Distributed Learning for K12 Part 1: What is distributed learning?

What is distributed learning? What does it mean for K12?

With the rapid development of technology both inside and outside of education it has become easier for students and teachers to learn outside of traditional learning enviornments, such as a physical classroom and learning methods, such as face-to-face with an instructor. 

Because of this shift we have now become more familiar with what is known as Distributed Learning. (We also outlined it ourselves here.)

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3 ways xAPI will make you a hero

Use the xAPI or IMS Caliper specs to bring clarity to your schools

If you've been reading this blog, hung around our website or been digging into something called distributed learning then you're likely familiar with newer learning specifications like xAPI (Tin Can) and IMS Caliper. 

Acronyms with an 'x' in them and terms like 'learning specification' are not very approachable. So here's a one sentence summary:

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How to get started with blended learning: Part 7

Step 7: Putting all the pieces together

The decision to adopt a new teaching approach is both exciting and angst inducing. Blended learning offers a new way to reach students, so it makes sense that districts want to harness it's potential. As school districts explore the possibilities of blended learning they are also faced with challanges and obstacles that must be acknowledged and planned for. If you are thinking about how to get started with blended learning, this 7 part blog series will explore the steps you should consider as you adopt this new methodology.

It's helpful to read these posts in order, so before continuing:

Everyone benefits from having a plan when implementing a new program. If you've read all previous 6 posts in this series (and good on ya by the way!) then you've got the steps to begin implementation of a blended learning model at your school and/or district. 

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How to get started with Blended Learning: Part 5

Step 5: Data collection

The decision to adopt a new teaching approach is both exciting and angst inducing. Blended learning offers a new way to reach students, so it makes sense that districts want to harness it's potential. As school districts explore the possibilities of blended learning they are also faced with challanges and obstacles that must be acknowledged and planned for. If you are thinking about how to get started with blended learning, this 7 part blog series will explore the steps you should consider as you adopt this new methodology.

It's helpful to read these posts in order, so before continuing:

As stated in Part 4, selecting an LMS that meets the needs of your teachers and students is a critical step to successfully implementing blended learning. 

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Big data will help you personalize learning

Use big data to adapt and personalize learning paths for your learners

We just read a great article by Blake Beus over at EContent that discussed how professional organizations and companies can utilize big data to help personalize learning for their employees. 

What Blake posits for companies and corporations holds true for K-12 education. Big data, (big education data) can be harnassed to personalize learning for all learners, both students and teachers alike.

How so?

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