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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...

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Helping Students Help Themselves: Tales from a Middle School Classroom

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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...

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Test Pilot

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

Test Pilot

As Education Innovation Fellows, we will soon be implementing pilots in our classrooms to try to solve specific problems we’ve encountered. But I feel like I need to test pilot my test pilot, so that when I test my pilot, I’m sure my pilot will not crash. YES, you read that correctly. Let’s face it, innovation is a messy process. Basically, as you attempt to solve a problem in a new, engaging, creative, and more personalized way, you should expect and accept that there will be problems—no matter how much you plan. However, one thing...

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The Uphill Battle of Innovation

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

The Uphill Battle of Innovation

Landing at Dulles International Airport from California two weeks ago was a jarring return to winter; a runway full of snow after a week of 75 degrees and sunny is quite the adjustment. But my return has presented an even larger challenge for me: being innovative in a model that doesn’t preach innovation. Much like my colleague Desiree Smith wrote, I am also searching for my way to spread the ideas that I “received on the mountaintop.”   I returned to D.C. to find that many of my colleagues were interested in me being their eyes...

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How to Avoid Post-REVIVAL Stress Disorder (PRSD)

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 1 comment

How to Avoid Post-REVIVAL Stress Disorder (PRSD)

I’m a PK (Pastor’s Kid), so I know a spiritual revival when I see one. On this California trip, we have not entered any makeshift churches out of white tents, but in equally inspiring, open, and creative spaces, we have been challenged to respond to a call of action to join a growing movement in our educational system. I started to realize that the 22 of us Fellows were beginning to convert to the “gospel” of personalized learning when Gisele Huff spoke to us on Tuesday about how irrational it is to expect one teacher to reach the...

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Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 2 – Leap Innovations grows student engagement in Chicago

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog, NGLC | 0 comments

Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 2 – Leap Innovations grows student engagement in Chicago

The second episode of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Personalized Learning podcast series features the Leap Innovations. Leap Innovations is part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges’ portfolio of regional partners who are incubating local breakthrough model designs. Leap Innovations in particular has awarded 7 grants to charter and turnaround district schools in the Chicago area.   The podcast features Phyllis Lockett and Amy Huang from Leap Innovations, and is moderated by Cheryl Niehaus (Dell Foundation,...

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Go Blended! Book Launched Today!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Blog, Cornerstone Charter Health High School, EL Haynes Public Charter School, Featured, Summit Public Schools | 1 comment

Go Blended! Book Launched Today!

Liz Arney, Director of Innovative Learning at Aspire Public Schools, has just launched her book, Go Blended!, today!    Go Blended! A Handbook for Blending Technology in Schools highlights the successes and lessons learned from Aspire’s process of transforming some of our schools to become blended learning schools to create a helpful step-by-step guide for teachers and administrators who would like to start a blended learning program.   The book includes great advice from many Aspire blended learning teachers, and shares key...

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Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 1 – CityBridge Foundation rethinks education in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Blog, NGLC | 1 comment

Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 1 – CityBridge Foundation rethinks education in Washington, D.C.

The first episode of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Personalized Learning podcast series features the CityBridge Foundation of Washington DC. CityBridge is part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges’ portfolio of regional partners who are incubating local breakthrough model designs. CityBridge in particular has funded 18 next-gen learning schools in the DC area and runs the Education Innovation Fellowship program (many of the Education Innovation Fellows are frequent bloggers here on BlendMyLearning).   The...

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