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Michael Fauteux, Expert Advisor, Apr 9, 2018
Hi Diane. I particularly like putting learning lists on www.gooru.org. You can curate learning collections for students using all types of different resources (video, text, interactive, etc.) that you yourself can post or locate in Gooru's library itself. What's also nice is that you can facilitate formative assessments with a real-time interface that allow both teacher and student to respond to data in the moment. Being able to connect assessment results to specific learning experiences for support is particularly powerful. By far the best feature though is the 'remix' ability you have. You can go into Gooru and remix and entire course, learning collection, assessment, or individual resource and edit them as you see fit. This makes the whole process of curating learning experiences for students more sustainable. It also makes collaboration between colleagues super easy as you can copy and edit each other's materials. The entire platform is open and free. Full disclosure, my school system (www.leadps.org) and I co-created Gooru's Learning Navigator. We use it to facilitate different discrete BL / PL practices and entire models in the classroom. Students can even learn independently along side specific classroom curated experiences. The whole thing is flexible and modular by design and pretty accessible. Read more...

Apr 8, 2018

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Anonymous, Apr 18, 2018
Hello from New York! I'd recommend the book Disrupting Class (2008) by Clayton Christensen and Michael B. Horn. It looks at the rise of online and blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation. It should be very helpful. Read more...

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Emily Pulham, Mar 27, 2018
Hi David! Glad you asked. Since the early 2000s, Charles Graham at BYU has been studying blended teaching and learning in Higher Education. I am one of his doctoral students and we have been trying to connect the dots with K-12 blended learning and Higher Ed recently. Happy to connect with you and share what we've learned! Specifically, you might be interested to see the diagram on page 7, and a paragraph on page 19 of this article: https://mvlri.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/k12-blended-teaching-readiness-phase-1-instrument-development.pdf Do you have any questions about this? Feel free to contact me personally ([email protected]) Read more...

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Stella Maris Berdaxagar, Mar 26, 2018
It largely depends on the number of students, their prior knowledge, personal and shared resources and learning goals. Our school has a BYOD program.I flip my classes via Edmodo and connected apps and sometimes Google Classroom and Microsoft Apps. I usually create hyperDocs , LiveBinders or Onenote Notebooks or Symbaloo lesson plans or Versal courses with options to support integrated skills in individual and collaborative tasks based on student's voice and choice with timely and deferred feedforward , and permanent assessment. Read more...

Mar 17, 2018

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Troy Faulkner, Expert Advisor, Mar 22, 2018
I would say the flipped mastery or the peer instruction flipped learning model.
DANIEL OWENS, Mar 23, 2018
I'm not sure I would say there is one "best" blended learning model for physical science as a lot of it depends on context and student needs. Cisco Junior High School does a combination of station rotations and individual rotations that seems to be working really well for their students. I've listed a few links to some of their practices below:- 1:1 Data Conferences:https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/strategies/11-data-conferences- Student Feedback with Emoji Folders: https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/strategies/collecting-quick-feedback-with-emoji-folders- Cisco School Model:https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/see/cisco-junior-high-school Read more...

Feb 19, 2018

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Andrew Frishman, Expert Advisor, Mar 9, 2018
I feel that as a field of education, we've been spending FAR FAR too much time discussing what various people think personalized learning is. As far as I am concerned, this is "settled law." Please see this piece by Natalie Abel of iNACOL who makes a VERY compelling case for why Meaning Matters: Defining and Differentiating Personalized Learning, Blended Learning and Competency Education Read more...
Rebekah Kim, Expert Advisor, Mar 9, 2018
I have spent a great deal of time as a building and central office administrator researching and finding various definitions that are being used to define PL and how this is different than blended learning. There isn't a magic definition out there. We have worked with Getting Smart during a recent retreat, read through various texts such as iNACOL's whitepaper and studied districts that have been highlighted as doing the best work across the nation through The Learning Counsel. We have also learned from various organizations that we are partnered with. This has helped to inform our understanding from various resources but making it personal and aligned to our district has helped to create a meaningful vision. What we have found in our study of definitions are common words, some what I would call buzz words. We have also found core values named, such as the important work around equity, in various definitions. I believe that this is defined with three important factors: 1. Where are you as as system (learning structures, strategies and resources)? 2.What are your system's core values? 3.How do you couple your current state (1) and core values (2) with development of student's personalized pathways?We have refined our definition this year so it names our core value around equity and names that conditions for learning need to be in place. This is when we can start talking about "voice and choice," and "student agency." A lot of practitioners are using these terms to define what PL is but I want to double click on that term and hear what it looks and sounds like when leadership and adults in the system are owning the work. Our mission is to know students by name, strength and need. I believe that using an action-oriented vision around personalized learning will help us to reach this mission. Our district vision for PL: "Personalized Learning enriches and provides equitable opportunities for every student in Highline. Our learning environments are responsive and adaptive to the strengths and needs of each student. Instructional resources and data-based planning provides students with personalized learning pathways in how they access and show mastery of standards-based content." Read more...

