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Kim Carter, Expert Advisor, Aug 30, 2017
Consider taking a look at How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey from Corwin. Getting Smart has a great blog post offering a set of "Look fors" and a "Personalized Learning Progression", along with some other resources. Read more...
Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Oct 11, 2017
Rachel,We are presently working on a crosswalk from our Tennessee state teacher evaluation model to the expectation in a personalized learning classroom. I will try to remember to share it with you when we are finished. We are using the rubrics created by iNacol and ISTE as a guideline for our rubrics. I hope this helps, but if you need further discussion, feel free to contact me at brookss4@pcsstn.com. I am the Personal Learning Supervisor for the Putnam County School System in Tennessee and a BLU Expert Advisor. Read more...

Jul 28, 2017

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Nikolaus Namba, Expert Advisor, Aug 3, 2017
Hello, I think these are great things to be considering at the moment. My first bit of advice would be to go and purchase, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve SchoolsBook by Heather Staker and Michael B. Horn. I think this text does a wonderful job breaking down the different blended models, and advice for what might work best. It is also great that you are aware of the need to have strong standard operating procedures built with your learners. These procedures, if practiced and owned by the learners, will guide for successful implementation of any model selected. The last bit of advice is not to try and bite off a huge chunk at the beginning. Allow the learners and yourself to feel successful in bits and pieces along the way. Read more...

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Sally Schultz, Jul 18, 2017
I don't have a specific app that I use, however we do have a google doc in my classroom where students can sign up to be "teacher leaders". As students individually master certain topics or concepts if they are interested they sign up and advertise what material they are proficient in then when students are needing help they can go on and see who their go-to peers are. I would definitely be interested in an app that allowed this to occur as well. Read more...

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Clifford Maxwell, May 9, 2017
For online work, check out our blended learning MOOC here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/blended-learning. For in-person PD, our colleague Heather Staker is also doing live training (learn more here https://www.readytoblend.com/how_it_works). Additionally, I would look at training from iNACOL, and also look into modules on blended learning from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Read more...
Serge Pelletier, May 10, 2017
Thanks Clifford! I just registered for your MOOK. Can't wait to start on May 22nd! Read more...
Nikolaus Namba, Expert Advisor, May 30, 2017
Every once and a while we come across a list that simply cannot be duplicated... Jessica Slusser is a Project Manager at Getting Smart and she created a posting called, 25 Can’t-Miss Education Conferences in 2017 . Some of these opportunities have already passed, but they are great development opportunities to consider next year. However, there are still some conferences that would be more than worthy of going to this summer: National Charter Schools Conference, June 11-14, 2017; Washington, D.C.; ISTE, June 25-28, 2016; San Antonio, TX; Bb World, July 25-27, 2017; New Orleans, LA; PBL World, June 20-22, 2017; Napa Valley, CA; New Tech Network Conference, July 6-10, 2017; Saint Louis, MO; and many more... There are so many great opportunities to learn and build your network of resources: "Adventure is out there!" Read more...
Michael Weinraub, Expert Advisor, Sep 6, 2017
And now that we're into Fall already, worth having iNACOL on your radar screen. Will be a great roundup of people, sessions, and practitioners. https://www.inacol.org/symposium/See you there?MW Read more...

May 4, 2017

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Clifford Maxwell, May 8, 2017
Of course - it simply depends on your circumstances. In a traditional classroom, it is impossible to modify instruction and learning activities to address every individual student's needs. In a blended environment, however, not only do students have an element of control over the time/place/path/pace of their learning, but teachers are equipped with tools that can give them the time, space, and data to more effectively meet the needs of the individual. Read more...

Apr 23, 2017

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Anonymous, Apr 28, 2017
Given how much programming involves practicing skills, I think a flex model might be most beneficial. With a flex model, you could minimize scheduled sessions for direct instruction and give students lots of time for practice and coaching.All that being said, I don't have direct experience running a flex model for teaching programming skills, so it would be good to get perspective from others as well. Read more...

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Mar 24, 2017

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Michael Weinraub, Expert Advisor, Mar 24, 2017
I'm looking at you Stepan Mekhitarian ;)http://www.blendedlearning.org/directory/view-profile/5180#tab_home Read more...
Stepan Mekhitarian, Ed.D., Expert Advisor, Mar 27, 2017
Thanks Michael :-). In our local district, we insist that all professional development around blended learning be delivered in a blended, constructivist format with multiple opportunities for collaboration, research, and analysis. Educators learn about instructional practices and pedagogy while experiencing them in training sessions. This approach also gives them exposure to a variety of technical tools that they might consider using in their classrooms. We invite participants to join a growing cohort of teachers interested in learning more about blended learning and do several school visits to see blended learning in action. In some cases, teachers who attended our professional development offerings and classroom observations returned to their school sites and began leading this work there. Whenever possible, we work with them to build their capacity and to give them the opportunity to share their experiences with other educators at their school sites. This approach helps us cultivate leaders throughout the district to share their expertise, a critical step given the scope of our local district - nearly 130 schools! Read more...

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Michael Fauteux, Expert Advisor, Mar 22, 2017
Real-time formative assessment tops my list as a must-have for blended learning programs. Using it changes student and teacher practice, empowering both to be responsive and more powerfully engaged with learning. Best, it is a very accessible practice for educators to start their exploration of blended learning with or to use to enhance a current program. While there are a few products on the market that do this well, I'm particularly invested in Gooru's real-time formative assessment tool (video overview) as a co-creator of it. Teacher-designed, free, and easy to use, it has helped systemically implement blended learning at my school network and produce strong outcomes. I particularly like Gooru's because it allows for locating and sharing assessment content and leveraging learning resources to provide next steps based on the assessment data. Regardless of the tool used, for me real-time formative assessment is one of those practices that produces the biggest "ah ha!" moments and shifts in practice of any blended learning component. Read more...
Stacey Roshan, May 1, 2017
I'm all about using edtech to gather analytics to get a sense of individual and class needs and to also best engage each and every learner in the room. If I had to narrow it down to two tools, I'd choose Pear Deck & EDpuzzle. I love this questions and actually wrote up a blog post on this topic earlier in the year - Put pedagogy before tech.Here are the primary reasons I choose Pear Deck and EDPuzzle as my go-to tools:They provide each student in the classroom an equal voice. In a traditional classroom discussion, students are called on or raise their hands to respond. As a result, teachers often repeatedly hear from the same students. In contrast, Pear Deck and EDpuzzle provide each student an opportunity to respond individually.They engage each student in the room. With these tools, each student is required to actively participate and respond to each question, form an opinion, and submit an answer.They create a safe space for each student to honestly respond and make mistakes. Answers are anonymous to the group so students don’t have to worry about how their peers might perceive their answers or worry about answering incorrectly.They allow educators to efficiently and effectively target class and individual student needs. The analytics provided show class trends and also provide indicators of individual students who are struggling.They differentiate how students can respond to questions. While some students are wonderful with oral discussion and on-the-spot responses, other students are best when they have time to process, collect their thoughts and type an answer. Read more...
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