ReNEW PD Playlist

Blended Learning Rollout

Creator | Nate Kellogg

Date updated | June 2016

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Context

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Preparing for blended learning - the culture, habits, and day-to-day procedures - is critical to success. But what is blended learning, anyways?

Related skills or habits

Objectives

By the time you finish this playlist, you should be able to:

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What is blended learning?

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What are blended best practices?

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What is the station-rotation model?

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Culture: Basics

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Culture: Planning

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Resources

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Recommendations

Recommendation 1: Focus on culture first, technology last

If your kids don't touch a chromebook for  weeks, that is totally fine. They need to get used to how to move between stations, work at an independent station, ask for help, turn in and take out chromebooks, walk with chromebooks, open and close chromebooks, etc. before they are ready to actually use them. Technology will strengthen a good culture, but only worsen a negative culture.

Recommendation 2: Keep it simple

Your teachers need to get familiar with blended learning and how it is going to shift their teaching before they will feel comfortable with rolling out multiple stations. I would plan on keeping the two-station rotation simple, and only asking teachers to use ONE (maybe two) programs in the classes. Your innovators and early-adopters may be able to handle more, but make sure no one feels overwhelmed. Tech WILL stop working at times, so we want to have as much success with one program before we expand.

Recommendation 3: Leverage the veterans

You likely will have some folks who are experienced in teaching in a station rotation model, or at least in a blended learning environment. Lean on them. Empower them to lead the change in the building, and ask them for help with they think will work best knowing your kids, your school, and your situation.

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What is Blended Learning?

Video: What is Blended Learning?

Basic overview.

Website: renewinspires.org/blended

Read the definitions, and become familiar with the basics of blended learning.

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What are blended best practices?

Presentation: Blended Learning Keys to Success

Three important practices to ensure blended success.

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What is the station-rotation model?

Website: renewinspires.org/stationrotation

Get familiar with the basics of the station-rotation model. Watch a few videos, read up on what’s possible.

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Culture: Basics

Website: renewinspires.org/culture

Look around the resources so you're familiar with what resources are available.

Document: Guiding Questions for Blended Learning

Use the doc to help guide you as you determine what your needs for culture. This document must be submitted to earn your “Chromebook Rollout Badge.”

Document: DTA's Technology Expectations

Pick and choose what works for you and your kids.

Document: Aspire’s Blended Learning Handbook

Look for ideas on how to teach kids about stations and Chromebook use. Excellent resource includes 21 lesson plans to start your year. You will need to submit your lesson plans for roll-out to earn your “Chromebook Rollout Badge.”

Folder: Chromebooks - Resources

Example presentations, walk-throughs, and systems for rolling out Chromebooks.

Document: Chromebook Care: Rules to Live By

Example document for showing students how to care for their devices.

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Culture: Planning

Website: Stations - renewinspires.org/stations

Watch videos on different styles for stations and how they can be implemented. You'll also want to decide on structure and schedule for classes

Website: Transitions - renewinspires.org/transitions

Watch videos and decide on what kinds of transitions you'll want to norm on your team.

Website: Planning - renewinspires.org/planning

Read-up on how to plan for a blended learning classroom.

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