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Jenny White, Dec 12, 2017
As a start, I think the resources recommended in Question 63 below (https://www.blendedlearning.org/directory/forum/question/63) should be helpful. If you're a school leader or even an instructional coach, I'd also suggest Leading Personalized and Digital Learning by Mary Ann Wolf, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum. https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Personalized-Digital-Learning-Implementing/dp/1682530914 My colleague Julia Freeland Fisher recently spoke with the authors about some of their tips in this blog:https://www.blendedlearning.org/a-school-leaders-guide-to-personalized-learning/ Read more...
Paul T, Feb 14, 2018
Good day my friend! I think this (https://blog.weevur.io/everything-a-learner-needs-to-know-about-blended-learning-models-e39d861da780) might be a good help for you and your friend teacher to implement blended learning models. Read more...
Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Feb 19, 2018
The BLU blog has great advice, as well as the ISTE and iNacol websites Make sure you know the goals for the teacher, especially what she wants for her students. Is she trying to get more individual time with students? Is she trying to have a system for the students to turn their work in easier? Is she wanting to "personalize" the instruction for students. The true measure of a truly blended classroom is what the students are doing, not the teacher. Hope this helps. Read more...
Beth Rabbitt, Expert Advisor, Mar 22, 2018
Hi Duncan! I highly recommend checking out a few exemplar models to see how different schools have approached this. Out org, The Learning Accelerator, has some deep, strategy level profiles of a few pre-Algebra and algebra approaches, including DTA Middle School (https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/see/renew), LPS Richmond HS (https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/see/lps-richmond), and CISCO junior high (https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/see/cisco-junior-high-school). We attempted to really pull apart each approach to show how each school approaches data use, mastery learning, and personalization through blended means. Hope these are helpful! Also, if you're interested in just how to generally get started with a basic rotational model, we've compiled a helpful guide to thinking about the culture, space ideas, and routines you might need to get started here:https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/problem-of-practice/how-do-i-set-up-a-station-rotation-model-in-my-classroom Read more...

Nov 21, 2017

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Michael Weinraub, Expert Advisor, Nov 22, 2017
Hey Godfrey, I think others will have better direct responses to your very practical question but Horn and Staker's Blended is certainly a good foundational resource to have close by.https://www.amazon.com/Blended-Disruptive-Innovation-Improve-Schools/dp/1118955153But if you are going down the blended learning rabbit hole, I would take Neil Selwyn's Distrusting Educational Technology with you. As a technologist, he is certainly not anti-edtech, but he helps us to embrace edtech with critical eyes open. Highly recommended.https://www.amazon.com/Distrusting-Educational-Technology-Critical-Questions/dp/0415708001 Read more...
Kira Keane, Nov 22, 2017
Hi - We pulled together a collection of really specific blended and personalized learning strategies on our website, along with in-depth profiles of schools across the country that are blending. All of the content is free for you to use and share. Hope you find it helpful! - Kira Read more...

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Jenny White, Nov 7, 2017
Hi Rachel - this is such an important question for the field but one that we don't have a clear answer to yet. At the Institute and as a field, we are working to gain a better understanding of the depth and scope of blended-learning practices across the country, but still lack an accurate way to quantify exactly what's happening and at what scale. In Disrupting Class in 2008, Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen predicted that half of all high school classes in the US would be delivered online in some form by 2019. We hope that over the next two years we will be able to gain a more precise snapshot of K-12 blended learning to understand how that prediction is playing out. As far as your question regarding the BLU: as of today, there are 563 schools and districts from around the world in the BLU Directory. BLU Directory Read more...
Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Dec 4, 2017
Hi, Rachel,My district has been working with Education Elements @EdElements on framing our integration of personalized learning (blended instruction) in Putnam County and have gained a tremendous amount of information and direction from this experience. Here are a few links to information that I can share with you and please feel free to contact me any time for more information: [email protected], 931-260-7873.Links:http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/428371/Core_Four/Education_Elements_Core_Four_White_Paper.pdf?t=1477373686268https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/ssf-cci/sscc-intro-blended-learning/sscc-blended-learning-models/v/sscc-blended-4modelshttp://www.inacol.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/iNACOL_Whats-Possible-with-Personalized-Learning.pdf?platform=hootsuitehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2NY7aS1dtgWTnltZmFodlAzbkJkWE16aXktdFdteWp1dGJF/viewHave a great day and I hope this helps.Sam Read more...
Emily Pulham, Mar 27, 2018
Hi Rachel! Have you read the reports from the National Education Policy Center? They have statistics about nationwide blended and online schools:http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/virtual-schools-annual-2017 I am sorry that I am posting this several months after the fact, but maybe if you need the stats in the future you can use this. Read more...

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