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Innovation...disruption...transformation...the path to successfully implementing high-quality blended learning in America's schools is rapidly unfolding and The Learning Accelerator is developing a road map for districts ready to embark on this journey. On the BlendED Update you will find our latest research, commentary, and helpful tools for schools that are ready to blend.

Reflections on TLA’s Blended & Personalized Learning Practices at Work Project: What We Learned and What’s Next

by Daniel Owens on Jan 30, 2017


The Learning Accelerator’s mission is to catalyze the implementation of high-quality blended learning. TLA has worked diligently to capture and share some of the best blended and personalized instructional practices from across the country. Our early work focused on the enablers to blending learning, things that districts need to have in place to make blended learning a reality (e.g. internet...

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What is unique about the researcher’s role in measuring blended learning success?

by Saro Mohammed on Jan 11, 2017


In previous posts, I illustrated to edTech developers and educators how they can contribute to our shared understanding of if, when, and how blended learning is effective through TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning. In this post, I focus on researchers, and how their role can be expanded out of the traditional boundaries of “evidence curation” in to dissemination, competence-building,...

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What is the educator’s role in measuring blended learning success?

by Saro Mohammed on Dec 14, 2016


At this year’s iNACOL symposium, there was increasing consensus around the idea that understanding the effectiveness of blended and personalized learning in different contexts can no longer be put off into the future or left to researchers and think tanks alone. Several speakers agreed that we need these answers today and a broad group of stakeholders, including educators, must play a critical...

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ARPA-Ed: What would it take?

by Saro Mohammed on Dec 7, 2016


Recently, the White House hosted a Symposium on the Future of Education R&D and Digital Learning, at which 100 or so researchers came together to share with and learn from each other. The purpose of this meeting was twofold—first, to review progress made in supporting educational innovation by the outgoing administration, and second, to consider what research and development path...

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Lounge Lessons - Clearing up persistent teacher misconceptions on blended learning.

by Juliana Finegan on Dec 6, 2016


Having taught high school and middle school for almost ten years, I still have many friends who are educators and administrators throughout the country. Recently I visited a school and was able to reconnect with some of them, talk about life, and chat about education. As we caught up in the teacher’s lounge, I was questioned about my work in blended learning. Some teachers asked about...

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A Measurement Agenda: Role of EdTech Developers?

by Saro Mohammed on Dec 1, 2016


As the implementation of blended and personalized learning grows, questions about effectiveness are becoming relevant to more students and families, teachers, and classrooms across the nation. Researchers and think tanks cannot generate these answers alone. A broad group of stakeholders must play a critical role, and edtech developers have a unique position in their ability to both contribute...

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We Had to Personalize Teaching to Personalize Learning

by Michael Fauteux on Nov 21, 2016


Blended and personalized learning holds tremendous promise for meeting the individual needs of our students and deepening their learning.

Unfortunately, in the rush to implement these models, we often overlook the needs of those responsible for putting them into practice: the teachers.

Whole model implementation is an overwhelming endeavor because it involves significant changes to a multitude...

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Forward. A letter to my team.

by Beth Rabbitt on Nov 9, 2016


 

The results of yesterday’s U.S. elections have prompted a collective pause across the educational community. The majority of us, individually and together, are engaged in deep reflection as we look forward to next steps in achieving our dreams for children, the sector, and our country.

Earlier today, I sent a message to my team at The Learning Accelerator, sharing my own thoughts about...

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Join TLA at iNACOL!

by Michela Marini on Oct 20, 2016


The Learning Accelerator team will be in San Antonio next week and many of our partners will be involved in compelling sessions and/or pre-conference workshops at #iNACOL16. Please join us!

Tuesday, October 25

8:00 am

K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting

TLA Partner Saro Mohammed will join the MVLRI team in a day-long research community meeting fostering a space for researchers,...

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Really the End of Average?

by Saro Mohammed on Oct 6, 2016


It seems that everywhere I turn these days, there’s another book or article reproaching our reliance on averages, and, by extension, the “gold standard” of scientific research – the randomized controlled trial (RCT)–in education. The two concepts are intertwined, since RCTs rely on both random assignment as well as averages (or means) as the statistic of importance...

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OER Momentum and Debut of Open Up Resources

by Jennifer Wolfe on Sep 22, 2016


The Learning Accelerator and OER

Almost three years ago, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) began its journey into open education resources (OER). As our understanding of OER deepened, we saw exciting opportunities for a new model of instructional materials: high quality, standards-aligned and low cost. These new OER materials had the potential to improve student learning, provide educators with more...

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Call it what you want: Why we don’t need a common definition of ‘blended’ or ‘personalized’ learning to measure effectiveness

by Saro Mohammed on Sep 21, 2016


Last year’s enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act, when viewed alongside other recent federally supported education initiatives such as the expansion of the national E-Rate program, the ConnectED initiative, and the Go Open campaign, was perceived by proponents of personalized learning as a clear victory. Their expectation is that under ESSA, educational innovations,...

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SXSWedu Panel Picker: TLA’s picks

by Michela Marini on Aug 29, 2016


Interested in seeing blended learning on the agenda for this year’s SXSWedu? As part of their session selection process, SXSWedu welcomes public voting: anyone can cast their vote for session proposals, and public input accounts for 30% of the decision-making process for conference programming.

With your vote, we can together ensure that SXSWedu 2017 offers some great blended learning panels....

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Introducing Practices at Work

by Beth Rabbitt on Aug 22, 2016


Just over a year ago, the TLA team launched a project to better understand blended and personalized learning practices in schools across America. As a result of our research in hundreds of classrooms, today we are launching a new site called Blended and Personalized Practices at Work

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In Practices at Work, we share the approaches of six schools using technology integrally with in-person...

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Into the Field: A TLA Partner Extends Her Reach

by Beth Rabbitt on Jun 28, 2016


At The Learning Accelerator, we use the word “catalyze” to describe our work. We act as an agent to spark change - identifying opportunities and challenges, sharing resources and approaches, and promoting and creating space for collaboration.  We’ve launched initiatives and organizations, and helped connect different partners to accelerate the pace of change.

Today, I’m...

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Personalized Learning: Trendy and True

by Saro Mohammed on Jun 15, 2016


Personalized learning practices are increasingly being used in a variety of K-12 settings. These include public, private, and charter schools; at elementary, middle, and high school levels; in many content areas—including core subjects like reading, English language arts, math, and writing; and with students from various backgrounds.The current pace of growth in the implementation of personalized...

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Top 10 Ideas for Knowledge Sharing in Education

by Jennifer Wolfe on May 10, 2016


Over the last nine months, TLA has been engaged in a deep research effort to better understand teaching and learning in blended and personalized learning environments. We have learned a great deal and identified some really terrific practices at a number of schools nationally. We plan to share out as much as we can in an open source manner for others to use for their own work and purposes.

We know...

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