Ashlie O’Connor is an Instructional Technology and Data Coach for the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District and Alcona Community Schools itself. In our conversation, we talked about her efforts to help teachers establish digital communication channels with parents and we got practical about student data collection, interpretation and the practicality of personalized learning with it.
After going through the struggles of a first-year math teacher, Andrew sought to create opportunities for his students that focused more on value and less on one-size, fit-all tasks. Before blended learning was a buzzword, he was developing online environments that gave students greater control over place, pace, path and time.
I really enjoyed connecting with teachers across the country to hear about their experiences with blended learning and to talk about my own experiences. One of the key topics of conversation was the idea of using LMS student generated data to inform decision making. This is one of the most thoughtful and substantive conversations focusing on this topic that I’ve taken part in.
High school science teacher and MAET student, Kim Owens (@KimOwochta) invited Jeff and I to be a part of one of the Bridge Webinar Series on the topic of developing digital literacy skills in students, why it is important, and practical advice for teachers going forward. Viewers and participants walked away from this conversation with practical ideas. More importantly, we were energized about the importance of these efforts.
The purpose of this roundtable was to explore designing the physical environment of a classroom to maximize blended learning practices. With students taking greater ownership in their learning, they need a work-space that better facilitates their study habit needs. We explored how we might design for these accommodations.
Blended learning teachers are creating learning environments that utilize online tools to expand when and where students are able to learn. Community libraries can provide a safe environment, computers with internet access and other digital resources to support blended learning away from the classroom.
Recently, Dave and I made the two-mile trek from the MVU office up to Red Cedar Elementary to meet up with Mary Wever (@WeverWorld) and her student teacher Deedee Stasiak (@MissStasiak). We’re always eager to get out to schools to visit with teachers who are doing great things with blended learning. Mary and Deedee really fit that bill.
While watching a Ted Talk that discused how learning to skateboard differs from traditional learning, I began to think of the customization that blended learning can help provide to learners and how that really mimics the skateboard learning process.