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September 11, 2021

School Leader Insights: Institutionalizing a Vision for Digital Learning

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

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Hi Michael,

The Digital Backpack — powered by Michigan Virtual — is your resource for everything online and blended learning, including  tips, tricks, & the latest research on supporting online K-12 students and, more broadly, using technology to innovate learning.

 

On occasion, we also dive into other topics relevant to Michigan’s educational community, such as social emotional learning, restorative practices, literacy, student-centered learning, and more!

 

This week, we’ve got some great stuff packed up for you. Check it out below!

School Leader Insights: Institutionalizing a Vision for Digital Learning

By Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:18 PM

 

The School Leader Insights blog series provides school leaders with practical guidance and advice on how to develop and support digital learning programs within their schools and districts. Based on research and on-the-ground experiences working with school leaders, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute aims to identify and share effective practices with these school leaders to support their work and encourage their success. In this blog post, we discuss the process of developing a shared vision among school and district stakeholders and the process by which school leaders may institutionalize the vision for continued growth and sustainability.

 

 

Michigan Virtual Research on Online Learning in Higher Education

By Kristen DeBruler, Friday, September 3, 2021 3:29 PM

 

Research at the higher education level is well established and can provide valuable insights into online learning overall. It is important, however, to consider the unique needs of K-12 online learners as compared to adults when determining which research findings to apply.

 

 

The past, present, and future of online course design

By Nikki Herta, Friday, September 3, 2021 10:38 AM

 

Meet Kristi Peacock, a course development manager for Michigan Virtual, who shares what it means to be an instructional designer, what advice she has for educators designing their own online learning experiences for students, and what she hopes the future will hold for this ever-evolving sector of education.

 

 

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September 4, 2021

The art of debugging & how to think like a computer scientist

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The Digital Backpack — powered by Michigan Virtual — is your resource for everything online and blended learning, including  tips, tricks, & the latest research on supporting online K-12 students and, more broadly, using technology to innovate learning.

 

On occasion, we also dive into other topics relevant to Michigan’s educational community, such as social emotional learning, restorative practices, literacy, student-centered learning, and more!

 

This week, we’ve got some great stuff packed up for you. Check it out below!

The art of debugging & how to think like a computer scientist

By Nikki Herta, Friday, August 27, 2021 5:47 PM

 

Meet Dr. Aman Yadav, a professor of educational psychology and educational technology at Michigan State University, who shares his insights on the rich applications of both “plugged” and “unplugged” computational thinking for the K-12 classroom and sheds light on the biased algorithms that govern our everyday lives.

 

 

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August 27, 2021

Competency-based education in mathematics

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On occasion, we also dive into other topics relevant to Michigan’s educational community, such as social emotional learning, restorative practices, literacy, student-centered learning, and more!

 

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Competency-based education in mathematics

By Nikolas McGehee, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 8:25 AM

 

What is competency-based education? Competency-based education (CBE) is a student-centered methodology of instruction that incorporates elements of constructivist philosophy, 21st century skills education, and flexible learning models. CBE teaching methods differ from traditional teaching methods in pacing, structure, and goals. The end goal is not for students to “cover the content,” pass a test, or… Read more

 

 

Michigan Virtual’s Strategic Plan: Employee spotlight

By Sarah Hill, Friday, August 20, 2021 10:14 AM

 

There’s no clear-cut definition of the term “strategic plan.” Sure, there’s a Wikipedia page, but my years in high school debate scared me from using that as a source.

So what is a strategic plan? What’s Michigan Virtual’s and why should you care?

OK, that’s a lot of questions I just asked. Let’s start with the first one.

 

 

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August 20, 2021

The conflicted history & achievable future of social emotional learning Inbox

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The conflicted history & achievable future of social emotional learning

By Nikki Herta, Thursday, August 19, 2021 9:42 AM

 

Meet Lauren Kazee, one of Michigan’s leading experts on social emotional learning or “SEL,” who shares her personal definition of SEL, dives into the history of this concept, and offers advice for educators looking to prioritize their own social and emotional wellness and model this behavior for their students.

 

 

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August 13, 2021

The beautifully unclear future of educational technology

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The Digital Backpack — powered by Michigan Virtual — is your resource for everything online and blended learning, including  tips, tricks, & the latest research on supporting online K-12 students and, more broadly, using technology to innovate learning.

 

On occasion, we also dive into other topics relevant to Michigan’s educational community, such as social emotional learning, restorative practices, literacy, student-centered learning, and more!

 

This week, we’ve got some great stuff packed up for you. Check it out below!

The beautifully unclear future of educational technology

By Nikki Herta, Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:34 AM

 

Meet Sarah Wood, an educational technology consultant for Kent Intermediate School District, who shares her reflections on the recent history, current state, and beautifully unclear future of technology in the classroom.

 

 

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