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Blended learning models your teachers may not have considered

As blended learning continues to gain popularity, you may be wondering how your teachers can incorporate it into your school’s classrooms. Maybe you’ve read our past blogs on how to build out an initial blended learning initiative, how flipped classrooms can benefit students and teachers,  or how you can ensure success with blended learning at your school but you’re not exactly sure those approaches fit your school completely? Well, you’re in luck because here are three other blended learning models for you to consider:

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Simplify teacher evaluations with an LMS

Evaluation season is here! Yes, it is that time already – the time where you frantically take notes while teachers demonstrate their teaching ability in one or two class periods. Days, weeks, even months blur together in a sea of paperwork and classroom visits and you begin to question how many teachers your school really employs. 

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Genius hour brings student-centered, personalized projects to your school

“Genius Hour” is another one of those education movements that has created a lot of buzz in the last few years. Much like the growth mindset theory that we talked about last week, genius hour is expected to be one of the most talked about topics in education for 2018. So, if you’re looking for a primer on all things genius hour, you’ve come to the right place.

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Help foster a growth mindset in your school

If you work in education in just about any capacity, you’ve probably spent some time thinking, talking, or learning about growth mindset. In fact, TeachThought, an education blog, listed it as the most popular trend in education for 2018.

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Why your SIS just isn’t enough

If your school is larger than just a few students, chances are you have or are looking for a student information system to help manage the information you’ve got. Things like attendance tracking, gradebooks, and report card creation and processing are included in many of the stand-alone SIS packages available to K-12 schools. In almost every instance, though, these features were originally written for internal use only. Teachers and staff can view the information in the SIS and use it to make decisions. Report cards can be produced and printed, but not shared with families digitally. Parents and students rarely, if ever, log on to an SIS to look at any of this information – it is often just a tool school staff use.

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4 considerations for your blended learning program

As a teacher or administrator, you probably have realized that incorporating blended learning into your classroom or school is not as easy as it sounds. There is a lot of thought and deliberate design that goes into choosing how each teacher and/or school utilizes blended learning. In fact, recent studies have revealed that blended learning design has 4 major challenges to consider:

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Why your students have no digital life

The youngest generation -- today’s school-aged children -- has never existed in a world without easily accessible internet access at their fingertips. In fact, the iPhone has been around longer than most 6th graders. Using devices as a primary means to stay in touch with friends, explore interests, for music and entertainment, and to know what is happening in the world is what they've always known. It is perfectly normal and natural to be in a room with friends, talking or playing games, and also being online at the same time. For them, there's no distinction between "online life" and "offline life" -- it is all just "life". This generation doesn’t recognize that some of their interactions happen in physical space and other activities happen online – they are all just interactions for them.

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Make your teachers flip over flipped classrooms

Last week, we told you about some great guidelines established by academic researchers on the subject of flipped classrooms. While that post is chock-full of great advice for helping students transition to a new form of classroom instruction, faculty and staff need help transitioning too!

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5 researcher-created tips for helping students adapt to flipped classrooms

In previous blogs, we talked about the different types of blended learning scenarios you can use in your school, including flipped classrooms, or flipped learning. With flipped learning, students have pre-lesson activities to do at home – reading or watching videos to prepare. This allows teachers to use class time for projects, activities, and assisting students one-on-one with difficult concepts, rather than lecturing.

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Top ed tech blogger recommends Edsby for K-12 LMS

If you’re reading this blog, you probably know that Twine is a robust learning management system for small and medium sized schools that provides a comprehensive set of tools to staff, faculty, students and parents to better communicate, work more efficiently, and access the information they need from anywhere at any time.

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