Universally Designed Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

So, how do we design and facilitate learning experiences to remove barriers and allow all students to succeed? In my upcoming book, I teamed up with Dr. Katie Novak to explore the complementary nature of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning.

Farewell, 2020: Lessons Learned

Catlin Tucker

Yet, it seemed wrong to pretend the year didn’t happen or that I learned nothing from it. When it comes to connecting with your colleagues, I’ve seen teams of teachers commit to a book study as a way to connect and learn. 3 Students are capable of self-directed learning.

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Learning Recovery Through Acceleration

A Principal's Reflections

As such, the most common messaging has focused on the impending learning loss epidemic that is about to plague virtually every school. A more sensitive and pragmatic strategy is to develop systemwide supports for learning recovery through acceleration.

Distance Learning Resources

A Principal's Reflections

Schools across the world have begun to shut down for extended periods of time and distance learning plans are either being developed or put into effect. Below are some posts that I have written over the years that might be able to aid educators as they look to facilitate virtual learning.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Learn How 2.

Developing Asynchronous Remote Learning Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have written extensively on the topic of remote learning. Modeling on my part and active application on their end, make these learning experiences that much richer. For more details on this blended learning approach, give this post a read.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. In the end, there is no one right way to go about implementing any type of remote learning.

Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Or, if you’re a remote learning school, do your youngers struggle with tech because they didn’t start to learn it early enough (like Kindergarten)? Kindergarten is the perfect time to start (for the reasons listed below–they love it and learn fast).

Empathetic Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

What we have learned about COVID-19 is that it can spiral out of control at a moment's notice if social distancing and health recommendations aren't followed. Now more than ever, empathy is needed to help everyone get through remote or hybrid learning.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

Self-Regulation in Blended Learning Environments

Catlin Tucker

I can empathize with their frustration, but I attribute these behaviors to underdeveloped self-regulation skills, especially in online and blended learning environments. Blended Learning Environments Require Self-regulation Skills. The goal of the various blended learning models (e.g.,

Making Headway with Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Many difficult lessons were learned during the pandemic, and a few more are sure to materialize over the next couple of months. What are your exemplars of effective remote or hybrid teaching and learning, and why? Without this, the willingness and desire to learn dwindles.

3 Things to Learn Over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. With Advancement Courses , you never stop learning.

Moving to a Hybrid Learning Model

A Principal's Reflections

The pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, and lessons, some of which were very hard, were learned. The lessons learned during COVID19 provide opportunities to re-envision what schools can be. My thinking as of late has been around a hybrid learning model.

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning. Teachers in two separate surveys estimated that only about 60% of their students were regularly participating or engaging in distance learning.

Maker Learning is Powerful Learning

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we believe all learners should have the opportunity to engage in Powerful Learning. These principles guide our work to close the Digital Learning Gap by ensuring learning experiences are personal and accessible, authentic and challenging, collaborative and connected, and inquisitive and reflective. Maker learning, while in many ways still a grassroots movement, has become increasingly common in schools around the world.

How to Partner with Parents During Pandemic Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Others want to make it stronger as they transition to a different form of learning. Learn How to Partner With Parents with JT Taylor. Learn more at www.purposepushers.com.

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5 Keys for Successful Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Time is of the essence to get it right so that all kids can benefit from a quality learning experience that pushes them to think while limiting learning loss and achievement gaps. Balance Remote learning does not mean piling on excessive amounts of work on our learners.

Supporting Teachers in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Digital Promise

When we came back in August, we had not seen our students’ faces since we left for spring break in March, as our district, Omaha Public Schools, made the incredibly tough decision to move our students to a fully remote learning plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Create Effective Learning Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

Educators have been working valiantly to make either remote or hybrid learning work. These represent new methodologies for some, while others are now applying what they had already been doing to the current situation in the form of blended learning.

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Mastery Learning Excellence at a Distance

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Rae Hughart gives fantastic ideas for tracking student learning mastery.

