If you went to ISTE this year you are probably not reading this blog right now, as you are still there or, having already left, are now in active recovery and trying to shield yourself from all external stimuli. ISTE is, in a word, overwhelming. With over 14,000 educators, what seemed like as many industry experts and vendors (don’t worry, it wasn’t actually that many!) and more panels, workshops and speakers than we could possibly count, there is an incredible amount to take in. And also an incredible number of things people might take away. And since my 21 hours there only included around 5 sleeping I thought I’d share just a few observations.
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Data-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning. From the grouping of students, to strategic assignment of content, to keeping track of each student’s personalized learning paths, data is essential for making every decision along the way. When it comes to data and decision-making, digital content providers offer an array of reports. The number of reports can be overwhelming and how to use them can be confusing. Below are five of the most common types of content provider data and how to use them to drive your personalized learning classroom.
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Students in Wendy Daniels 4th grade blended classroom in Evanston, WY join a virtual pen pal session with 5th grade blended students in Middletown, NY. Guest Blog Post by Wendy Daniels, 4th Grade Teacher at North Evanston Elementary School in Evanston, Wyoming In February Lori Lawrence, a 5th grade teacher in Middletown, New York, reached out with a request. She wanted to create a virtual pen-pal class for her 5th grade blended classroom. I thought it would be neat to connect my students in Wyoming with hers in New York and so we scheduled a time for our classes to Skype. The results were amazing!
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It's spring and flowers aren't the only things blooming. This is also the time of year when we at Education Elements focus on our blooming partner catalog - on building relationships with new partners, and cultivating and growing our relationships with old ones. With an eye on back-to-school we meet with current, and prospective partners to compare notes, coordinate our back-to-school product releases, and ensure that together we deliver improved student outcomes for our clients.
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As one of many tools used in building the best-performing urban school district in the country, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has invested in blended learning and developed a district-wide strategy to support various blended learning models through its 111 schools. To do so, DCPS is starting small, focusing on strategy and exploration, and using varied blended approaches in select–mostly low-performing–schools with a handful of digital learning solutions. DCPS has three specific implementation strategies: seeding innovation, developing blended learning feeder patterns, and building upon existing instructional models.