Creating an engaging classroom environment for middle school students can be challenging. Developmentally, middle school students are at a unique age- one where they often crave the power to make decisions for themselves, yet still need scaffolding and direct instruction in order to make these …Continue Reading Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School
When I picture a high school, I think of long hallways, rows and rows of lockers, fluorescent overhead lights, bells and announcements signaling when it’s time to quickly pack your bag and shuffle out into the throng of teenagers caught up in a river of …Continue Reading Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School
This blog post was originally published in EdSurge News on January 3, 2016 and is posted here with the permission of EdSurge. Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner …Continue Reading Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle
One of my freshmen stopped me while I was passing out papers one morning. “Ms. Lander,” he said — half accusing, half amused — “You texted my father?!” “I did indeed,” I admitted. And then, curious, I asked, “What did he say?” “He asked me …Continue Reading Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families
The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network considers blended learning a key component to engaging learners within its personalized learning framework. Many confuse the terms blended learning with personalized learning. Blended learning is an instructional model that integrates digital and online media content into teacher instructional practice. …Continue Reading The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning
It was tough saying goodbye to the 2016 graduating senior members of S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology). I am so grateful for all their contributions to the Algonquin student tech support team. They were instrumental in helping to make the program a huge success …Continue Reading S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future
Eighteen Massachusetts teachers epitomize the dedication and hard work that Teacher Appreciation Week celebrates. These eighteen educators are enrolled in the “Teaching and Developing an Online High School Course: Fundamentals” course offered by the Office of Digital Learning. Recognizing the value of digital learning, these …Continue Reading In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs
The DCPS Grant provided the R.C. Mahar School District the capital to catalyze a lot of progress that we had planned on making as we continue to incorporate technology in our schools, classrooms, and teaching.