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Jan 24, 2017

John Fiske

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Clifford Maxwell, Jan 24, 2017
I see great use in SAMR as a starting point to identify how learning activities can be improved. However, I do believe SAMR to be limited in context of the larger aims of a successful blended (or digital) classroom. For example, something that would qualify as a "Redefinition" in the SAMR framework may be a highly enriching learning activity, but the overall instructional model in the classroom may not be redefining the use of time and space to personalize learning for students, grant student autonomy, give a teacher a chance to offer meaningful feedback, etc. I have visited schools that use the SAMR model as a tool to identify opportunities to enhance learning, but it needs to be accompanied with a clear vision for how you want the overall instructional model to change. Read more...

Feb 2, 2017

Deb Ramm

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Jennifer Wolfe, Feb 7, 2017
Deb, My short answer would be to start blended or personalized learning PLCs with different groups of teachers and then start with some of these meatier problems. I recommend you pose these challenges back to the teachers to wrestle with and to pick small steps that they can build upon as the PLC grows in maturity. Read more...
Juliana Finegan, Feb 15, 2017
You can also have teachers build personal PD playlists to fill individual needs and gaps. By having educators reflect on their individual areas of need, you can help them expand their practice, identify innovative strategies, and improve their approach on a personal basis. Here are some free resources you can explore to share with your educators and give them opportunities to go beyond their current models: TLA Practices - this site gives various practices educators can apply to their classroom. The search bar at the top is particularly helpful when building a playlist because they can search for topics like "student autonomy" and identify different strategies that have been used by the schools showcased. Relay GSE blended learning courses - these can be taken asynchronously or broken apart into sections to help teachers strengthen their skills in mindset, routines, culture, analyzing data, lesson planning, and even becoming a blended leader. Read more...
Juliana Finegan, Feb 15, 2017
For some reason the hyperlinks didn't go through so here they are again!Relay GSE courses:https://www.canvas.net/browse/relayTLA Practices sitehttp://practices.learningaccelerator.org Read more...

Mar 24, 2017

Michael Weinraub
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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
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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