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April 16, 2017

CIDER Session April 19, 2017

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Athabasca University Social Software in Undergraduate Studies
Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our upcoming CIDER session on April 19, 2017. This free, online session will feature Dr. Gerald Ardito, Assistant Professor of STEM-D Education at Pace University School of Education.

Title: Building Student Networks: Towards a Connectivist Analysis of Classroom Learning Environments

This presentation will describe a pilot program that sought to apply key concepts and research in Distance Education to a blended secondary Science classroom. It involved a cohort of 8th grade Biology students who participated in a blended, self-directed Biology course. This course was designed so that students had the maximum amount of freedom and choice.

Various types of data analysis techniques were performed in order to investigate the students’ personal learning networks and how these were affected by this technology enhanced self-directed learning and a blended learning environment. Findings indicate that the students who performed better than expected in the class had the largest and most robust learning networks. The converse was also true; students who did less well than expected were shown to have small and less robust learning networks. This study develops a methodology for applying Connectivist learning theory to a blended learning environment. Most interestingly, these findings are consistent to those in similar studies involving Distance Education, which suggests these methods might be extensible to primary and secondary educational settings.

When: Wednesday, April 19, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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April 15, 2017

17 New edWebinars for Educators

Note these up-coming webinars.

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Steven W. Anderson
Redesigning Literacy Instruction in a Student-Centered Classroom
Monday, Apr. 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa

Marcia L. Tate
Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Tuesday, Apr. 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Marcia L. Tate, CEO, Developing Minds, Inc.

Terrie Noland
45 Ways to Support Struggling Readers:
A School-Wide Approach
Tuesday, Apr. 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Terrie Noland, Learning Ally National Director, Educator Engagement; and Kristy Mathieu, Kiker Elementary, Austin, TX

Dr. Sara Delano Moore
Organizing Place Value Tools in a Developmental Progression
Tuesday, Apr. 18 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Sara Delano Moore, Educational Consultant at SDM Learning

John Foliot
Web Accessibility 101:
Regulations, Tips, and Proactive Planning
Wednesday, Apr. 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by John Foliot, Sr. Accessibility Strategist at Deque Systems Inc., and Stefani Cuschnir, eduBusiness Development/Account Executive at Deque Systems Inc.

Laura Wilhelm, Ed.D.
Discovery Learning for Infants and Toddlers:
Treasure Basket Explorations
Wednesday, Apr. 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Laura Wilhelm, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Oklahoma City University

Michelle Luhtala
Redefining Professional Learning for 1:1 Computing
Wednesday, Apr. 19 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT

Dr. Howard C. Shane_ Ph.D.
Communication Innovations for Individuals with Autism
Thursday, April 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

Nicole Neal
The K-12 Purchasing Renaissance
Thursday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Nicole Neal, CEO, Noodle Markets
Hosted by Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net

Dr. Douglas Fisher
Unstoppable Learning
Monday, Apr. 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Douglas Fisher, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University

John Harrington
E-rate Update: April 2017
Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by John Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Funds For Learning

Jill Eggleton
Balanced Literacy Part 2
A Revised Recipe for Guided Reading
Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Jill Eggleton, Author and International Educational Consultant from Auckland, New Zealand

Michael Robb
Device Free Dinners to Drive Home Digital Citizenship
Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Michael Robb, Director of Research, Common Sense Media; with Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Learning & Engagement, Common Sense Education

Maeve Murray
Building Blended Learning Teacher Leaders in Your District
Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Maeve Murray, Project Manager, Highlander Institute; Julie Mayhew, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Burrillville Public Schools, RI; and Rebecca Willner, Fuse Fellow and English Teacher, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts, RI

Maeve Murray
Early Number Concepts:
Turning Misconceptions into Meaning
Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Jessica Bobo, Elementary Mathematics Consultant, ORIGO Education

Dr. Paul G. Young
Structuring the Learning Environment to Promote Positive Behaviors
Thursday, Apr. 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Paul G. Young, Former President of both the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA)

Gene Kerns, Ed.D.
Cutting Through the Confusion of Individualized Learning
Thursday, Apr. 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance

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April 13, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/20: How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students

And from the neo-liberals to finish off today.

