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Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 : Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms - Catlin R. Tucker

Blended Learning in Grades 4-12

Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms

Paperback Published: 4th October 2012
ISBN: 9781452240862
Number Of Pages: 272

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Use technology to focus on your students!You've heard about blended learning, which mixes online learning with traditional classroom instruction. You have the support of your principal, the backing of your district, and you are ready to take the leap. Now what? In this step-by-step guide, teacher and education blogger Catlin Tucker outlines the process for integrating online discussion with face-to-face instruction in a way that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, works for your students, and allows you to focus your energy where it is most needed. Catin Tucker will teach you how to:Use the online environment to increase engagement and drive higher-order thinkingPrepare students for high-stakes exams without sacrificing class timeAssess online workPersonalize learning and differentiate lessonsMove toward flipped instruction, which shifts the focus of class time from teacher to studentWith concrete strategies, ready-to-use resources, and sample rubrics grounded in the Common Core State Standards, Blended Learning in Grades 4u12 is the ideal tool for the busy 21st-century teacher looking to create a student-centered classroom.

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"A must have for any teacher who wants to connect with students who are either reluctant to participate in class or who have everything to say. The book's tools provide a welcome segue into their terrain and show you how to master it. Included are many ideas and suggestions for bringing the Internet into your classroom and harnessing its power for the benefit of your students." -- Melody Aldrich, English Teacher and Department Chair
"This book comes at the right time with answers for teachers, principals, and schools who want to be on the cutting edge of the effective use of technology, the internet, and teacher pedagogy." -- Jim Anderson, Principal
"This book provides a wealth of information related to teaching in a blended classroom. Designed for 21st century educators, this text is a powerful and valuable resource for those that want to challenge, engage, and facilitate learning for all students." -- Judy Brunner, Clinical Faculty, Author, Consultant
"This book will appeal to a wide range of educators and provide them with the foundation for creating a perfect blend for their classrooms." -- David Callaway, 7th-Grade Social Studies Teacher
"This book will help teachers move their students online while maintaining effective teaching practices!" -- Cathy Bonneville Hix, K-12 Social Studies Specialist
Catlin Tucker takes on the questions that serve as teachers' biggest barriers in exploring what technology can bring to their professional experiences. Questions of assessment, time, and access, as well as practical suggestions for how to begin working with modern collaborative resources, serve to guide teachers through the philosophical and pedagogical challenges of exploring the promise of blended learning. -- Rushton Hurley, Executive Director
"In Blended Learning in Grades 4-12, Tucker takes on the questions that serve as teachers' biggest barriers to exploring what technology can bring to their professional experiences. Too often, exploration of educational technology is more about the tools than the learning, and consequently it is a pleasure to read this book in which inspiring and empowering students serves as the primary frame for discussion. The skilled examination of the larger question of how to teach well using whatever one has will make Tucker's book a valuable resource for teachers for a long time to come." -- Rushton Hurley, Executive Director
"This book shows teachers how to use technology and blended learning practices to blend online discussion with face-to-face classroom instruction." -- Midwest Book Review, September 2012

