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Blended Learning in Action

A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change

By: Catlin Rice Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff, Jason T. Green

Blended Learning in Action is the resource educators need to help them shift to a blended learning model and transform education for the 21st century.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506341163
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: September 29, 2016

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Shift to blended learning to transform education

Blended learning has the power to reinvent education, but transitioning to a blended model is challenging. Blended learning requires a fundamentally new approach to learning as well as a new skillset for both teachers and school leaders. Loaded with research, examples, and resources, Blended Learning in Action demonstrates the advantages a blended model has over traditional instruction when technology is used to engage students both inside the classroom and online. Readers will find:

  • Breakdowns of the most effective classroom setups for blended learning
  • Guidelines to build a blended learning toolbox of tech and resources
  • Tips for leaders
  • Ideas for personalizing and differentiating instruction using technology
  • Strategies for managing devices in classrooms and schools
  • Study questions to facilitate professional development and deeper learning

Written with system-wide transformation in mind, this is the resource teachers and leaders need to help them shift to a blended learning model and transform education for today's learning environment.  

"The time for blended learning is now and the place is ALL classrooms throughout the country. This book provides educators with essential information and practices that will prepare students for the 21st Century."
Kim Weber, 4th Grade Teacher
Mandell School, New York, NY

"This book is different. It is deeper and more serious about creating the change students deserve than most others. The fact that each and every chapter starts out with a student's perspective confirms that it is built on a vital pedagogical foundation."
Brad Gustafson, Principal and Author of Renegade Leadership
Greenwood Elementary, Wayzata, MN



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Catlin Rice Tucker

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s books Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 and Blended Learning in Action are both bestsellers. She has also written a book titled Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology to support teachers in thinking outside of the box as they shift to the Common Core. Catlin is working on her doctorate at Pepperdine University. She writes the “Techy Teacher” column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked education blog at

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Tiffany Wycoff

Tiffany Wycoff is an innovative school leader with a specialization in blended learning and school technology integration. She was an early adopter of blended learning at the K-12 level, teaching and leading in both online and face-to-face setting. Tiffany has served as a school leader at Grandview Preparatory School in Florida and The Mandell School in New York, helping both schools establish technology rich learning environments and to incorporate blended learning models into the academic program. She has presented on blended learning and the use of social media in education at conferences and universities, and has helped other schools transform their programs through blended learning implementation. Tiffany collaborated on the design and development of the Redbird Professional Learning Platform which provides online professional development to teachers and leaders. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and an Executive MS in Technology Management from Columbia University. Tiffany writes an educational leadership blog at and is active on Twitter @TeachOnTheEdge.

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Jason T. Green

Inspired by his youth development and nonprofit work as a student at Morehouse College, Jason Green has dedicated his career to creating positive change in education. As a member of the leadership team with Redbird Advanced Learning, Jason partnered with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education to re-envision professional learning. He led the design of the Redbird Professional Learning Platform which now helps prepare thousands of teachers globally for 21st century learning. Jason has traveled nationally and internationally to help schools and districts build cultures of innovation and adapt to education’s changing landscape. Jason has spoken at leading universities and conferences including Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, NCSM and iNACOL and has been featured in the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, and NBC. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, Jason is driven by the belief that all children have a right to a high-quality education. Jason holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an M.S. Ed from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Jason has served as an adjunct professor and a board member for various nonprofits. Connect with Jason on Twitter @jasontoddgreen.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors



Chapter 1. Going Blended to Meet the World

     Scaling Blended Learning Transformation

     Clearing Up Blended Learning Confusion

     It Starts With Culture

     A Blended Learning Culture

     Where the World Is Going: Our Students Are Already There

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 2. Getting Started

     Phase 1: Building the Foundation

     Stage 1: Engagement and Vision–Cohesion of Vision and Pedagogy

     Stage 2: Assess–What Is Our Starting Point?

     Links to the Classroom: Participating in Discussions About Mindset

     Stage 3: Planning and Design

     Stage 4: Pre-Pilot

     Identifying and Enlisting Pre-Pilot Teachers

     Links to the Classroom: Engaging Student Voice in Pre-Pilots

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 3. The Blended Learning Elements of Effectiveness

     The Elements Described

     Cohesion of Vision and Pedagogy

     Capacity Building

     Links to the Classroom: Building Student Capacity

     Technology Utilization

     Links to the Classroom: Getting Creative With Limited Resources

     Data Management and Usage

     Student Ownership

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 4. Preparing Teachers for Blended Instruction

     What Works in Professional Development

     Guiding Principle of Blended Learning Professional Development #1: As the Student, So the Teacher (CHOMP)

     Links to the Classroom: Help Students Connect

     Hands-On Learning

     Ongoing Learning

     Mindset Shifts: Start With the Why Not the What

     Personalize Choice, Differentiation, Pace, and Skills

     Links to the Classroom: What Are Your Strengths Now?

     Guiding Principle of Blended Learning Professional Development #2: Differentiate to Cross the Chasm

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions


Chapter 5. Devices and Digital Tools

     Different Tools for a Different Generation

     Building Blocks of a Digital Classroom

     Links to Leadership: Supporting an Iterative Practice

     Productivity and Collaboration Environments

     Learning Management Systems

     Links to Leadership: Access to Technology

     Links to Leadership: Professional Development

     Building Technology Toolboxes to Promote Technology Fluency

     Deciding on the Right Device

     Which Funding Model Is the Best Fit?

