Evolving Education

February 8, 2021

With the central goal of meeting the need of every child, the Diocese of Orange Catholic Schools is partnering with Loyola Marymount's iDEAL Institute (Innovation in Digital Education & Leadership) to bring blended learning instruction to designated elementary sites.  

The mission of iDEAL is, “to advance learning by fostering forward-thinking in transformative and sustainable educational practice.” One of the initiatives offered by iDEAL to educators is in the area of blended learning, an approach that leverages technology, adaptive software and teaching methodologies that allow teachers to meet each student at his or her present level and progress them through mastery of identified standards. 

Orange County Schools Excel in Distance Learning

April 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange Catholic Schools has launched a comprehensive online learning system for 18,000 students across Southern California through an innovative partnership with Loyola Marymount University School of Education’s iDEAL (Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership) Institute.  

“Our comprehensive online learning program and innovative partnership with LMU has empowered our talented educators to deliver a world-class Catholic education to all our students, regardless of the distance that now separates them,” said Dr. Erin Barisano, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Orange, who announced that school buildings would be closed and student-related activities cancelled on March 16. “With support from the Diocese—including the unique collaboration with the LMU iDEAL Institute for focused professional development—our Catholic Schools launched its online program just three days from the school closure announcement.” . 

What K–12 Administrators Should Think About When Integrating Classroom Tech

August 27, 2018

For K–12 school districts that want to adopt classroom technology to improve outcomes or better engage students, the first step is engaging teachers, says Shannon Tabaldo, founding director of the Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership Institute.

"As we move into this space of digital technology integration in the K–12 world, teachers in a special place in their career — maybe they've already been in teaching for quite a while — they don't have the educational background of technology," Tabaldo tells EdTech, following an appearance at the International Society for Technology in Education 2018 conference. This usually leads to an evident lack of student engagement, Tabaldo explains.

Game-based Learning for the Next Generation of Educators

March 1, 2018

As classroom technology has evolved, Loyola Marymount University has added more technology integration coursework to its undergraduate and graduate programs. One such course is "Learning and Teaching with Technology," now required for all students completing a Masters of Arts in Education. The course is taught by Shannon Tabaldo, Director of Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership Institute (IDEAL), who strongly believes that educators must be well versed in both the use of technology and how these tools can be applied to enhance learning experiences.

Inaugural EdTech Mini-conference Brings Together Educators for a Day of Innovative Learning

February 2, 2018

The SOE Alumni Association hosted its first EdTech Mini-conference at LMU on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, where educators in Los Angeles gathered to explore the topic of educational technology with the theme of Engaging Learners through Technology.

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May 22, 2017

Grimmway Schools, a growing network of high-performing, college-prep public charter schools in Kern County, California, led by a home-office in Bakersfield, has entered into a two-year partnership with iDEAL to train teacher leaders how to systematically create a practice of mathematical and scientific thinking and cultivate a collaborative STEM culture within their learning communities. Grimmway Schools sought this partnership with LMU's renowned educational program to further strengthen its academic rigor and enable students to attain the skills necessary to become self-sufficient and independent critical thinkers.

A National View of Blended Learning in Catholic Schools

March 20, 2017

In addition to Seton and ACE, there are a few other consortiums of Catholic blended-learning schools: Loyola Marymount University's (LMU) three iDEAL Institute Blended Learning Partnership Schools in Los Angeles; over 25 schools piloting and implementing blended learning programs in the Archdiocese of New York under the guidance of Sara Collins; and the seven Drexel Schools...

iDEAL's Technology Bootcamp Teaches Digital Basics

September 27, 2016

The Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership Institute at Loyola Marymount University's School of Education is offering a workshop for teachers to become educated in basic digital skills to use in the classroom. The first Technology Bootcamp was held in August 2016 and was a great success. In the future, it will be held annually every August. More information will be...

LMU offers new course to train teachers in classroom technology

April 1, 2016

The Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership Institute (iDEAL) at Loyola Marymount University's School of Education is offering a one-year certificate program to train educators to specialize in integrating technology into the classroom. Teachers and administrators of K-12 students will learn how to better incorporate technology into their teaching practices to improve...

Technology in the Classroom Needs LMU's iDEAL Solution

March 14, 2016

The Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership Institute at Loyola Marymount University's School of Education is offering new models for educators, schools and systems to incorporate technology into their teaching practices. Putting technology in every classroom sounds like a great idea but it's been difficult to achieve. Few private or public schools have the capacity...