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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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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 [email protected] I am the Personal Learning Supervisor for the Putnam County School System in Tennessee and a BLU Expert Advisor. Read more...
Stephen Pham, Expert Advisor, Oct 20, 2017
You can find more tools for Reflecting & Assessing within blended/personalized learning environments here, including Dallas ISD's well-known PL Toolbox. 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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