Preparing to Blend

resources and online learning options for blended learning

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Birdville Blended: A Raise Your Hand Texas demonstration site

In April 2016, Birdville ISD was awarded one of five grants from Raise Your Hand Texas to implement blended learning over a 3-year period. BISD won funding and resources to support two innovative projects:

Project 1:

  • 2016-17 9th grade English 1 blended (station rotations & flipped)
  • 2017-18 8th grade ELAR & 10th English 2 (station rotations & flipped)
  • 2018-19 6th & 7th ELA (station rotations & flipped)

* end of grant = 6-10th ELA will be blended

Project 2:

  • 2017-18 Shannon High School Flex Model
Click here to go to Raise Your Hand Texas site.

Resources and information about the Raising Blended Learners Initiative.

Blended Learning Definitions

The following definitions and models come from the book, Blended Learning by Heather Staker and Michael Horn.

blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns:

(1) at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;

(2) at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;

(3) and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

rotation model is a course or subject in which students rotate on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion between learning modalities, at least one of which is online learning. Other modalities might include activities such as small-group or full-class instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments. The students learn mostly on the brick-and-mortar campus, except for any homework assignments.

flipped classroom is a course or subject in which students participate in online learning off-site in place of traditional homework and then attend the brick-and-mortar school for face-to-face, teacher-guided practice or projects. The primary delivery of content and instruction is online, which differentiates a Flipped Classroom from students who are merely doing homework practice online at night.

Click here to go to Christensen Institute website.

The Christensen Institute provides training and resources to support educational innovation.

Relay Learning Modules

These online learning modules provide a background in blended learning practices and models with videos and examples of successful applications.

Click here to enter the BISD Canvas Relay Learning modules.

Catlin Tucker: Blended Learning Expert

Click here to go to Catlin Tucker's resources.

Catlin Tucker is an ELA teacher who uses blended learning models in her class. She provides many practical resources for all content areas.

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Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: Episode 1 – Introduction to Blended Learning
Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: Episode 2 – Station Rotation (Part 1)
Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: Episode 3 – Station Rotation (Part 2)
Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: Episode 4 – Flipped Classroom
Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: Episode 5 – Whole Group Rotation
Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: Episode 6 – Building Vocabulary

Download Video Series Notes

Click here to download the notes for the Catlin Tucker video series.

Tools & Resources for Teachers Who Blend!

Click here to access BISD's Canvas log in.

Canvas is the BISD LMS for lesson curation

Click here to read article with advice from a student.

EdSurge article written by a high school student who gives advice to teachers of blended learning. Practical and insightful information.

Click here to access LessonPaths.

Searchable learning playlists.

Click here to see infographic about blended learning.

Background on the rise and spread of blended learning in US education.

Click here to learn more about blended learning models.

This series of videos looks at all blended models and supports learning from the Blended Learning book by Staker and Horn.