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12

DEC

2017

iNACOL Webinar Presents What Learners Need to Thrive in a Changing World: Building Richer Definitions of Student Success



Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2017) – On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a Leadership webinar to explore ways to build richer definitions of student success in K-12 personalized learning models.

What skills do students need to thrive in a world of change? Enabling students to develop 21st-century competencies requires a thorough reimagining of the goals, processes, and structures that define our schools.

Join this webinar to explore the MyWays Student Success Framework, which shares research and practical tools to help school leaders and communities develop broader, deeper competencies for student success. This framework is organized around four essential questions:

Why the urgency to change? What are the profound new realities and challenges facing today's high school graduates that our schools must address now?

What are the richer, deeper definitions of 21st-century success that we should explicitly redesign our schools to develop among our students, given the rapidly evolving society and fast-changing economy they are entering?

How can designs for learning and the organizations of schools directly support students' attainment of a richer, deeper definition of success?

How do we gauge students' progress in developing these competencies? How can we measure and articulate our school's overall performance, beyond proficiency in math and English language arts?

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, "Education leaders and educators across the country are reframing and transforming K-12 education to ensure that students are building the skills they'll need to succeed. They are working with their communities to develop richer, deeper, more meaningful definitions of student success that give students the skills and dispositions to flourish in a rapidly changing, globalized world."

Source from https://www.inacol.org/news/


14

JUL

2017

Why High School Students Should Take Community College Classes



Using community college classes to strengthen your application

College admission committees evaluate your overall application to answer one looming question: will this student fare well at our esteemed institution? Demonstrating your academic skills in high school classes, whether you are taking regular, honors, or AP courses, is certainly important. However, excelling at high school courses does not guarantee your ability to stay competitive at the college level.

Standing out from the crowd of applicants means demonstrating your academic prowess at a college level. You can easily make your application shine by taking courses at your local community college. With the variety of classes, you can take courses at night, online, or even on the weekend – making it easy to fit into your schedule.

You should speak with your high school counselor to determine if the college courses you take will count as credit towards your requirements for high school. Often times, you can take a community college course as a substitute for a junior or senior year elective. Therefore, you will not only gain a competitive edge in your college application, but you essentially kill two academic birds with one stone.

Source from https://www.communitycollegereview.com/blog/why-high-school-students-should-take-community-college-classes


24

Jan

2017

Three BIG eLearning Trends for 2017



1. Mobile Learning. Or Better Make That Real Mobile Learning
Mobile learning has been consistently listed as a trend for almost 10 years now. In fact, it has already been adopted by a large number of organizations in some form – initially by making eLearning available on tablets, and more recently through responsive courses that are accessible on smaller mobile devices as well. So in a way the ‘technical hurdles' for delivering mobile learning have been overcome.

We are now witnessing a move towards real mobile learning, that is, mobile learning that really leverages the unique affordances of mobile devices. There's a growing demand for Mobile First design for bite-sized chunks that can be consumed in less than five minutes as performance support or key point recaps or continuous reinforcement over time. Closely linked with this is the emerging need for viewing and tracking content offline. In our view, tracking may be needed only for some content delivered on mobiles, at least at a basic level. Considering these two aspects together, I think we are going to see a lot more of real mobile learning. The underlying premise being of course that mobile is about getting stuff done.

2. Interactive Videos

Videos (including both real life videos and 2D/3D animation videos) are regaining their lost glory.
In its heyday, video was THE mode of training delivery via VHS tapes. Most organizations had a library of such videos and a training room in which to view them. I myself have attended such ‘training sessions' when I worked in the logistics division of a large auto manufacturer here in India.

But when training began to shift to web-based delivery formats, the use of videos became almost impossible due to low bandwidths available in the initial days. And video suddenly went out of fashion.
Times have now changed and today powerful mobile devices combined with WiFi or 4G/3G speeds have led to the resurgence of videos in training. YouTube is indeed one of the best examples for video-based training that we all benefit from in both our personal and professional lives.

We have earlier talked about the future of video in corporate training and have seen an increasing usage of videos in that domain in the last few years. Based on this trend, we foresee a continued surge in the use of videos for both learning and performance support in 2017. And to extract even better value, making them interactive is the key. There are different ways in which to do this – for example, having learners watch for a specific behavior or action in a video that's playing out, noting their observations, and then comparing them with an expert's observations; or interspersing video clips with decision point questions to form either a linear or a branching flow; or embedding interactivity within or over a video clip itself in a meaningful way so as to achieve a specific learning outcome.

3. Games & Gamification
There's growing interest in games and gamification and they have become buzzwords in the industry now. However, we believe there is still some confusion surrounding these terms. We've tried to distinguish between them in our previous articles on Games vs Game-Based Learning vs Gamification and Gamification in Learning.

