district initiative,’ It is a large scale opportunity to develop schools that are more productive for students and teachers. It’s a fundamental redesign of instructional model. In honor of Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Now! (DLN) today released its fifth white paper in the DLN Smart Series, “Blended Learning Implementation… Read More ›

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Creating Videos for Interactive Learning Experience on Screen

Flipped classrooms and online learning are here to stay, even explode. Watching videos is a crucial part for the learning. To be honest, watching videos on the screens often makes me sleepy unless the videos are more like a performance instead of lecturing. But of course a performance is a kind of visual arts appealing… Read More ›


15 Ways Online Educators Can Light Social Engagement Afire

Social engagement may help eliminate the student retention problems that have plagued higher education for many years. Stephen Abram, author of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog on library trends, pointed out that, “For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While much progress has been made in working toward… Read More ›

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12 Must Read Papers on Digital Learning(2012)

This post “12 Must Read Papers of 2012” by Tom Vander Ark originally appeared on GettingSmart. Following are the 12 papers I most frequently cite (or plan to cite over the next few months) including a couple I co-authored.  The cover blended learning, online learning, competency-based learning, and edtech.  They come from our friends at SETDA, iNACOL, Digital Learning Now …. Read More ›

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10 Predictions and 20 Stories for Blended Learning

Michael Horn and Heather Staker from Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on education and innovation, gave 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013. (published on TheJournal) Some examples were given. 1. More Rotation Models at the Elementary School Level KIPP Empower Rocketship Education 2. More Self-Blending at the High School Level 3. More Flex-Model Prototypes 4. Growth in Enriched-Virtual Models Among Full-Time… Read More ›

Leveraging Digital Learning to Facilitate Deeper Learning

Getting Smart® today launched “How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning,” a white paper that examines how key aspects of personal digital learning – common standards, next-generation assessments, blended learning, and affordable devices – can provide deeper learning opportunities for students. Check this article and the infographic to learn more! ***** Co-written by Tom Vander… Read More ›

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Professional Development for Flipped Learning

Pearson and the Flipped Learning Network have joined forces to offer new and exciting blended professional development for educators looking to switch to the new “flipped learning” teaching model (See the Press Release). Through this partnership, and based on the pioneering work of Flipped Learning Network’s founding members, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, highly skilled trainers… Read More ›

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Technology Matters for Students

Technology is not only a critical part of learning, it’s an essential tool for communication and student-teacher engagement.  Which technologies are most important to students ? How technology impacts academic experience and achievement? Muhammad Saleem sent us this infographic about undergraduate students and technologies to share with you. Original source:

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ECAR Report of Undergraduate Students and Technologies

The use of devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is pervasive. According to the 2012 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, a full 86 percent of college students own a laptop, with smartphone ownership topping 60 percent. Clearly, there is need for these devices, and colleges increasingly are providing the infrastructure to make… Read More ›

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What I learn in a day is more etched into my mind than what it might’ve been had I been learning in a generic format in the traditional high school. It’s also easier to make personal connections to what you learn, when you’re the one in control of learning it, and we all know that… Read More ›

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Thanks to many start-ups, more instruction is now being simultaneously delivered–by a live teacher, via web-based curricula, and in the form of students teaching one another, among other forms–within the walls of traditional classrooms. Take a look at these innovations helping to reshape our education nowadays. Be prepared for a paradigm shift. (Note : Department of… Read More ›

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MIT and Harvard provide interactive courses from both schools online for free through edX, which UC Berkeley recently joined. Stanford has the aforementioned programs, some of which include other Universities, a curriculum redesign in the medical school to eliminate lectures and now has doubled down with the Vice Provost for Online Learning.

