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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)

Grants Support Teachers Pushing Blended and Online Learning

THE Journal | Dian Schaffhauser | December 9, 2016

One teacher is developing open physics curriculum; another is evolving a tutoring program in a blended format; and a third is working on competency-based math lessons. All three of these instructors, alongside several others, have been the recipients of teacher grants from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning intended to help them continue creating or expanding personalized learning programs that incorporate blended and online learning components… (more)

St. Dominic Academy teacher awarded $10,000 grant

Twin City Times | November 24, 2016

Saint Dominic Academy has announced that fifth-grade teacher and distance learning coordinator Peter Servidio has received a $10,000 grant from the Foundation of Blended and Online Learning. The award is a result of Servidio’s work on a blended learning partnership between the academy and Holy Savior School in Rumford. Blended learning combines proven teaching methods with the delivery of content via digital and online media. The pace and application of the material is adjusted on a student-by-student basis. Servidio leads the academy’s curriculum oversight for the partnership… (more)

Where to Find Money for Your School’s Edtech Purchases

EdSurge | Mary Jo Madda | November 21, 2016

Paying for technology shouldn’t have to come solely out of a school or district’s already-strapped budget. For some districts, the best way to attain massive amounts of money to pay for edtech purchases or initiatives is through bonds. Take Milpitas Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay Area, which proposed a bond measure to pay for technology remodeling school spaces back in 2012. It eventually passed—a total of $95 million. But for others, the pecuniary need may be more immediate—replacing a group of iPads that got broken, for example… (more)

Queen Creek Blended Learning Center to open Nov. 3

Queen Creek Independent | November 1, 2016

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona will celebrate the opening of their third blended learning center. The center, at 18477 S. 186th Way in Queen Creek, will help serve the more than 4,500 students across Arizona. The opening ceremony will start at 11 a.m. It will include addresses from Queen Creek Vice Mayor Dawn Oliphant and Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Executive Director Amy Valentine… (more)