4 Social Emotional Learning Strategies to Use in the Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

She reminds us that student emotions are constantly in motion but we have to help them so we can unlock their ability to live better lives, listen, and learn. Let’s tune in to our student’s social-emotional learning and help them succeed.

Remaking the Future of Learning, One Community at a Time

Digital Promise

But after seeing a flyer for Remake Learning Days, she and her daughter attended the event and began to discover a region’s worth of creative learning opportunities like it. Learning Happens Everywhere. Read more about Chicago Learning Exchange’s asset mapping work.)

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning. Blended Learning.

21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I share the tool kit and tips that have helped streamline distance learning at my school. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning.

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5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social emotional learning (SEL) environments online. As we move forward and plan, we need to make sure that the environments we create for learning help children thrive educationally and emotionally.

5 teaching practices to keep from remote learning

Ditch That Textbook

The post 5 teaching practices to keep from remote learning appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Remote Learning remote teachingThe pandemic changed the way we teach and in some ways for the better!

Blended Learning: The Whole Group Rotation

Catlin Tucker

When I work with teachers who are new to blended learning, there is often a knee-jerk concern about the time required to design a lesson that strategically blends active, engaged learning online with active, engaged learning offline. Offline Learning Activities.

Avoiding Synchronous Video Fatigue During Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

For virtually every school that is, or will be, implementing some sort of remote or hybrid learning model, you can bet that videoconference tools will play an enormous role. Facilitating professional learning using video conferencing tools is exhausting.

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Enhance Student Engagement with Virtual Social Learning Spaces

Catlin Tucker

When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? Despite the challenges associated with this moment in education, technology is rapidly evolving to allow students more opportunities to engage in social learning spaces online.

Multimedia content personalizes learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Josemaria and I share the belief that “…[technology] must be transparent, like a lens; otherwise, it hinders learning.” ” Here’s his take on the use of videos in education: Multimedia content as a way to learning process personalization.

Blended Learning: Building a Playlist

Catlin Tucker

My doctoral research focused on the multidimensional motivational construct of teacher engagement in blended learning environments. The playlist model presents a strategy teachers can use to structure learning experiences that are more personalized to the needs of specific learners, provide students with more agency, and frees the teacher to spend time connecting with and coaching learners as they progress through the playlist. Learning

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. And the learning continues. They know how to do distance learning.

Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

But how do teachers give it frequently and in ways that help students learn? ” The post Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Inadequate WIFI and the availability of computers at home for kids to use for learning caught many educators off guard. Many kids were automatically at a severe disadvantage as a result, which will most likely result in extreme learning loss and ever-widening achievement gaps.

Student Success Relies on Future-Proofing Learning

A Principal's Reflections

To adequately prepare students, the key is to future-proof learning, so they are always ready for whatever faces them. Disruption is here to stay, thus the need to future-proof learning. To learn more, get your copy of my new book on Amazon. Imagine if we all had a crystal ball?

Five Strategies for Combating Learning Loss

EdNews Daily

First, I recognize the many difficulties that exist in trying to intervene for students who are experiencing profound change in how they are accustomed to learning. The post Five Strategies for Combating Learning Loss first appeared on EdNews Daily.

Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Education Elements

Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators must orient their instruction towards distance learning. It is important to note that highly-effective distance learning doesn’t just happen with the flip of a switch.

Authentic Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

Providing authentic learning experiences to all learners should be the highest prior for all administrators, curriculum developers, and teachers. Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life. For related discussions, see 21st century skills, relevance, and rigor ( Authentic Learning ).

Support Online Learning with Powerful Thinking Routines

Catlin Tucker

Given that many teachers are working with students online, at least part-time, I created the Google Slide decks below for teachers to copy and use in an online learning scenario. That way, students can learn with and from each other. Learning

How to Teach Students Effective Learning in an Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

The post How to Teach Students Effective Learning in an Online Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

New Cohort Opportunity for Designing Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

In September, Digital Promise launched a series of events to support educators with continuing and growing maker learning opportunities that meet the needs of learners through distance learning and beyond. Maker Learning @ Home Cohort. Apply for the Maker Learning @ Home Cohort!