Mar 25, 2018

Five Resources to Support Blended Learning

Educators join presenter Marcia Kish for a discussion during Blended Learning held at Grant Wood AEA on Sept. 19, 2017.

Educators join presenter Marcia Kish for a discussion during the Blended Learning
professional development course held at Grant Wood AEA on Sept. 19, 2017.

Blended Learning is a method of learning, which uses a combination of different resources, especially a mixture of classroom sessions and online learning materials. The learning environment is flexible and can be adapted to the learning style of the individual to help personalize learning for students.

Jayde Ockenfels, a teacher, shared her testimonial with Blended Learning: “In a class of 25 algebra students, EVERY student that wasn’t meeting the standard on their first piece of evidence improved their score with an incredible 13 out of the 18 raising their score all the way to a 'meeting standard.' My students who were already at Meeting Standard or Exceeding Standard on the first piece of evidence maintained those scores on their second piece of evidence.”

Blended Learning in Action

The Grant Wood AEA Media Center has several resources to support information about Blended Learning. Here are the top five:

  1. "Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change" by Catlin Tucker - The advantages a blended learning model has over traditional instruction are demonstrated when technology is used to engage students both inside the classroom and online.
  2. "Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools" by Michael B. Horn - Teachers are introduced to resources for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. This practical guide magnifies blended learning ideas presented in the book "Disrupting Class," in order to incorporate both online learning with traditional classroom time. Intended for all stakeholders, this framework is a step-by-step guide to building a more student-centered system using 21st century skills.
  3. "Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs For Leading Online and Off" by Stephen J. Valentine - This resource provides school leaders with an approach to utilizing technology for more effective learning and leadership. As the online aspects of schools become just as important as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, leaders must be as effective screen-to-screen as they are face-to-face. Drawing from research, experience, and real-world examples, this book explores and unpacks six core beliefs necessary for the blended leader to be successful.
  4. "Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards Based Guide" by Jared Stein - A practical, streamlined approach for creating effective learning experiences by blending online activities and the best of face to face teaching is provided. The guide includes jargon-free writing, is streamlined with a simple, effective design process, and includes practical with real-world examples from different subject areas.
  5. "Make Learning Personal: The What, Who, Wow, Where, and Why" by Barbara Bray - Learners become self directed, self monitored, and self motivated. Discover a system that includes tools and strategies to reduce barriers and maximize learning for all learners; a clear explanation distinguishing personalized learning from differentiation and individualized instruction; teacher's own stories of moving through the stages of personalized learning environments to transform teacher and learner roles and school culture; background information on developing a rationale for personalized learning; strategies to create change consistent with the culture shift that happens in classrooms and schools as you personalize learning.

Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium

Catlin Tucker, the author of "Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change," will be a featured speaker at the Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium: Leading for Impact: Every Learner, Every Day, June 26, 2018.

Access additional resources from Catlin Tucker as well as other resources on Blended Learning from the GWAEA Media Center Catalog. Contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist, for questions.