Learning Walk for Blended Learning

Focus Area: Meaningful Tech Integration
Audience:

CInstructional Coaches, LLeaders, TTeachers

Pathway: Understanding

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Overview

BetterLesson believes that school and district leaders are first and foremost instructional leaders, investing in people and systems to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for students. Our goal is to provide leaders with processes, tools, and support for making organizational change and improving learning for students. We can help build leaders’ capacity in instructional leadership through a Learning Walk, a non-evaluative process used by leaders to assess the quality of student learning and effectiveness of instruction in their buildings, focusing on how leaders can support improvements to the learning experience. Learning Walks will consist of two workshop types, a Launch and a Cycle.

In this Meaningful Tech Integration Learning Walk, leaders will learn about the best practices of technology integration including how to use flexible time and space, personalize tasks for learners, strategically plan for technology use, and support teachers to be responsive to their students’ needs. We will do a deep dive into the evidence and look-fors of technology use in the classroom and the available supports and resources for technology integration.

Audience

This Learning Walk is designed for school and district leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders who are implementing Meaningful Tech Integration in their schools or districts and would like to take a student-centered approach to their role by developing their craft in coaching, observation, and feedback.

Outcomes

These Meaningful Tech Integration targets can be selected for the Learning Walk Cycle sessions to take a deeper dive into evidence of these outcomes in the classroom and student learning.

  • Active Engagement: I actively engage students in learning tasks through intentional and meaningful integration of technology.
  • Digital Collaboration: I design learning experiences that leverage technology to drive student collaboration.
  • Visible Thinking: I consistently use technology to support my students in making their thinking visible to construct and share knowledge.
  • Building an Efficient Classroom: I consistently implement technology to increase my efficiency as a classroom teacher.Organizing
  • Organizing Learning with Blended Models: I implement blended learning models within my classroom to organize synchronous and asynchronous instruction and drive personalized learning.
  • Developing Digital Citizens: I build digital citizenship skills with my students in order to promote positive and responsible engagement with technology.

Learning Experience

Launch

This workshop type can be experienced as a 1-day in person workshop with an onsite BetterLesson coach guiding classroom walk-throughs, or as a 2-hour virtual workshop facilitated by a BetterLesson coach, followed by independent classroom walk-throughs.

In the Learning Walk Launch, participants will:

Define

  • Explore the benefits of a Learning Walk: to build capacity of school leadership, to identify “look-fors” in Meaningful Tech Integration, and to effectively support change
  • Build understanding around the grain size and key components of Meaningful Tech Integration, such as flexible time and space, personalized learning tasks, blended classroom models, and responsive teaching practices
  • Be oriented to a tool to facilitate the Learning Walk process for the Meaningful Tech Integration Focus Area
  • Prioritize the target areas for Meaningful Tech Integration in their own school building

Explore

  • Practice using the Learning Walk tool by participating in short group classroom walk-throughs (in-person) or by evaluating curated artifacts and resources (virtual)
  • Collaboratively reflect on the Learning Walk process and tool

Build

  • Synthesize data from the Learning Walk using a digital tool to identify trends with the evidence they collected
  • Build a plan for implementing Learning Walks in their school building

Cycle

After participating in a Learning Walk Launch, participants will engage in Cycles focusing on one target area within Meaningful Tech Integration. This workshop type can be experienced as a 1-day in person workshop with an onsite BetterLesson coach guiding classroom walk-throughs, or as two 2-hour virtual workshops, facilitated online by a BetterLesson coach, with independent classroom walk-throughs.

In the Learning Walk Cycle, leaders will…

Define

  • Build understanding around the key components of the Meaningful Tech Integration target area
  • Take a deep dive into the “look-fors” and evidence of this target within the classroom using curated artifacts to identify exemplary examples
  • Prioritize look-fors within a target area to develop a focus for the Learning Walk

Explore

  • Collect data and evidence for the Meaningful Tech Integration target area through participating in independent classroom walk-throughs and evaluating curated artifacts
  • Collaboratively experience a protocol to reflect on the effectiveness of using a narrow lens when observing student learning

Build

  • Synthesize data from the Learning Walk using a digital tool to identify trends with the evidence they collected
  • Align on the evidence for a particular look-for in a target area and evaluate the effectiveness of the tool for the selected target in their context
  • Analyze their learning around the Learning Walk process to help build a plan for continued implementation