One of my favorite movies, Only Yesterday, is centered around a young woman reminiscing about her days in elementary school. The young woman's name is Taeko and one of her memories involves a failing grade she received on a math test that required her to divide fractions.
Maximizing engagement and progress in a blended learning environment requires educators to take a step outside the old "brick-and-mortar classroom" box. But, students aren't the only ones who can use these new EdTech resources to constantly learn.
Social tools like Twitter and Pinterest open avenues for educators to share great ideas and strategies to enhance the blended classroom. With this great EdTech advantage in mind, we've compiled a list of our twelve favorite Twitter accounts that showcase a variety of leading voices, tips, and best practices in the blended learning field.
Back in May, we covered the release of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's (SBAC) online practice tests. A lot of the feedback we received following our report noted that the tests were helpful, but they were missing a lot of integral features.
In an interesting turn, it seems the team at Smarter Balanced heard this same feedback pretty loud and clear. Over the past two months, the SBAC rolled out a series of additions and resources in efforts to better assist the educators who felt the practice tests offered an inadequate amount of background or supplemental information, resources, and guides.
Two weeks ago, we rolled out our eBooklet, "Finding the Blended Learning Model that's the Right Fit for Your School", to help educators gain a better understanding of the four main blended learning models that have emerged in the movement's infancy.
This week, I read an article by Katrina Schwartz of MindShift that I felt served as a great coupling resource to our eBooklet. In the article, Katrina put together four fantastic "guidelines and best practices" she culled together while speaking with schools and districts that have successfully integrated blended learning.