CUE is leading the 2014 Connected Educator Month theme of Blended Learning
Blended learning, when implemented effectively, can transform teaching and result in more engaged learning. Throughout October, panels of blended learning experts will discuss what it takes to become a blended learning teacher and a blended learning school. Key elements for implementation, tools for teaching, leadership support systems, how to personalize learning for each student, and applying blended learning principles to common core implementation will all be shared. Join the weekly webinar/panels, Tweet Ups or discussions to enhance and share your blended learning knowledge as a classroom teacher, a school or district administrator, or interested educator. Together we can enhance all of our learning about blended learning leader and ultimately, better understand how to impact greater student achievement.
Weekly Activities and Leadership Opportunities
- Panel Discussion Webinar (Mondays – see topics below) – Looking for panel members
- Discussion Board Weekly Conversations – Join here via Linked In (All week) – Need discussion board leader
- Tweet Up as a follow up to the panel discussion – (#ce14 #blendedlearning) (times TBA) – Need Tweet Up leader
- Weekly blogpost – posted each week in response to the discussion topic. – Create your own blogpost and tag it #ce14 #blendedlearning
- Participants and Reflectors – Need people to participate and then provide reflections on October 27
- Pinterest Board – Help update the board
Weekly Blended Learning Tweetups
- What is blended learning? – Tuesday, October 7 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
- Blended Learning Teaching – Tuesday, October 14 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
- Blended Learning Leadership – Tuesday, October 21 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
- Reflections and Insights – Tuesday, October 28 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Panel 1: What is Blended Learning and What are the Best Implementation Strategies?
Monday, October 6, 7:00-8:30pm EST / 4:00-5:30 PST.
This webinar and panel discussion will first discuss what is and is not blended learning in the K-12 education with examples from schools and classrooms from across the nation. The panel will then address the various implementation strategies that are effective with blended learning and the elements needed to sustain a blended learning program in the long term to transform teacher and impact student achievement.
Panel Members: Allison Powell, iNACOL; Mike Lawrence, CUE; Rob Darrow, Blended Teacher Network; and Heather Staker, Christensen Institute. The webinar will be recorded and archived for viewing and listening at a later time.
Panel 2: Blended Learning and Teaching. What does it take to be an effective blended teacher?
Monday, October 13. 7:00-8:30pm EST / 4:00-5:30 PST.
What does it really mean to be a blended learning teacher? This webinar will feature teachers who have transformed into blended learning. They will share best practices regarding classroom management, personalizing learning for every student, ongoing data driven curriculum decision making, and the pedagogy required for a blended learning classroom. Also included will be the types of ongoing support that is needed to be successful in a blended learning classroom.
Panel 3: Blended Learning and Leadership. What are the best ways for administrators to support blended learning?
Webinar: Monday, October 20. 7:00-8:30pm EST / 4:00-5:30 PST.
This webinar and panel discussion will bring together administrative and teacher leaders who have implemented blended learning in their schools. Various topics for successful implementation including professional development, ongoing support, and structures for support will be shared. Whether you are thinking about blended learning, in your first year of blended learning or an experienced blended learning school, join this webinar to learn and share important leadership principles to sustain and maintain your program.
Panel 4: Reflections and Insights about Blended Learning
Webinar: Monday, October 27. 7:00-8:30 EST / 4:00-5:30 PST
The purpose of this webinar is for participants to share their insights and reflections about blended learning. In particular, reflecting on any of the activities from the Connected Educator Month blended learning strand. Whether you viewed a webinar recording, saw a Tweet, or participated in the discussion forum, join this webinar to share your reflections and insights.