Blended Learning: Designing with Balance in Mind

Catlin Tucker

I am concerned about the impact that the imbalances in education have on teacher engagement and job satisfaction. When we design learning experiences with balance in mind, the output of a lesson will feel more balanced too. That belief has informed the way I define blended learning.

Enhance Student Engagement with Virtual Social Learning Spaces

Catlin Tucker

When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? ” Most teachers include some form of the word “engagement” in their answers. These spaces provide an avenue for students to learn from and with each other.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

Blended Learning: Design a Mini-playlist that Allows Students to Control the Pace of Their Learning

Catlin Tucker

After reading Catlin Tucker’s blog post, 5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction , I was inspired to reflect on and revise a mini-unit I designed focusing on the short film Alike by Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez.

The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously

Catlin Tucker

Teachers all over the country are being asked to teach “concurrent classrooms” in which some students attend class in person and others attend virtually. The teacher in a concurrent classroom attempts to meet the needs of the students in class and online simultaneously.

How teachers can befriend Blended Learning?

Linways Technologies

Blended Learning is an approach to learning that combines face-to-face and online learning experiences. Blended learning can be implemented in many unique ways. Benefits of Blended Learning. Flexible Learning. Student-Centered Learning.

Simplify your blended learning workload

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Dr. Catlin Tucker , a blended learning coach and teacher of 16 years, shares her expertise about tackling the different aspects of blended teaching including engagement, group work, and assessment in a virtual classroom or hybrid setting.

Student Engagement Strategies for Pandemic Teaching (Closing Keynote by Jen Giffen) – SULS0130

Shake Up Learning

The post Student Engagement Strategies for Pandemic Teaching (Closing Keynote by Jen Giffen) – SULS0130 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Jen shares some AH-mazing student engagement strategies that work in this crazy, COVID world! Amplify Student Voice.

Charleston County Schools Selects Open Up Resources And Kiddom To Provide K-8 English Language Arts Blended Learning Program

eSchool News

Additionally, the partnership will equip CCSD with a full-service, multi-year professional learning plan from EL Education to support teachers, plus access to peer-to-peer communications within Open Up’s K-8 EL Education digital community. To learn more, visit [link].

Research examines blended learning, student achievement

eSchool News

A new research report from Arizona State University (ASU) focuses on various evidence-based instructional models and strategies integrated within courses from an online curriculum provider in order to determine if they lead to increased student achievement and engagement. Odysseyware aims to provide a learning solution for schools seeking the flexibility and customization of online courses, as well as for those looking to offer students a virtual learning environment.

What Separates a Good Blended Learning Program From a Bad One?

Edsurge

These days many schools tout blended learning programs when marketing their school to potential students. Blended learning can combine the flexibility of online instruction with the benefits of in-person teaching. But much like nutritional claims, such as “all-natural” and “healthy,” the term “blended learning” can mean just about anything depending on how you define it. The Good The best blended learning programs seem to have some common threads.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change.

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best

EdTech Magazine

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how K–12 schools can get started with using blended learning platforms. What Are Blended Learning Platforms? Blended learning combines technology and face-to-face interaction to improve student engagement, streamline assessments and open the lines of communication between teachers and students. .

How to manage assessments in the blended classroom

Neo LMS

Schools have taken big steps towards using online resources and tools, but we can expect online learning to have a more important role in students’ education due to the pandemic. Variations of blended learning were applied in classes before. E-learning

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 2: Implementation)

Gaggle Speaks

Blended learning starts with a strategic plan. Here are some tips to ensure your plan is successful when you’re ready to implement blended learning inside your classrooms. Incorporate personalized learning. Give students opportunities to follow a personalized learning path. A simple way to do this is through assessments that identify what students know and don’t know. Engage the students as much as possible.

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 2: Implementation)

Gaggle Speaks

Blended learning starts with a strategic plan. Here are some tips to ensure your plan is successful when you’re ready to implement blended learning inside your classrooms. Incorporate personalized learning. Give students opportunities to follow a personalized learning path. A simple way to do this is through assessments that identify what students know and don’t know. Engage the students as much as possible.

3 Strategies That Position Students to Take Responsibility for Their Progress and Behavior

Catlin Tucker

The sunshine and spring weather impacts the students’ ability to focus. Teachers and students are exhausted and ready for a break. So, how can we keep students engaged, working hard, and following expectations for behavior as the end of the school year approaches?

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Learn How 2.

Formative Assessment: Collecting Data & Designing Differentiated Learning Experiences in Class or Online

Catlin Tucker

The more physical distance between the teacher and the learner, the more challenging it is to collect formative assessment data consistently. I’ve taught in person, online, and in blended learning environments. 1 Articulate Clear Learning Goals and Objectives.

Assessing the Value of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB's)

A Principal's Reflections

It should be noted that in both examples above, direct instruction was followed by some sort of student-centered learning activity. In many cases, every classroom is outfitted, as well as conference rooms and professional learning spaces.

