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The latest in K-12 learning trends

Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week

Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

I can’t fit all of this week’s news stories here, though, so feel free to visit and read up on other news you may have missed.

This week, we’re taking you on a virtual tour of some of the latest developments and trends in K-12 learning, including flipped and blended learning, marketplace updates, and flexible learning spaces and their influence on active learning.

Read on for more:

How flexible learning spaces improve active learning
Within flexible learning spaces, students work in teams to design and build parts for forestry machines, market a college radio station, or even launch their own start-up company. To complete these activities, they use the same technologies that professionals in those fields would use to do their jobs.

This district’s blended learning program is putting struggling readers back on track
A blended approach is helping reading intervention students transition to grade-level classes in a semester or less

Marketplace trend update: 6 new products, teaching strategies, and learning initiatives
What does it take to improve learning for all student populations, support positive school environments, and ensure school leaders at all levels are equipped with the skills and tools they need to maintain successful learning environments? The short answer: It takes a lot, but companies and researchers are up to the challenge. We’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

This new tool makes the flipped classroom more social
Flipping your class by having students watch lecture videos for their homework can lead to richer discussions about the content, but only if students come to class prepared. And having them watch a video lecture at home “simply takes a technique that didn’t work in person and puts in online,” said Harvard University physics professor Eric Mazur.

Laura Ascione

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