Blended Learning Implementation for Elementary Schools


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Integrating blended learning into an existing curriculum can be both a difficult and beneficial task. Though it is a rapidly growing instructional model, the many different approaches to implementation can make finding the right solution can feel like going on a treasure hunt without a compass. Who better to lead you on your Blended Learning journey than education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World, Tom Vander Ark?

Attendees of yesterday’s webinar participated in an active discussion lead by Tom about best practices for implementing Blended Learning. Tom shared different approaches for blended learning implementation through an analysis of several elementary school case studies. He demonstrated how blended learning can improve teaching, benefit student learning, and assist in transitioning to the Common Core Standards. Tom covered the impact of gaining real-time data on each student’s progress and how this affects teaching methods and practices. He also provided a critical evaluation of adaptive learning tools at the core of successful blended learning models. Watch the webinar to learn how to distinguish which blended learning model(s) are appropriate for your students.

Quotes from the Session:

“Yes, that’s me…trying to get up to date with tech!! here in rural NH. Thank you for the advice!”

“We appreciate everything that you have shared!! I am finding that Blended Learning is a concept that needs to be embraced K-20!”

“Thanks for all the info and Caroline for links! Especially helpful to hear about pitfalls of buying devices with no clear plan”

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Blended Learning Implementation for Elementary Schools

  2. 2. The shift to personal digital learning experienced in a new kind of school that blends online & onsite is a profound inflection in human history Lead the shift And you can
  3. 3. The Shift to Blended Learning Textbooks Sequential Passive Age cohorts Annual tests Teachers Digital content Adaptive Active Individual progress Instant feedback Teams
  4. 4. 5 Decisions 1. Strategy 2. School Models 3. Platform & Content 4. Devices 5. Staffing & Development
  5. 5. Strategy Key questions: • School: Join, adapt or invent a model? – Rocky Mount NC: Rocketship + Carpe Diem – NGLC profiles ( • District: Enterprise or portfolio? – Enterprise: Moorseville NC: one strategy, school model, curriculum, device, & community – Portfolio: NYC iZone: different models, platforms & devices
  6. 6. Strategy Key questions: • Enterprise or portfolio? • How to leverage teacher leadership?
  7. 7. Strategy Key questions: • Enterprise or portfolio? • How to leverage teacher leadership? • Phase or plunge?
  8. 8. Strategy Find the right balance Innovation Execution
  9. 9. Strategy Start with learning goals • What learning experiences? • What student roles? • How will students show what they know? How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning
  10. 10. Strategy • Start with learning goals • Key questions • Discussion starters: – – –
  11. 11. Poll Are you using blended learning strategies?
  12. 12. School Models Rotation Flex Self-Blend • Station rotation • Lab rotation • Individual rotation Online platform with F2F support and fluid schedules Students attend physical school while taking 1 or more courses online Innosight Institute: The Rise of Blended Learning
  13. 13. Adapted from KIPP Empower Classroom Rotation Model
  14. 14. Lab Rotation Model
  15. 15. Poll Are you using an adaptive math product?
  16. 16. Platform & Content • Adaptive instruction – The place to start • Dreambox • i-Ready • Key questions: – Single sign-on? – Unitary reporting? – Standards-based gradebook?
  17. 17. Staffing & Development Staffing • Consider models • Differentiated roles: TA to master teacher • Distributed roles: part time, at a distance • specialists & hard to staff areas Development • Combine school wide & individual JIT • Individual development plans
  18. 18. BuildingYour Blended Plan 5 Decision Points • Strategy: • School Models • Platform & Content • Device • Staffing & Development • Infrastructure • Integration • Professional Development • Support Create conditions for success Plan Implement Improve • Measurement • Continuous Improvement • Building Support • Funding the Shift
  19. 19. Implementation: Success Factors Professional Development Implementation Support Infrastructure • Hold a kick off meeting – Clarify goals, responsibilities, timeline, budget • Create clear management responsibilities – Use a team, consider outside help • Set up a program management office – Link academics, tech, finance, & communications • Stay flexible Integration
  20. 20. DLN Smart Series Interactive papers that provide specific guidance for #EdLeaders on #CommonCore & #DigitalLearning Current Papers • Funding the Shift to Digital Learning • Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Profiles • Getting Ready for Online Assessments • From Cohorts to Competency • Blended Learning Implementation Guide • Funding Students, Options, & Achievement • Improving Conditions & Careers #SmartSeries New Getting Smart Papers • Elementary Blended Math (May) • Online Learning: Myths, Realities, & Promise (June)
  21. 21. THANK YOU! Continue the conversation: @Getting_Smart @Tvanderark
  22. 22. Q & A
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