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
03/12/2013“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
02/12/2013The 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
02/07/2013Blended 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
12/12/2012Classroom 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
12/12/2012EdUnderground makes an impact in Rhode Island
The EdUnderground, a progressive gathering of educators seeking to help teachers find and use innovative technology in the classroom is making waves in Rhode Island. EdUnderground was founded in the.. read more
11/15/2012What is an EdCamp?
On November 3, 2012, a collaborative effort that included the Highlander Institute, hosted the first ever EdCamp in Rhode Island at Rhode Island College! Now, you may be asking.. read more
11/15/2012STEM Center iPad Integration Training
On November 9 and 10, 2012 the STEM Center at Rhode Island College and the Highlander Institute held a workshop for 44 Rhode Island School teachers, administrators, and technology staff.. read more
10/25/2012The Ed Tech Revolution is Coming. What Will it Look Like?
In 1971, we spent roughly $4,000 per student in public k-12 education. In 2011, this amount has nearly tripled to $11,000 per student. At the same time, students’ math and.. read more
10/04/2012New version of Metryx to be released in November
September 25 article from the edtechtimes.com: We’ve been fans of Metryx Mobile Tracker, a web application that allows teachers to conduct thorough formative assessment on-the-go via smartphone, tablet or CPU, for a while.. read more
09/27/2012Shawn Rubin discusses Blended Learning
Shawn Rubin, director of Technology Integration at the Highlander Institute was on Rhode Island National Public Radio this morning to discuss blended learning in the classroom. Blended learning combines traditional.. read more