The Blender

Blended Learning at Hickory Hills

A Book Study in Newsletter Form

"Blended" by Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker
Chapter 1 - What is Blended Learning?

In Chapter 1, the author defines what Blended Learning is and is not, along with the four forms Blended Learning can take on inside and outside of the classroom.

The definition is 3-fold: Blended Learning is 1) any formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace, 2) the student learns at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home, 3) the modalities along each student's learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience. In a nutshell: It is weaving online learning into the brick-and-mortar school experience.

Most Blended Learning experiences fit within the parameters of four basic models: Rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and Enriched Virtual. The Rotation Model consists of students rotating among online learning, small-group instruction, and paper-and-pencil tasks at their seats and takes on four forms of its own.
Station Rotation - the rotation takes place within the classroom
Lab Rotation - computer lab use for online-learning purposes for various purposes
Flipped Classroom - instruction and homework time are flipped (student consumes lesson online independently, class time used for assignment with teacher support)
Individual Rotation - students rotate among learning modules on an individually customized schedule
The Flex Model consists of predominately of online learning with teachers on hand to offer help if needed. A La Carte Model consists of any course that takes place entirely online while student attends traditional school. Enriched Virtual consists of courses where learning is done online outside of the regular classroom setting, but require face-to-face learning sessions.

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