Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SXSWedu - VOTE NOW

VOTE Blended Schools Network for SXSWEdu

Got Problems? Good. They raise Student Engagement.
Intrinsically motivated students seek resources, engage and achieve. Let’s get real. For many students, we need to foster engagement, so students develop lifetime skills. Real problems motivate learners. This workshop will guide participants through developing a problem-based learning experience for their learners. You will explore the methodology and examine the types of problem-based learning, write a problem statement, design the problem experience, and build a rubric for your learners.

Additional Supporting Materials
https://blendedschools.softchalkcloud.com/lesson/serve/UWpAc06uZOef3m/html
Questions Answered:

  1. Participants will be able to describe how the type of a problem and structure of a problem will impact student engagement and transference of learning.
  2. Participants will be able to design real problems that facilitate students passing along paths that satisfy constraints while solving a problem and achieving a goal.
  3. Participants will be able to develop a problem experience that fosters student engagement, checks student progress, and assesses deeper understanding and higher-level thinking.
Speakers
Jed Friedrichsen Blended Schools Network
Deanna Mayers Blended Schools Network

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Blended Learning Courses - Online Problem Based Learning

News from Blended Schools Network!!

Many of our courses are now available in the new version, which is v3.2. This version includes many great new features, including:
  • Student Learning Objectives (SLO) – SLO’s are written as a general objective that teachers, schools and districts can you as starter objectives to modify to meet the learners enrolled in their courses and sections. You can find these at the unit level in both the master curriculum maps and the new Unit Introduction files linked in master courses and available on the Market Place
  • Pre-Tests and Summative Assessments - Vocabulary and Content pre-test are in the unit introduction to give teachers a baseline data to guide instructional decisions, add content for remediation, allow students to skip items they have demonstrated mastery or modify the scope of content covered.
  • New Course Challenge – This Problem based learning experience that guides students through solving an authentic problem tied to what they are learning in the course while discovering a solution and defending their solution with research and facts.
  • More Emphasis with Vocabulary – A full page in each lesson is devoted to concept vocabulary in where flashcards to introduce the new terms and will also be directed to maintain a vocabulary notebook based on various research based practices designed as a study aid for students.
Where can you get your new course? - All 3.2 courses will be available for members in Canvas and Blackboard as a Master course. All the lesson links are available in the Market to build your own course too!

- See more at: Blended Schools Courses

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Another Great Partnership for SIBE 's Blended Schools Network

SIBLING’S BLENDED SCHOOLS NETWORK DIVISION ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION WITH BLACKBOARD TEACHING AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

AUSTIN, TX – July 31, 2014 – Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: SIBE), (www.siblinggroup.com) (the “Company”), an educational technology holding company, announced today that its Blended Schools Network (“BSN”) division has joined the Blackboard Partnerships Program as a Blackboard Signature Partner. Blackboard Inc. is a leading education technology provider that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. Through this effort all BSN content courses, units and lessons will be available to schools and districts that use Blackboard’s teaching and learning environment.

The education market has experienced a distinct shift as schools and districts pursue complete solutions to their online education needs. The delivery of the Blended Schools Network content through Blackboard’s teaching and learning environment will help create a complete online education solution for schools. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Blackboard K12 Team members will demo, promote and/or evangelize the Blended Schools Network content and reference its value to teaching and learning within the Blackboard solutions.

“The Blackboard partnership announced today represents a catalytic growth event for Sibling”, stated Jed Friedrichsen, the Company’s Chief Academic Officer and one of the founding members of BSN. “We have worked with Blackboard since 2004 and this new partnership is a great testimonial of the success of our ongoing relationship.”

The partnership was first introduced at BbWorld®, the company’s annual user-conference held earlier this month. As a Blackboard Signature Partner, the BSN team will engage in strategic business, educational and joint marketing activities. 

“As many schools are making the transition to new state standards and blended learning environments, it is incredibly important that there are tools that make the finding, curating and sharing content simple and intuitive,” said Mark Belles, senior vice president of K-12 at Blackboard. “We couldn’t be more excited to expand our longstanding relationship with Blended Schools Network to do just that. Together, we will work to help schools and districts have an even better teaching and learning experience and set students up for success.”

About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: SIBE), through its wholly owned subsidiary Blended Schools Network(BSN), provides benchmark quality online curriculum for the K-12 marketplace, complete hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers and a learning management system (LMS) environment.  Sibling Group Holdings is focused on pursuing market expansion and new product development to meet the global trend towards leveraging educational technology to improve student performance.


Safe Harbor:
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning the plans and expectations of Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. and its success within the Blackboard Partnerships™ Program as a Blackboard Signature Partner™. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, that the anticipated benefits of the integration within Blackboard Partnerships™ Program may not be realized. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included under the captions, “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blended Schools Partners with School Improvement Network on Student Centered Learning

Blended Schools Network Partners With School Improvement Network

Jul 23, 2014-- AUSTIN, TX, United States, - - Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:SIBE), (www.siblinggroup.com) (the "Company"), an educational technology holding company, announced today that its Blended Schools Network division has signed an agreement to provide K-12 online instructional content through a national partnership with School Improvement Network as they develop their Student-Centered Learning product.

