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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

New and Updated Courses Available

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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

The Real Story on Moving Courses from Blackboard to Canvas

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…

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Added by Mark Radcliffe on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Automatic feedback for BTM2 L1

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…

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Added by Christina Crawford on May 16, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

An all new way to build courses in Blackboard

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…

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Added by Mark Radcliffe on May 14, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Enroll in World Language this Summer! It's not to Late!

"Students who know a foreign language well are going to have a competitive edge in the world, and they're going to be better representatives of American culture, which is after all a culture of many languages." Rosemary Feal…

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Added by Pat Mulroy on May 14, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

BTM1L1 Blog: How Blended is my classroom introduction

Hi,

I am a teacher facilitator for a cybercenter in my building. The teachers in the building teach the classes and I help to monitor and assist students in their classes.  My hope for this class is that I can experience what the students do and to have a better understanding for the digital tools the teachers and students can use.

Added by Christina Crawford on May 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Spring OPC Meeting

Did you miss the Spring OPC Meeting?  The meeting had updates on technology, curriculum, support and the Learning Institute.  The focus during the meeting was on professional development.  Did you know we currently offer PD onsite, online at at your own pace? 

Catch up on what you missed by watching the full meeting here:…

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Added by Melissa Rager on May 6, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

There's So Much to Appreciate About These Three Teachers

It's Teacher Appreciation Day. If I had the time, I would love to individually recognize every teacher member of the Blended Schools Network. We've worked with some incredible educators, and they deserve so much recognition for what they do for students.

The Blended Schools team decided that we would recognize three teachers who have been the most active in using Blended Schools tools. These three exceptional educators are serious about engaging students in enriching online…

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Added by Dan Lucas on May 6, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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