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


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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sibling Group Holdings goes Blended Learning!

Sibling Group Finalizes Blended Network Transaction

ATLANTA, GA, May 30, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (otcqb:SIBE) (www.siblinggroup.com ) (the "Company") announced today that it has finalized the acquisition of Blended Schools Network ( www.blendedschools.net , "BSN"), with agreement from both companies Board of Directors. BSN will operate as an independent business unit, and be a key element of Sibling Group's K-12 strategy for high quality content development, professional development, and for emerging educational technologies.
Blended Schools Network was founded in 2002 by Pennsylvania school superintendents in order to bring high quality online learning to all students. Currently, BSN serves over 160 school districts and has over 300,000 course enrollments for this past school year, and has historically generated around $3M in annual revenues. They have developed over 190 online courses, 15,000 lessons, 12,000 videos and over 8,000 modules.
Dave Saba, Sibling Group Holdings President, commented, "Industry experts have projected that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online*, and BSN's positioning in this market should give us solid growth potential. Moreover, with other acquisitions under consideration, it can be strongly leveraged, for increased scale and market presence."
Leaders from both organizations have worked closely together over the last six months to position BSN for substantial growth. BSN has already experienced success through expansion into new states like Nevada, California, Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey, and is focused on expanding potential national partnerships for distribution of both student-facing content and teacher professional development.
"We are very excited to be able to take this incredible resource for teachers and students and bring it to so many more schools in the U.S. and around the world," stated Saba. "Building a high performing lifelong learning company around this exceptional team of education professionals is the perfect next step for Sibling Group Holdings and sets the tone for long term success."
The BSN team is already working to re-launch Sibling's Special Education, and Social Emotional Learning products under the BSN brand. BSN is also working with Sibling experts on bringing a Childhood Development Associate certification product to market in 2014.
* Source - Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson and Michael B. Horn.
About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc:Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (otcqb:SIBE) (www.siblinggroup.com ) intends to acquire, on a global basis, advanced technology and education management operations in order to enhance and accelerate the delivery of 21st century learning. By accessing funding from the public capital markets and melding them into a unified strategy, Sibling seeks to accelerate the improvement of education across the globe. The results: better educated children and adults, a sustainable and cost effective instructional model and reduced dependence on governmental funding. Our current operations include professional development for the teaching profession and educational technology offerings including classroom management tools. The Company's executive offices are in Atlanta, Georgia.
Blended Schools Network will be an independent business unit of Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., and will continue to operate providing online curriculum with 192 master courses for the K-12 marketplace, all Common Core compatible; a complete hosted course authoring and learning management system (LMS) environment featuring both Blackboard and Canvas; the new Language Institute, with online courses in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese, Latin, Russian, German and Hindi, all oriented to meet today's ESL requirements. The Blendedschools.net staff provides online, and on-site training for Blended Learning training methods, conversion planning, and implementation. For more information, go to www.blendedschools.net , or call Sheri Border, at 814-542-2501 x181, or by email at sborder@blendedschools.net.
Safe Harbor: This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. is subject to risks detailed from time to time in its publicly filed documents available atwww.sec.gov . Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that it may make to conform to actual results. All current and potential shareholders are asked to read all filings for the Company at the Securities and Exchange Commission web site, www.SEC.gov .

Monday, May 5, 2014

Digital Mind Maps

I have been speaking with Tim Heckel over at slatebox.com about his open source mapping tool an the next interation that is about to come out. Very cool application - but even cooler to see a teacher using it with students and appreciating the fact that the technology is very easy to understand and use.

And of coures the students just dive right in! http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/2014/05/digilit-sunday.html

Take a look and let Tim know your thoughts - very cool stuff.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Word of Mouth and #35

Had the pleasure of visiting my 35th state capitol this week and got to have the most amazing breakfast at The Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro.  INCREDIBLE!!  People were just amazing and all raving about the food - and it lived up to their hype. I will be back.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

5 E-Learning Trends that will spell the end of LMS

Love this article from Kasper Spiro on E-Learning Industry.  I will disagree with his timeframe on the demise of LMS as I don't think education changes that fast - BUT -do like a lot of what he is saying in the BIG 5 Changes!
5 eLearning Trends Leading to the End of the Learning Management System

  • Self-directed Learning - Learners Take Control
    Today learning is becoming more “pull’ and less “push”, as learners take charge of their own learning. Since there is so much available information for anyone to find what they need, when they need it -- through search engines, Wikipedia, Mooc’s or YouTube. Learners do not have to wait for scheduled learning opportunities by the learning department. Learners need information to solve an immediate need or problem, or decide for themselves where, when and how to complete courses to gain new skills or knowledge. As a result, companies are turning to collaboration tools, such as Yammer or Epath that facilitate performance based learning, informal learning, social collaboration and knowledge sharing.
    Moreover, Tin Can (Xperience api) makes it possible to track and trace any learning experience on an individual level. For the company this data could be the source for getting to know the individual learner (as Google does), as well as for presenting the right material and facilities at the right time. For the learner it provides support in taking control of his personal development.

  • Personalized (Adaptive) Learning 
    Adaptive learning has become a broad concept that can be accomplished in a number of ways and it is the future of formal learning. There are different ways of creating adaptive content. It can be accomplished by tagging learning components and making them smart, by offering personalized learning paths based on the outcome of previous activities, or by creating smarter personalized courses based on learning objectives. All methods are good and they can even be combined. But the trend is definitely towards more flexible and personalized learning material instead of a one-size-fits-all course.

  • Curation
    As learning becomes more self-directed and learner controlled, the job of learning professionals will shift from creating courses and scheduling events, to collecting information and learner generated content. These content assets will need to be identified and indexed for easy and effective searches by the learner. There are all kinds of aggregation software available that do this automatically, but I believe the human factor is irreplaceable in the curation process. This is an example of how learning professionals need to become more facilitative.

  • Anywhere, anytime and any device
    With a Smart phone (and a tablet) in hand, employees bring their own devices to work. Self-directed learning becomes easier, as each of us is always connected and able to find answers to anything. The impact will be huge. Not only will the learner choose his own device, but he will also select the software and sources he wants to use for learning. He is no longer a learner in the corporate controlled environment.

  • Specialized learning material
    Learners can find courses and content almost everywhere. Increasingly this content will be offered by MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course). This means that basic courses focused on skills and knowledge will not add value to the learner, it is already available. So, training departments will need to create more specialized content.