blended learning

New law broadens online and blended education supports in Colorado

With an eye on expanding K-12 online and blended course offerings as well as the professional development assistance needed to deliver the courses, state Senator Ellen Roberts and state Representative Don Coram brought forward and passed legislation that will increase opportunities for Colorado students, particularly in rural Colorado. Now, what exactly does this legislation do?

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Update on DK's Blended Learning Work

Over the past several months, the Donnell-Kay Foundation developed a number of new blended learning resources.  The following items are now available on our website: workshop video and materials, a case study, and our new blended learning resources page. 

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Policy Priorities for Blended Learning: Create Colorado Proof Points

A lot of people don’t understand what blended learning is or why it could benefit their students. That lack of understanding is another barrier identified in the new CDE paper “Blended Learning in Rural Colorado: Status and Strategies for Expansion.”

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Policy Priorities for Blended Learning: Expand Broadband Access

Without access to fast Internet, schools cannot implement blended learning.

That’s one of the barriers revealed in the recent study “Blended Learning in Rural Colorado: Status and Strategies for Expansion.” An example from the paper:

One school has to shut down Internet access to all classrooms when a math class is streaming online content.

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Blog Post by Matt Samelson: A Toehold for Blended Learning

In order for blended learning models to truly get a toehold in the American public education system, they need to be implemented in existing district and charter schools. By no means is this a slight against new schools starting with blended learning as a core component of its structure. We need those too. But in order to accelerate the blended learning’s potential for individualized, differentiated teaching and student outcomes, more pilot classrooms and whole school programs are needed in existing classrooms.

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A Policy Focus at the Final '12 Blended Learning Gathering

 

The 3rd Colorado Summit on Blended Learning (CSBL) spanned 3 days this year; the third and final day focused on policy in support of blended learning, happening in states across the country. Check out our lineup of speakers, their credentials, presentations and what their states are up to.

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Blended Learning Webinar May 9 with JeffCo's Judy Bauernschmidt

DK's partner iNACOL is putting on a webinar tomorrow with Jefferson County's Bauernschmidt, who's presented at the 2011 and 2012 summits on blended learning.

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Blog Post: National Rural Education Technology Summit

DK's work on blended learning is constantly enlightened by talent outside of Colorado's Front Range and challenged by the limitations of rural access to technology. We've seen practitioners in the rural parts of the state doing incredible things with blended, for example Mike Post from Buena Vista, who spoke at the March 22 blended learning summit.

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Tech Matters 2012: Teachers Teaching Teachers to Geek Out

This post is by Jason Shiroff (below, seen in his classroom), a teacher at the Odyssey School. He also participated on the panel at DK's first 2012 blended learning summit event on March 22.

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Blog Post: Why Blended Learning?

Dan Morris headshotDan Morris from eNet Colorado is part of a panel on professional development and teacher certification at the April 24th blended learning summit. 

 

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