Archive for April, 2016

    When it comes to purchasing technology—wait!

    April 27, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    Transforming a traditional classroom into a blended one requires a lot of design considerations. From content delivery to assessment to the physical space, change can happen everywhere. Unfortunately, one design choice that schools often make prematurely is deciding which hardware and software to use as part of their blended-learning program. It’s true, every blended-learning implementation […]

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    Calling all researchers: BLU school data now open to the public

    April 15, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    The BLU was launched with educators in mind—for the purpose of helping school leaders and teachers understand what blended learning is, what schools are using it, and how the field is evolving. In addition, we aimed to help researchers leverage the largest database of blended-learning programs to understand blended-learning trends and provide careful analysis of […]

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    From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

    April 14, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    Last week, I attended the Blended and Personalized Conference in Providence, R.I., which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute. At the conference, school leaders from across the country gathered to discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. At the end of the two-day conference, I was left with a strong impression that just as […]

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    Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

    April 8, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Often when we speak with K–12 educators about blended learning, teachers and leaders working in high-poverty neighborhoods want to know: does blended learning work for low-income students? Data so far suggests that the answer is yes, it can. But it’s a crucial question that the field needs to keep pushing, the answer to which should […]

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    What blended learning is and isn’t — Part 2

    April 8, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    To provide further clarity on the definition of blended learning, as well as what makes any blended learning implementation effective, watch Michael Horn and Brian Greenberg describe blended learning in detail. To learn more, check out the blended learning course on Khan Academy. This course was developed by the Clayton Christensen Institute in partnership with the […]

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