A Handbook for Blending Technology in SchoolseBook - 2015
Go Blended! is a practical implementation guide foreducators interested in getting blended learning off the ground.Author Liz Arney is a seasoned developer of blended learningprograms at Aspire Public Schools, and she also closelycollaborates with district and charter leaders from across thecountry on this work. Go Blended! offers boots-on-the-groundsupport for laying the foundation for a blended learning program inour schools and classrooms. Throughout the book teachers withblended learning experience share helpful tips and lesson plans tohelp educators make purposeful choices in using technology tofulfill students' needs without becoming an end in itself. Thisuseful guide also offers key documents and timelines to support ablended learning implementation and provides step-by-step practicaladvice for avoiding mistakes. Readers will gain expert insight intoboth the broad and narrow of blended transition, from sweepingconcepts like program goals to nitty-gritty details like teachingroutines around technology use.
Technology is rapidly changing the landscape of education;teacher effectiveness and student achievement are both tied to theability to adapt to new technology, and blended learning has becomea hot topic in schools across the nation. Go Blended! helpsschool leaders and teachers take their first steps toward blendedlearning, putting them in a better position to continuously adaptas the world changes. You'll learn how to:Investigate leadership and staff readiness to "goblended." Learn how to evaluate and purchase the right educationalsoftware. Keep the program's goals in mind throughout the developmentprocess. Teach lessons that set students up for success when usingclassroom technology. Tailor the program to the students, not the other wayaround.
Aspire's impressive track record of high performance, along witha growing body of evidence from blended schools across the nation,testifies to the reality that incorporating technology into theclassroom can improve student outcomes. But improved studentoutcomes will only occur when teachers and administratorsintentionally tailor technology and curricula to meet their goals.With Go Blended! , you can be confident that you're focusedon the ultimate goal of blended learning: increasing studentachievement.