Monday, November 17, 2014

Buy Online Content through Blended and Blackboard

After attending the 2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Palm Springs, CA last week we were encouraged by the increasing number of K-12 schools and districts embracing new models of learning resulting in student achievement success stories. Whether you are offering blended, flipped or online learning one thing remaines consistent – the ability to access reliable digital content to help personalize and differentiate instruction is a must.
At Blackboard we are committed to bridging that gap by bringing you quality digital content to help save your teachers time and increase student engagement. Today, we are excited to announce our newest digital content partnership with Blended Schools Network.
Since 2004, Blended Schools Network has provided a set of award-winning, interactive curriculum on core topics. Blended Schools Network content includes 212 complete K-12 courses with over 15,000 lessons and 12,000 videos created by teachers, for teachers.
Sign up for the webinar on December 2nd to learn more about the rise of digital content in K-12 and see how Blended Schools Network’s content seamlessly integrates within Blackboard’s learning management system.
Learn more about Blended Schools Network content here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Creating Virtual Academies and Leveraging LMS

Not one, but two, great articles on the work we are doing with Blended Schools Network - 

First it was our work with Shenandoah Virtual Academy and how BSN got them up and running - read more on our Virtual Academy

Also, we have been working closely with LoudCloud so that the online content from BSN could be accessed through their state-of-the-art learning management system (LMS).  Schools and districts can now do even more with our complete K-12 content. Find out more about this online learning opportunity. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blended Learning Pilot Program

Blended Schools Network, with over 14 years of experience helping schools districts launch online and blended learning, is going above and beyond! They have launched a very affordable blended learning pilot program to help all schools and districts get started. The cost is $5,000 to start a blended learning program

From the website:
"When you plan your blended learning pilot with us, we’ll start with a consultation to learn about your goals. We’ll help you choose a technology platform and set a timeline. Then we’ll build your custom package of content, professional development, technology and support. Keep reading to learn what we offer in each area."

Launch your blended learning program today - your students and teachers will realize the benefits of leveraging great content and technology. With over 200 full online courses, 15,000 individual lessons and 12,000 videos, Blended Schools Network is your partner to get started. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 Steps to Building a Great Online Course

Our ongoing MOOCs series to help teachers from around the world reach more students through online learning. This one is 7 Steps to Building a Great Online Course 

Full course description

Building an online course is more than just knowing what to click in your course management system. In this course you will learn about the strategy of building an online course using backwards design.
This course is directed toward K-12 online learning but the skills could apply to any online course. Whether you are starting your first online course or looking at a more formal way to redesign an existing online course, this experience is for you.
This course is designed to show a seven-step process to design an online course using iNacol's quality online course standards. In this course we will cover:
  • Step 1: Curriculum planning for online courses
  • Step 2: Building structure in online courses
  • Step 3: Building online assessments
  • Step 4: Building online projects
  • Step 5: Adding external content to online lessons
  • Step 6: Adding direct instruction to online lessons
  • Step 7: Creating online collaboration activities
This course will cover the strategies involved with backwards design of online courses. In a backwards design model the course builder starts by identifying key items that learners must understand by the end of a unit of instruction, assessments are then built to assess that understand and then finally the instruction itself is built.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Inclusion training for teachers!

According to the National Education Association, over the past 10 years, the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30 percent. Three out of every four students with disabilities spend part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. In turn, nearly every general education classroom across the country includes students with disabilities.

It's time to give all educators the special education professional development they need to help all students succeed.  More to come!