Think of the best professional learning experience you’ve had. Why did it stick with you? Most likely it was meaningful, relevant to your own work, and maybe it even refined your practice and impacted student outcomes. Now, if I asked if that experience was online, I’d bet your answer would be, “no”. Too often online […]

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Professional Development

We know educators use summer not just to refresh, but to seek out and ponder new ideas, many of which are found in unexpected places. At GOA, we’re no different: we’re constantly trading our favorite links and stories, discovering new opportunities, and hoping others do the same. We’ve put together a short playlist of some of […]

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Professional Development

By Eric Hudson and Bonnie Lathram Nearly 6 million American high school students take at least one course online. Americans also spend, on average, over 10 hours a day on devices, much of this devoted to consuming media. As the blend of our online and IRL (in real life) learning continues, we will see the […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design

The learning management system (LMS) has become ubiquitous in secondary school education. While the power of a LMS is immense, it can also feel limiting, formulaic, and bland. There may be some degree of truth to each of these adjectives, but there is another reality as well: many schools and teachers are just scratching the […]

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Online Learning
Professional Development

I worked for 8 years as an advisor and college counselor at Highline Big Picture High School in the Seattle area. (Highline Big Picture is part of a network of Big Picture Learning schools). The students AND the teachers created personalized learning plans each year. The learning plan was a Google Doc that had three […]

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Professional Development
Student Experience

“Kids these days.” For most people, that phrase conjures up negative images of teenagers. My experience with teenagers, and especially those in my Global Online Academy Advocacy class, is quite the opposite of that. In fact, one of my biggest concerns teaching this course is that my students are already way more active advocates than […]

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Online Learning
Student Engagement

Students and teachers too often fall into the trap of cranking out work, earning or awarding grades and moving on. Unfortunately, this leaves all parties feeling more urgency than agency when it comes to the work they do and the way they do it. In the worst cases, school becomes about completion and compliance rather than […]

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Online Learning
Student Engagement
Making Connections
Blended Learning
Student Experience

What should a high school graduate know and be able to do? THINK Global School (TGS) is an example of how one group of educators is putting a new vision for school into practice by asking that question. TGS is often often called The World’s First Traveling School and is a school literally with no […]

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Leadership
Student Experience

From April 27-30, more than 300 students from the GOA consortium presented at our Catalyst Conference, an online event that showcased student projects designed to spark change in local communities. The conference is the culmination of a capstone project where students were asked to transform learning from their courses into interactive, relevant presentations that can have real-world impact. Five […]

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Online Learning
Making Connections
Student Engagement
Student Experience

What does it mean to be a successful online student? How do you know if you’ve designed a successful online learning experience? Online environments have transformed education. The ease and sophistication of technology have put more control in the hands of individuals when it comes to making choices about what, when, where, and how we […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design
Student Engagement
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