Blog

Blended Learning is Not Enough

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Blended Learning is Not Enough

I am coming to the end of a fabulous experience as an Education Innovation Fellow, and it is through this fellowship that I began my journey of discovery of blended and personalized learning. As with any profession, education is replete with vocabulary that has different meanings to different groups of educators, innovators, and the public. Blended learning, which is a combination of online and teacher-led learning, is one such term. But what I find so exciting about blended learning is that it is a powerful tool that can allow educators...

read more

A Blended Learning Cohort – A Professional Development Model for Schools

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

A Blended Learning Cohort – A Professional Development Model for Schools

An Analysis of our two day kickoff   Are you excited about the impact that blended learning has on student learning?  Are you on board with the current research on the positive impacts of blended learning?  If so, you may be looking for a way to train teachers and colleagues.  There are sites that get thrown around in conversation (Khan Academy may be the most common) and tools that get referenced (e.g., edpuzzle, newsela, etc.) but the training around what teachers should be doing with these platforms and tools in many cases is what...

read more

The Edtech Trinity: Time, Training, and Tools

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 1 comment

The Edtech Trinity: Time, Training, and Tools

Edtech tools will never replace teachers, but teachers who use edtech tools will replace those who don’t.   There’s absolutely no denying that edtech tools are changing the teaching profession. As a result, I’ll argue that the edtech trinity in education must include time, training, and tool searching. As the edtech industry grows and becomes more advanced, every teacher will have the following choice to make: Either get ahead of the learning curve or fall further behind.   Time   Regardless of your perspective on...

read more

Megabytes, Maintenance & Metrolyrics.com: USC Hybrid High Quarter 1 By the Numbers

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Blog, Featured, USC Hybrid High | 0 comments

Megabytes, Maintenance & Metrolyrics.com: USC Hybrid High Quarter 1 By the Numbers

As USC Hybrid High wraps up its first quarter this year, we want to give you a peek under the hood of our personalized learning model. Check out this infographic for a glimpse into USC HHS by the numbers, and add to the conversation by sharing some stats from your...

read more

Reactive vs. Proactive: Lessons I’ve Learned From The Armchair

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 2 comments

Reactive vs. Proactive: Lessons I’ve Learned From The Armchair

Reactive: Done in response to a problem or situation: reacting to problems when they occur instead of doing something to prevent them.   School administrators are not expected to predict the future, but they are expected to be prepared for it. Without discernment and a game plan ready to go at all times, a principal leaves herself vulnerable to making hasty, and therefore uninformed, decisions. These “snap” solutions are rarely recorded and are even less likely to be communicated to staff and necessary stakeholders, thus eroding the...

read more

When It All Falls Down

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

When It All Falls Down

As a child, I was taught to recite that age-old nursery rhyme, “London Bridge is Falling Down.” Of course, when you’re young, you never really take the time to ask why London Bridge is falling—nor do you realize that the rhyme really makes no sense. And as you get older, you may still find yourself asking why London Bridge fell down. Could it have been a fire? Natural disaster? Or could it have been as simple as a lack of support?   As educators, we are the bridges for our students when it comes to learning complex concepts,...

read more

Growth vs. Mastery

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 3 comments

Growth vs. Mastery

My blended learning pilot this summer was designed to fill learning gaps for incoming 9th grade students—specifically, I wanted to increase their English Language Arts (ELA) grades, improve their performance on standardized tests, and increase their overall engagement.  30% of my school’s 9th graders failed the course last school year with a grade of D or lower. My school administration also wanted the pilot to include a component for character education, since many of our 9th grade students had trouble last year transitioning to high...

read more

Teacher Leadership: Leading Without Leaving

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 3 comments

Teacher Leadership: Leading Without Leaving

The word “teacherpreneurs” makes me want to throw up.  It reminds me of a celebrity mash-up, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie become “Brangelina.” YUCK! The education world has mashed-up “teacher” and “entrepreneur” to become this strange lovechild.  While I believe the phrase itself is a miss match of words, I think the concept is genius.   I first encountered the word on my Twitter feed this past March.  Unfortunately, I did not attend this year’s SXSWedu conference in Austin, but in conversations on social media,...

read more