The Perfect Blend:

Classroom-Proven Practices for Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning combines the best the of physical, face-to-face classroom with that of the online, virtual classroom. Blended is active, engaged classroom learning mixed with active, engaged wherever, whenever, online learning. It's kind of like strawberries and ice cream; a mix of two good things that are even better together!

Benefits of Blended Learning

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Flavors of Blended Learning

Bring Your Own (BYOT/BYOD)

This is the beg, borrow, and "steal" method. Students may bring their own devices. The teacher/school supplements the personal devices with school devices.

Tools for 1:1 and BYOD: Customizing the Device Neutral Classroom by Lisa Johnson

Free DNA Applications


Classroom Stations

Blended Learning Models: Station Rotation


Labs

The classroom is relocated to the lab for content learning and instruction. When one teacher found that Wednesday was empty, she move her classroom to the lab every Wednesday for Wacky Wednesday. Another teacher discovered that space for storing the mobile device cart was limited. He volunteered to keep the lab in his classroom, and found that it was available much of the time.


1:1 or 1:x

Every student is provided with a device every day.

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Recipe for Blue-Ribbon Blending

1 Connected Educator


Change Your Life in 6 Easy Steps


So, you hate Twitter? That's no excuse. Try one of these:

Google +

Edconnectr

Communities in each LMS (Edmodo, My Big Campus, etc.)

Blogs - But, you've got to write your own!

3 Aces

Home Base

  • Online space for students and teachers to save and share resources.
  • Discussion areas that allow for sharing ideas and resources.
  • Messages can be sent between teacher and students, sometimes between students.
  • Quizzes and assignments can be given and often auto-graded.
  • Teacher can leave annotations and/or verbal comments on assignments.
  • Calendar/Schedule can coordinate assignments/quizzes, etc.
  • Classes can be created by teacher or by admin.
  • Students can be enrolled by admin or can join class with a code.


Learning Management Systems combine components in one tool.

Common Learning Management Systems used in our area:


Online Classroom Must Reflect and Extend the Face-to-Face Classroom

Be PRESENT in the online classroom.


If you share it in the face-to-face classroom, share it in the online classroom.

  • Take pictures or use the TinyScan app to convert analog papers to digital.
  • Have students take turns posting a picture of the whiteboard everyday.


Have students turn in work using the online platform - even paper and pencil work!


Use the online platform for discussions and reflections.


(Blended learning is not taking students to the lab once a week to do iStation.)


More Info about Learning Platforms



Storage Space

Google Drive Resources from Kasey Bell @shakeuplearning

Dropbox tips for teachers




Publication Place

Kidblog

Edublogs

Blogger

Weebly for Education

Mix all ingredients liberally with . . . H.E.A.T.

The H.E.A.T. Framework by Dr. Chris Moersch of LoTi


Higher Order Thinking



Engagement





Authentic Connections

To be ready for life, students need to practice life. They need to learn by practicing the skills, ideas, and habits that they will need to thrive in life beyond the test, beyond high school, beyond college. The idea that students should learn by doing and should be active in their own education has been the foundation for the project based learning model.

"Cells Gone Wild"



Transforming Technology Use

The SAMR Model Explained by Students

  • SAM-R in 120 Seconds
  • A SAM-R Rubric
  • Let's Learn Together!

    Future Ready Learning Experience

    This Fall, Tracie will be facilitating the Future Ready Learning Experience (FRLE) at ESC11. FRLE equips and supports teachers as they endeavor to transform teaching and learning to meet the needs of digital-age students. Through this innovative blended-learning course, teachers will:

    • build student-centered learning environments that cultivate problem solving, innovation, and collaboration.
    • design and facilitate learning activities that move beyond simply digitizing traditional lessons to redefining the learning task.
    • leverage the power of digital age applications, tools, and devices for deep, connected learning.


    For more information, contact Tracie at tcain@esc11.net.

    Resources

    Werth, Eric, Ph.D., Lori Werth, Ph.D., and Eric Kellerer, Ed.D. Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning: Barriers and Promising Practices. Publication. International Association for K-12 Online Learning, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://www.inacol.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/iNACOL-Transforming-K-12-Rural-Education-through-Blended-Learning.pdf>.

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