Blending It Together

Blending It Together

Blended learning is an innovation that has the chance to transform the educational system. I have put together all of the resources that I have created and utilized for introducing, supporting, implementing, and encouraging blended learning in the classroom.

Change In The Classroom: My Innovation Plan

This document is an introduction and proposal that I created to implement blended learning in the classroom. It defines how blended learning which is a disruptive innovation can be used to transform an entire schools’ classroom experience.

Literature Review

My literature review discusses current trends in emerging technologies that have and will continue to have a large impact on learning environments such as blended learning. The information in this document supports the implementation of blended learning in K-12 schools and higher education.

Implementation Outline: The Station Rotation Model via Blended Learning

This is my preliminary outline for implementing blended learning in the classroom. It has been designed to be implemented in a 5th grade self-contained classroom, but it can also be modified to meet the needs of other learning environments.

 

My Digital Story

This video clip is a digital story will hopefully  encourage school administrators, teachers, and parents to embrace the innovation of blended learning. This link also includes a reflection of the process of writing, recording, creating, and editing the video clip.

All of these documents can be found on my E-Portfolio site: Miss Tyna Williams

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Understanding and embracing change, introducing the idea of disruptive innovation, and incorporating  technology can be difficult to achieve at first. So, I have included an annotated bibliography of titles of books written by distinguished authors and experts in those areas. I recommend  that these books are researched to further understanding and comprehension of such topics.

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker (2015), ISBN: 9781118955154

Blended is a guide for designing, implementing, and assessing blended learning and its techniques in K-12 schools.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. (2008), ISBN: 9780345472328

Mindset discusses how the power of our beliefs can strongly affect what we want and whether we succeed in getting it.

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown (2011), ISBN: 9781456458881

Thomas and Brown help the reader understand and embrace change brought about by digital technology.

Leading Change by John P. Kotter (2012), ISBN: 9781422186435

John P. Kotter explains the eight-step process for managing change with positive results for leaders and organizations.

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learnsby Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson (2011), ISBN: 9780071749107

Horn, and Johnson discuss education in terms of Christensen’s theory of disruptive change using a variety of real-life examples that encourages new ideas, outside-of-the-box strategies, and success stories.

What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul and Jimmy Casas (2015), ISBN: 9781138832008

Whitaker, Zoul, and Casas explain and demonstrate how being a connected educator―by using social media to connect with peers—greatly enhances our own learning and our success in a school or classroom.

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The information and resources that I have compiled is only the beginning argument of the long standing battle between the traditional vs the modern, pencils vs computers, and tradition versus innovation. I argue that it is not necessary to just discontinue one or the other but just simply balance them both in the K-12 classroom.

I propose that we get the best of both worlds by implementing blended learning in the classroom. And the first step in achieving this is getting informed. I have only touched the surface of this controversial topic, but trust me I will not stop and I suggest you get on board and let’s sail away to endless possibilities with blended learning.

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