Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blended Learning Video Featuring BHS Teachers

For the past three years, a group of Barrington 220 teachers have been learning about and implementing blended learning strategies in the classroom. Blended learning is learning delivered partly online and partly face to face,with some student control over time, place, path, and/or pace of the learning (adapted from the Clayton Christensen Institute, 2017).

Among the blended learning strategies originally defined by Horn and Staker (2014), the three blended learning models that we have observed most frequently in classrooms have included:
  • Flipped Classroom Model—Students participate in online learning outside of school instead of traditional homework and attend class for face-to-face, teacher-guided practice or projects.
  • Station Rotation Model—Students rotate through different learning stations in a classroom or schedule with at least one online learning station.
  • Flex Model—Students learn using both online and face-to-face learning options in a schedule customized by the teacher.
Next school year, the Barrington High School course catalog will include several blended learning options for students. To assist our students and parents in understanding how blended learning works in practice, we have enlisted the help of three Barrington High School teachers to create a video to help explain the three primary blended models we currently use. Sincere thanks to Cary Waxler, Ty Gorman, Tom Bredemeier, and the students in some of their classes.


Blended Learning 2017 Spanish version



References

Clayton Christensen Institute. (2017). Blended learning definitions. Retrieved from www.christenseninstitute.org/blended-learning-definitions-and-models

Horn, M. B. & Staker, H. (2014). Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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