Designing a Blended Learning Program

Ryan ElementaryYour school brought technology into the classroom, now you should see amazing results and improvements in learning, right? Not necessarily. Many schools have experienced the on-boarding of technology into their classrooms with minimal student results to show for it.

Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker explain in their book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, a process to make blended learning work in your school.

Step 1: Identify a goal/problem –  Identify a school-wide goal, or problem that needs to be solved.

Step 2: Organize a team –  Involve a support team to help teachers design their blended learning structure in the classroom.

Step 3: Design the student experience – View education from the students’ perspective, to see what they want to learn, which experiences motivate them to learn, and how schools can pull together the resources to enforce this.

Step 4: Design the teacher experience – Provide teachers with more opportunities to grow in their field by offering them recognition, providing team teaching, and giving them more authority.

Step 5: Align technology – Offer technology and devices that cater to both the student and teacher experiences.

Step 6 – Adjust the physical environment – Should the classroom setting be more traditional or more  tailored for blended learning? Adjust accordingly.

Step 7 – Execute – School leaders should monitor the blended learning experience in their schools, and make adjustments and changes to improve the experience.

Both Horn and Staker believe in using a well thought out design process to implement blended learning in schools, in the most effective way so that students are absorbing knowledge and teachers are adjusting their teaching styles accordingly. They believe that this  design process will help schools transition from the traditional model to one that is more student-centered. At ScootPad, we  have  carefully designed our learning platform to be highly personalized and adaptive for each student and teacher. ScootPad is here to make the blended learning transition easy for both students and teachers, by offering many features including the common core curriculum, adaptive learning paths, assignments and homework, instruction, formative assessments, proactive intervention, eBooks, behavior tracking, insights and reports, games, and this is all accessible 24/7, on any device, anywhere!


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