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    Why educators are moving away from a Station Rotation model

    December 13, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory, 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program. Over the past few months, […]

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    Uncovering What Works in Blended Learning

    October 7, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    To scale effective blended and personalized learning environments, we first need to develop a better understanding of what learning approaches work, for which students, in what circumstances. This level of insight is necessary to build replicable theories of change, and it will move us beyond educational “best practices” that lack true predictive power. As we’ve […]

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    The BLU Star Innovator Search

    September 1, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    On March 31–April 1, the Highlander Institute and the Christensen Institute will showcase leading classroom, school, and district blended learning implementers from across the nation at our 2017 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I. Do you want to be recognized as a BLU Star administrator or teacher spearheading blended and personalized learning in […]

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    To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

    August 11, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

      Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. This week, we are excited to announce the release of district profiles on the BLU. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning […]

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    With blended learning—plan on change

    June 24, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory—the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In the past six months, we have seen at least a dozen schools that have shifted from using a single model of […]

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    Does blended learning spell the end of homework?

    May 27, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    As the disruption of monolithic teacher-led instruction continues to occur, there may be another educational practice that is being transformed along with it, especially for younger students: homework. Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of […]

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