Archive for the ‘Innovations in Teaching’ Category

    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 […]

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    Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

    March 28, 2019 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    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, […]

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    Personalizing PD for highly-effective, personalized-learning teachers

    February 5, 2019 | by Scott Gotreau

    There is little doubt that technology is a key tool to enable student-centered teaching and learning. After all, it was this premise that led to the great 1:1 race in which schools and districts invested hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to get devices into the hands of as many students as possible. […]

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    What does the future of teaching look like?

    October 19, 2018 | by Thomas Arnett

    Over the last few years, the Christensen Institute has written extensively on how innovation in K–12 education will impact teachers. We’ve tackled important questions such as “Will computers replace teachers?”, “How will technology change teaching?”, and “How do you develop teachers for next-gen classrooms?” Below are highlights of our key findings and insights. Technology will […]

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    Three common misconceptions that thwart school improvement

    October 3, 2018 | by Thomas Arnett

    Misconceptions are dangerous things. They shackle our visions of what’s possible and doom us to consequences we do not expect. For example, a student who believes her genes predetermine her academic abilities may avoid crucial learning experiences that are initially challenging. A student who believes his postgraduation success will flow from his intellectual prowess may […]

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    Who are great blended-learning teachers?

    September 6, 2018 | by Heather Staker

    What does it take to be a great teacher in a blended program? To ask that same question in education parlance, what competencies—meaning motives, traits, self-concepts, values, knowledge, and skills—matter most for teachers who are substituting online learning for part of face-to-face instruction? Online and blended learning are relatively new. The precise list of competencies […]

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