At this year’s Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, participants faced head-on their ongoing challenges to making effective, personalized and blended learning mainstream. The work’s easier said than done, especially when it comes to expanding practice beyond early adopters, adapting approaches to students’ contexts, or coordinating across teams to support a new instructional approach. The event, […]

The way people think about edtech misses the mark

April 23, 2019 | by Thomas Arnett

Does adaptive learning software improve test scores? Does a 1:1 device initiative improve learning? Is screen time good for students? Questions like these are regulars in debates about edtech. But whether you’re an edtech advocate or a critic, if you’re asking questions like these, you’re missing the mark. All of these questions stand atop an […]

In our school,  numerous educators have long practiced cooperative learning pedagogical methods. But we’ve recognized that blended learning is another  effective mediator to help support student learning in a rapidly changing world. For instance, one benefit to students of a blended-learning approach has been the driver of our school’s work: preparedness. It is the skill […]

Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches. Beyond just restructuring the classroom, blended-learning models are starting to open up new connections and diversify students’ networks. This has huge potential to address not just achievement gaps, but opportunity gaps. Over the years, […]

3 secrets to successful Station Rotations

March 21, 2019 | by Jenny White

Station Rotation is one of the most popular blended-learning approaches. The model isn’t new or unique to blended learning; teachers have been using learning activity “centers” in their classrooms for decades, particularly at the elementary level. What qualifies Station Rotation as a blended model is when at least one station involves student-led online learning. By […]

A Case for Real Cupcakes and Real Connections at BPLC19

February 26, 2019 | by Laura Jackson

My three-year-old loves his iPad. He implores me to take it down from the high shelf where it’s stored with the desperate thirst of a man who’s been wandering the desert. It’s one of the few carrots I can use to compel him to do the things three-year-olds are loathe to do: put on shoes; […]