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May 20, 2016

[NEW POST] Student Transformation Spotlight

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Well-Deserved Recognition for a School That Transforms Students into Confident, Enthusiastic Learners
5.19.2016
In this post of Learning Outside the Lines, we are proud to spotlight the winner of Fuel Education’s 2016 Transformation Award. Each year, we recognize schools that are transforming education for their students through innovative online and blended learning programs.
This year’s winner is a school in Idaho’s Bonneville Joint School District that offers a personalized, flexible learning structure for K–8 students that enables them to have a successful academic experience from the comfort of their own homes.

Student Transformation Spotlight

In the fall of 2015, nine-year old Gabe enrolled at Bonneville Online School (BOS) with a medical diagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia, as well as behavioral issues with his previous brick-and-mortar school. After initially being placed in grade-level curriculum, his learning coach—his mother—immediately realized that his reading and other learning skills were well below grade level. Gabe felt defeated by the learning process and his motivation to learn was low…

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Take a look back at some of our
most recent posts!

Can Games Increase Student Success?
5.12.2016
Games are a fun, interactive way to teach students. They can also help encourage students who are otherwise disengaged learners. When students feel a sense of competition and urgency, they become motivated to learn concepts so they can advance further into the game.

To be an effective teaching tool, games need to explain, expand, or reinforce academic concepts or assist players in developing specific skills. The most effective games have defined learning outcomes and help players apply what they’ve learned to real-world situations.

Games should require students to actively participate and use the skills being taught through play. This high-participation level isn’t hard to achieve with young learners today who have grown up playing technology-based games.

Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

Both gamification and game-based learning can be effective tools in the classroom. But what’s the difference between them?

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Blended Learning Success: Positively Impacting Every Student
5.5.2016
In its new series, “Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs,” the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Crater Lake Charter Academy case study.

Blended Learning Success

In only their second school year in operation, more than 200 students are currently enrolled at Crater Lake Charter Academy (CLCA), a blended learning comprehensive charter school located in Eagle Point, Oregon, serving grades K through 12.

Six months after opening its doors, CLCA began the accreditation process through AdvancED, an accrediting agency that conducts onsite external reviews of pre-K–12 schools and school systems. As part of their accreditation survey, they questioned CLCA elementary and secondary students and their parents. Below are the especially positive results from the survey where 94 percent of elementary and secondary students agreed that “teachers help me prepare for the next school year.”

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