The definition of BLENDED LEARNING is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online-learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
The Flipped Classroom is one approach to Blended Learning
The following Infographic on The Flipped Classroom is from Knewton (click for full-size)
More on Blended Learning & Flipping the Classroom:
About Knewton: https://www.knewton.com/
Knewton.com is the world’s most powerful adaptive learning engine. Knewton.com figures out what each student knows and how each student learns best, to pinpoint the type of content, level of difficulty, and which media format each student needs. Its technology can take any free open content, algorithmically calibrate it, and bundle it into a uniquely personalized lesson for each student at any moment.
Thank you to eSparkLearning.com for including me in their recent blog post (August 5, 2013) titled 5 Questions for 5 EdTech Thought Leaders
The article contains answers from four other educational thought leaders:
Following are the questions that were posed to us and my answers:
In your opinion, what’s the most exciting thing happening right now in digital learning?
Individualized and personalized learning that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from mobile devices.
Technology versus textbooks: will there ever be a winner?
I don’t believe published paper text books to be a sound investment when there are dynamic and interactive digital options that can always be easily updated. While I may personally prefer the freely-available openness of the Internet and its vast array of resources, I understand the need for grade-level appropriate, self-contained, subject-specific digital texts. That said, I worry about student families and institutions being beholden to expensive publisher costs for eTexts.
What’s going to be the next big thing in educational technology?
If you could give one piece of advice to teachers about to integrate technology in their classroom this fall, what would it be?
Don’t hesitate because you think you have to be the controlling expert. Start small and learn alongside your class. Most importantly: Have fun!
What’s your best kept EdTech secret?
If there is an “EdTech secret”, it’s that people are the most significant ‘technology’ and that learning occurs best when powerful connections are made. Technology is simply a tool to help teachers extend their reach and for students to access content, investigate, share, and produce demonstrations of their understandings.
I encourage you to read the original article for all of the insights from the above noted educational thought leaders. Follow them on Twitter and visit their web sites for outstanding information on educational technology and learning in the digital age!
Original eSparkLearning article: Educational Thought Leaders
About eSparkLearning — Their mission is to transform learning so it’s personalized, best of breed, engaging, and mobile; enabling students to succeed in school and in life.
Turning Education Upside down-
Upside Down Learning in the Flipped Classroom:
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. – TED Mission Statement
Richard Saul Wurman and his partner Harry Marks founded TED in 1984 and the Technology, Education, and Design Conference has been held annually since 1990.
Since June 2006, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license, through their web site at http://www.TED.com
TED is not without detractors (Against TED by Nathan Jurgensen) but, I’ve always enjoyed learning something new from the TED videos. There are so many incredibly interesting topics presented succinctly from some amazing people. As Albert Einstein is quoted: “If you can’t explain it to a 6-year old, you don’t understand it yourself”.
TED Ed : TED Videos and Educational Lessons
Recently, TED Ed was formed and pairs the outstanding TED talk videos with talented animators to give the talks even more impact with complimentary images and graphics. TED Ed has a high-powered advisory board which includes Jackie Bezos, Melinda Gates, Sir Ken Robinson, & Salman Khan.
READ MORE at: http://ed.ted.com/about
What’s YOUR Favorite TED video?
I have SO many favorite TED talks, and if forced to choose only a couple, two I keep coming back to are:
HOW ABOUT YOU? Please leave YOUR favorite TED Talks in the Discussion Box at the end of this post
How are new digital technologies changing how teachers teach and students learn?
Network & Internet Security company Enterasys published the following Infographic based on a recent survey.
How do the results compare against YOUR institution?
Digital Technology in Education: Adoption Rates of New Styles of K-12 Teaching
Here’s a quick list of their findings:
- 21% Currently Use Digital TEXT BOOKS; 37% plan to move to DIGITAL ONLY in the near future.
- 40%+ Network Infrastructure INADEQUATE for Digital VIDEO content
- 84% CAN monitor Student Network Use (CIPA FCC 11-125)
- 27% canNOT customize student network by grade level (or with difficulty)
- 46% of schools that plat to exclusively use Online ASSESSMENT for testing.
- 43% Currently Use OR PLAN to try FLIPPED CLASSROOMS
- *33% are currently using SOCIAL MEDIA.
PARTICIPATE in my survey
*IF you’re using Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or Twitter, will you please participate in my online survey?
I’m looking for REAL examples of teaching and learning with Social Media.
GO TO–> Google Survey form. Please share this survey with others and I’ll share back the results!
Adoption Rates of New Styles of K-12 Teaching