School Improvement Network's personalized learning (PL) model, as already used in urban public schools, has helped dramatically increase student achievement and engagement among all demographics. PL drives personalized educational experiences by allowing teachers to meet students at their current level of understanding and optimal learning style as the students learn and provide evidence of mastery of skills and proficiencies defined in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The content will be delivered through School Improvement Network's new GAGE system, a dynamic digital teaching and learning platform designed to support personalized learning in any school or system. GAGE supports students in building a learning path through which they progress based on individual mastery of learning objectives. The Blended School Network content will be integrated into the GAGE system to enable students to achieve mastery of learning targets.

"A personalized learning approach that empowers each student to drive their own optimal learning style and pace is essential for every student to master the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college and career," said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. "We are pleased to partner with the Blended School Network in creating these learning environments, and positively impacting the success and preparedness of thousands of students in schools and classrooms across the country."

GAGE, combined with a substantial library of BSN online lessons, bridges virtual and physical media, enabling peer-to-peer interaction and engagement of students at all levels. Students are presented with tools to monitor their progress, tools to organize and prioritize tasks, and the community to support success. Teachers and students are both supported as learners within the system.

Blended Schools Network's online content is currently used in over 160 school districts with over 300,000 course enrollments last year. BSN have over 212 different K-12 courses with over 15,000 lessons, 12,000 videos and 8,000 distinct modules. Schools and districts rely on the highly engaging content to create a blended learning environment for their students to help foster opportunities for success.

"This is an excellent partnership of two organizations focused on fully leveraging technology to driveindividualized learning with rich, engaging content to ensure student success," stated Maurine Findley, CEO of Sibling Group Holdings. "With the combined strength of extensive sales and marketing efforts many more districts should have access to the K-12 online content from Blended Schools Network."

The organizations will work together to assist school districts with implementing the new product for the 2014-2015 school year and have already worked on a joint proposal for a large school district in the southeast.

About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:SIBE), through its wholly owned subsidiary Blended Schools Network (BSN), provides benchmark quality online curriculum for the K-12 marketplace, a complete hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers and industry-leading learning management system (LMS) environments. Sibling Group Holdings is focused on pursuing market expansion and new product development to meet the global trend towards leveraging educational technology to improve student performance.

Safe Harbor:

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning the plans and expectations of Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. to provide a student-centered learning product with School Improvement Network. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, that the anticipated benefits of the transaction with School Improvement Network may not be realized. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included under the captions, "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

CONTACT: Richard Marshall, Chief Development Officer

Email: rmarshall@siblinggroup.com

Phone: (512)-329-1905

SOUCE: Sibling Group Holdings Inc.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blended Schools Network partners with School Improvement Network!

Great new partnership announced last week that brings the amazing content from Blended Schools Network into a brand new student centered system from School Improvement.  The Blended Schools Network acquisition by Sibling Group Holdings (OTC: SIBE) has been completed and this is a great start to the expansion - - more to come!

Personalized Learning Solution for Students with the Soft Launch of GAGE

THE GAGE PERSONALIZED LEARNING PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO SELECTED SCHOOL DISTRICTS THIS FALL FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Our personalized learning solution GAGE is now scalable across any school or system. GAGE provides everything needed to transform a traditional school or district into a personalized learning environment, and gives districts the ability to provide personalized, mastery-based learning along with real-time professional development resources for educators combined into a single system.

"True personalized learning has the potential to revolutionize education by allowing educators to meet the precise and unique needs of 100 percent of students, but has never before been possible because educators have not had the tools and resources to implement a sustainable model," said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. "Now, the personalized learning transformation powered by GAGE provides the technology and curriculum students need bundled with the training, support and reporting educators need to engage students in a higher level of thinking and learning, making personalized learning a scalable reality for any school or system."

Personalized learning with GAGE shifts pedagogical practice to help students take ownership of their learning experience, including how, when, and where they learn. Beginning at their current level of understanding, students are able to use a range of activities based on their personal interests, learning styles and goals, ultimately leading them to subject mastery at their individual pace. By teaching students "how to learn," this personalized learning transforms education into a lifelong learning experience by equipping students with the skills they need to compete in a modern global economy, and continue learning and finding solutions to problems independently.

GAGE is delivered on the Agilix xLi platform, a proven and scalable learning platform, and was field tested and proven in multiple schools and districts before becoming available to all districts and systems.

"Education is moving to personalized learning because it has been shown to be a more effective model," said Curt Allen, CEO of Agilix. "School districts need the platforms, tools, and professional development support required to provide these new opportunities for their students. School Improvement Network's personalized learning solution GAGE pulls all these elements together in an integrated, scalable and sustainable way. We are pleased to provide the platform for the delivery of this solution."

GAGE includes content from multiple curriculum partners, including Compass Learning®, Blended Schools Network, The NROC Project, and Qlovi. These resources, combined with School Improvement Network's tools, give districts and school systems everything they need to launch and sustain a personalized learning environment, including an engaging K-12 centric user experience, a digital library of K-12 curriculum aligned to the Common Core or any states standards, data-driven dashboards and analytics, and the most robust professional development resources and educator community available.

The new solution also provides the flexibility for districts to customize and supplement the digital curriculum library with their own resources, OER, or content from other publishers such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, Compass Learning, and others.

The GAGE personalized learning program is available to selected school districts this fall for the 2014-2015 school year. District administrators interested in being considered for inclusion in this program should contact the School Improvement Network at gage@schoolimprovement.com.