Step 1

Identify your Needs and Gather Resources

Why do you want to implement blended learning?
What resources will you use to do so?

The first step in blending your classroom is to identify your needs. What goals are you trying to achieve by using blended learning? What are your reasons for adopting a blended learning model? Your model is only effective if it meets your classroom’s needs and makes the most of resources available. Consider the factors in your school that influence the way you blend learning, and gather the resources that will help you make this blended experience a success.

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Step 2

Choose the Blended Learning Model that Fits Your Needs

Which blended learning model fits your needs and classroom culture to support your instructional goals?

Blended learning models combine face-to-face and online environments in different ways based on the needs of students and the resources of the school. Once you have identified your needs, explore various blended learning models to select the one that works for you. Some of the most common models are: flipped, station rotation, lab rotation, flex, self-blend and enriched.

In a survey of teachers who flipped their classrooms,

67% reported increased test scores

Source: http://www.flippedlearning.org/

Step 3

Plan for Project-Based Learning

Why should my students learn through project-based learning?
How do I begin planning for my own project-based learning activity?

Project-based learning is an effective strategy for designing authentic, engaging activities in the blended learning environment. While there are many benefits, implementing project-based learning takes some planning. Start by setting up a solid structure, incorporating the key components, such as standards-aligned content, essential questions, meaningful product or performance, authentic tools, feedback and revision and a public audience.

What are the top 3 reasons for incorporating project-based learning in your blended classroom?

  1. Project-based learning is linked to significant improvements in student test scores, attendance and engagement.
  2. Authentic project-based learning prepares students for the real world.
  3. Project-based learning promotes higher-order and critical thinking, as well as creativity.

Step 4

Design Tests, Games, and Discussions

What value do assessments bring to the blended learning experience?
How can formative assessments and interactive learning activities enhance the experience?

Assessments with automated feedback empower students to reflect and revise their thinking, while data from objective online assessments empowers teachers to differentiate instruction. Appropriate assessment strategies, along with interactivity and discussion can increase student success.

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In a survey of teachers who flipped their classrooms,

80% reported improved student attitudes

Source: http://www.flippedlearning.org/

Step 5

Flip or Rotate Your Classroom

How do I structure online materials for a rotation model or flipped classroom environment?

Whether you are using a rotation model or are flipping your classroom, you will need to use solid lesson planning elements to structure the approach. The key elements are the same ones in most curriculum design models, such as Understanding by Design or Learning Focused. The elements to incorporate are essential questions, activating strategies, learning activities, formative assessments and active summaries. Once you have set up the structure for the online portion for your blended experiences, you then start to incorporate existing content and materials or build your own.

Step 6

Model Digital Citizenship

How can I teach my students to behave safely and ethically online?
How can my students and I use media legally and ethically?

Digital citizenship skills are necessary for safe and ethical online and blended learning. Of course teachers need to directly teach students about digital citizenship, but they also need to model ethical creation, sharing and publishing on the Internet. One of the keys to modeling digital citizenship is understanding the difference between copyrighted and licensed content and that which is in the public domain.

What is copyrighted content?

What is licensed content?

What is public domain?

Once you recognize the differences, you then need to know ways in which you can (or cannot) use each type of content in your blended instruction.

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In a survey of teachers who flipped their classrooms,

99% reported they would flip their classrooms again next year

Source: http://www.flippedlearning.org/