Blended Learning Models: 4 Recent Advances in the Classroom

Posted by Zack Blois on Oct 29, 2013 11:35:00 AM
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IMG_0897_greyHere at Wowzers, we are constantly reading (and learning) about amazing blended learning innovations in schools across the country. And let me tell you, there have been a ton of encouraging breakthroughs and successes lately.

Now, we couldn’t put all the great news we’ve come across the past month in this blog post, because it would be about 3,000 words long...

Instead, I ever so kindly narrowed the massive amount of good news down to four blurbs about recent innovations and resources in the blended learning space. Enjoy!

New MOOC available to blended learning educators

Coursera, a leader in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) space, just released a new course entitled “Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students”. The course is designed to help educators gain an understanding of the various models and develop the tools they need to build their own blended learning program.

The course does not require a deep prior knowledge of blended learning, but Coursera recommends participants have access to a classroom so they can try out some of the concepts they learn about. Be sure to check it out!

Initiative sets out to create rubrics for evaluating online and blended learning

The blended learning space can feel like the "wild west" sometimes, with its many options to for both content and classroom management. The Northeast Comprehensive Center is starting a five-year initiative to develop a set of rubrics so that schools and districts can easily evaluate online and blended learning programs for use in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

To read more about the initiative, check out this informative T.H.E. Journal article, “NCC Developing Rubrics for Evaluating Online and Blended Learning”.

Special education stuents in Los Angeles thrive via blended learning

It’s easy to get caught up in the overall advantages of blended learning. However, its positive effects on special education often gets overlooked.

VentureBeat recently published an article describing how iPads are being used in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) special education classrooms. The thing that caught my eye is how flipped classroom models appear to be quite beneficial in the special education setting.

Check out VentureBeat’s article, “How the iPad can turn teaching special ed ‘on its head’” to learn more about the amazing progress at LAUSD.

Blended learning environments from the teacher's perspective

The good folks at EdSurge recently completed an in-depth profile of the EL Haynes Charter School in Washington, DC. In very unique approach, the author attempted to portray how students learn at their own pace using blended learning from the perspective of 9th grade physics teacher Shane Donovan.

Learn more about the discoveries and challenges Shane encountered as he insitutes his daily blended learning model in “Spotting Schools’ Version of "Bigfoot" (via EdSurge).


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