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Blended and Personalized Learning Resources

The Six Levels of Blended and Personalized Learning

Your school wants to move to a blended or personalized learning environment but you have no idea where to start. Don't worry, we've got you covered. The DSD Professional Development Team has developed six different progression levels that will transform a traditional classroom into a personalized learning classroom in two years or less. By using the six levels of Blended and Personalized Learning strategies a classroom, school, or district can revolutionize the pedagogy to where the learner is empowered to learn through his/her own choice, voice and ownership. Learn more about the Six Levels of Blended and Personalized Learning by clicking on this link.

14 Tech Tools for the K-5 Classroom

Are you looking for ways to integrate technology into your K-5 classroom? Download this free printable of tech tools that can be used in the math, science, social studies, and language arts classroom environments. Print out this PDF to use within your classroom.

Turn a Newsela Article into a Scavenger Hunt

One of our favorite and most recommend language arts technology tools is Newsela. Newsela takes a current event article and transposes it into four different Lexile levels. Which means that a student can read the article at his/her own reading level and still be able to talk about the article with the whole classroom.

What the blended learning coaches have noticed in the classroom is that the teacher assigns the article, the students read the article and then the teacher looks at the data from the online assessments. The teacher can then use the data to teach a mini lesson on the concepts that the students might not understand. For example, main idea, sequence of events, vocabulary words...

After hearing that the teachers are having a hard time engaging conversation with the students about the Newsela articles, the DSD Professional Development Team has developed a Newsela Scavenger Hunt that will go along with an article. Our example is used with the article about Bao Bao a US Panda Bear Bond for China

2 Day Conference on June 13th and 14th

The "Wild" Side of Blended and Personalized Learning conference, is a one-of-a-kind event that will take place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in the Heart of Africa Event Center on June 13th and 14th, 2017. Breakout sessions are geared towards beginner, intermediate and advanced blended and personalized learning educators. All sessions will be taught by educators that have been implementing blended or personalized learning within their own classrooms.

The breakout sessions will focus in on:

  • The three phases of blended learning
  • The Personalized Learning Playbook
  • Coding within the classroom
  • Maker Space
  • STEM and STEAM resources
  • App Smashing
  • Google Slam
  • iOS Slam
  • Blended and Personalized Cafe

Breakout sessions will be provided in

  • 15-minute Rapid Learning environments
  • 50-minute Make and Take labs
  • 50-minute Think Tank (Share and Learn)
  • 120-minute Workshops
  • Lab Classroom Experience (Poster Sessions)

The Blended and Personalized Learning Conference is not just a workshop, it is a Wild Blended Learning Experience!

Attend for Free

We are looking for presenters. Click here to sign up to present at the conference. We are looking for sessions on:

  • Blended Learning
  • Personalized Learning
  • Maker Space
  • Tech Tools
  • and much more.

DSD Professional Development

Contact us If you are interested in having DSD Professional Development customize a workshop or keynote for your school We are now booking for the 2017/18 school year.