Transforming K-12 through Blended Learning

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This presentation was presented on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the eTech Ohio Conference by Grace Magley Blended Learning Specialist from the ACCEPT Education Collaborative in Natick, MA.

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Transforming K-12 through Blended Learning

  1. 1. Transforming K-12 Classrooms through Blended Learning Grace Magley, M Ed. Educational Technology Director of Educational Technology, Millis Public Schools Blended Learning Specialist, ACCEPT Education Collaborative
  2. 2. <ul><li>'The main function of the school... lies in offering opportunities and an environment in which a child can explore freely, along many lines, and create in many media. In doing he will utilize his natural instinctive energies in the acquiring of skills and the building of interests.' </li></ul><ul><li>Froebel Publication 1949 </li></ul>Image Credit: Flickr DaddysAgeek’s
  3. 3. <ul><li>How can we best prepare all students for success? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we meet the needs of all learners in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>What new skills and literacies do students need in a world transformed by technology and innovation? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of teaching and learning will elevate student engagement and improve achievement? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of technology? </li></ul><ul><li>What should classrooms of the 21 st century look like? </li></ul>Image Credit: Flickr DaddysAgeek’s
  4. 4. Session Overview <ul><li>Defining Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of a Blended Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Blended Learning in Action </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>Image Credit: http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/7-reasons-why-blended-learning-makes-sense/
  5. 5. Defining Blended Learning <ul><li>Many Definitions of Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><li>The Role of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Management Systems </li></ul>
  6. 6. Traditional Learning Environment Image Credit: http://davedempsey.edublogs.org/files/2011/12/old-classroom-1jmozah.jpg
  7. 7. Blended Learning Environment Image credit: Photo Supplied by Millis Public Schools, 2011
  8. 8. Virtual Classroom Physical Classroom Blended Learning Environment
  9. 9. ACCEPT’s Project ABLE and Virtual High School <ul><li>“ Blended Learning is the integration of digital content, resources and Web 2.0 tools into classroom instructional practice to enhance, expand and transform student outcomes” </li></ul><ul><li>Blended Learning in Action, presentation by Colleen Worrell, Virtual High School and Susan Rees Executive Director of ACCEPT Education Collaborative given at the 2011 ASEA Conference </li></ul>
  10. 10. Technology’s Role… <ul><li>High Performing Network Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>End-user devices </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Systems </li></ul><ul><li>High quality dynamic content </li></ul><ul><li>Applications that enhance student motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful Data Analytics </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why Blended Learning Works for all Learners Image redit: http://www.cast.org/udl/
  12. 12. The LMS is the Virtual Classroom!
  13. 13. Teacher Preparation <ul><li>The Role of the Classroom Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Project ABLE: Transforming K12 through Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities for K-12 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Role of the Classroom Teacher Facilitator, Coach The Disruption of Blended Learning, July 2011: *Relevance Managers *Rigor Managers *Relationship Managers
  15. 15. Blended Learning Possibilities <ul><li>Enhance Student Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate 21 st Century Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Innovation and Creativity. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Project Based Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Personalize Learning </li></ul>
  16. 16. Project ABLE The Project ABLE approach promotes the development of solid content knowledge, personalized learning and 21 st century skill development. Our teachers create rich curriculum units and adaptive project based learning environments that engage all students leading to successful learning outcomes.
  17. 17. ABLE Goals <ul><li>Leveraging online digital content to provide students with skills and practice. Content Knowledge & 21 st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers focus on depth and application of concepts to teach higher order thinking skills during class time. Rigor, Relevance & Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers provide differentiated feedback based on data. Facilitating & Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Students self pace to master skills and content knowledge in an online collaborative environment. Community & Habits of Mind </li></ul>
  18. 18. ABLE Blended PD <ul><li>Introduction to Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Open Educational Resources & Web 2.0 Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Building an Online Environment to support Blended Learning with itsLearning </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting all Learners begins with Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporating tools for Differentiating Online </li></ul><ul><li>Designing an Environment to support self-directed learners </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation Skills </li></ul>
  19. 19. Open Educational Resources <ul><li>Why Use OER’s and Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Affordability </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement & Creativity! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Blended Learning in Action <ul><li>Flipping the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Self Directed Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Project Based Learning </li></ul>
  21. 21. Image credit: Knewton blog
  22. 22. Ms. D’Espinosa Grade 8: Algebra
  23. 26. Self-Directed Learning Carol Haggerty Art, Design & New Media
  24. 31. Project Based Learning Mr. Benham: Physical Science
  25. 33. Classroom Time is Project-based, Student-centered Learning in Action!
  26. 34. Benefits of a Blended Approach <ul><li>Opportunity to Rethink Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Excitement, Collaboration and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Engage and Reach all Learners </li></ul>
  27. 35. Benefits of a Blended Approach
  28. 36. Professional Learning Communities Encourage Change & Innovation Teachers become re-engaged!
  29. 37. Boston Heart Walk September, 2011
  30. 38. Thank You! <ul><li>Grace Magley </li></ul><ul><li>Blended Learning Specialist, </li></ul><ul><li>itsLearning Certified Instructor </li></ul><ul><li>ACCEPT Education Collaborative Natick, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Technology Director </li></ul><ul><li>Millis Public Schools Millis, MA </li></ul>[email_address] Skype: gmagley Twitter: gmagley

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