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.…Continue
Added by Pat Mulroy on November 10, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments
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!…Continue
Added by Nicole Hazelwood on October 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
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
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 …Continue
Added by Chris Davis on October 6, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mark Radcliffe on September 16, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mark Radcliffe on September 10, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Kate Muir on August 25, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments
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
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
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…Continue
Added by Emily Norcross on August 13, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments
Added by Chris Davis on August 4, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kate Muir on July 25, 2014 at 12:36pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kate Muir on July 25, 2014 at 12:28pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Sarah Clayville on June 12, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Tracy Colbert on June 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Joanne Beckjord on June 5, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments
I recently gave a presentation on moving courses from Blackboard to Canvas. Many people ask if this is possible and as with most things technology the answer is "it depends". It depends on the course you are trying to transfer, so be sure to test it out before you do a wholesale switch.
Note that this information is technical only. You should always exercise good practices with regard to copyrighted material. Be sure that you have permission to move content that you do not own before…Continue
Added by Mark Radcliffe on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
I teach an Intro to College Reading at a local community college and I know that it is important that the students know how to pull the important concepts out of the textbook and apply the information to the course. To do this I introduce ways to improve their comprehension and retention. After reading about this topic a sample test question for an automated assessment might look like:
Before reading a chapter in a text for a core subject you should ask yourself what question to help…Continue
Added by Christina Crawford on May 16, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments
So you've been using BSN courses in Blackboard for a while and you're thinking to yourself:
"Is there a way I can just use a couple of these units rather than having to have the whole course?"
"Can I create a course made up of units and lessons from multiple courses?"
"What if I just want to use one lesson as a supplement to my classroom instruction?"
"How can you have non-dairy creamer? I mean what animal produces cream with no dairy in…Continue