KDE Blended Learning Algebra 1 Pilot Project
The pilot project integrated digital learning tools/resources into Algebra 1 face-to-face classrooms with the goal of improving student engagement and closing the achievement gaps. Eleven pilot teachers from eight participating schools participated and each pilot teacher received coaching support, walkthrough observation, and technical assistance. All pilot teachers used some digital tools/resources in their classrooms. As final test results, survey data, and observational data are reported, the results will be shared with pilot teachers and posted here.
A second Algebra 1 Pilot Project is planned for fall 2014. Lessons learned from the first pilot study will be implemented and performance results of blended learning participants will be compared with traditional learning (non-technology-based instruction) to measure the degree and extent of performance data.
KDE Blended Learning Literacy Pilot Project
This fall, KDE will be launching a Literacy Pilot Project involving Priority Schools. Following the initial formation and planning meeting on May 10, 2013, the Literacy Pilot Study will begin design and recruitment of teachers who might like to participate. Because Literacy crosses all fields, we would be looking to include teachers in diverse subject areas such as language arts, social studies, science, physical education, and mathematics. More information will be posted as this project progresses.
KDE Digital Summit, April 17, 3013
KDE, Division of Student Success, Digital Learning, hosted the Digital Summit for Priority School administrators, superintendents, district IT specialists, teachers, and others to discuss blended and digital learning in Kentucky as well as to solicit feedback on the proposed Online Standards for virtual and online programs. Led by Toyah Robey, Director, and Tom Edgett, Manager of Digital Learning, valuable feedback was collected and Digital Learning is working on a revised draft of the Standards that will reflect feedback from stakeholders at the meeting and from a post-summit electronic survey.
Another Digital Summit is planned for the fall to work on the revised Standard. Second Byte, a Digital Learning newsletter, reported the results of the Summit. Attendees and stakeholders are invited to submit short articles and information related to blended and digital learning as well as standards.