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Digital Learning Now! Paper and Infographic

  In the last decade, Americans have increasingly embraced mobile technology – smartphones, tablets, laptops, netbooks, and more – for personal use. In the classroom, these tools can be leveraged for content creation, online assessment, collaboration, and the advancement of the Common Core State Standards. The Digital Learning Now! Smart Series is a collection of… Read More ›

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3 Schools That Are Getting It Right

by Diana Moore, from : Three Schools That Are Getting It Right It’s easy to spend a lot of time on what’s wrong with education—and there’s a place for that. Identifying problems can lead us to solutions. But another crucial part of the conversation needs to be discussing schools that have already found solutions—and how can they be replicated…. Read More ›

The Future of Education and Evidence-Based Perspective

Today, No one can disagree that higher education requires a complete rethink. Our current toolsets and thinking are over 400 years old. But now the transmission of knowledge need no longer be tethered to a college campus. The technical affordances of cloud-based computing, digital textbooks, mobile connectivity, high-quality streaming video, and “just-in-time” information gathering have… Read More ›

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102 Stories(Educators) of Transforming Learning Through Technologies

Starting from today,  July 31 through Aug.1, 102 finalists will showcase the creative ways they are transforming learning through technology in Redmond, Wash. Representing 25 states, they were selected to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum. According to press release from Microsoft, an unprecedented number of applications were submitted this year. These projects across the Pre-K–12 spectrum… Read More ›


What’s The Problem with TED Ed ?

TED Ed had drawn much attention because of the big audience from TED platform. While as we talk about education, a closer examination is always necessary. This is not arguing that TED Ed has no value in education, but to re-think what true learning is and what current technologies can offer for it. TED talk… Read More ›

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The Future of Education Facilitated by Blended Learning

There is a school providing students with access to blended learning and self-paced programs regardless of time. A student has the opportunity to dynamically customize their schedule with a few limiting constructs. A student is required to be on campus four hours each school day.  They can attend between 7 am – 5 pm.  When on campus they will… Read More ›

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10 Reasons Every District Should Open a Flex School

Indianapolis gave the nod to opening 19 charter schools that will combine online technology and face-to-face instruction for nearly 11,000 students. Advocates say the “blended schools” can save money by employing fewer teachers, while also producing “impressive student results,” according to a report by the Associated Press. Blended learning is gaining ground as technologies enter… Read More ›

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Positive Findings from Interactive Online Learning at Public Universities

A new study conducted at six universities gave a comparison between groups given an adaptive statistics-teaching program developed by the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon and groups given a traditionally-presented course with the same content. The publication can be accessed here: Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials. (a brief as below) Download Report In… Read More ›

Blended-Learning in Evolving and Expanding

Last year, Innosight Institute published two white papers observing the rising and different models of blended learning. Last week this non-profit organization updated the observation on blended learning practices happening in different schools. In the white papers, titled “The rise of K-12 blended learning” and “The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” we… Read More ›

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Blended Learning in Different Models That Work

Our education is shifting from century-old, industrial-age factory model to personalized learning through technologies. Blended learning has been widely recognized as a promising approach to facilitate a learning-on-demand model. This infographic displays the ideas around it along with 6 programs representing each of the blended learning models. undefined

Exploring the Practices of Blended Learning in Education

This year(2011) marks a shift in the way that educators are thinking about online learning, several states have passed laws that will affect the way that virtual education operates in those states. This is a blog post about blended learning from our guest blogger : Robert Williams. Thanks, Robert. ***** Change though is hard to adapt to,… Read More ›

Blended Learning – Does it Inspire Better Learning?

Anybody initiating a research on the new trends of education and impact of technology on learning would seem to assume Blended learning, as a new turnaround in the world of education. However, not many people know that combining the traditional way of learning with the modern method has actually been a practice of years. Merging face-to-face learning with online… Read More ›

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The Best Answers on “What is Digital Classroom ?”

What is a digital classroom ? Digital curriculum might be your first thought. What’s the whole picture ? We don’t need technology for the sake of technology. We need technology only if it helps teaching. So we like to share the best answers from the following quotes. These are 10 points to consider when transforming towards digital curriculum from Michael Gorman, including… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).