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Looking Forward to Helping You!

Providing support through our help desk has always been my favorite part of my job. I like it because I get to work individually with teachers, students or parents as they work in their courses. I'm a teacher by nature, and what teacher wouldn't love to have the opportunity to guide and support learners on an individual basis?

I am very excited to let you know about our new help desk system and I am hoping many of you will try it out.

You will now see a new…

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Added by Chris Davis on April 4, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments

Blended Learning Continued

Hello!  It's been a year since I participated in the Blended Learning Online course, and I'm now revisiting some of the concepts through these newly designed Blended Learning Modules.  I am still teaching Honors English 11 (American Literature), The Bible in Literature, and Humanities.  To reintroduce myself, I became a teacher to help kids enjoy learning.  I am a fan of the shifts in best teaching practices that redefine the role of the classroom teacher.  I want my students to be more…

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Added by Kristin Groninger on March 13, 2014 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Flip, Rotate and Offer More Learning Options with BSNtube

Did you know that the Blended Schools Network offers a huge open educational resource collection? We call it BSNtube.



BSNtube contains over 10,000 instructional videos, most less than 5 minutes long. In this session we will talk about ways to find videos that will be useful in your classroom and use them with your students. These videos would be a perfect fit in a flipped or other blended rotation environment or as part of the online course building process.



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Added by Mark Radcliffe on March 13, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hello World!

My name is Joanne Beckjord, and I teach an olline Keystone Remediation class to students who were not successful in passing the Keystone Exams.  The class is to be run as though it were really an online class, i.e. without students being able to interact face-to-face with the teacher.  With that in  mind, using the blended model fits right in.  Instead of offering instruction to my students, they come prepared to access announcements and messages which offer instruction to them.  Instead of…

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Added by Joanne Beckjord on March 10, 2014 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Canvas is Better with Blended Schools

Have you taken a look at our new Canvas membership package? Check out the information on our website and watch our recent webinar below. Let us know if you have questions!

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Added by Mark Radcliffe on March 6, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Five Key Administrative Decisions for Successful Online Programs

During our digital learning day event recently Melissa Rager gave a presentation on successful online programs.

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Added by Mark Radcliffe on February 10, 2014 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

5 Habits of Successful Online Teachers

During our digital learning day event recently I gave a presentation about the 5 habits of successful online teachers.

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Added by Mark Radcliffe on February 10, 2014 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Blended Schools Network Open Educational Resources

During digital learning day Deanna Mayers talked about the wide variety of free resources the Blended Schools Network has available.

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Added by Mark Radcliffe on February 10, 2014 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Using iPads in the Classroom

During our recent digital learner day Dan Lucas talked about ways of using iPads as part of a blended classroom.

 

Watch the recording of his session below and continue the conversation in the comments area.

 

 

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

Do You Know How YOUR Grade Center is Calculating?

Does it surprise you to hear that not set up their grade books the same way? Probably not. Some use a total points method while others use a weighted method. Some teachers count missed assignments as zeroes while others do not. Do you know how your Grade Center is calculating your overall course grades right now?

Blackboard provides you with options so you can pick the calculation method that works best for you. Anytime you have multiple options within one…

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Added by Chris Davis on February 5, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

Blackboard SPII New Features

Great idea with the mobile apps within the content editor...also...looking forward to trying out the new calendar features..being able to go back to the recordings and view the step by step visuals is always beneficial in helping me navigate my way through a new feature.

Added by maria riggle on January 29, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

School's Out, But Class Is In Session!

It's been a rough beginning to the second semester in South Webster, OH. We started Christmas break on December 20, and were supposed to go back to school on Jan 6. Instead, Jan 6-7 were snow days. We went back on Jan 8. Then Jan 17 was a scheduled waiver day, MLK Holiday on Jan 20. And every day last week was too snowy or too COLD to go to school. I am looking out my back door window as I type this at a fresh 6" of snow. Rural roads are not plowed. It's not looking good for this week…

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Added by Judy Ellsesser on January 27, 2014 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

5 Simple Ways to Establish Routine in Your Online Classes

I'll admit that I am a creature of habit, but I am not alone. In fact, all people respond to repetition and routine - even though some will verbally deny it to seem unique. Your students will respond to organization, structure and intentional repetition in your online classes as well. 

Establish a routine early on in your semester to give students patterns to expect and plan for. What kinds of patterns can you set early on?

  1. Post and email announcements every…
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Added by Chris Davis on January 24, 2014 at 7:42am — 1 Comment

Using Journaling and Feedback in BSN Courses to Increase Engagement

Every lesson in every Blended Schools Network course includes note-taking guidance and a journal prompt. Why do we do this? Because these are proven learning strategies.

Effective feedback is another proven learning strategy, and providing that in journals is a crucial role for a teacher of a Blended Schools course.

These are the topics I covered in my recent webinar. Watch the webinar here:…

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Added by Dan Lucas on January 13, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Learning from the Learning Institute

I began working with Blended Schools Network at the beginning of July as the Language Institute Coordinator. Fresh from a vacation in Scotland, I was ready to dig into something new and exciting. As I took over the reins of the Language Institute, I realized I had a lot to learn! Teachers, schools, districts…  There were Learning Management Systems, Blackboard Collaborate, scheduling, timing, billing, communicating, reading, hearing and finding my way in this marvelous…

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Added by Pat Mulroy on January 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

module 7-engaring online learners

 

 

T he success of an online course

depends greatly on how actively

engaged students are with the

instructor, with their classmates, with

the content, with technology, and

with course management tools.

Interactivity in any teaching and

learning context involves students

responding to information, seeking

instructors’ feedback, reflecting on the

feedback, and acting to appropriately

tailor personal…

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Added by Bhuvnesh Soni on December 31, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

project 2 - graphic organizers

Graphic Organizers

 

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Added by Bhuvnesh Soni on December 31, 2013 at 4:23am — No Comments

project 1 -Synchronous and Asynchronous e-Learning

Online learning environments are becoming more frequent in teaching and learning than ever before (Bonk & Zhang, 2006; Er, Özden, & Arifoglu, 2009; Skylar, 2009). Synchronous and asynchronous learning technologies are the two most common online learning types (Hrastinski, 2008; Er et al., 2009; Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012). The purpose of this article is to discuss the advantages of using both synchronous and asynchronous technologies in an online learning…

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Added by Bhuvnesh Soni on December 31, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

The 6 Biggest Blended Schools Stories of 2013

(and 3 Big Stories to Look Forward to in 2014)

It’s been another fantastic year for the Blended Schools Network. In honor of the new year, I’m going to recount six stories that highlight the exciting work we've been doing at BSN, and I'll also preview three things that will make waves in 2014.

Biggest Stories of 2013

The New Blended Schools Marketplace…

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Added by Dan Lucas on December 30, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

TE Module 1

My name is Stacy and I am a special education teacher in the Lehigh Valley.  I've been teaching for 10 years but only recently created my first on-line course.  I'm hoping that this course serves as a basic review of the training I received a year ago.

Added by Stacy Schumacher on December 29, 2013 at 7:38pm — No Comments

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