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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

Research & Development:  As the incubator of exciting products like Metryx and SmartMath, we have insider knowledge as to how tools, services, and systems are developed for the educational space.

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

Professional Development: 
Tech Nights, Full Days, designed to meet the needs of individual educators interested in exploring 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

PBN 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

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2014 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

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Teachers 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

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Hour 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

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Kickoff 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

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Teacher 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

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"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

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“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

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The 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

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Blended 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

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Classroom 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

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EdUnderground 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

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What 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

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STEM 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

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The 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

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New 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

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Shawn 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

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iPads in the Classroom: Kindergarten Study

Results from the Nation’s first kindergarten iPad initiative February 27, 2012 by Jamie Reysen Earlier this month, a Maine school district announced initial results from the Nation’s first kindergarten iPad.. read more

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Startup Snapshot: Metryx Mobile Tracker

(re-posted from EdTechTimes.com) After you check out our Startup Snapshot, be sure to take a look at our Q&A with CEO of Metryx, Shawn Rubin, here. What is the Metryx Mobile Tracker? .. read more

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Mobile Formative Assessment; A One Device Solution

(re-posted from Free Technology for Teachers) Formative assessment has been stuck in a rut for years but tablets and Smartphones have the potential for increasing the amount of formative data that teachers collect and.. read more

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Evernote as a Formative Assessment Tool

Evernote has so many classroom applications. As a research tool, note-taking platform, and student e-portfolio it is fantastic, but perhaps its most impressive application is it’s ability to collect ongoing.. read more

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Highlander Institute Launches Formative Assessment Application

The Highlander Institute recently announced the beta launch of the Metryx Mobile Tracker, a new education application that gives educators an easy way to conduct formative assessments and monitor student’s learning.. read more

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A Mobile Formative Assessment Model

The demand for digital assessment tools has been validated in the marketplace by the emergence of several competitive products. However, it is also important to consider the competitive role of.. read more

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One to One Formative Assessment Solutions

Student facing devices have the potential to dramatically change the frequency and effectiveness of classroom formative data collection. Schools who find themselves with a wealth of technology are in a.. read more

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Highlander Dunn Institute and Metryx: Developing one of the "5 coolest apps" in RI

Tech startups have to start up somewhere. Ambitious entrepreneurs, well aware of a smartphone apps’ ease of delivery, set sights high—regional, national and global—right out of the gate. Several such.. read more

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Highlander Dunn Institute and Metryx: Developing one of the “5 coolest apps” in RI

Tech startups have to start up somewhere. Ambitious entrepreneurs, well aware of a smartphone apps’ ease of delivery, set sights high—regional, national and global—right out of the gate. Several such.. read more

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Highlander Launches Formative Assessment App for iPads & Smart Phones

New England Post - 10/10/2011 The passing of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs last week brought with it heartfelt tributes — shared on fans’ Facebook walls and Twitterfeeds — from the.. read more

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Highlander Launches Formative Assessment App for iPads & Smart Phones

New England Post - 10/10/2011 The passing of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs last week brought with it heartfelt tributes — shared on fans’ Facebook walls and Twitterfeeds — from the.. read more

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Highlander Institute Launches Touch Technology Consulting Services

Click to Watch Video Interested in how touch technology can revolutionize teaching and learning at your school?  Talk to the experts at Highlander Dunn, who can help you use various.. read more