With mobile devices now firmly in the mix, there's greater potential to implement games and gamification. We're much more likely to play a quick 5-minute game on our phones while waiting for a bus than on our computers while at work. We're also likelier to catch up on comments, or give a quick nod – or tap – of appreciation to a short piece of content from our phones and tablets. After all, we're accustomed to using these devices for such types of interactions on social networking and content sharing sites.

Mobile devices also bring in the opportunity to use geo-location and augmented reality, thereby adding to the possibilities for creating game-based learning solutions.
So those are our Three Big eLearning Trends for 2017.

Source from https://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2017/01/24/elearning-trends-2017/


1

MAR

2016

2016 iNACOL
Blended and Online Learning Symposium



iNACOL's annual conference is the industry's leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, and researchers gather and work to transform education.
Attendees will find unprecedented networking opportunities and gain access to expertise, analysis, and trends in online, blended and competency education. Through thought-provoking sessions and information sharing, these leaders shape the future of education. The symposium includes more than 200 sessions, each with a specific track to guide attendees to choose the right sessions.
The 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will be held in San Antonio, Texas, on October 25-28, 2016.


4

DEC

2015

SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR

Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning Special Webinar



Wednesday, December 9, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm ET (register)
On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Special Edition Webinar to explore findings from the 2015 Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice report, which was released at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.
Keeping Pace has been tracking trends in online and blended learning policy and practice across the United States for 12 years. In this webinar, John Watson, Founder of the Evergreen Education Group, and Maria Worthen, iNACOL Vice President for Federal and State Policy, will present the latest findings published in the 2015 report related to online schools, supplemental online programs, district activity, and key policies impacting digital learning.
"The 2015 Keeping Pace report illustrates the shifting educational landscape in K-12 blended and online learning across the United States," said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. "The report's findings highlight how schools, districts, and policies are shaping online learning activity and increasing access to high-quality learning experiences, preparing all students with the skills they need to be successful in college and careers."
This webinar is free to attend-participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.
Webinar Title: Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning Special Webinar

Presenters:
John Watson, Founder, Evergreen Education Group
Maria Worthen, Vice President for Federal and State Policy, iNACOL

About iNACOL
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter.


20

NOV

2015

TEACHER TALK WEBINAR
A Conversation with the 2015 iNACOL National
Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year



Thursday, December 17, 2015
6:00pm - 7:00pm ET (register)
On Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Teacher Talk Webinar featuring Paula Barr, recently honored as the 2015 Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, held in Orlando, Florida.
In this webinar, Paula will share her perspective on how blended and online teaching improves student engagement, provides for greater personalization of learning, and how a veteran classroom teacher has adapted to a new teaching and learning environment. Paula will share examples of successes and challenges she experienced in the journey of becoming an outstanding blended learning teacher.
Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, said, "Nominated by her peers and colleagues, Paula represents the astonishing dedication of teacher leaders working tirelessly to do what's best for kids every single day. Her fearless and diligent work in pursuing systems change is helping to shape the future of education. This Teacher Talk webinar offers all educators the opportunity to internalize promising practices and learn how to successfully adapt to new personalized learning environments."
This webinar is free to attend-participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: A Conversation with the 2015 iNACOL National Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year

Presenter:
Paula Barr, Classroom Teacher Grade 2, Quail Run School, Lawrence Public Schools, KS

About iNACOL
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter.


13

NOV

2015

AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL NAMED APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL



Aquinas High School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015–2017 for its innovative use of iPads in the classroom. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Apple Distinguished Schools are K–20 schools that provide 24/7, school wide, one-to-one access to Apple notebook computers and/or mobile devices to all students, teachers, and administrators. They demonstrate an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.


7

APR

2015

At this high school, the schedule is flexible



(CNN)Most days, 16-year-old Jason Zobott walks into Huntley High School in suburban Chicago around 7:30 a.m. like any high schooler might. It's what he does the rest of the day that's not so typical.
Zobott is enrolled in Huntley High's blended learning program, which merges Internet-based instruction with a more traditional classroom setting. One-third of the school's 2,700 students are enrolled. In 2015, the school is working toward enrolling the majority of its students.

"Having to work online makes it really accessible to do the work that I have to get done," said Zobott, a top-ranked junior who balances a heavy load of extracurricular activities with schoolwork. "I can learn on my own. I can work at the pace I want to work. And I learn the way I want to learn."

Huntley High School students and educators often refer to the program simply as "blended." It allows teachers to write the curriculum, with students giving feedback about the focus. Unlike many traditional online learning programs, students have the option of a flexible schedule during allotted blended learning days. Some days they meet with teachers, and some days they work online, according to Anne Pasco, who heads the school's educational technology efforts.

"In blended learning, we focus on the content. We don't focus on needing to cover X amount of material," Pasco said. "Blended allows us to provide a stable environment that gives students the ability to spread their wings a bit, while we have the safety net of pulling them back into class if they need it."

Source from http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/07/living/blended-learning-education/index.html