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What is #blendedlearning and best implementation strategies?


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What is #blendedlearning and best implementation strategies?

  1. 1. What is Blended Learning and What are the Best Implementation Strategies? October 6, 2014
  2. 2. CEM / CUE Blended Learning Strand Draft Slides What is Blended Learning and What are the Best Implementation Strategies? Presenters: • Heather Staker, Christensen Institute • Mike Lawrence, • Allison Powell, iNACOL • Rob Darrow, Blended Teacher Network
  3. 3. Housekeeping • This session is being recorded and will be emailed out and posted on CEM and 2014 • Archives here: EMBlendedLearning2014 • Hashtags: #ce14 #blendedlearning • Future BL webinars sign up via CUE website: • Feel free to share with others.
  4. 4. CEM Blended Learning Strand • Monday webinars for 4 weeks – 7:00 EST • Tuesday Tweet Ups – 8:00 EST (#ce14 #blendedlearning) • Ongoing discussions via Linked In “Blended Teacher Network” Discussion group. Free to join. • Blogposts via – CEM blog ( , – CUE (, – Rob’s Blog ( Link your blogs with #ce14 #blendedlearning
  5. 5. Where do you live?
  6. 6. Quick Poll • What do you say Blended Learning Is? – A. Students control their own learning plan – B. Online tools used in face-to-face classrooms – C. A change in teaching pedagogy that better personalizes learning for students. – D. Putting lesson plans and videos on the web – E. All of the above
  7. 7. Blended Learning Definition • Important for research • How to teach others (professional development) • Implementation • Let’s start what it is not…
  8. 8. Tech-rich = blended
  9. 9. Teaching and Learning • What the student is doing and where the student is.  What the teacher is doing and where the teacher is.  What and where the content is.
  10. 10. Generally Defining Terms: “Teaching and Learning” • Traditional = the way it has always been done – (e.g. teacher lecture, quarterly benchmark testing, if students don’t get it, the teacher moves on, limited use of technology) • Blended = use of technology, course management system, flexibility of time, student centered learning and data to personalize learning for students
  11. 11. Blended Learning Definition – Christensen Institute A formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path and/or pace and at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home, and , and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience. (Horn & Staker, 2013)
  12. 12. Definition Discussion • Heather Staker, Christensen Institute • Allison Powell, iNACOL • Mike Lawrence, CUE • Rob Darrow, Blended Teacher Network
  13. 13. Challenges to the definition? • Student perspective • Teacher perspective • Content perspective • Future perspective • Will it change some more?
  14. 14. Allison Powell, iNACOL iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework
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  17. 17. What Core values or beliefs that guide thinking, behaviors and actions that align with goals of educational change and mission How Understood, adopted, and committed to What Personal characteristics and patterns of behavior that help an educator make the transition to new ways of teaching and learning How Coached, encouraged, and reinforced What Higher complexity that are generalized across domain/jobs. Help people tackle problems and tasks where the solution might be unknown or that require organizational learning and innovation How Developed through modeling, coaching and reflective practice What Skills that are known and specific to task and domain. Observable “know-how” and basic mechanics and expertise helpful for execution and implementation of day-to-day job (for teachers instruction) How Acquired and mastered through instruction, training, and practice No text No text No text
  18. 18. Overview of Domains • 4 Domains, 3-4 Competencies in Domain, 2-5 Standards Each Competency Mindsets ● New Vision for teaching and learning ● Orientation toward change & improvement Qualities ● Grit ● Transparency ● Collaboration Adaptive Skills ● Reflection ● Continuous improvement & innovation ● Communicatio n Technical Skills ● Data Practices ● Instructional Strategies ● Management of Blended Learning Experience ● Instructional Tools
  19. 19. Blended Learning: Student Perspective • How does blended learning look from a student perspective? – Descriptions, examples and discussion – Mike
  20. 20. Blended Learning: Teacher Perspective • How does blended learning look from a teacher perspective? • Descriptions, examples and discussion
  21. 21. Blended Learning: Administrative Perspective • How does blended learning look from the administrative perspective? • Descriptions, examples and discussion • Rob
  22. 22. Blended Learning: School / District Perspective • How does blended learning look from a school / district perspective? • Descriptions, examples and discussion • Allison / Rob
  23. 23. Implementation • Takes time to transform teaching • Takes time to put proper infrastructure in place • Takes time to re-engineer the school system to be more personalized for students
  24. 24. Implementation Ideas • What are some of the best ways to implement blended learning in a classroom or school or district?
  25. 25. iNACOL Blended Learning Roadmap – 6 Elements (Allison / Rob) • Leadership • Professional Development • Teaching / Instructional Practice • Operations / Management / Policies • Content • Technology
  26. 26. Leadership School Implementation • Identified administrator/leader and teachers at each school • Ongoing interactions (one-on-one, formal and informal) and meetings of those involved in iLearn • Administrators, teachers and administrators work together towards the blended learning goals established in each school Promising Practices • School culture of innovation and empowerment • Start small and build • Communication is strong and occurs between involved people in a variety of ways (one-to-one, phone, email, chat, etc.) …Panel Thoughts…
  27. 27. Professional Development School Implementation • Both formal and informal (Schedule trainings to one-on-one customized PD) • Modeling, webinars, small conferences, workshops, cohort meetings • Tech support teachers are key Promising Practices • Scheduled Time • Teacher Resources • Professional Sharing • School Support …Panel Thoughts…
  28. 28. Teaching/Instructional Practices School Implementation • Support for new blended learning teachers – modeling, mentoring and measures of success • Analyzing real-time data to personalize learning for each student Promising Practices • Classroom Setup • Data Analysis • Individualized Instruction • Student Engagement • Digital Content …Panel Thoughts…
  29. 29. Operations/Management Systems/Policy School Implementation • Restructuring of the traditional school class / school day • Emphasis on using real-time student performance data • Change in instructional delivery model Promising Practices • Operational support • Policy development examples • Data-driven instruction …Panel Thoughts…
  30. 30. Content School Implementation • Common platform • Content providers to choose from • Professional development and teacher sharing about content provider and platform use Promising Practices • Content Decision Making (purchase or build your own) • Customizable platform – many teachers using base curriculum and supplemental based on student needs • Customizable for individual student needs …Panel Thoughts…
  31. 31. Technology School Implementation • School leadership ensures that technology needs of students and teachers are addressed, and proper training provided. • Dedicated technical support for the blended learning programs. • School leadership is visible in their own use of technology; modeling expectations. Promising Practices • Technology Training • Technology Support • Hardware and Software Needs …Panel Thoughts…
  32. 32. Implementation • Other thoughts, ideas • Questions, clarifications?
  33. 33. Quick Quiz • What is blended learning? – A. Students in control their own learning plan – B. Online tools used in face-to-face classrooms – C. A change in teaching pedagogy that better personalizes and engages students in learning through the use of technology. – D. Putting lesson plans and videos on the web – E. All of the above
  34. 34. Final Comments
  35. 35. Contact / Resources • Heather Staker, Christensen Institute. • Allison Powell, iNACOL. – • Mike Lawrence, CUE. – • Rob Darrow, Blended Teacher Network, –