What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning and education technologies are changing classroom instruction at an incredible pace. New touch-based interfaces, cloud computing, and skill-specific applications are becoming cheaper and more powerful every day. Students are more attuned to using tech tools and teachers must keep up with best resources and classroom practices. The space is expanding rapidly and it is essential that districts, schools and teachers have guidance in choosing, understanding, and leveraging the best usage for these tools. Let the Highlander Institute show you how best practice in edtech integration and blended learning can increase personalized instruction and student engagement. Whether you are an edtech novice or a school that is ready to go 1:1, the Highlander Institute can help you take the plunge. We practice what we preach and offer differentiated professional development services that are tailored to staff needs.
Our Blended Learning Services
Transformative Consulting: As the lead consultant in Rhode Island's first blended learning school, Pleasant View Elementary, we have experience tackling blended learning at the school-wide level.
We can help:
- Run a building infrastructure needs-assessment to test bandwidth, feasibility, etc.
- Find the best vendors and order hardware/resources
- Recommend the blended learning model that works best for your school
- Review and choose best content providers for your school and budget
- Train your teachers in blended learning best practices
- Run your blended learning program from infancy through maturity
We can help:
- Assess the Educational Value of Technology Software & Hardware Products
- Provide consulting to EdTech product developers seeking to understand user needs
- Design and Develop EdTech products that meet the needs of diverse stakeholders
- Incubate products and services developed by educators and professionals in the space
Workshops & Conferences: Opportunities to build community and learn from one another. EdTech Up, EdUndergroud, Blended Learning Conference. Please view the events tab to see upcoming events in this particular area.
Blended Learning Blog
February 4, 2014PBN Article: Teachers become tech testers
Shawn Rubin launched EdTechRI as a natural outgrowth of his experience as director of blended learning and technology integration at the Highlander Institute, a charter school in Providence. Blended learning.. read more
January 2, 20142014 Challenge: Making Tools for Schools with the USDOE
Imagine a new day for education, a day where educators, districts, technology companies and researchers actually work together, defining and using agreed-upon terms, best practices, tools, and models to serve.. read more
December 20, 2013Teachers Design for Education- We Want You!
After many years of admiring the work of the Business Innovation Factory, the Highlander Institute is excited to partner with the Providence-based organization on a new project funded by the.. read more
December 9, 2013Hour of Code a Huge Success!
Business Innovation Factory was packed with enthusiastic educators, parents, and students sharing Hour of Code! Schools across Rhode Island joined hundreds across the country to participate in this exciting event.. read more
September 24, 2013Kickoff Meetup for EdTech RI
The first EdTech Meetup of the year sponsored by LearnLaunchX and Rally RI gets rave reviews! Thanks to our great hosts at Founders League, nearly 80 educators and 6 EdTech.. read more
April 19, 2013Teacher Buying Power: An EdSurge Opinion Piece from Tech. Director, Shawn Rubin
Highlander Institute’s Director of Technology Integration, Shawn Rubin, recently penned an opinion article for EdSurge discussing the current disconnect that teachers are facing when they attend edtech centric conferences. Rubin.. read more
March 12, 2013“Learning to Blend” – Institute featured in Providence Monthly
Highlander Institute’s Director of Technology Integration, Shawn Rubin, has been featured in this month’s Providence Monthy. Rubin tells interviewers about his experience as a teacher at Highlander Charter School and.. read more
February 12, 2013The 2nd Annual Blended Learning Conference
The Highlander Institute is hosting its 2nd Annual Blended Learning and Technology Conference in Providence, RI on Saturday, April 27th and we’d love to have you there. Our Blended Learning Conference will convene local,.. read more
February 7, 2013Blended Learning at Pleasant View Elementary
The Highlander Institute is incredibly pleased with the growth and progress that is taking place at Pleasant View Elementary. Blended learning has only been up and running for a short.. read more
December 12, 2012Classroom Blogs at the Highlander Charter School
A few months back we discussed the success of Ms. Viveiros’ Kindergarten Classroom blog (Found Here: http://viveiroska.blogspot.com/). It seems that these communication tools are catching on like wildfire at the.. read more