Craft a blended learning program tailor-made for yourstudents
Go Blended! is a practical implementation guide foreducators interested in getting blended learning off the ground.Author Liz Arney is a seasoned developer of blended learningprograms at Aspire Public Schools, and she also closelycollaborates with district and charter leaders from across thecountry on this work. Go Blended! offers boots-on-the-groundsupport for laying the foundation for a blended learning program inour schools and classrooms. Throughout the book teachers withblended learning experience share helpful tips and lesson plans tohelp educators make purposeful choices in using technology tofulfill students' needs without becoming an end in itself. Thisuseful guide also offers key documents and timelines to support ablended learning implementation and provides step-by-step practicaladvice for avoiding mistakes. Readers will gain expert insight intoboth the broad and narrow of blended transition, from sweepingconcepts like program goals to nitty-gritty details like teachingroutines around technology use.
Technology is rapidly changing the landscape of education;teacher effectiveness and student achievement are both tied to theability to adapt to new technology, and blended learning has becomea hot topic in schools across the nation. Go Blended! helpsschool leaders and teachers take their first steps toward blendedlearning, putting them in a better position to continuously adaptas the world changes. You'll learn how to:
- Investigate leadership and staff readiness to "goblended."
- Learn how to evaluate and purchase the right educationalsoftware.
- Keep the program's goals in mind throughout the developmentprocess.
- Teach lessons that set students up for success when usingclassroom technology.
- Tailor the program to the students, not the other wayaround.
Aspire's impressive track record of high performance, along witha growing body of evidence from blended schools across the nation,testifies to the reality that incorporating technology into theclassroom can improve student outcomes. But improved studentoutcomes will only occur when teachers and administratorsintentionally tailor technology and curricula to meet their goals.With Go Blended!, you can be confident that you're focusedon the ultimate goal of blended learning: increasing studentachievement.
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About the Author
LIZ ARNEY is the Director of Innovative Learning at Aspire Public Schools, where she is crafting and running blended learning implementations in close coordination with teachers, principals, IT teammates, and data and analysis teammates. Liz holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University and a master's degree in humanities from the University of Chicago.
Table of Contents
About the Author xv
About the Contributors xvii
PART 1 STARTING THE PROCESS: THE FUNDAMENTAL DECISIONS17
1 Identifying the Focus and Piloting 19
2 Determining School Readiness 32
3 Building the Team and Creating Buy-in 47
4 Recognizing and Planning for the Learning Curve 66
PART 2 PLANNING FOR IMPLEMENTATION: STRATEGIC DECISIONS ANDCONSIDERATIONS 77
5 Choosing Your Model and Crafting Your Pilots 79
6 Finding the Right Software and Hardware 85
7 Making Use of Student Data 107
8 Setting Up the Space 127
9 Getting Your Network Up to Speed 134
PART 3 LAUNCHING BLENDED: HELPING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS BESUCCESSFUL 147
10 Training Teachers and Other Leaders 149
11 Teacher Readiness and Classroom Readiness 158
12 Teaching Lessons to Support Blended Learning 170
13 Setting Up Your Classroom and Students for Success 181
14 Making Mistakes and Iterating to Improve the Work 205
A Blended Learning Analyst Job Description 223
B Blended Learning Teaching Assistant Job Description 227
C Director of Innovative Learning Job Description 230
D Sample Blended Learning Pilot Agreement 234
E Sample Project Plan 237
F Rocketship Curriculum Evaluation Rubric 245
G Teacher Self-Assessment: Blended Learning Readiness 250
H End-of-Year Teacher Survey Questions 252
I Sample Blended Newsletter 1 256
J Sample Blended Newsletter 2 257
K Sample Blended Learning Classroom Floor Plans 259
L Sample Common Core Weekly Schedule for
Grades K–2 Blended Learning Classrooms 261
M Sample Common Core Weekly Schedule for
Grades 3–5 Blended Learning Classrooms 265
N Twenty-One Lesson Plans for Implementing Blended Learning269