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Introducing the new Global Personalized Academics and CEO Julie Young

I am pleased to announce that today Sibling Group Holdings is now a new company named Global Personalized Academics (GPA). GPA ( is a virtual and classroom learning company dedicated to helping students across the globe transform the way they learn.

GPA’s founding CEO is Julie Young. Our paths have…


Added by Jed Friedrichsen on July 20, 2015 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Blackboard Upgrade June 26-28, 2015

Hey Everyone, 

It's that time of year again! Time for your Blackboard Learn upgrade! We're excited to announce that this upgrade has many new and exciting features while remaining consistent with the last upgrade in terms of ease of use and navigation. 

Here are just a few of the new features that will be available to you after the upgrade in June (26-28). 

Student Preview - after many enhancement requests, it's finally here! You can preview any…


Added by Tracy Colbert on June 1, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Applause, awards, applause, awards, awards, applause

It's that time of year again, where people across the USA start to have thoughts like "If sweet potatoes are already sweet, why do they need three kinds of sugar on them?" and "I wouldn't normally have turkey, ham AND three desserts but it is thanksgiving. It's what the pilgrims would have wanted".

Since I originate from the UK, a country with only one food holiday, I often forget about Thanksgiving until the last minute. When I do remember it's pretty much the best day ever.…


Added by Mark Radcliffe on December 4, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Great Fall at BSN Learning Institute

It is hard to believe we are already one-fourth of the way through the school year. The Learning Institute at Blended Schools Network has bustled this fall with the addition of courses like Physics, Chemistry and Probability! The Language Institute has made the transition to the Learning Institute as districts like Glendale, North Penn and Shikellamy needed alternatives to help students with courses that were not available due to certification issues or just lack of time in the school day.…


Added by Pat Mulroy on November 10, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Sharing Learning Institute Student Data - Let the Parent Conferences Begin!

This school year is flying by and we're currently preparing for the middle of the Fall term.  As the leaves turn colors and the air gets crisp, this was the time that I always started getting calls from parents who wanted a “heads up” prior to report cards. But what happens when your student is taking a course with the Learning Institute? Do you have access to the information you need to have informed conversations with students and parents?


The answer is a resounding yes!…


Added by Nicole Hazelwood on October 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Blackboard Assessment

I am always looking for a way to better utilize my time and incorporate technology for myself and my students.  This is a change of pace from the marker and pen corrections and I feel will motivate my students to pay better attention to my comments and corrections.

Added by maria riggle on October 10, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Professional Learning Communities

Just reviewed some presentations by Learning Institute Teachers about ideas they've gained from their own Professional Learning Communities. Thought I'd share a few here...

About giving critical feedback:

When giving feedback that is critical in nature, don't use an angry tone, prepare for the conversation, be honest, go to the student space to discuss this. Lastly, be sure to follow up soon after the conversation. 

Tip from …


Added by Chris Davis on October 6, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

Santa's coming to town, in September with Blackboard Updates

Legend has it that Santa and his elves spend their time after Christmas getting ready for next year, but there is an entry in the ancient Prussian texts that says they actually travel the globe helping software companies improve on and add to their software.

Now that information is clearly not true, but that doesn't make it any less meaningful, because Blackboard updates are here. Tracy Colbert (The real Santa Claus) actually updated our Blackboard server in June, but we…


Added by Mark Radcliffe on September 16, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments

BSN Courses Ready for Copy in Canvas, say whaaaat?!

That's right, our curriculum imps and cherubs (aka Chris Davis and friends) have been furiously assembling our entire course catalog in Canvas.

What does this mean for you? Well it means that you can go from having no online course in Canvas to having a complete online course in ohhhh about 10 minutes. Those of you that have heard me talk about the course building spectrum you know I talk about 250 hours on one side (build your own course from scratch) and 12 hours on the other side…


Added by Mark Radcliffe on September 10, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Digital Citizenship in my classroom!

