Flipped Classrooms, Blended Learning & Virtual Schools

Kansas District Expands Blended Learning Districtwide

Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas is bringing blended learning to all 20 of its schools following a pilot last spring.

Honing the Flipped Classroom

Serving a large student body that's wired for the kind of learning that the flipped classroom provides, a Texas school district invests time, money, and energy into creating course content that students access on their own time.

Teacher MOOC Shares Best Practices for Online Ed

The not-for-profit Blended Schools Network is hosting a new MOOC for K-12 educators focused on best practices in online teaching.

Charter School Tackles Adult Ed with Online and Blended Courses

A new charter school for adults will open this week offering technology-driven education to adults who have faced chronic under-education and unemployment in Washington, D.C.

Webcam Program Targets Struggling Readers in Rural Schools

A new program developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brings webcam-based coaching technology into the rural classroom. According to a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, the strategy, called Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI), has the potential to help students in rural classrooms dramatically improve their reading skills.

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

Advanced Academics Updates 18 Courses for Common Core

Online education provider Advanced Academics has updated its online math and English/language arts courses to align with Common Core State Standards and require additional rigor on the part of students.

Urban Innovators Offered Grant Funding for Blended School Plans

The deep pockets of Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) have opened again — this time to fund innovation within two specific urban school districts to set up "breakthrough" learning models for improving student outcomes.

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' Aims to Help Students Get a Jumpstart on College

High school students can take college-level courses -- for free! -- plus win a chance to appear in a video with veteran science educator and TV personality Bill Nye the Science Guy, thanks to a new program from Sophia.org.

New MOOC Explores Role of Badges for Professional Credentials

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions have joined forces to offer a new MOOC that will delve into the subject of badges for academic and professional credentials.