Connected Educator Month (October) is coming to a close but the learning continues. First, the Connected Educator Month Town Hall meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 3 (3:30 EST / 12:30 PST).
Second, it was a pleasure to host the blended learning strand on behalf of CUE. Some of the blended learning insights that were shared included:
- The blended learning definition is normative and continues to be refined based on changing technologies.
- To continue to learn about blended learning it is important to identify ways to measure blended learning progress.
- One way to identify how blended learning is being used is by putting together a survey such as the eLearning Census in California
- Blended learning allows students to better have a seat at the “learning” table and become more engaged in their learning in a way that has not been possible in the past
- Blended learning can lead to and facilitate personalized learning
- With open educational resources, content is much easier to find for teachers now to use in blended learning classrooms
- Blended learning is more than simply a tech rich classroom
- Using data to inform instruction for the teacher is a key part of being a blended learning teacher
- Blended learning should be more of a “verb” than a “noun”
Listed below are the archives of the blended learning webinars:
Blended Learning Panel 1: What is Blended Learning and What are the Best Implementation Strategies? (Oct. 6, 2014)
- Discussed the ongoing definition of blended learning and implementation strategies.
- Panel Members Heather Staker, Christensen Institute; Allison Powell, iNACOL; Mike Lawrence, CUE; and Rob Darrow, Blended Teacher Network
- Recording Here. *** Slide deck here.
Blended Learning Panel 2: Blended Learning and Teaching. What does it take to be an effective blended teacher? (Oct. 13)
- Discussed what it means to be a blended learning teacher.
- Panel: Blended Learning Teachers: Meghan Jacquot, English teacher,Fusion Academy, California; Haley Hart, Science teacher, EAA, Detroit, Michigan; Jeff Gerlach, 7th Grade Social Studies / Instructional Designer, Michigan Virtual University, Detroit, Michigan; Brian Thornley, Algebra II Honors teacher, Huntley, Illinois; Lesley Farmer, Professor, Librarianship, California State University, Long Beach, California;
- Recording *** Slide Deck
Blended Learning Panel 3: Blended Learning and Leadership. What are the best ways for administrators to support blended learning? (Oct. 20)
- Discussed barriers and solutions to blended learning leadership.
- Panel: Blended Learning Leaders, Administrators and Support Teachers: Anna Gu, Research Assistant, Christensen Institute, California; Anne Pasco, Blended Learning/Ed Tech Department Chair, Huntley High School, Huntley, Illinois; Brian Bridges, Coordinator eLearning Strategies Symposium; California eLearning Census; Travis Phelps, St. Justin Catholic School, San Jose, California.
- Recording *** Slide Deck
Blended Learning Panel 4: Reflections and Insights about Blended Learning. (Oct. 27, 2014)
- Discussed key aspects of blended learning including the importance of professional development, and how we need to talk about verbs rather than nouns to better engage learners.
- Panel: Andrea Ferrero, Manager, Blended Learning, CFY, NY. firstname.lastname@example.org; Tina Silverstein, Instructional Designer, Alameda County Office of Education, Ca. email@example.com; Lee Collver-Richards, Teacher, Los Angeles USD, Ca. firstname.lastname@example.org; Adina Sullivan, Education Technology Coordinator, San Marcos Unified, San Marcos, Ca. Adinaeducation@gmail.com ; Rob Darrow, CUE / Blended Teacher Network, Ca. email@example.com.
- Recording *** Slides
See the archives from the Fall CUE conference (Oct. 24 and 25) that included blended learning related sessions including:
- Keynote by Lucien Vattel: The Importance of Game Based Learning
- Keynote by Diana Laufenberg: Creating the Classrooms We Need
- The Great iPad vs. Chomebook Showdown 2014
- Launching and Maintaining a Blended Learning Program
- How Good Ideas Spread
- YouTube – Engage, Educate and Inspire Your Students with Powerful Video
- Creating Spoken Word Poetry to Inspire Social Change
- Minecraft Projects for Every Classroom
- Level Up! Classroom Gamification for Even the Non-Gamer