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Blended Instruction and Blended Learning

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Peter Arashiro

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Blended Instruction and Blended Learning
There are 2 outcomes that must be the result of blended instruction and blended learning:
Allowing teachers to increase their capacity to reach every student (
Allowing students to increase their capacity as learners (
Dynamic Content for MyBlend website
Need to start thinking about ideas and curing articles to build up a set of ready to go content!

Content should be tied into the three themes.

Sources to include:
Blogs/RSS Feeds
Blog writers
Twitter trends
Own writing

Items from MVLRI clearinghouse?
To achieve these outcomes, students need to be able to control the
of instruction when necessary, and teachers must have available a wide
of appropriate content and lessons that can meet student's learning needs.
Practice/Formative Assessments
Formative assessments in the form of "checking for understanding" will determine if students will need more or different kinds of explanations and demonstrations.
Practice that is designed to strengthen or build knowledge and skills (different than checking for understanding) will start at a easy or novice level and progress in difficulty or challenge to meet student's level.
Instructional and Learning Decisions and Interventions

Scenarios -

Student: "This lesson isn't making sense to me. I want to choose a different lesson that explains this stuff."

Teacher: "I see why you're having difficulty understanding this lesson. Try this one instead."

Teacher: "I see why you're having difficulty. Let me explain it to you."

System: After scoring at a certain level on a quiz, the system recommends additional lesson or content that will appropriately address student's knowledge or skill gap.
Differentiation, Personalization, and Customization - What are we talking about?
(differentiated instruction) - The ability to provide instruction to students based on what they need.

Watch this abbreviated presentation by Carol Ann Tomlinson where she talks about differentiation. Take note of how what she says directly relates to the concepts of increasing a teacher's capacity to reach every student, increasing a student's capacity to learn, personalization, customization, pace, and checking for understanding. - http://www.tubechop.com/watch/2735837

- A teacher or a system knows enough about where students are in their learning to provide appropriate instruction or appropriate learning activities.

- A student chooses material or instruction from a selection of content or learning activities designed to help them achieve specific outcomes.

Personalization vs. Customization
- http://www.slideshare.net/write2vin/user-experience-issues-personalization-vs-customization-presentation

Teacher's Workbench

Easy to insert content to build lesson.
Easy to sequence content to build lesson.
Easy to create content.
Materials are portable and interoperable with or without LMS.
Easy to import to MyK12LOR.
Materials are easy to integrate into personalized lessons.
Materials are easy to assign to students.
Easy to access tools
Single sign on?
Google sign on?
Formative assessments?

Michigan K12 LOR

Authoring platform
Tied to LOR
(viii) Research and establish an internet-based platform that educators can use to create student-centric learning tools and resources and facilitate a user network that assists educators in using the platform. As part of this initiative, the Michigan virtual university shall work collaboratively with districts and intermediate districts to establish a plan to make available online resources that align to Michigan's K-12 curriculum standards for use by students, educators, and parents.
(9) As used in this section:

"Blended learning"
means a hybrid instructional delivery model where pupils are provided content, instruction, and assessment, in part at a supervised educational facility away from home where the pupil and a teacher with a valid Michigan teaching certificate are in the same physical location and in part through internet-connected learning environments with some degree of pupil control over time, location, and pace of instruction.

"Cyber school"
means a full-time instructional program of online courses for pupils that may or may not require attendance at a physical school location.

"Digital learning"
means instruction delivered via a web-based educational delivery system that uses various information technologies to provide a structured learning environment, including online and blended learning instructional methods.

"Online course"
means a course of study that is capable of generating a credit or a grade, that is provided in an interactive internet-connected learning environment, in which pupils are separated from their teachers by time or location, or both, and in which a teacher who holds a valid Michigan teaching certificate is responsible for determining appropriate instructional methods for each pupil, diagnosing learning needs, assessing pupil learning, prescribing intervention strategies, reporting outcomes, and evaluating the effects of instruction and support strategies.
Tagging - Metadata
LRMI Standard
Case Studies http://www.lrmi.net/the-specification/use-cases
LRMI Content Developer's guide
- http://www.lrmi.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/lrmi_lr_guide.pdf
LRMI Sandbox Node
- http://www.lrmi.net/lrmi-prepares-to-launch-sandbox-node
OER Commons http://wiki.creativecommons.org/images/d/d6/OERCommons_Schema_LRMI_Map.pdf
inBloom Tagger Tool
based on LRI (learning resources initiative) 1.1 (current is 2.0) -
Examples in the field:
Illinois Shared Learning Environment
(ISLE) http://ioer.ilsharedlearning.org/
Learning Registry
data and LRMI standards
OER Commons - Open Author
inBloom Search Tool
Search and Discovery
Upload and Register
schema.org and Google custom search
rich snippets
- https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1211158?hl=en
search tools
Example from Duke Libraries
"reach every student"
Lesson Options
Explanation - Demonstration
Explanation - Demonstration - Check for Understanding
Bloom - Merrill Content Outcome Search
Common Objectives List
(loaded to domain)

Searchable Objects tied to Common Objectives
(via subscription)

School Domain
Objectives-based Content
School Domain
School Domain
How do I search for school-specific Objectives and Content tied to these objectives? Is the answer to add custom objectives to the domain?


How do I share content tied to objectives with others in the same school group? Is the answer to add custom objectives to the domain?


How do I add school-specific objectives so they are importable by teachers that belong to my school? Is the answer to add custom objectives to the domain?


Partner Domain
Common Core
User (subscriber)
Domain (subscriber)
Course (content)
Domain (content)
Differentiation Targets
Content for Understanding
Content for Practice
Student Performance Data
What are they doing?

When Does Differentiation Take Place?

What does differentiation look like at each phase?
Structure folder based on lesson plan to model lesson flow in classroom

Teaching Scenarios
Teachers start lesson in class
Teachers flip lesson

Explanation and Demonstrations
Explanation and Demonstration - Check for understanding.

A variety of ways to show and tell students what they are supposed to learn. The variety should be based on student's current level of understanding; what they bring to the learning situation.

Examples (simple to complex) are key.

Sesame Street does a good job of this; providing different ways to explain concepts in an engaging manner.
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