Blended Learning Innovations:
10 Major Trends
Tom Vander Ark
Tim Hudson, PhD
Trend #1
The deeply student-centered learning
experience
Trend #2
Soaring numbers of digital learners
Trend #3
Supporting standards and higher-order
thinking skills
Trend #4
Realizing benefits for both teachers and
students
Trend #5
Data-driven instruction to personalize
learning
Trend #6
Personalized learning accompanied by a
lean, blended, iterative approach
Trend #7
Productive gamification
Trend #8
The mobile world is where learners live
now
Trend #9
BYOD is here and key to active three-
screen days
Trend #10
More broadband, please!
Thank You!
• @Getting_Smart
• @DreamBox_Learn
GEORGE AND VERONICA
PHALEN LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES
Mid-Year Assessment Data
While only mid-way through the school year, scholar growth is
already impressive:
– Math
• Childr...
Composition of PLA
– 147 scholars (K-2)
• 7 classrooms (4-Kdg, 2-1st Gr., 1-2nd Gr.)
– 93% Free/Reduced Lunch
– 98% Africa...
PLA School Model
PLA was awarded 10 charters from the Indiana Charter School Board,
the most in the state’s history, to la...
Time Course
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast and Community Time
8:30am-10:00am
Literacy Block (Combination of Teacher-Led, Small Gr...
18
Blended Learning Model
Basic Framework for ELA and Math
• 30 minutes of whole-group instruction
• 90 minutes of individ...
Afternoon Enrichment Courses
Scholars will participate in 10-week enrichment units of choice:
19
Dance
Music
Cooking/
Math...
20
Earl Martin Phalen, Founder
emphalen@phalenacademies.org
617.818.1959
Jeremy Baugh, Founding Principal
jbaugh@phalenaca...
DreamBox Lessons & Virtual Manipulatives
Intelligently adapt & individualize to:
• Students’own intuitive strategies
• Kin...
Robust Reporting
Strong Support for Differentiation
DreamBox supports small group and
whole class instructional resources
• Interactive white-board teacher
lessons
• www.drea...
Free School-Wide Trial!
www.dreambox.com/freetrial
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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 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. 1. Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends Tom Vander Ark Tim Hudson, PhD
    2. 2. Trend #1 The deeply student-centered learning experience
    3. 3. Trend #2 Soaring numbers of digital learners
    4. 4. Trend #3 Supporting standards and higher-order thinking skills
    5. 5. Trend #4 Realizing benefits for both teachers and students
    6. 6. Trend #5 Data-driven instruction to personalize learning
    7. 7. Trend #6 Personalized learning accompanied by a lean, blended, iterative approach
    8. 8. Trend #7 Productive gamification
    9. 9. Trend #8 The mobile world is where learners live now
    10. 10. Trend #9 BYOD is here and key to active three- screen days
    11. 11. Trend #10 More broadband, please!
    12. 12. Thank You! • @Getting_Smart • @DreamBox_Learn
    13. 13. GEORGE AND VERONICA PHALEN LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES
    14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 20 Earl Martin Phalen, Founder emphalen@phalenacademies.org 617.818.1959 Jeremy Baugh, Founding Principal jbaugh@phalenacademies.org 317.997.5512 www.phalenacademies.org Thank You
    21. 21. DreamBox Lessons & Virtual Manipulatives Intelligently adapt & individualize to: • Students’own intuitive strategies • Kinds of mistakes • Efficiency of strategy • Scaffolding needed • Response time
    22. 22. Robust Reporting
    23. 23. Strong Support for Differentiation
    24. 24. DreamBox supports small group and whole class instructional resources • Interactive white-board teacher lessons • www.dreambox.com/teachertools • Tutorials for virtual manipulatives • Concept video introductions
    25. 25. Free School-Wide Trial! www.dreambox.com/freetrial

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