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April 11, 2018

Reminder: 2018 CIDER Session – State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

A reminder about this up-coming webinar on one of my own projects.


The CIDER Sessions Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2017 to June 2018. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers in distance, distributed, and online learning.

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State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada
Michael Barbour, Touro University Mare Island
Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)

The 2017 issue of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canadareport marks its 10th year, and the fifth year of the Canadian eLearning Network’s (CANeLearn) support of this research. The report continues to be Canada’s own benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. The anniversary report continues the traditional incisive analysis of the state of K-12 e-learning in Canada as well as an expanded collection of research briefs and a description of several vignettes providing considerable insight about innovation and new approaches emerging in online and blended practices in K-12 programs across Canada. Full results of the research and work undertaken in this study, including all annual reports and associated papers, are published on the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project website ( This session will provide a synopsis and overview of the latest version of this annual report.

April 9, 2018

DDL Webinar: K-12 Blended Teaching Competencies: D

Note this up-coming webinar that focuses on K-12 blended learning.

Yvonne Earnshaw would like to invite you to…


DDL Webinar: K-12 Blended Teaching Competencies: D
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM (Eastern)
Location: Zoom Synchronous Meeting
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K-12 Blended Teaching Competencies: Developing and Assessment and Instruction for Pre-service Teachers

Presented by: Dr. Charles Graham, Brigham Young University

An increasing number of K-12 schools are adopting blended learning approaches. There is limited empirical research to assess K-12 blended teaching readiness and guide teacher skill development. This presentation will highlight recent work that we have done to develop a blended teaching readiness instrument. We will also share ongoing efforts to create a blended teaching knowledge assessment and OER course materials in four areas (1) integrating online and in-person activities, (2) real-time data practices, (3) personalizing instruction, and (4) technology-mediated interactions.

Zoom Synchronous Meeting

Feel free to invite your colleagues and students who are not AECT members but might be interested in the topic.

Yvonne Earnshaw
Communications Officer
Division of Distance Learning

Association for Educational Communications and Technology | 320 W. 8th St. Ste 101 | Bloomington, IN 47404-3745

April 8, 2018

Coming Up Next | 10 New edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars. - edWebinars for Every Educator

Block Play Innovative Leaders Redesign Schools for the Future of Education and Work Three Questions Every Teacher Should Ask About Edtech Student Voice

Celebrating 10 YearsedWeb celebrates 10 years of professional learning that is free and fun! Register for an upcoming edWebinar. Join edWeb to connect with colleagues around the world who are passionate about teaching and learning!

Upcoming edWebinars with CE Certificates

Keith Pentz

The Power of Block Play
Monday, Apr. 9 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Keith L. Pentz, National ECE Specialist, Kaplan Early Learning Company

Patrick Brady

Character Education:
Interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Patrick Brady (Vietnam)
Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time


Hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Devon Vodicka Ed Hidalgo
Gabe Soumakian

Innovative Leaders Redesign Schools for the Future of Education and Work
Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Devin Vodicka, Ed.D., Chief Impact Officer at AltSchool, and Ed Hidalgo, Chief of Innovation & Engagement Officer at Cajon Valley USD, are two innovators in education who will share their school redesign ideas. Hosted by Gabe Soumakian, Former Superintendent, League of Innovative Schools, Oxnard, CA.

Elizabeth Hauser Katharine Young

College and Career Ready! Motivate and Empower Struggling Readers in High School
Wednesday, Apr. 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Elizabeth Hauser, Reading Specialist, Grayslake High School District 127, IL; and Katherine Young, Speech Language Pathologist, Grayslake High School District 127, IL

Melinda Schwartz

Productive Partnerships: Tools and Strategies for Math Leaders
Wednesday, Apr. 11 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Melinda Schwartz, Learning Services Educator, ORIGO Education

Bart Epstein Katrina Stevens

Three Questions Every Teacher Should Ask About Edtech
Thursday Apr. 12 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Bart Epstein, CEO, Jefferson Education Exchange and Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education; and Katrina Stevens, Director of Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Coming up Next

Minimizing Summer Slide Through a Collective Impact Model
Monday, Apr. 16 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Elyse August, Vice President of Services, myON; and Caroline Marandino, Educational Consultant, myON

Amplifying Student Voice with Technology
Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Chawanna Chambers, Board President, Single Seed Enrichment School, National Award-Winning and National Board-Certified Teacher

Inclusion Is More Than “Just Being In”
Wednesday, Apr. 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D., Inclusive Education Consultant

Leading with Data: One District’s Journey to Student Success
Thursday, Apr. 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Rachel Powell, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction PreK-5, San José Unified School District, CA; Sandra Velásquez, District Instructional Technology Coach, San José Unified School District, CA; and Kelly Urlacher, Senior Curriculum Designer, DreamBox Learning

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April 6, 2018

[Webinar] Summer School Solutions

Note this webinar next week.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:00pm EST

FLVS Global is thrilled to offer a FREE Summer School Strong Webinar Series to provide insight into the benefits of summer school, program implementation options, and best practices.

Summer school is not only a means for remediation any more. Learn why offering a summer school program can address the diverse needs of all your students. The session will explore strategies for implementing a successful summer school program and highlight proven strategies to assist facilitators in maximizing the learning experience for their students.

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April 5, 2018

We’ve Added More Create 11 Sneak Peek Webinars! Get A Preview Of What’s Coming!

Note this item from Wednesday’s inbox…


Check out our new features coming in April!

More options!  More choices!  More modern!  More responsive!  More accessible!

The new SoftChalk Create V11 is all about enabling you to create beautifulinteractiveresponsiveaccessible lessons for your students. And so we have completely re-built the architecture and redesigned the styling of your SoftChalk lessons. Our three objectives with this redesign effort:

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