     Links to Leadership: Engage Stakeholder Voices

     Mobile Devices




     Finding the Right Tool

     Stay Connected and Keep Learning

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 6. Digital Curriculum

     What Is Digital Curriculum?

     Types of Digital Curriculum

     What Are the Benefits of Digital Curriculum?

     How Can Digital Curriculum Foster Student Ownership?

     What Are the Challenges of Using Digital Curriculum?

     How Do I Select the Right Digital Curriculum?

     Links to Leadership: Helping Teachers Select the Best-Fit Digital Curriculum

     Build Capacity Through Committees

     Engage Students as Owners via Student Input

     Build Capacity Through Professional Development

     Digital Curriculum and the Planning Process

     Organizing and Sharing Digital Curriculum

     Links to Leadership: Helping Teams Plan Together

     Digital Curriculum in Blended Learning Models

     Whole-Group Rotation Digital Curriculum Integration

     Station Rotation Digital Curriculum Integration

     Flipped Class Digital Curriculum Integration

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 7. Assessment in a Blended Environment

     What Do We Really Mean by Assessment?

     What Drives Student Learning?

     Reading and Responding to the Data Narrative

     Links to Leadership: Tools and Time for Managing Data

     Maximizing the LMS

     Beyond Grades and Data

     Making It Personal

     Leading and Learning With Formative Assessment

     How Can Formative Assessment Foster Student Ownership?

     What Are the Challenges of Assessment in the Blended Environment?

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 8. Onboarding and Supporting Students

     Why Do We Need to Onboard “Digital Natives”?

     What Do We Mean by Onboarding?

     Onboarding Through Effective Backward Design

     Links to Leadership: Establishing a Schoolwide Onboarding Practice

     Build Capacity Through Student Trailblazers and Buddy Programs

     Engage Students in Peer Support Systems

     Embracing Teachable Moments

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions


Chapter 9. Station Rotation Model

     What Is the Station Rotation Model?

     What Are the Benefits of the Station Rotation Model?

     Station Rotation Model Can Take Many Forms

     Links to Leadership: Access to Technology

     Planning a Station Rotation Lesson

     Station Rotation Lesson Template

     Links to Leadership: Helping Teachers to Meet and Overcome Challenges

     Building Capacity

     Additional Staffing or Parent Volunteers

     Tip for Designing a Station Rotation: Go Horizontal With Your Traditional Agenda

     Design a Station Rotation to Target a Specific Skill

     What Are Some of the Challenges Associated With the Station Rotation Model?

     Logistical Concerns

     Grouping Strategies

     What Is the Teacher’s Role During a Station Rotation Lesson?

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 10. Whole Group Rotation: A Modern Spin on the Lab Rotation

     What Is the Whole Group Rotation?

     What Are the Benefits of the Whole Group Rotation?

     Designing a Whole Group Rotation Lesson

     Whole Group Rotation: Sample Lessons

     Whole Group Rotation: Drag-and-Drop Lesson Template

     What Are Some of the Challenges Associated With the Whole Group Rotation?

     Links to Leadership: Access to Technology

     Logistical Concerns

     How can I make sure students are on task during online work?

     How can I make time to work one-on-one with students?

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 11. The Flipped Classroom

     What Is the Flipped Classroom?

     What Are the Benefits of the Flipped Classroom?

     Designing a Flipped Classroom Lesson

     Step 1: Pique Interest, Drive Inquiry, or Assess Previous Knowledge

     Step 2: Flip and Engage Online

     Step 3: Design Student-Centered Application Activities

     Example of a Flipped Vocabulary Lesson

     Flipping With Different Types of Media

     Flipping With Text

     Flipping With Images

     Flipping With Video

     Flip AND Engage

     Links to Leadership: Access to Technology

     Producing and Publishing Your own Flipped Videos

     Step 1: Creating Content

     Step 2: Recording Videos or Screencasts

     Step 3: Exporting to YouTube or a Video Hosting Site

     Links to Leadership: Building Capacity

     What Are Some of the Challenges Associated With the Flipped Classroom?

     In-Class Flip

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions

Chapter 12. Other Models and Possibilities

     Individualized Models and Possibilities

     Individual Rotations and Playlists Defined

     Links to Leadership: Managing Technology Platforms

     What Are the Benefits of the Individual Playlist Model?

     Designing and Supporting Individual Playlists

     Building Community

     What Is the Teacher’s Role During an Individual Playlist Experience?

     Links to Leadership: Helping Teachers to Facilitate Learning

     A La Carte Model Defined

     How Do Schools Select Course Providers for A La Carte Integration?

     Links to Leadership: Logistics of A La Carte Learning

     What Are the Benefits of the A La Carte Model?

     Designing and Supporting A La Carte

     Links to Leadership: Role Definition and Policy

     Building Capacity Through Onsite Facilitator Training and Networking

     Beyond the Models

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions


Chapter 13. The Roadmap to Personalization

     The Path Forward to Personalization

     Phase 2: Transitions

     Phase 3: Expansion

     Achieving Sustainability

     The Responsibility of Teaching “They”

     Wrapping It Up

     Book Study Questions





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