Author Archive

    A new tool for putting the learning in digital learning

    February 23, 2017 | by Clifford Maxwell

    Today marks the sixth annual Digital Learning Day. It’s a day to step back and look at the enormous progress and promise that technology brings to instruction and to look ahead at where digital learning stands to grow. Ironically, looking back we all too often boil innovation down to singular “light-bulb” moments. When Thomas Edison, […]

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    2016 BLU trends report

    January 27, 2017 | by Clifford Maxwell

      One of the principal reasons we created the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory was so that we could more efficiently and effectively keep our finger on the pulse of blended learning. As schools and districts continue to join, and as current schools and districts update their profiles year after year, the BLU school […]

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    Why educators are moving away from a Station Rotation model

    December 13, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    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, however, we’ve started to see a number of these schools […]

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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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