What’s New in the Blended Learning Portal in September?

September 6, 2016 |

Raise Your Hand Texas has curated technical assistance resources to support Raising Blended Learners demonstration and pilot sites, and to assist other schools and districts interested in pursuing blended learning efforts. On our Raising Blended Learners Portal you can access guides, courses, research, and activities on blended learning topics such as professional learning, digital content, school finance, and more.

Raise Your Hand updates the blended learning portal regularly so you can stay connected to the most up-to-date blended learning resources. Each month, here on our blog, we’ll highlight some of the best and newest content.

New Resources

Explore Blended & Personalized Learning Practices At Work, a collection of practical teaching and learning strategies that help to bring blended and personalized learning from theory to practice from The Learning Accelerator. Find this and other implementation examples in the Blended in Action section of the blended learning portal.

New to the portal are several resources added to the Professional Learning section:

  • A resource guide from Education Elements helps districts find the right mix of online and offline resources to support personalized learning.
  • A webinar from iNACOL about assessments’ essential role in the learning process as learning models become more personalized and competency-based.
  • An activity from School Retool which helps schools design a day to shadow a student in order to gain empathy and insight into their experience.

We also added two new competency-based education resources to the Blended Learning and Student-Centered Schools section:

  • Competency-Based Education Across America from Competency Works includes a map, representing a snapshot of competency-based education state policy, and a curation of competency-based case studies, which can be utilized as discussion tools.
  • Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It, an article on EdSurge by Michael Horn on how a competency-based learning system might support the development of skills like grit.

Featured Content

It’s About Self-Directed Learning, on Blend My Learning provides detailed examples, frameworks and processes for scaffolding supports and opportunities for self-directed learning. This resource is a helpful tool for designing and implementing goal setting practices with students. It can also be found in the Professional Learning section of the portal.


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