I never really though about digital citizenship, when I got really excited for all my students to have laptops in my classroom!  I only though, "great, now we don't have to reserve a computer lab for research days!".  After reviewing this topic I think my lessons are really lacking in the 9 areas.  I mean I never really thought about digital literacy (actually having to teach the kids how to use the technology), or digital etiquette (teaching the kids how to be nice to each other in…


Added by Emily Norcross on September 2, 2014 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

Folder versus Learning Module

From what I'm gathering and my own experience with using class websites, it would seem like I would use the content folder for class resources like instructions or examples and I would use the modules more to guide students through a lesson.  I'm wondering if people tend to double up on things in the modules and the folders because they would want the students to be sure to have the resources needed to complete the assignments. I would think that the folders would be the preferred method of…


Added by Kate Muir on August 25, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments

Start Your School Year with a New or Updated Course

Blended Schools Network has released MORE new courses this week and has released updates to a few existing courses. Visit our marketplace for course details.

Lanugage Arts 4 A

In the fourth grade language arts course you will have the opportunity to read and write about many exciting topics. First you will meet Amber Brown and experience her troubles in fourth grade. Then you will…


Added by Chris Davis on August 23, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

New BSN Courses Released This Week!

Blended Schools Network has released new courses this week and has released updates to a few existing courses. Visit our marketplace for course details.


AP English Language A

This course is the first semester of a full credit course and provides instruction on all the competencies needed to be successful on the Advanced Placement test from College Board. The course is designed to develop…


Added by Chris Davis on August 15, 2014 at 9:12am — No Comments

Digital Learning in the Classroom

This year we begin the process of including laptops in our lessons on a daily basis!!  This is an exciting thought, and also kind of scary at the same time!  Do we use them everyday, every other day, or just when needed?  Do we have to be responsible for 24 or so computer screens at the same time?  What if a kid gets onto a website that they shouldn't be on?

With all these questions popping into my head all I can think of is how am I suppose to police the kids on the…


Added by Emily Norcross on August 13, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

New and Updated Courses Available


Added by Chris Davis on August 4, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Who am I?

Hello!  I was supposed to post this first but I forgot :-(

My name is Kate Muir and I am an English teacher and newspaper advisor at Carlisle High School in Carlisle, PA.  I will be starting my 8th year at Carlisle this fall and my 11th year teaching.  I previously taught outside of Annapolis, MD after I graduated college from Shippensburg University.  Besides my BA in English Education from Ship, I also have a MA in American Studies from Penn State.

While I have taught…


Added by Kate Muir on July 25, 2014 at 12:36pm — No Comments

My experiences with a blended classroom

I would have to say that my educational practices could be considered at most, dabbling in blended activities.  For my classes, I use the website, My Big Campus, as it is a resource offered by my school district.  This site is a social media site like Facebook but for educational purposes.  On there, I have created discussion activities, blogging activities, sharing of media and resources, and even used it for classroom practices like signing up for books or voting on a t-shirt design for my…


Added by Kate Muir on July 25, 2014 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Current Classroom Arrangement

My current classroom certainly offers a few elements of the blended classroom model but ultimately is a fairly tradition brick-and-mortar classroom.  We are very lucky in our district to have a wealth of technology, but that primarily takes the form of SMARTBoards and computer access.  I just recently received access to an LMS (Blackboard) and am excited to pursue using it to truly make a blended classroom.

At present I often load videos and online resources to my website for review,…


Added by Sarah Clayville on June 12, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Upgrade to Service Pack 14

As a Blended Schools Network member, you're entitled to timely updates and the latest stable solutions available. We're pleased to announce that Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP11 will be upgraded to Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP14 on June 27 - 29, 2014. Because of the update, please expect that Blackboard will be dark during…


Added by Tracy Colbert on June 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

automated grading and feedback -

I'm not sure this is the correct venue for this assignment, but here is my response:

the question as it appears on the pretest to The Middle Ages:

_____ 1. During Chaucer's time, ________________ was spoken at Court as a direct result of ________________.

a. Middle English, The Middle Ages                               b. Old English, The Dark Ages

c. French, The…


Added by Joanne Beckjord on June 5, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments

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