4 Projects that Go Beyond Traditional Assessment – SULS0111

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Projects that Go Beyond Traditional Assessment – SULS0111 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode, Kasey chats with Jen Giffen, a teacher-librarian and new Shake Up Learning trainer. 4 Projects that Go Beyond Traditional Assessment with @virtualgiff.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills.

Course 286

Teacher Engagement Part II: Emotional Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Emotional engagement encompasses a teachers’ feelings about, degree of dedication to, and emotional response to their work (Perera, Vosicka, Granziera & McIlveen, 2018; Klassen, Yerdelen & Durksen, 2013). The Quality of a Teacher’s Relationship with Students.

Save Time Digitizing Your Worksheets with TeacherMade

The CoolCatTeacher

The fast, free tool to help you with distance or hybrid learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter One of the biggest challenges we teachers have faced this year has been maintaining our quality of instruction in the midst of change. Teachers can give written feedback to their students on these worksheets online. The Fast Solution to Digitize Student Classwork: The best thing about TeacherMade for teachers is it’s a time saver.

How To 273

Using Smart Boards to Boost Engagement and Simplify Routines

edWeb.net

From developing lesson plans, to performing administrative functions, to implementing creative strategies to spark student engagement and collaboration, today’s classroom teacher juggles more responsibility than ever and does so in less time than ever.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. We knew we needed to do something to support all students,” says Perez, “especially English learners and students with disabilities.” We knew we needed to do something to support all students, especially English learners and students with disabilities. Students can see examples.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

The anxiety it created for parents and students—and even teachers, because it was something new—was awful. Students also needed support when it came to the end of year state assessments. “We We knew we needed to do something to support all students,” says Perez, “especially English learners and students with disabilities.” We knew we needed to do something to support all students, especially English learners and students with disabilities.

Engaging Lessons for the Next-Gen Connected Creators – SULS0160

Shake Up Learning

The post Engaging Lessons for the Next-Gen Connected Creators – SULS0160 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode, Kasey chats with Dr. Monica Alicea, a Technology Training and Integration Specialist, about strategies and tools to engage students.

MC Assessment = Meta Cognitive Assessment

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

The students should be stakeholders in their education and have accountability, responsibility, and be actively engaged in and out of the classroom. I''m a proponent of critical thinking, cooperative learning, metacognition, blended learning, flipped learning. I''m a proponent of learning. Progressive teachers cannot get away from testing in the current educational climate, but at least we can make it engaging for the students in the class.

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. Students engage in selecting their pathway for learning, collaborating, questioning, and self-assessing all day long. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

Back to School Lesson Planning Tips – SULS0167

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School Lesson Planning Tips – SULS0167 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Plus, get a FREE Blended Learning with Google toolkit loaded with strategies and ideas for the classroom. Be sure to check out the Shake Up Learning Back to School Resource Page.

How A Single Platform Enables Successful Co-Teaching and Engagement in Remote Learning

Edsurge

Their strategy—which included using Pear Deck’s platform —was supportive and engaging. Even the quietest students participated. Jackson Middle School moved to remote learning, and suddenly the steps to co-teaching weren’t the same. She can offer so much more student support.

Fighting Exclusion: Shake Up Inclusive Learning – SULS0164

Shake Up Learning

The post Fighting Exclusion: Shake Up Inclusive Learning – SULS0164 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode, Kasey interviews Mike Marotta, co-author of Inclusive Learning 365. Together they discuss how inclusive learning is meeting the needs of all learners.

15+ Ways to Use Drop-Down Menus in Google Docs – SULS0161

Shake Up Learning

The post 15+ Ways to Use Drop-Down Menus in Google Docs – SULS0161 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Kasey shares 15+ ways for teachers and students to make the most of this creative and customizable new feature, including choice boards, PBL, peer reviews, trackers, and more!

How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

Edsurge

Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors. We can use short videos to help students who are falling behind—and to give more advanced students the chance to have deeper discussions in class.” One student may watch a clip on his smartphone at his kid’s soccer practice, and another may log in at 2 a.m.

Video 100

In School, Learning and Workforce Prep Go Hand in Hand

edWeb.net

But students must be able to carry what they learn from school to the real world where they will ultimately live and work. Then he learned that a 9th-grade student—who excelled academically in 6th grade—was pregnant. Driving Learning: The Tech Boost.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Social-Emotional Learning.

Verso

Adam Watson Edtech Elixirs

As if fate wanted to re-affirm for me the value of KySTE, I learned of a new tool in the very first hour of the very first session of the conference that got me so excited, I knew I'd be doing a blog entry about it! and in May 2020, I became our district's second Digital Learning Coach.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. In contrast, my own parent-teacher conferences were student-centered—creating space for meaningful discussion about things other than grades. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. Mom, this is the project I want to show you,” said one student.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Check out their free 3-hour micro course, Launching Online Learning. As an educational leader, Dawn is passionate about providing educational opportunities to students and educators alike.