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Support, PD Keys to Successful Classroom Tech Deployments

THE Journal | Joshua Bolkan | October 11, 2017

Time, planning and support from schools and districts and ongoing professional development are key to getting the most of new technologies and tools introduced to the classroom, according to a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL). The report is based on surveys of nearly 700 educators from public schools, charter schools, private schools and alternative education programs…(more)

Teacher voice

Future of Learning | Tara García Mathewson | October 3, 2017

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning has a new report, “Teaching with Technology,” that offers educators’ perspectives and recommendations for bringing technology into the classroom. Teachers from 38 states, all grade levels, all school types, a variety of subject areas and a range of experience levels responded to the foundation’s survey. In addition to a catalog of the benefits and challenges of teaching with technology, the survey found that… (more)

Trends | Blended Perspectives

EdTech Digest | Victor Rivero | September 27, 2017

Educators integrating technology into their classroom practice experience some common benefits and challenges, identified in a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen Education Group. In Teaching with Technology, a survey of teachers from 38 states finds that time, thoughtful planning and support at school and district levels, and ongoing relevant professional development—are key to the success of their efforts… (more)

Blended, Online Learning Innovation Grants Up for Grabs

THE Journal | Dian Schaffhauser | April 18, 2017

An education non-profit that promotes the use of blended and online instruction as a route to personalized learning is now taking applications from teachers and school leaders who need funding to help them create programs for doing the same. Last year, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning issued grants of up to $10,000 to seven recipients. This year, as part of its 2017 Innovative Educator Grant Program, the foundation will do the same… (more)

Smart List: 60 People Shaping the Future of K-12 Education

Getting Smart | January 27, 2017

Innovation in learning—we think it’s the most important stuff happening on the planet. As a result, we’ve updated our Smart List of the people doing the best work on the planet. Every month, we will publish Smart Lists celebrating people and organizations doing good work in specific areas of education. Today, we are recognizing 60 thought leaders and change-makers shaping the future of K-12 education… (more)

Online Schools Growing Yet Reasons Students Choose Them Haven’t Changed

THE Journal | Dian Schaffhauser | January 25, 2017

Although the number of students who take online or blended courses is elusive, the reasons they go the virtual route for their studies tend to fall into a few specific categories: academic, personal or health-related or because of other “life interests and circumstances.” A new report issued by the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning suggested that these reasons haven’t changed in the two decades since online options first surfaced. What has changed is the pace of growth among students choosing to attend blended and online schools and the number of such programs introduced or adopted by “traditional” districts… (more)

Supporting Teachers as Change Agents

EdTech Digest | Amy Valentine | January 20, 2017

Innovation in America’s classrooms (the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top competition aside) has historically been born of the frustrations and inspirations of those charged with the day-to-day academic, and, often, social growth of our children – their teachers. Parents, entrepreneurs, policymakers, philanthropists, and administrators all work to put in place policies, products, and processes that enable teachers to do this important work, but it is the teachers themselves who are tasked with execution… (more)