Category Archives: Trends in Digital Learning

Snow days don’t have to be lost educational opportunities. Teach Blended!

There has been a lot of buzz around the virtual no-attendance day concept. The idea being that rather than lose educational opportunity students can take advantage of continued access to education through virtual opportunities. Visit “Inside One District’s Virtual Snow Days” or “Goodbye to snow days, hello to school at home.

IVS is currently offering several courses for educators who want to learn how to develop quality blended learning opportunities to make the most of this trend:

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Teaching Online 101: Teaching in an Online Learning Model *

  • A “Must Take” Course for New Online or Blended Learning Teachers!
  • Even though you may be bringing years of teaching skills and experience with you, you are likely at the beginning of your experience with online and/or blended learning. This two-part series presents best practices and applicable strategies that will allow you to become comfortable and proficient in this new environment.

Teaching Online 102: Advanced Strategies for Online or Blended Instructors

  • Part 2 of this series continues to present best practices and applicable strategies of slightly more advanced areas of online instruction, from addressing academic integrity to building cohesive learning communities.

Teaching in a Blended Learning Model *

  • This course is designed for teachers who are new to blended learning or school leaders ready to embark on this new adventure. This self-paced course focuses on expanding skills by demonstrating specific strategies to optimize instruction.

Designing Blended Learning

  • Transition your teaching to blended learning experiences where some portion of learning occurs online and outside the classroom setting.
  • This six week facilitated course consists of interactive lessons, discussion boards, and the development and submission of a final project/action plan. Plan to spend at least 3-5 hours per week completing weekly assignments.

Upcoming iNacol Webinar: Michael Horn: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

michael-hornOn Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm Eastern, iNACOL will present a Leadership Webinar featuring Michael Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Michael will discuss his latest book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, and highlight how school leaders and teachers can design learning environments to harness innovation toward personalization, access and equity at scale to unleash student engagement, and dramatically improve student achievement.

“Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”, which Horn coauthored with Heather Staker, is a practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. The book provides practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. Michael will discuss a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K-12 learning environments. Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning to the greatest benefit of students, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls.


Michael Horn, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation


iNACOL Professional Development Certificate

iNACOL members may request an iNACOL Professional Development Certificate for attendance. This certificate will document the time spent in the webinar which can be used to meet continuing education requirements for professional re-certification. This is only available for current iNACOL members and must be requested at the time of registration.

For problems and/or questions regarding Webinars, please contact Janet Minter.

Registration is available until 10 AM (Eastern) the day of the webinar. World Clock

Each person wishing to attend a Leadership Webinar needs to register separately. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Since Illinois Virtual School (formerly IVHS) began in 2000 and piloted our first class in 2001 the world of digital learning has boomed into a broad landscape of tools, policies and innovations.  We’d like to support learners, schools and stakeholders as they grow. Whether taking our courses, exploring online opportunities or looking to craft a local solution, IVS can bridge education and technology.

So, what are you looking for from digital education? What are your goals? How can we partner with and support you?

Christine Gregory
Digital Learning Support Lead
Illinois Virtual School

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