iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar: Blended Teaching Pedagogy and Personalizing Learning

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The instructional practice of a teacher changes as one becomes more knowledgeable about blended learning tools and strategies. Ultimately, when blended learning becomes integrated into the ongoing culture of a classroom and school in an effective and quality way, then student achievement improves. This webinar focused on the pedagogical changes and ongoing practices of blended learning teachers that facilitate the personalization of student learning.


  • 1. The Pedagogy of Being a Blended Learning Teacher: Personalize the Learning Robin Gonzalez, President, Zia Learning Jennifer Kolar-Burden, Coordinator of Curriculum, Illinois Virtual School October 2013

2. Webinar Format Introductions Panel Discussion / Questions Type your Questions in the chat At end: Final thoughts from each panel member 3. Blended Learning a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home - (Horn and Staker, 2013) 4. Tech-rich = blended 5. Teaching and Learning What the student is doing and where the student is. What the teacher isdoing and where the teacher is. What and where thecontent is. 6. Webinar Focus Blended Learning Teaching What is blended learning pedagogy How is it different than face-to-face What are best practices in blended teaching How does blended learning personalize learning for students and how this looks 7. Todays Presenters Robin Gonzalez, President, Zia Learning Jennifer Kolar-Burden, Coordinator of Curriculum, Illinois Virtual School Chicago, Ill 8. Defining, implementing and measuring successful Blended learning programs 9. Teach Thought 10. The three data points of personalized learning 11. How does blended learning support personalized learning 12. And what is the teachers role?Facilitate Applied, Authentic, Learning 13. So why facilitate blended learning? Students get/deliver information how THEY want it:Web-based reading, writing, listeningImages, text, audio, video Web conferencing and interactive options Increased engagement Student opinion data drives lesson content Bring in experts, guest speakers, other students Connect to global projects (Online Science Fair, International Energy Challenge, NASA, Live From the Heart) 14. In an effective blended learning environment: 15. To implement consistently, we must define and train for a new teaching paradigm: 16. Measuring effectiveness 17. What weve seen that works: YCCS Charter Schools Fully blended Adaptive, personalized, digital curriculum Focuses on students with significant learning gaps and credit deficiencies FLEX Academies Emphasize facilitator approach Flexible learning spaces and opportunities Chicago Public Get Inspired Program Leverages cultural and corporate spaces, coupled with online learning Provides unique, truly hands-on, applied learning options 18. Access to supportChoiceunity m ComMotivationTrust Involv emenEnthu siasmCuriosity tFlexibls ocu Fe Pacin gClear Expectations Love of Learning 19. What do you need? 20. Resources/Tools Learning Management System (Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, Canvas, Wikispaces, EdModo) Authoring tool (Lectora, Articulate, SoftChalk) Audio (Audacity) Graphics (Photoshop, Fireworks, Gimp) Screen Capture (Camtasia, Jing, SnagIt, Screencast-o-matic) Assessment (GoogleForms, Questionmark, Hot Potatoes) Repositories (SLE, LOR, OER OpenCourseWare Consortium, Connexions, Merlot, Wikiversity, Wikibooks, Khan Academy, OER Commons, CreativeCommons, Mathletics, eJourneys, Dropbox) Webconferencing/virtual classrooms (Blackboard Collaborate, JoinMe, AdobeConnect, GotoMeeting, Skype) 21. Checking Student Progress Pace Check Checklists Blogs Forums Google forms Photos, videos Web conferencing Understanding Google Form/online quiz tools Application Sharing Project sharing 22. Checking Your Progress SWOT AnalysisBlended Learning Myths 1)It's cheaper 2)It can be used to replace teachers 3)Anyone can do it.right away 4)One doctrine of pedagogy is fine for one district/school 5)You can do this by yourself 23. 24. Other Questions? Final Thoughts 25. Contact Info Robin Gonzalez, President, Zia Learning Jennifer Kolar-Burden, Coordinator of Curriculum, Illinois Virtual School