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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning
The excerpt below is from the book “Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom,” by Esther Wojcicki, Lance Izumi and Alicia Chang. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “Trick in the Blended Classroom,” written by Wojcicki. It all started in 1987, when I got a grant from the State of California. The state sent me eight Macintosh computers, never asking if I knew how to use them, and when they arrived I had no idea how to even turn them on. I realized then that I was going to fail if I didn’t get some help quickly. I looked around for colleagues who could help, but none of them had any idea. The students were absolutely thrilled to help me (can you imagine being asked to help a teacher?!) I was soon sold on the idea of collaboration, respect, and trust in the classroom. Computers, tablets, and other electronic devices alone are not going to change the classroom. T = trust R = respect I = independence C = collaboration K = kindness Respect is part of trust.

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How Should We Define 'Success' in the Blended Classroom? It’s one thing to set goals for student achievement. It’s entirely another to define what success looks like for blended learning programs. That very challenge, however, evolved as a prevalent theme at the November 8 - 11 2015 iNACOL symposium, which brought together 3,000 educators, edtech entrepreneurs, nonprofit representatives, and thought leaders to Orlando to discuss blended learning. Issues around personalized frameworks and virtual schools all slipped into conversations.

10 Reasons to Have a Classroom Website Classroom websites aren't anything new, they have been around for years. The difference between creating an maintaining classroom website ten years ago to now, is that today you can do it in a matter of minutes. Years ago creating a website involved a lot of hard work and took someone who had specialized knowledge in computers. Today, technology has made it so easy that even a child can create a web page. Navigating the Flood and Avoiding the Fog of Information Overload I wonder if you’ve felt in recent years that life is constantly overwhelming — that there’s so much more to deal with than you have time for, and that you are always in ‘catch-up’ mode? Welcome to my world. In fact, welcome to our world: an increasingly-digital world of multiple demands and stimulations, full of so many challenging, exciting and diverse opportunities that it becomes difficult to decide what to do.

Creating blended learning content What is blended learning? Blended learning provides a combination of face-to-face learning and dynamic digital content that facilitates anytime/anyplace learning. With so many digital technologies available on both proprietary and free-to-use platforms, creating blended learning content can seem like a daunting task. Finding the right approach that meets the needs of your learners is challenging at a time when academics are increasingly being asked to do more with less. What you can do

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction — guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned. Here are four crucial factors to keep in mind as schools plunge in. The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.

Google Sites for Teacher Web Pages and Student Projects - Flipped Events Introduction to Google Sites 1. Create a Google Site or in your Google Apps account. The 2016 Dean's List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs In the ever-changing field of education technology, it’s important to stay up-to-date on industry happenings, and it’s even more important to understand current news in context. That’s where the Dean’s List comes in handy: It reintroduces higher ed stakeholders to a group of education technology thought leaders who share not-to-be-missed analyses of higher ed technology trends, challenges and opportunities. While there are a few familiar names from the 2015 blogger roundup, this year’s list features plenty of new blood — bloggers who were either chosen by the EdTech editorial staff or nominated by readers.

BlendKit Course Introduction The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and available for self-study or for group use. Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom Kristin: I can say that the things I've been doing the last two years have really made a difference, because my kids have scored the highest in the State on the standardized tests. So what we're doing here is working, and it's helping them be successful. Julie: We define Blended Learning as the combination of digital content and activity with face-to-face content and activity. It sounds easy to Blend, but it really, it looks very different in every classroom.

Teaching With Technology This assignment is to create a wiki or website that you can use as a portfolio for when you are applying for jobs, and also as the first class website you will have as a teacher. *It is recommended that you use Google Sites–this is the tool I’ll demonstrate in class and in the tutorials below. However, if you want to explore another technology (like Blogger, Edublogs, Wikispaces, iWeb, Wix, Weebly, Posterous, or something else), you are welcome to, and that is recommended if you are already familiar with Google Sites so you can learn something new. If you do use something else, you can probably find tutorials on Youtube to help you. Assignment Using Google Sites To complete this assignment using Google Sites, create a new website by going to Make it looks professional, clean, and ready to be used in your own teaching.