Blended learning is an innovation that has the opportunity to transform the system of education. That is why I have put together all of the resources that I have created and utilized for introducing, supporting, implementing, and encouraging blended learning in the classroom.
This document is an introduction and proposal to implement blended learning in the classroom. It articulates how blended learning, a disruptive innovation, can be used to transform school administrators’, teachers’, and students’ experiences in the classroom.
This literature review discusses recent trends in emerging technologies that have and will continue to have a large impact on learning environments such as blended learning. The information in this document supports the implementation of blended learning in K-12 schools and higher education.
This document is a preliminary outline for implementing blended learning in the classroom. It has been designed to be implemented in a first grade self-contained bilingual classroom, but can easily be modified to meet the needs of other learning environments. This outline is still in progress and has not yet been finalized.
This video clip is a digital story narrative that (hopefully) encourages school administrators, teachers, and parents to embrace the innovation of blended learning. This link also includes a reflection of the process of writing, recording, creating, and editing the video clip.
All of these documents have been labeled under the category “Disruptive Innovation in Technology.”
Understanding and embracing change, disruptive innovation, and educational technology can be difficult to achieve at first. So, I have included an annotated bibliography of titles of books written by distinguished authors and experts in those areas. I recommend that the change agent (in this case, me), and his/her audience read and research such areas and others such as blended learning, the Station Rotation model, and online learning for further comprehension of such topics.
Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker (2015), ISBN: 9781118955154
Blended is a guide for designing, implementing, and assessing blended learning and its techniques in K-12 schools.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. (2008), ISBN: 9780345472328
Mindset discusses how the power of our beliefs can strongly affect what we want and whether we succeed in getting it.
A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown (2011), ISBN: 9781456458881
Thomas and Brown help the reader understand and embrace change brought about by digital technology.
Leading Change by John P. Kotter (2012), ISBN: 9781422186435
John P. Kotter explains the eight-step process for managing change with positive results for leaders and organizations.
Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson (2011), ISBN: 9780071749107
Horn, and Johnson discuss education in terms of Christensen’s theory of disruptive change using a variety of real-life examples that encourages new ideas, outside-of-the-box strategies, and success stories.
What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul and Jimmy Casas (2015), ISBN: 9781138832008
Whitaker, Zoul, and Casas explain and demonstrate how being a connected educator―by using social media to connect with peers—greatly enhances our own learning and our success in a school or classroom.
The information and resources that I have compiled are only the beginning argument of the long standing battle between the old and the new, pencils versus computers, and tradition versus innovation. I argue that we don’t get rid of one or the other, but balance them both in the K-12 classroom. I propose that we get the best of both worlds by implementing blended learning in the classroom. And the first step in achieving this is getting informed. I have only touched the surface of this controversial topic, but I won’t stop there. And I suggest, you don’t either.