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Oct 26, 2018

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Samantha Brumley, Nov 7, 2018
Hi there, I actually spotted this Tweet making some rounds on Twitter last week from Saluda Trail Middle School in SC, and it had to do with using BL concepts in physical education classes. Looks like this teacher incorporated station rotations and had plans to build personalized PE fitness paths:https://twitter.com/STMSWildcats/status/1057798525906489344 Read more...

Oct 19, 2018

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Samantha Brumley, Oct 17, 2018
Hi Stephanie,Have you checked out the Learning Commons? It's a free resources that allows you to browse content and look at public playlists created by educators, ed leaders, organizations, and other users. If you scroll down the page a short way, you can see some featured back-to-school playlists, and you can always use the search bar at the top of the page to find specific content and playlists. Read more...

Sep 26, 2018

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Jenny White, Sep 26, 2018
The Blended Learning Universe (blendedlearning.org) is a website created and managed by the Clayton Christensen Institute. If you'd like to inquire about a particular page, please email us at [email protected] Thanks for using and citing our resources! Read more...

Aug 8, 2018

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Samantha Brumley, Aug 15, 2018
Hi Phyllis, the way in which you arrange your space will relate closely to the options you provide your students inside the classroom. There are some middle school examples of classroom/building setups, as well as strategies describing how a blended learning classroom looks like at other levels, here:https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/do/practices/integration/use-of-space?grade=&audience=&stage= Read more...

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Stephen Pham, Expert Advisor, Aug 6, 2018
Hi Kimberly,There are many ways in which you could format your 26 desks. I'd consider the functional needs of your classroom (who needs to go where, when, how, etc.). Check out some resources on the Learning Commons from various organizations on individual rotation: https://app.learning-commons.org/app/search?q=individual%20rotationYou can also find TLA's strategies around Use of Space here: https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/do/practices/integration?subtopic=use-of-space&grade=&audience=&stage=Hope these help!Stephen Pham Read more...

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Jenny White, Aug 8, 2018
Hi Michelle - thanks for your question! This blog posthttps://www.blendedlearning.org/4-ideas-for-building-a-performing-arts-blended-learning-program/ Read more...
Jenny White, Aug 8, 2018
The blog linked above features helpful ideas for transforming a K-12 performing arts class with blended learning. Read more...

Jun 3, 2018

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Jenny White, Jun 6, 2018
Hi there! Thanks for your question. You might want to check out LEAP InnovatED Summit in Chicago August 28th. There's also ASCD's Conference on Teaching Excellence in Texas, June 29-July 1. And while it's less about blended learning specifically, Big Bang run by Big Picture Learning in late July is another great event. Have a great summer of learning! Read more...
Anonymous, Jun 6, 2018
Go to ISTE Chicago, June 24-27!

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Luis Flores, Jun 6, 2018
Hello DeEtta,Thank you for asking this question. The paraprofessional or non-teacher role is certainly beneficial to have on some models and perhaps required in one model (if you are using a lab rotation and students are leaving the classroom to go to a computer lab, you probably want to have an adult that can supervise the students. But do not feel that having an additional adult makes these harder or less beneficial.The reason that some models depict a paraprofessional role is that we wanted to depict what schools with the additional support could do to get the most out of their support staff. The paraprofessional can supervise students working online, assist students who are struggling, and/or look over student learning data while the teacher is working with small groups or individuals.But not having access to one is not an issue at all. You can still have station rotation models where a group of students works with the teacher, another group can work on a collaborative project, and another group can work independently and at their own pace online. Many of the tasks that the paraprofessional would do, can be done by the computers (keeping students engaged, providing them personalized instruction, creating individualized learning playlists, etc.)While we always hope (and believe) that all students should have access to many impactful and caring adults, we know that sometimes there is just one teacher in a class of 30+ students. The blended learning models were designed with this in mind and can still have a positive impact no matter the specific circumstances you find yourself in. I hope this answered your question! Read more...
Luis Flores, Jun 6, 2018
In addition to my answer, even if you do not have a paraprofessional, there are still other ways you can leverage your current staff and fellow teachers to create teams of teachers or other unique staffing arrangements. You can read about your latest research on these innovative staffing arrangements herehttps://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/staffing/ Read more...

May 1, 2018

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Jenny White, May 3, 2018
Hello! Thanks for you question. If you are interested in tranforming your class to a blended-learning environment, consider various design elements of your blended program first. The Blended Learning Universe includes a 9-step design guide, from helping you to identify a problem to solve or a goal to achieve, to later fostering a positive learning culture and figuring out which new approaches work -- and which don't. Check out the design guide here:https://www.blendedlearning.org/design/ Read more...
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