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Blended Learning Best Practices for Empowering Students and Educators


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Trends come and go, but quality education will last a lifetime. Attend this web seminar to learn best practices for blended learning models, and how they can help support improved learning and …

Trends come and go, but quality education will last a lifetime. Attend this web seminar to learn best practices for blended learning models, and how they can help support improved learning and personalization for each student.

Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart and author of “Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World,” and Tim Hudson, Senior Director of Curriculum Design for DreamBox Learning, will discuss how to take advantage of emerging blended learning approaches that benefit students and teachers. They will be joined by education innovators Earl Martin Phalen, Founder of Summer Advantage USA, and Jeremy Baugh, Principal of George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy, who will share the innovative ways they are boosting achievement in their network of high-performing schools.

Topics will include:

Emerging blended learning trends and how to leverage them
Teaching and learning in an increasingly mobile world
Blended learning innovations that have helped students at Summer Advantage and PLA make significant elementary math gains
Professional development for educators in blended learning environments

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    • 1. Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends Tom Vander Ark Tim Hudson, PhD
    • 2. Trend #1 The deeply student-centered learning experience
    • 3. Trend #2 Soaring numbers of digital learners
    • 4. Trend #3 Supporting standards and higher-order thinking skills
    • 5. Trend #4 Realizing benefits for both teachers and students
    • 6. Trend #5 Data-driven instruction to personalize learning
    • 7. Trend #6 Personalized learning accompanied by a lean, blended, iterative approach
    • 8. Trend #7 Productive gamification
    • 9. Trend #8 The mobile world is where learners live now
    • 10. Trend #9 BYOD is here and key to active three- screen days
    • 11. Trend #10 More broadband, please!
    • 12. Thank You! • @Getting_Smart • @DreamBox_Learn
    • 14. Mid-Year Assessment Data While only mid-way through the school year, scholar growth is already impressive: – Math • Children increased from 3% to 51% “on track” in math1 • 56% of our scholars have grown by 1 year or more during the first half of the school year1 – Reading • Scholars have increased from 33% to 82% on track in reading1 • 54% of our scholars have already grown by 1 year or more1 – State Test • 85% of our scholars are already on track to pass ISTEP, the state test2 14 1Measured by i-Ready’s nationally normed assessments in reading and math. Scholars must show 40 points growth in reading and 60 points in math in order to show 1.5 years growth. 2 DIBELS Next reading assessment
    • 15. Composition of PLA – 147 scholars (K-2) • 7 classrooms (4-Kdg, 2-1st Gr., 1-2nd Gr.) – 93% Free/Reduced Lunch – 98% African American – 23 Team members • 8 Teachers, 7 Paraprofessionals and1 Special Education Teacher • Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish Teachers • Teaching & Learning Coach • Front Office Administrator • Founding Principal – Opened doors on August 19, 2013
    • 16. PLA School Model PLA was awarded 10 charters from the Indiana Charter School Board, the most in the state’s history, to launch a network of schools that will serve nearly 10,000 children. Building on over 20 years of experience in raising student achievement, the PLA school model has the following pillars: – Exceptional teachers and school leaders – Expanded learning time • Longer school year (225 days vs. 180) • Longer school day (8 hrs. vs. 6) – Best-in-class academic curricula and enrichment classes – Use of technology to complement teacher instruction – Use of assessment data to ensure all children succeed – Partnership with parents
    • 17. Time Course 8:00am-8:30am Breakfast and Community Time 8:30am-10:00am Literacy Block (Combination of Teacher-Led, Small Group, Online and Individualized Learning) 10:00am-12:00pm Math Block (Combination of Teacher-Led, Small Group, Online and Individualized Learning) 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch and Recreation 1:00pm-2:00pm Science (M/W/F)/Social Studies (T/R) 2:00pm-3:00pm Enrichment #1 (M/W/F)/Enrichment #2 (T/R) 3:00pm-4:00pm Enrichment #3 (M/W/F)/Enrichment #4 (T/R) 4:00pm School day ends Daily Schedule
    • 18. 18 Blended Learning Model Basic Framework for ELA and Math • 30 minutes of whole-group instruction • 90 minutes of individualized learning – 30 minutes in online learning lab working on adaptive software – 30 minutes guided instruction (5-6 scholars per group) led by academic teacher – 30 minutes of intervention (11 scholars per group) mastery-based intervention 18 Small-group intervention Small-group instruction Self-paced learning
    • 19. Afternoon Enrichment Courses Scholars will participate in 10-week enrichment units of choice: 19 Dance Music Cooking/ Math Art Photography African Drumming Entrepreneurship Leadership Money Matters Acting Martial Arts Robotics Debate Website Design Poetry Health/Fitness
    • 20. 20 Earl Martin Phalen, Founder 617.818.1959 Jeremy Baugh, Founding Principal 317.997.5512 Thank You
    • 21. DreamBox Lessons & Virtual Manipulatives Intelligently adapt & individualize to: • Students’own intuitive strategies • Kinds of mistakes • Efficiency of strategy • Scaffolding needed • Response time
    • 22. Robust Reporting
    • 23. Strong Support for Differentiation
    • 24. DreamBox supports small group and whole class instructional resources • Interactive white-board teacher lessons • • Tutorials for virtual manipulatives • Concept video introductions
    • 25. Free School-Wide Trial!