Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sibling Group Holdings to Present to Investment Bankers

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) -  Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQBSIBE) (www.siblinggroup.com) (the "Company"), an educational technology holding company, is scheduled to present at the National Investment Banking Association (NIBA) Investment Conference taking place September 15-17, 2014, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
NIBA is a national not-for-profit trade association of regional and independent brokerages, investment banking firms, institutional investors, and related capital market service providers. NIBA's membership is multinational, representing more than 8,800 registered representatives with an estimated $78 billion in assets under management. The NIBA's vast membership and conference attendance will provide Sibling with exposure to a large audience from the investment community and allow the Company the opportunity to expand its industry connections.
Sibling's presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, and as part of the conference, Sibling's management will also participate in one-on-one meetings with investors. Members of the investment community who are interested in meeting with Sibling management should contact their NIBA representative or contact the Company directly at 512-329-1905.
NIBA conferences provide a venue for companies to share meaningful insight into their business operations, short and long-term growth strategies and industry vision, give its members the opportunity to exchange ideas and information, and evaluate presentations made by public and private companies seeking capital or exposure to the investment community.
Maurine Findley, CEO of Sibling Group, stated, "We are pleased to be presenting at the 2014 NIBA Conference and are looking forward to speaking with a large audience of attending investment professionals and emerging growth investors. Our recent Blended Schools Network acquisition delivered extensive infrastructure and laid the groundwork for growth in the rapidly growing education industry. Our team's experience places SIBE in a unique position to continue the expansion of our education portfolio through additional acquisitions and fundamental growth creating value for stakeholders. It is our intention to share this strategy with as many potential investors and development partners as possible at the Conference and at other upcoming industry events."
About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.:
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQBSIBE), 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 presentation at the NIBA Conference. 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 NIBA Conference 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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Formative Assessments and Flipped Classrooms!

Our amazing team from Blended Schools Network that creates the best online professional development has now put our teacher training on Udemy.

Take a look at:

  • Formative Assessments   Learn to provide your K12 students with opportunities to use blogging, discussion boards, chat, quizzes and games for formative assessment.This course is designed for K12 teachers who wish to add online discussion and quizzes activities to their classroom as formative assessment in a blended learning experience. Through lectures, activities and collaboration, participants will build an outline for a discussion activity and a formative quiz. In this course you will learn about:
    • The Benefits of Online Discussion
    • Planning Asynchronous Online Discussion
    • Guiding Asynchronous Online Discussion
    • Managing Asynchronous Online Discussion
    • The Role of Automated Assessment
    • Lesson Planning with Automated Assessments
    • Creating and Choosing Formative Assessments
    • At the end of the course participants are also offered the opportunity to complete a project that will allow them to create a lesson plan showing how they will use online discussion to assess students' learning and foster further growth. It will also detail policies and procedures for preventing and addressing disruptions.
  • Flipped Classroom  Learn to provide your K12 students learning flexibility by including asynchronous instruction as part of your rotated blended learning classroom. This course is designed for K12 teachers who wish to add online direct to their classroom as part of a rotated blended learning experience. Rotated classrooms include station and lab rotation as well as the flipped classroom. Through lectures, activities and collaboration, participants will build a lesson plan for an rotated online lesson with direct instruction.In this course you will learn about:
    • The Benefits of Video in a Blended Learning Environment
    • Planning Blended Lessons with Video
    • Planning a Rotation Model Lesson
    • Structuring the Online Portion of a Lesson
    • At the end of the course participants are also offered the opportunity to complete a project that will allow them to create a lesson plan showing how they will use asynchronous direct instruction in a rotated classroom.
    • Throughout this course participants will learn about the concepts while acquiring a tool set they can use in their own classroom and also be able to connect with other teachers attempting to online discussion in their own classroom.
    • Completion of this course will take 4-6 hours depending on how much time participants spend on the collaboration and project activities. We hope that during the course you'll be able to connect with other course participants and spend time bouncing ideas off others
Please check them out! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Canvas or Blackboard - you decide!

LIVE SESSION: USE BLENDED SCHOOLS COURSES IN CANVAS
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BSN's course catalog is now available in Canvas! In this presentation, you will see:
  • Consistent structure of BSN's Canvas courses
  • Engaging interactive elements of the Canvas student experience
  • Simple steps to requesting your own course copy
  • Easy process OPC's follow to copy courses
If you join us live, we'll answer your questions about our courses and our Canvas membership package.
Do you want to attend live or watch the recording? Either way, register now! 
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LIVE SESSION: NEW BLACKBOARD FEATURES
Last summer, we installed the latest version of Blackboard for you and your students. SP14 brings many updates and new features including:
  • New achievements feature (bring badges to your Blackboard course)
  • Wider availability of Crocodoc inline grading.
  • New due dates management tool (set all your due dates in one step)
  • Updated group management tool
If you join us live, you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions about these and other Blackboard features.
Do you want to attend live or watch the recording? Either way, register now! 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blended Schools Update

2014 FALL CURRICULUM NEWSLETTER
During the summer months, our assessment specialists upgraded our courses. We hired these educators from member school districts and trained them in best practices for assessment design. They also added student learning objectives, unit pre-tests and new course challenges.

 
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
More states are adopting student learning objectives (SLO's) to improve student achievement in the classroom, and Blended Schools is here to help. We are adding student learning objectives to our course maps. These will appear at the unit level in our master curriculum maps and in the new unit introduction files in our master courses and in our Marketplace.

 
PRE-TESTS AND SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS
Our new vocabulary and content pre-tests will give teachers a baseline of data. Based on this data, teachers can add content for remediation, allow students to skip content they have mastered or change the scope of content covered. This will ensure that every minute of instruction moves students toward a high level of academic growth.  Our specialists will ensure our assessments are appropriate measures of student growth and teacher effectiveness. 

 
NEW COURSE CHALLENGE
Each of our courses will now include a new course challenge.  This authentic assessment provides further opportunities for students to show growth. Students can tackle the challenge as a capstone problem-based learning experience, or the teacher can weave the experience throughout the course.  This new feature guides students through solving an authentic problem tied to what they are learning. The students determine solutions and defend them with research and facts.

 
MORE EMPHASIS ON VOCABULARY
In addition to the assessment upgrades, we have added a full page devoted to concept vocabulary in each lesson package.  Each lesson includes flashcards introducing the new terms, and it directs students to maintain a vocabulary notebook. We base these practices on research from the Marzano Institute, National Reading Panel and others.  Students can maintain the journal off-line in a hard copy notebook or a running word document with the template provided.  We designed this notebook as a study aid for students, not as an assessment, but the teacher can elect to grade it.

 
RETIRED COURSES
Please remember that courses retired longer than one year are no longer supported by Blended Schools. You may continue using these courses, but please be aware that these courses include videos from the old BSNtube that will not function as of October 2014.  If you need help figuring out if we've retired your course, please contact our helpdesk at help@blendedschools.net. When you do, please include your course id.
 
You can find a list of these courses at this link: http://publish.smartsheet.com/57ea2f5eb7bd41069395c1135bbd3494
 

 
TIMELINE
We will complete most of these improvements by the end of August, so please consider copying a new master course to start the school year. If a 3.2 version of part A of a course is released, part B will be available within the next 30-60 days. Even if part B of your course is not yet available, go ahead and copy the 3.2 version right away. When looking for the most recent course id to copy, please use the Course Catalog on our website: