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Blended Learning in Action
A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change



© 2017 | 224 pages | Corwin

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
  • 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 the 21st century.  

"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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
PART 1. SHIFTING TO A BLENDED CULTURE
 
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  
 
PART 2. BLENDED LEARNING TOOLBOX
 
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  
Tablets  
Chromebooks  
Laptops  
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  
 
PART 3. BLENDED LEARNING: EXPLORING CLASSROOM MODELS
 
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  
 
PART 4. BLENDED LEARNING: THE ROADMAP TO PERSONALIZATION
 
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  
 
References
 
Index

"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

"The authors make blended learning come alive with the use of  practical examples and resources beneficial to all school leaders and teachers ready to elevate student learning."

Kelly Fitzgerald, Online Learning Integration Specialist
Leander ISD, Leander, TX

"This book is an excellent tool for administrators and educators who would like to learn more about implementing or improving a successful blended learning program in their school or district. It provides step-¬by-¬step instructions as well as anecdotes from actual educators who have experienced the implementation process themselves."

Juliette Guarino Berg, Lower School Science Specialist
The Mandell School, New York, NY

"Blended Learning in Action will lead to deep discussion with teachers and school leaders on how to move forward with an action plan to link modern and fresh teaching practices in the classroom to technology, while also helping to create rewarding classroom environment."

Kristopher R. Kwiatek, Principal
Kadena High School, Okinawa City, Japan

"Blended Learning in Action is an incredibly thoughtful read that builds a case for the urgent changes needed in schools today. Authors Tucker, Green, and Wycoff bring incredible expertise and passion to this book. It artfully describes the importance of blended learning playing a central role in this revolution coming to education as we know it. Blended Learning in Action is a great road map that balances research and practice for teachers, leaders, and learners."

Robert Dillon, Director
BrightBytes Institute

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