We’re delighted to welcome guest blogger, Eric Chandler, who serves as Director of Upper School at Kent Denver, a GOA member school in Colorado. Eric also just completed our Blending Leadership course, where we first met his compelling writing on time in schools. We knew his insights would be valuable to many and are grateful he was willing […]

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Amanda Wendt teaches science at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico. She participated in GOA’s Blended Learning Design Studio (BLDS) from October to December, 2016. This post was originally published on Amanda’s blog. The next BLDS session begins February 6! I started this year with a focus on personalizing learning. As we worked through […]

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We just launched our first flex course: U.S. Elections in the World. New this year, GOA flex courses are blended learning opportunities for students and teachers that partner with programming already offered in member schools. Our hope was that more students and teachers could explore blended learning in a global, networked context if the opportunity […]

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Reimagining Faculty Meetings and Exploring Online Communities Two weeks into our semester, our faculty connected to explore approaches to building community and establishing rapport with students online. Two groups of colleagues met synchronously (#fastchat) while others contributed to an asynchronous discussion on Slack over the course of a week (#slowchat). Of those who met together, some […]

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Mr. Samuel Finch has been teaching Entrepreneurship for years and loves the idea of students giving peer feedback on each other’s business ideas. He firmly believes in developing each student’s ability to give and receive constructive criticism … at least in theory. In his first attempts at this type of feedback, he is disappointed. Most […]

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“People, despite their best intentions, do not always make rational decisions, even when it is in their interest to do so, because the circuitry that the human brain engages to reach decisions is hard wired and difficult to alter.” The above insight may seem obvious, but it is essential to understanding human behavior, according to […]

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A perpetual question that we face as designers of online instruction, in the era of rapidly evolving communications technologies and learning management systems is: what is the best way to roll out the social features of the learning management system during an online course? We want to orient students comfortably, not overwhelm them with technology, and […]

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In this video, I will highlight tips and examples for utilizing and managing video chats, both student-to-student and student(s)-to-teacher. Examples in this video come from from Glenda Baker (The American School in Japan), Nan Ketpura-Ching (Punahou School), Jen Neubauer (The Dalton School), and Alyson Solomon (Germantown Friends School).    

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Every Global Online Academy course has a few things in common: close contact between the teacher and student; opportunities for students to participate in the creation of course content; collaborative and independent assignments; opportunities for students to improve their digital literacy; and a chance to increase, through social interactions and course content, their awareness and […]

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Teachers agree that a strong sense of community is a critical component of any successful class. Traditionally, though, communal activities are based on course content. We find a textbook or a novel, and we have lively discussions about it. We have an important lab to complete, and we group students and ask them to complete […]

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