Blog

How Blended Learning Can Support Student Agency

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog, Featured, NGLC | 0 comments

How Blended Learning Can Support Student Agency

Blended learning can lead to student agency when it gives students choices about what, where, when, and how they learn. For a better understanding of what student agency is and what it looks like in school-based learning, see my first post in this series, How Next Gen Learning Can Support Student Agency. The following blended learning strategies were shared in a recent #NGLCchat on student agency.   Blended learning leads to student agency when it…   Is about the learner, not the technology, the test, or even the school; when...

read more

Set the Stage for Personalized Learning in Your Classroom

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Set the Stage for Personalized Learning in Your Classroom

On NGLC’s Personalized Learning topics page, we state, “In an education model where students are truly at the center, learning is tailored to individual students’ strengths, needs, and personal interests. Learning opportunities take into account existing knowledge, skills, and abilities, set high expectations, and push students in supportive ways to reach their personal goals.”   Once you decide to embrace personalized learning in your school or classroom, then you need a way to know: The individual strengths, needs, and...

read more

Why Students Should Train like Football Teams

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Why Students Should Train like Football Teams

It can’t really be a coincidence that the start of school and football season coincide. Maybe we educators should take it as a sign and pay more attention to football, its players and coaches. No, I don’t mean we need to huddle in PD, though sometimes we do just that. Or that we all should turn to football as a distraction from the stress and heart wrenching work that it is to educate our children. To each her own. I also don’t advocate for our play space to be filled with the helmet-crushing action and hard hits that leave crowds of...

read more

A Summer of Innovation: Part 2 (Orr Elementary)

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 1 comment

A Summer of Innovation: Part 2 (Orr Elementary)

Benjamin Orr Elementary is a District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) in Southeast Washington, D.C. During the school year, CityBridge Education Innovation Fellows Diane Johnson and Kelley Jones teach mathematics, science, and special education. However, during the summer, these two Fellows are piloting a station rotation-based blended learning model. Since their summer pilot focuses on English Language Arts and mathematics, this dynamic duo is already collaborating with their English Language Arts counterpart—who is new to blended...

read more

A Summer of Innovation: Part 1

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 1 comment

A Summer of Innovation: Part 1

Are you interested in learning how to leverage educational technology? Do you want to learn how to implement a personalized learning model in your classroom? Are you always searching for opportunities to expand your professional learning network? If you’ve answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then allow me to borrow a moment of your time. I want to introduce to you a group of talented D.C. public and public charter school educators who, in addition to teaching, are all participating in a unique, yearlong education innovation...

read more

Beginning My Summer Pilot: Student Success Sheet

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Beginning My Summer Pilot: Student Success Sheet

As part of the Education Innovation Fellowship, each Fellow designs a summer pilot program that uses personalized and blended learning to solve a specific problem in our classrooms. For my pilot, I wanted to give students and their families better access to the various data points we use to measure student success. Our charter network (KIPP DC) does a great job tracking a lot of different student metrics, but unfortunately, these aren’t always shared with students and families in a way that’s easy for non-educators to understand. So I...

read more

Empowering the Nonconsumers

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Empowering the Nonconsumers

My experience with Education Innovation Fellowship began with readings directly from or steeped in the language of the private sector, most notably The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. I am naturally suspicious of conflating of business and education; I fundamentally believe that a school cannot be run like a business. But as I read about hybrids and—be still, my Silicon Valley-watching heart—disruptive innovations, I quickly identified my students’ place in this world. Allow me to contextualize the Island of Misfit Toys that is my school...

read more

Helping Students Help Themselves: Tales from a Middle School Classroom

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Helping Students Help Themselves: Tales from a Middle School Classroom

When using games in the classroom, teachers need to design their implementations in ways that fit their goals, the format of their class, and their students’ needs. Each classroom environment is different and it is not uncommon to find teachers with different implementations and even cases where the implementation may change over the course of the school year. As game developers and researchers, we take special interest in how and why teachers choose to use our games.   The Radix Endeavor is a multiplayer online game designed to...

read more