Blended learning. What is it Really?


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  • Blended learningIs changing education in positive ways. Teachers can identity personalize learning opportunities for students and challenge student with targeted activities that hold them to higher expectations. Blended instruction turns teachers into instructional designers who use online tools to make their curriculum connect with studentsImmediate instructional interventions and support Different things – an education program that can combines online content and instruction with supervised brick and mortar lessonsIn roadmap for reform, the digital learning council in the US states blended learning involves some element of student control of time, place, path and or pace.This could mean a change in the school day, year, classroom setting, or the pace a student needs to meet expectations.Engages StudentsUses interactive elearning experiences - great for students who struggle in a traditional classroomThis could be the student with different types of of physical or psychological issuesTechnologyusing online learning modalities and advanced technologies to accelerate and improve individualized learning experiences for each and every student, with real-time data on exactly how well each student is progressing.
  • Online and blended learning offers many different benefits to many different peopleEducatorsIncreased success Different modalities to meet more student needsMore courses available to districts and schools with lower enrollmentMeets ministry of Ed 21st century skillsFrees teacher from the race with the bellLessons begin inclass, continue onlineDifferentiation that meets the needs of individual studentsExtends the communication channels between home and schoolUse of Response to Intervention (RTI)StudentsLearning environment responds to each students needs and interestsEmpowermentSupports students and parents beyond the school day with resourcesAdditional courses, courses that don’t fit the time tableFlexible schedulingControl over paceImproved outcomesAccess to inaccessible courses Graduate earlierParentsSupports students and parents beyond the school day with resourcesBetter communications with teachersEngages parents with better insights into classroom activities and content
  • Rotation Model Station Model - Students move between stations, with at least one being an online station within a classroom settingFlipped classroom – face to face during the day for teacher guided practice or project work, with content and instruction delivered online after hours.Individual rotation – The Individual Rotation model differs from the other Rotation models because each student in essence has an individualized playlist and does not necessarily rotate to each available station or in small groups at different stages of learning. At least one station is online. An example would be students spend ½ time online in a computer lab and the rest of time in workshops, one on one, or collaborative projectsFlex ModelThe Flex model is one in which online learning is the backbone of student learning, even if it directs students to offline activities at times. Students move on an individually customized, fluid schedule among learning modalities, and the teacher of record is on-site. Mostly online with onsite teacher support.Self Blended A La CarteOne or more courses taken totally online, either at school or home besides their regular classes in a brick and mortarEnriched Virtual ModelFull time online with one or more days face to face with teachers reviewing concepts, small group instruction, critical thinking skills, social skiis, Other variations as needed to best match needs of students and districts.
  • Personalized learning and blended learning
  • Personalized learning and blended learning
  • Teacher share then report to group in Workshop.Group work / Collaboration / DifferentiationWhat strategies do you use to differentiate and what type of personalized instruction do you use in your classroom now that could go online?How can developing a social presence online help students be successful in their interactions with peersHow could you use grouping strategies and / or media to more effectively differentiate your instruction in an online environment?Discussions - social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence sentence starters, helps students to articulate their thoughts at the beginning of online work.` encourage parents to be involved in the learning and in sharing their learning experiences
  • Example – when you travel to a resort what do you expect? What would you report? What makes you want to come back? Personalized learning is about the person not the content
  • Blended learning. What is it Really?

    1. 1. Blended Learning What is it Really?
    2. 2. What is it? • Blend learning • Different things to different people • Engages students • Technology
    3. 3. Definition • “Blended instruction combines the best of empowering technology and human touch so we can help each student learn more than ever before.” – Alex Hernandez, partner at the Charter School Growth Fund
    4. 4. Benefits • Additional courses • Flexibility • Scheduling • Variety of experiences • Personalized learning • Use of technology
    5. 5. Models • A Rotation Model – Station Rotation Model – Flipped Classroom Model • Flex Model • Self-Blended / A La Carte • Enriched Virtual Model
    6. 6. Elements For All • Group Work / Collaboration • Differentiation • Discussions – Community of Inquiry
    7. 7. The Key The key to ensuring that blended learning is beneficial to students is to focus on how it enables personalized learning and instruction.
    8. 8. Best Practices – Relationships + community = student success – 4C communication, collaboration, connections, celebrations – begin early include all stakeholders – be consistent – remain open – be encouraging
    9. 9. – celebrations build community and confidence • celebrate daily • collectively and individually • involve everyone • big and small successes – students who feel connected are successful – makes learning personal – ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL Best Practices cont…
    10. 10. Teacher Skills – Confidence • Felt like 1st year teachers – Reflection – Willingness to collaborate – Willingness to take risks • Allowing students to take ownership • Allow them to grow on their own • Become a coach • Need to teach students how to do – Willingness to be a learner • Dedicated to working hard • True grit
    11. 11. Blended Learning in Practice
    12. 12. Fraser Valley Distance Ed • Online and paper • Online and classroom • Flipped learning • Field trips • Project based • tutoring
    13. 13. Riverside Virtual School, California • Blended Model has taken off • Enrollment types – Self paced – Full courses – Flexible scheduling • Hybrid – 60/40 split • Core academics at RVS • Athletics/fine arts at HS
    14. 14. RVS • Concurrent Program –Semester based • Blended Learning –flipped classrooms –Combination
    15. 15. RVS • Students can be at the school as much as needed • Avid online program for Middle School
    16. 16. – Get kids to make a Wordle on who they are – Post it to – Cyber lounges • Face to face place to go for online students • Retired teachers to moniter the cyber lounges – Use remind101 for text messages to kids – Use calendar to communicate with kids for special things to send out auto messages when you want – Design the program, then add the tech. Example Class
    17. 17. • One learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect – Mark Twain Think About