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    Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

    June 19, 2018 | by Jenny White

    Recently, an education leader remarked to me that “the concept of a computer lab is obsolete”. The comment surprised me. In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and […]

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    Show me the evidence: Do new staffing arrangements actually work?

    June 14, 2018 | by Thomas Arnett

    As future-thinking schools experiment with ways to personalize learning—such as blended, project-based, exploratory, and mastery-based learning—it seems only logical that they also reconsider how they organize their instructional teams. This hypothesis guided our research with Public Impact over the last year, and culminated in a white paper released last month. Given the persuasive anecdotes and achievement results we saw from the […]

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    Teachers Shouldn’t Have To Work Alone—And Now They Don’t Have To

    June 7, 2018 | by Michael B. Horn

    With the rise of online learning in schools—what educators call blended learning—what teachers do daily is changing in big and small ways. A central question is what will teaching look like in the future, as online learning can increasingly help students learn knowledge personalized to their specific learning need. Recent research even suggests that learning […]

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    A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

    May 31, 2018 | by Thomas Arnett

    Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. But an intuitive rationale doesn’t clearly translate to effective practice. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating […]

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    To go blended, these teachers take the driver’s seat

    May 30, 2018 | by Jenny White

    Although much of our research has focused on U.S. trends in blended learning, over the past year we’ve taken an increasingly global lens on how schools are going blended. This month we sat down with Jacob Rosch, head of educational technology at Collège du Léman in Switzerland, to hear about his team’s teacher-customized blended-learning adoption […]

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    Failing forward: Why twists and turns toward learning transformations are valuable

    May 25, 2018 | by Jenny White

    Last month, the Christensen Institute co-hosted the annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference with the Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to the main conference, we held a 2-day Advanced Practitioner Summit during which on-the-ground experts joined in discussions around problems of practice and emerging tactics to solve for them. One highlight among those conversations was […]

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