Dec 4, 2014

#aesa14 Work Life: Implementing hybrid learning in classrooms: Innovative partnership between ESA's and school districts

Implementing hybrid learning in classrooms: Innovative partnership between ESA's and school districts

Why I chose this:
As we move to help schools comply with Act 1280 (Digital Learning Act), it's important to keep searching for new, innovative ways to bring hybrid digital learning to our students. I am hoping to learn some tricks, tips, and strategies.

What was covered:

IU13 (Pennsylvania) does not get money from state nor from local districts - grants, marketplace initiatives

Technology Integration, 1-1 and BYOD, interest in online learning + IU12 focus on marketplace growth and school needs, focus on 21st century skills = new opportunities for beneficial partnerships.

PA Hybrid Learning Initiative formed in 2011. Partnership between ESA, businesses and higher ed

Participating districts included member districts and others around the state; also did some PD about hybrid but not part of the overall program.

Hybrid Learning
Takes two things (teacher trained in instruction, meshing with online media) to provide a strategy for instruction.

Seeks to improve academic performance by increasing student engagement and motivating students to succeed.

Rotates students among different learning stations with digital and face-to-face instruction to differentiate a student's education.

How do we change the traditional classroom design/layout?

Students during pilot program helped get their non-participating teachers to implement the station rotation method even without the tools and technology.

The program has grown, the ESA provides the PD to help schools implement the program. It is a huge instructional change. Instruction should be driven by the data the teachers get. Three stations are Independent, Direct, and Collaboration.

Difference: students work at home with online content and rest of time is traditional instruction. Everybody gets the same instruction. In hybrid, instruction changes based on what's happening in each station. Ex: if they have mastered something, why keep teaching it?

Direct Instruction
Personalized Learning

Hybrid is efficient and effective because it is based on data teachers read everyday and make changes for each day.

Tools are needed to get and analyze the data.

Fits in current classroom. Students are grouped, desks rearranged, etc

Must have accountability built-in to each station, activity.

Hybrid Agenda (photo):

Direct instruction does NOT mean teaching the same material.
Teacher is remediating, extending knowledge
Could use a curved table, sit among students - personal rapport
  • Formative assessment, Poll everywhere, padlet
  • Direct Instruction
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Group Work
  • Compare and Contrast activities
  • Quizzes
  • Exit Ticket
Not always mean they are online
Different types of contents - skill-based, instruction, etc
  • Writing Prompts
  • Reflection
  • Discussion forums
  • Journaling
  • Interactive websites
  • Flipped Lesson
  • Assigned Websites and YouTube, etc
This is NOT worksheets!
Authentic projects - 2wk-to-4wk projects.
Highest part of their grade.
Generally, group table setting. Show students HOW to work together, build activities that help them learn.
  • Authentic projects
  • STEM-based projects
  • Range from few days to full 9 wks
  • Graded most weight
  • Have check points to make students accountable
Teachers become connection to how the students will use that new learning in the real world. Make it relevant to students.

Student results:
  • 40% had better grades than non-HL classes in previous year
  • 33% had better grades in current year
  • 65% were satisfied or very satisfied with HL class
  • 60% reported learning more and/or more easily in hybrid setting
Build financially stable product:
  • Business plan for each dept - put it in content, then tech
  • Effective pricing ($850/day at 40 days, but can work out other options)
  • Partnering where possible or makes sense
  • Leverage grants and revenue - in-house R&D, grants, fee for service
  • Develop associated services through ongoing convos with schools
  • Held accountable by the deliverables
  • (in-house R&D fund something built up to provide start-up cash for projects)
  • Ultimate goal is get the set up, then fade away

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