Blended Learning

Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth

About Blended Learning

Topics:

  • Organizing the Learning Space
  • Meaningful Tasks
  • Learning Cadence
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Tech Integration with SAMR

Overview:

In a blended learning model, students engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning with control over the time, place, path, and/or the pace of their learning. Many blended learning classrooms leverage the use of a blended learning model, such as station rotation, to deliver a blend of online and offline learning experiences to students. When effectively employing these models, teachers regularly make critical instructional decisions around how best to leverage and integrate educational software, apps, and other digital tools in order to select the most appropriate, high quality content and resources to support their students. In a blended learning model, teachers are able to play the role of a coach or facilitator of student learning, and use student data to design customized supports and personalized growth opportunities. Effective blended classrooms hold the potential to revolutionize the way that teachers teach and students learn.

What We Believe: 

We believe that in order to effectively employ blended learning best practices that meet all students' needs, teachers must provide individually tailored resources, supports, and content. 

We believe that teachers must create a flexible and personalized learning environment dependent on real-time data, direct observation, and interaction with, and feedback from students.

We believe that teachers must support students to use technology creatively and purposefully to learn effectively and efficiently and to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways.

We believe that teachers must support students to use technology and digital tools in safe, legal, and ethical ways in order to demonstrate digital citizenship.

We believe that teachers must support students to develop vital critical thinking skills that allow them to be innovative, independent thinkers in the classroom and beyond.

Featured Strategies

Blended learning teachers deliberately design all elements of their students' experience to meet desired learning outcomes
Blended learning teachers deliberately design all elements of their students' experience to meet desired learning outcomes
Taking intentional steps to launch new digital solutions in your classroom will lead to effective implementation for student success
Taking intentional steps to launch new digital solutions in your classroom will lead to effective implementation for student success
Students conduct research and examine digital resources for credibility to develop digital literacy and digital citizenship
Students conduct research and examine digital resources for credibility to develop digital literacy and digital citizenship

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can organize a blended learning space by evaluating blended learning models and using best practices to implement these models.
I can design meaningful learning tasks in order to drive student engagement and ownership in a blended learning environment.
I can think critically about learning cadence by balancing synchronous and asynchronous instruction in order to create engagement, balance, and consistency in student learning experiences.
I can build digital citizenship skills with my students in order to develop positive online communication, information literacy, and media balance.
I can use the SAMR model in order to effectively and meaningfully integrate technology into my classroom to drive student engagement and learning.

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