Empowering World Language Instructors in the Shift to Blended Learning

July 30, 2020

In October 2013, Getting Smart partnered with Rosetta Stone to release a report called “The Next Generation of World Language Learning.” The goal of the report was to create a vision for world language learning that acknowledged its role in global competency and to frame the vision inside broader shifts to personalized learning and blended instruction. Pointing to the potential of educational technology, we advocated for accessible, high-quality world language instruction for all students—from elementary through high school.

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Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University, located in Tiffin, Ohio is a vibrant learning community of actively engaged students and faculty. Established in 1850 by the German Reformed Church (now United Church of Christ), the University embraces the spirit of free inquiry championed by its religious affiliation. Our approximately 1,100 traditional undergraduates from all over the country, as well as approximately 200 graduate degree candidates, go on to lead lives of purpose with distinction.

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Mobile Device Management 101 for Education

whitePaper | August 18, 2020

Now more than ever, education technology is shaping and advancing the way we think about modern education and it is essential to the distance-learning environments many are now accustomed to. iPad transforms the static classroom setting and further streamlines distance learning by offering interactive learning tools to foster creativity and curiosity, no matter from where a student may be learning.

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THE 4 PILLARS OF EFFECTIVE ONLINE PD

whitePaper | August 20, 2020

Schools face an array of challenges and opportunities, especially considering the diverse needs of students and educators. To meet those opportunities, more administrators are looking for ways to personalize professional development (PD) and support teachers in a lasting, meaningful way. There are four distinct attributes that ensure PD efforts are as successful as possible: the professional learning is personalized, job embedded, both ongoing and sustainable, and tied to evaluations.

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A Framework for Optimizing the Virtual Live Learning Experience

whitePaper | September 9, 2021

As colleges and universities pivoted from live to virtual learning during the pandemic, many quickly defaulted to video conferencing tools.

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Online learning, teaching and education continuity planning for schools

whitePaper | March 13, 2020

An online learning plan covers the teaching strategies, communication rules, devices, solutions, and policies supporting online or blended learning in the school community. Keep the plan as simple as possible, but make the expectations clear for learners, teachers and guardians as to how to learn and teach online. An IB World School has agreed to share their online learning plan as an example of what to consider when creating one. This plan is updated regularly, as is common for schools using online learning under emergency circumstances.

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Building Academic and SocialEmotional Skills Through Play

whitePaper | August 19, 2020

The disruption to our children’s lives from COVID-19 has been significant and has also accelerated changes to education models that may outlast the pandemic. Some schools will open with 100 percent remote instruction. Some will begin on campus fulltime and pivot if necessary. Others will try a blended approach spanning in-class and remote. One thing we know for certain is that children, their families, and educators are facing a host of pressing challenges in every sphere of life.

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Remote Learning With Minecraft: Education Edition

whitePaper | March 10, 2020

We have compiled this set of resources to support remote learning using Minecraft: Education Edition, including a guide to getting started with Minecraft, STEM curriculum and project-based learning activities so educators can use the platform to deliver assignments and keep students engaged, even if they can’t play and learn together in the same room. Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform that builds STEM skills, unleashes creativity and engages students in collaboration and problem-solving.

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Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University, located in Tiffin, Ohio is a vibrant learning community of actively engaged students and faculty. Established in 1850 by the German Reformed Church (now United Church of Christ), the University embraces the spirit of free inquiry championed by its religious affiliation. Our approximately 1,100 traditional undergraduates from all over the country, as well as approximately 200 graduate degree candidates, go on to lead lives of purpose with distinction.

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