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR 

How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a webinar to share how teachers are personalizing math for middle school students.

Personalized learning is revolutionizing K-12 education by redesigning learning experiences to address the specific needs of each student, each day.

Join this webinar to explore the possibilities and promising approaches for personalizing math for middle school students. Learn how educators are using data-driven instruction, measuring student progress and developing daily individualized schedules, while building habits for lifelong success and ensuring students make deep connections with each other and their teachers. The discussions will include how to design highly personalized learning experiences to better serve students’ needs by focusing on readiness and growth.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “By focusing on personalized learning, educators are customizing learning environments to students’ needs and interests, as well as offering personalized supports, resources and meaningful interactions throughout the learning process. Personalized learning models enable educators to co-design powerful learning experiences with students, promoting deeper learning and higher achievement — preparing each student for post-secondary success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students

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  • Join #Webinar for #Teachers (4/20, 6-7pm ET) – How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle #School #Studentshttp://ow.ly/DeHv3094Jqr

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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April 12, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/13: Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning

A reminder of this neo-liberal event tomorrow.

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning

Thursday, April 13, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a webinar to share community engagement, communication and outreach strategies for K-12 education leaders shifting toward personalized learning.

As schools and districts shift toward personalized learning, it is important to effectively engage parents, teachers, students and our communities to understand the needs and opportunities, and to discuss what is possible with personalized learning to create modernized, high-quality learning environments that offer pathways customized to students’ needs.

Join this webinar to discuss a variety of approaches educators are using for communications in planning, implementing and offering new learning models and what they’ve learned from ongoing conversations about personalized learning. What do these communication and outreach strategies look like? Understand why it’s important for schools to communicate effectively about the promise of personalized learning, and explore techniques to communicate your personalized learning vision and plan. The presenters will share their experiences and lessons learned in communication and outreach strategies, engaging various stakeholders, and designing constructive partnerships with their community members.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Clear communication and outreach around personalized learning help provide meaningful opportunities for schools and communities to connect and explore the best ways to prepare students for success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning

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  • Webinar on #plearning communication strategies w/ @nacol @springpointEDU @leapinchicago @annarhall @LiangVergarahttp://ow.ly/moz330amMMM

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About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended, and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

About LEAP Innovations 

LEAP Innovations is a national 501(c)(3) social enterprise headquartered in Chicago that is connecting innovation and education to transform how students learn. LEAP works directly with educators and innovators to discover, pilot and scale personalized learning technologies and innovative practices in the classroom and beyond. They are the creators of the “LEAP Learning Framework,” a suite of resources that educators across the country are using to define, design, and implement personalized learning models. They are also behind the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys, which are taken by students and teachers across the country to measure personalized learning implementation. In less than three years, LEAP has worked directly with more than 90 schools across Chicago to implement personalized learning. Learn more at www.leapinnovations.org and www.leaplearningframework.org

About Springpoint

Springpoint, a national nonprofit organization, supports the design and launch of innovative secondary school models that connect young people to postsecondary success. The organization’s mission is to enable all students, regardless of environment or background, to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Springpoint provides customized training, support, and resources to partners as they develop, launch, and grow school models. Partners include districts, charters, networks, foundations, and other leaders in the field of education. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter

 

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April 11, 2017

Webinar: 4/12 at 2pm EDT – Professional Learning for Blended Education in Michigan

Note this event tomorrow.

Upcoming webinars and new publications!
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This webinar session will highlight findings of a study on teachers implementing blended learning in Michigan and building their own professional learning networks to improve their practice.

Login at https://connect.mivu.org/mvlri at the time of the session to participate!

Our colleague Kevin Heller at UC Scout is seeking participants for his dissertation research. You can read more about his research and access the survey, for online teachers, in one of our latest blog posts.
In a new report from MVLRI, a collaboration with the Susan Lowes and Peiyi Lin of the Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT) at Teachers College, Columbia University, investigates learning pathways in Algebra 1A courses offered by Michigan Virtual School, with a focus on how students paced themselves throughout the semester, their online activity in different components of the course, and the difficulties encountered along the way. The full report is available online.
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