S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Online Learning [Infographic]

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Online Learning Programs

Online learning has disrupted education, and with many schools sharing fantastic results it’s exciting to add these learning options for students. However, in the enthusiasm of getting started, goal setting might be overlooked. Too many times I’ve heard someone at a school say, “We tried an online learning program, but it didn’t really work.” Having clear goals for any school program is a key factor for success. The S.M.A.R.T goals framework is a simple way to engage in goal setting that will set your school, district, or classroom up for success. Use the outline below to learn how to apply S.M.A.R.T. goals for online learning.

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Everything You Want to Know About Early Literacy

“The more that you READ, the more THINGS you will KNOW. The MORE you LEARN, the more PLACES you’ll GO!” — Dr. Seuss

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Happy 51st International Literacy Day! Today marks the start of a two-day conference in Paris with the theme “Literacy in a Digital World.” There, people from all over the world are discussing what skills are needed to succeed in a digital world and how to teach those skills, as well as what policies and technologies can support this teaching and learning.

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How to Help Students Make Real World Connections from Digital Learning

Many of today’s veteran teachers remain a part of the generation(s) who grew up without Smartphones, or Wi-Fi. We learned in classrooms where the overhead projector was cutting edge technology.  Now, we are working in a world where our students are constantly exposed to the most advanced technology.  Thus, we work tirelessly to keep our classrooms relevant, in the ever changing, always evolving digital age.

As a virtual instructor, classes are a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning where lectures and lessons are programmed conveniently into a student’s course. The virtual instructor uses synchronous web sessions, email, phone text and other avenues like Skype to reach out to the student for tutoring and supplemental lessons. While this type of learning may not have been the norm when I was growing up, students of today are used to learning this way through their blended-learning environments or even through googling things on their Smartphone.

One of the challenges though facing virtual teachers, and all teachers really, is how do we make real-world connections from digital learning with students who do a lot of living in the virtual world of Facebook and Snapchat?

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Top Books for Educators: Back to School Reading List

The 2017–2018 school year is underway! We’ve put together a back-to-school reading list to give you some guidance and motivation and help you get back into the swing of things. Check out these books for principals and teachers to help put yourself in the back-to-school spirit this season.

 

Books about Change and Leadership in the Digital Age:

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Michael B. Horn, Heather Staker

Blended is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K–12 classrooms. A follow-up to the bestseller Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson, this hands-on guide expands upon the blended learning ideas presented in that book to provide practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. Readers will find a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K–12 learning environments. Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning to the greatest benefit of students, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls.

If online learning has not already rocked your local school, it will soon. Blended learning is one of the hottest trends in education right now, and educators are clamoring for “how-to” guidance. Blended answers the call by providing detailed information about the strategy, design, and implementation of a successful blended learning program.Tailor your coaching practices to meet the needs of each educator

  • Discover a useful framework for implementing blended learning
  • Unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of online learning
  • Find answers to the most commonly asked questions surrounding blended learning
  • Create a more student-centered system that functions as a positive force across grade levels

Educators who loved the ideas presented in Disrupting Class now have a field guide to making it work in a real-world school, with expert advice for making the transition smoother for students, parents, and teachers alike. For educational leaders seeking more student-centered schools, Blended provides the definitive roadmap.

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