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Your blueprint for empowering students through personalized learning In today’s technologically-integrated world, blended learning is a natural fit for the elementary classroom, where many teachers already think flexibly about the learning environment, resources, and time in order to meet diverse student needs. As blended elementary classrooms become more common, teachers and administrators must develop a shared understanding of the characteristics of effective instruction in blended environments. This guide is designed to help K-5 teachers develop and carry out a plan for effective instruction in blended environments. Presented in a step-by-step workbook format, this resource identifies the competencies blended teachers need and strategies for development, culminating in a personalized implementation plan for successful blended instruction. Readers will • Take an in-depth look at the iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework, to foster a deeper understanding of the teacher proficiencies needed for effective blended learning environments. • Identify your own strengths and needs related to the blended teacher competencies. • Develop a personalized blueprint for designing and facilitating blended learning in your classrooms. • Tailor your needs and goals when it comes to maximizing instructional time, personalizing learning, empowering students, pursuing professional learning, and more. • Explore specific strategies and examples of blended learning in elementary classrooms, and reflect on your own plans for blended instruction. Making the shift to blended learning requires intentional planning and support. This workbook will guide you through the process of developing an actionable plan for blended learning in your classroom.

Expanding Your Toolbox
Expanding Your Toolbox

In this chapter, we will explore the following ways to expand your toolbox:

  • Designing collaborative learning experiences
  • Leveraging adaptive tools for self-paced learning
  • Amplifying student voice

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to complete the Expanding Your Toolbox section of your blended learning blueprint and answer the following questions:

  • How can you leverage technology to create collaborative learning opportunities?
  • How can you leverage technology to amplify student voice?
  • How can students use technology to connect with an authentic audience?
  • How can you leverage adaptive tools for self-paced learning?
  • Which technologies best support your vision for blended learning?
  • What criteria can help you evaluate new technologies?

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