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College and Career Readiness through Blended Learning

- Authored by: Greg Cunningham

Dreams, Machines and Information: Re-wiring the Brain

by Greg Cunningham, Blended Learning Specialist

I am not one who remembers the dreams of night. Awake, they dissolve into shreds of haze that fade in the morning twilight. Once in a great while one will stick with me, either for its resemblance to a scene from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or for its outright and absolute absurdity which demands to be shared with friends.

Tweet this: More #Civility is needed, abolish cyberbullying

by Greg Cunningham, JFYNetWorks Blended Learning Specialist

In 2010, Massachusetts passed an anti-bullying law that covered student actions and also mandated schools to have a plan in place to address such actions. The law includes cyber bullying, even if it takes place outside the school day. It has been an effective tool used by both parents and schools to reduce the amount of bullying that was often dismissed as “typical junior high or high school behavior.”

Online Education—Time to Start is Now

by Greg Cunningham, JFYNetWorks Blended Learning Specialist

Online Education can be daunting even for digital natives

Everyone over 30—or is it now 20? — assumes that young people are completely tech savvy. They walk the streets and hallways with their faces plastered to their phones, texting, posting, broadcasting live video from concerts or from lunch, always up on the newest apps to keep constantly enmeshed in their social webs.

Relationships bridge academic success

by Greg Cunningham, JFYNetWorks Blended Learning Specialist

The world of education has a natural tendency to focus on the academic. A student needs to learn to write, solve equations, analyze a piece of literature, and then demonstrate all that and more in comprehensive testing.

What is often lost amid the lessons and tests is what makes a student want to learn. Adults understand that education can be the great equalizer, the social leveler. But helping a young, not fully developed mind understand how important education is can be a daunting, even maddening task. It is easy for teachers, administrators and school support staff to focus on the lessons and lose sight of the human being that is the student.

Testing taking anxiety

by Greg Cunningham, JFYNetWorks Blended Learning Specialist

No one likes to be tested.

 
People have a deep-seated aversion to being challenged about what they know–and what they don’t know.  Perhaps the aversion is rooted in first- grade spelling tests, or timed multiplication quizzes in later grades. Maybe it goes back to hunting practice in the cave. Wherever it originates, the dislike, and even sheer hatred, of being tested is very real.

Video needs context

Testing for college readiness is here to stay, so let’s keep it in context.

by Greg Cunningham, JFYNetWorks Blended Learning Specialist

Video violence floods our feeds. Angry people raging, flight attendants mauling passengers, sports fans bellowing and berating, demonstrators denigrating and damning. Even the once-staid networks lead with the day’s most explosive visuals. The tsunami of video has not only engulfed reality, it has become our primary reality. We don’t see events– we see the video of events. Without the video, we wouldn’t know an event had occurred. Seeing may still be believing, but what we’re seeing is the virtual reality of cell phones, drones and real-time streaming.

Blending different abilities and learning styles creates dynamic environment

Blending different abilities and learning styles creates dynamic environment.

by Greg Cunningham, Blended Learning Specialist

When I first saw the job title “Blended Learning Specialist” I pictured a culinary instructor in an apron demonstrating how to make smoothies in a food processor. “Two scoops of ice, one cup of blueberries, a banana, a pinch of cinnamon and blend. ” What I discovered was a bit different: a new world inside the classroom fostered by the ability to help students learn in an environment where they are the center of attention and the teacher acts as a coach and motivator of their learning.