My overall plan is to pilot a blended learning station rotation model. This would allow differentiation and students to learn at their own pace. Students will have an opportunity to learn through online resources, peer collaboration, teacher facilitation, and student led instruction. When students are given choices this gives them control over their learning. I have done extensive research that shows when students have control over their learning they are more engaged and increases their learning.
My classroom is already equipped with computers and other technology essentials needed in order to begin this blended learning model. The online resources can be uploaded into the Learning Management System for students to have access at home or during class 24 hours a day. These resources will be created and tailored for a specific lesson or content. Five phases will be essential to pilot the blended learning model seamlessly.
Phase 1: Examine Content June - August 2017 This phase will be completely focused on content and the most important concepts of students learning. This phase will be dependent on curriculum goals, and set the foundation for the rest of the implementation. 1. June 2017 determine what the most important concepts for students to be learning in Unit 1 Word & Unit 2 Access 2. July 2017 determine what the most important concepts for students to be learning in Unit 3 Excel & Unit 4 PowerPoint
Phase 2: Gather Resources August - September 2017 In this phase time will be spent evaluating the content and where online learning would best fit in with the curriculum. Extensive time will be spent creating, developing, and discovering videos and other online options. Assessments will be inserted to determine if a student has mastered a concept and is ready to move to the next lesson. This is predicted to take 2-3 months. 1. August 2017 research or develop videos to implement for the Unit 1 (taught in September 2017) and include relevant assessments, allowing students to progress to the next unit. 2. September 2017 research or develop videos to implement for the Unit 2 (taught in October & November 2017) and include relevant assessments, allowing students to progress to the next unit. 3. September 2017 insert options for students projects, for content covered in October - December 2017.
Phase 3: Pilot Blended Learning August 2017 - May 2018 1. The first part of this phase will be to initiate a blended learning model starting in the Fall 2017-2018 at least one day per week. a) August 2017 a newsletter will be sent to parents indicating the additional blended learning environment b) Submit monthly updates to be included in PTA newsletter or district technology newsletter. c) August 2017 students will set SMART goals to indicate their individualized learning. d) September 2017 meet with principal to set blended learning model as a yearly goal for 2017-2018 school year, which will include an implementation timeline. e) Evaluate after each blended learning lesson, what worked well and what did not. Then make changes accordingly to be ready for the next year. 2. During the second semester, the blended learning model will be included at least 2-3 days per week.
Phase 4: Feedback and AdjustmentsMay - August 2018 1. May 2018 meet with principal to evaluate blended learning goals and discuss what success and struggles that were observed throughout the year. 2. May 2018 students are given an anonymous survey to answer questions regarding what they liked and did not like about blended learning. And what they would like to see in the future with technology in the classroom. 3. Use the feedback from collaboration and survey to make changes for the following year.
Phase 5: School Wide Initiative August 2018 - May 2019 1. August 2018 training sessions will be lead during Professional Development with teachers interested in using blended learning in their classroom. a) Explain the benefits of blended learning in the classroom. b) Present student, parent, and teacher feedback regarding the previous year. c) Indicate any tangible results showing the increased level of student learning. 2. Set up monthly meetings to meet with staff to discuss any struggles and positive examples of student learning in the classroom.