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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

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…


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…


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…


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…


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

BTM1L1 Blog: How Blended is my classroom introduction


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:…


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…


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

A Spotlight on Student Success during the Central PA Regional Meeting

On April 10th, we held the Central PA Regional Meeting online and at Claysburg-Kimmel School District.  I was fortunate enough to attend the meeting at Claysburg-Kimmel.  During this time we heard from Jed Friedrichsen (BSN CEO), talked about why Canvas is better with BSN, discussed implementing a successful blended learning model and heard…


Added by Melissa Rager on April 21, 2014 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Need Credit Recovery?

So often students fall behind in…


Added by Pat Mulroy on April 18, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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.

If that weren't…


Added by Mark Radcliffe on March 13, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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…


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!



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.

View the recording below and continue the conversation in the comments area

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To receive act 48 credit for watching this session complete the form below:…


Added by Mark Radcliffe on February 10, 2014 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

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