With the recent advent of online assessments, the capabilities of the school network have come to the forefront in many school districts across the nation (Cavanaugh, 2014). In November 2014, President Obama addressed school bandwidth issues during the inaugural superintendent summit on digital learning and future readiness. At the summit, President Obama stated, “Right now, fewer than 40 percent of public schools have high-speed Internet in their classrooms; less than half. It means that in most American schools, teachers cannot use the cutting-edge software and programs that are available today. They literally don’t have the bandwidth” (The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 2014). In 2014, President Obama unveiled the ConnectED Initiative (ConnectED). At the unveiling, President Obama stated that many schools have the same bandwidth as an average American home but with many more users. Continue reading Exploring the Role of the School Network for Technology Integration
Compared with conventional courses that charge tuition, issue college credit, and have enrollments of 20 to 30 students, MOOCs are free and do not issue credits to participants (Pappano, 2012). Since anyone with an Internet connection can register, enrollments can be enormous, occasionally numbering into the thousands (Rodriguez, 2012). Due to the large number of students, faculty cannot respond to each student individually. Students work collaboratively in study groups organized into online forums. The primary instructional medium is the video lecture. Assignments, homework, tests, and final exams may also be included.
Rodriguez (2012) studied an artificial intelligence (AI) MOOC given at the University of Stanford that had an enrollment of 160,000 students. The MOOC was taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, two leading experts on AI (Rodriguez 2012). The MOOC was an experiment by the Stanford University computer science department to increase technology and innovation education worldwide. Norvig and Thrun issued a certificate of accomplishment to students who completed the course (Rodriguez, 2012). The Stanford University computer science department caused a controversy in higher education with their participation in a MOOC that drew an unexpectedly large number of students taught by two of the world’s leading experts on AI (Conole, 2013). Conole (2013) noted that the AI MOOC controversy caused higher education to investigate new methods of developing online courses that would not only make more effective use of technology but also would attract a more diverse student body due to technology. Jenkins (2009) cautioned that students participating in MOOCs needed to possess adequate technology and literacy skills to find and use information effectively as is often present in connectivist learning theory. Continue reading What is a MOOC?
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Blended learning enables important shifts in teaching and learning as schools move to a more student-centered, personalized approach. This session will address the why,what, where and how of the shifts in curriculum and instruction and provides school leaders with an understanding of new opportunities for personalization and for addressing learning differences; powerful applications of project-based, game-based and universal design for learning with technology; options for and affordances of digital curriculum and connected learning; and important new ways to think about the use of student learning time.
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Creating a Culture for Digital Learning
- Identify a time where you felt empowered as a member of a team moving toward a common goal.
- Create a list of characteristics of the team culture that supported this environment.
- Once you have your list of characteristics, ask yourself or your team members the following questions:
- Are these characteristics present in your school culture?
- Do you feel your teachers would respond differently?
- How do you know trust is evident in your building?
- How do you build trust?
ACTIVITY: Build your own definition of school culture. Continue reading School Culture and Digital Learning
In order to shift to Blended and Digital Learning, what must:
- Administrators do?
- Teachers do?
- Students do?
Brainstorm some ideas with your staff using these questions. You can use a shared google doc or another technology such as padlet. https://padlet.com/
Setting a Vision:
- boost student achievement
- provide access to out of reach courses and opportunities
- improve a school system’s financial health
- a combination of all three.
Roadmap to Digital and Blended Learning: Some questions for your consideration when creating your first roadmap. Continue reading In Order for the Shift to Digital and Blended Learning to Happen in my School…
Please raise your hand if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the thought of creating a digital learning plan for your school or district.
When you start brainstorm the steps to having a digital learning plan, you’re hit with a blank word document or whiteboard, killing any creative notion you may have felt. Technology integration is daunting enough – never mind putting together a digital learning plan to be shared your school community.
Well, there’s good news: Creating a digital learning plan doesn’t have to be that daunting. With the right set of tools and information at your disposal, you could easily create an engaging digital learning plan — all without hours of research, a huge time investment, or hiring consultants.
We will walk through how to develop a digital learning plan in this series of blog posts. When we’re done you’ll know exactly how to create a digital learning. Ready? Let’s dive in.
First, let’s think about Blended and Digital Learning… Continue reading New to Digital and Blended Learning? Steps To Doing It Right!
The MassCUE Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning (LBDL) Program offers a job-embedded professional learning experience to prepare principals and their school-based leadership team to lead a digital and blended learning transition in their school. MassCUE is proud to bring this successful and nationally vetted program to Massachusetts school leaders!
- Developing a shared vision for blended and personalized learning
- Leading an effective blended and personalized learning transformation
- Building a strong teaching workforce
- Fostering a school culture that supports blended and personalized learning.