Web Tools Contentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
About the Authorp. xxv
The 21st Century Classroomp. 1
Crossing the Digital Dividep. 2
Developing 21st Century Skills Is Critical to Future Successp. 3
What Does the 21st Century Classroom Look Like?p. 5
Student-Centered Classroomp. 6
Chapter Summaryp. 7
Book Study Questionsp. 8
Referencesp. 9
Blended Learningp. 11
What Is Blended Learning?p. 11
Six Common Blended Learning Models Currently in Usep. 13
Emerging Blended Learning Model: Teacher-Designed Blendp. 14
10 Benefits of a Blended Learning Modelp. 16
Save Timep. 16
Save Moneyp. 16
Spend Less Time Gradingp. 16
Spend More Time in Class Doing What You Lovep. 17
Increase One-on-One Interactions With Studentsp. 17
Give Students Opportunities to Practice Standardized Exams Onlinep. 17
Facilitate Group Work That Worksp. 18
Communicate More Effectively With All Studentsp. 18
Build Community and Relationshipsp. 18
Have Funp. 18
Discussions Are Critical to a Successful Blended Learning Modelp. 18
Community-of-Inquiry Frameworkp. 22
Social Presencep. 22
Teaching Presencep. 22
Cognitive Presencep. 24
Chapter Summaryp. 24
Book Study Questionsp. 25
Referencesp. 26
The Role of the Teacher in a Blended Learning Modelp. 29
Choosing a Learning Platform or Learning Management Systemp. 30
Blackboardp. 31
Moodlep. 32
Edmodop. 32
Schoologyp. 32
Collaborize Classroomp. 32
Defining Your Role as Facilitatorp. 33
Silent Facilitator vs. Involved Facilitatorp. 35
Silent Facilitatorp. 35
Involved Facilitatorp. 36
Effectively Differentiate Instruction With Online Discussionsp. 38
Weaving Online Work Back Into the Classroomp. 41
Online Discussionsp. 41
Notes and Assignments Posted Onlinep. 41
Collaborative Group Workp. 42
Scientific Lab Groupsp. 42
Debatesp. 42
Chapter Summaryp. 42
Book Study Questionsp. 43
Referencesp. 44
The Art of Asking Questions Onlinep. 45
Encourage Conversations With Well-Chosen Questionsp. 46
Question Types That Foster Conversationp. 46
Subjective Questionsp. 46
Evaluative Questionsp. 46
Problem-Solving Questionsp. 47
Brainstorming Questionsp. 47
Debate Questionsp. 47
Consider These Sample Questionsp. 47
English Question Gridp. 48
History Question Gridp. 50
Science Question Gridp. 52
Math Question Gridp. 53
Question Types That Kill Conversationsp. 56
Factual Questionsp. 56
Information-Retrieval Questionsp. 56
Tips for Designing Strong Questionsp. 56
Begin With an Eye-Catching Titlep. 56
Embed Mediap. 57
Layer Your Questionsp. 57
Ask Controversial or Polarizing Questionsp. 58
Encourage Students to Make Connectionsp. 58
Be Flexiblep. 58
Focus on Topics of Interest to All Grade Levelsp. 58
What Does a Good Online Question Look Like?p. 59
Chapter Summaryp. 59
Book Study Questionsp. 60
Referencep. 60
Develop a Dynamic Learning Community Onlinep. 61
Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space Onlinep. 61
The Dos and Don'ts of Student Communication Onlinep. 62
Creating a Class Code of Conductp. 66
Visually Display Your Expectations for Participation on Your Sitep. 69
Building an Online Communityp. 70
Break the Ice Onlinep. 71
Five Student Icebreakers Adapted for an Online Communityp. 71
Five Parent-Student Icebreakers Adapted for an Online Communityp. 73
Start Simply to Cement Routines and Correct First Misstepsp. 75
Teach Students to Say Something Substantialp. 78
Chapter Summaryp. 82
Book Study Questionsp. 82
Referencesp. 84
Introduction to Chapters 6 Through 9p. 85
Chapters 6 Through 9 Are Based on the Following Assumptionsp. 86
Teaching the Common Core State Standards Using Blended Learningp. 87
Referencep. 68
English Language Artsp. 89
Common Core State Standards: Upper Elementary Englishp. 90
Grades 4-5 Reading Literature Standards Addressedp. 90
Grades 4-5 Writing Standards Addressedp. 91
Example Online Activity 6.1. What Does Minli Learn About Greed in the Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin?p. 92
Example Online Activity 6.2. Do You Prefer Reading "Casey at the Bat" or Listening to a Dramatic Reading of the Poem?p. 95
Common Core State Standards: Middle School Englishp. 98
Grades 6-8 Reading Literature Standards Addressedp. 98
Grades 6-8 Writing Standards Addressedp. 99
Example Online Activity 6.3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Do You Think the Boycott of the Wallace's Store Was the Best Way for the African American Community to Fight Racism?p. 100
Example Online Activity 6.4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: How Does Guilt Motivate Action in the Novel?p. 103
Common Core State Standards: High School Englishp. 105
Grades 9-12 Reading Literature Standards Addressedp. 106
Grades 9-12 Writing Standards Addressedp. 106
Example Online Activity 6.5. A Raisin in the Sun: What a Difference a Film Can Make!p. 107
Example Online Activity 6.6. Fahrenheit 451: Transition From Reading to Burning …p. 110
Chapter Summaryp. 112
Book Study Questionsp. 113
Referencesp. 114
History/Social Studiesp. 115
Common Core State Standards: Upper Elementary History/Social Studiesp. 116
Grades 4-5 Reading Information Standards Addressedp. 116
Grades 4-5 Writing Standards Addressedp. 117
Example Online Activity 7.1. Early United States History: Research Pre-Columbian Settlementsp. 118
Example Online Activity 7.2. Boston Massacre: Should This Event Be Called a Massacre?p. 120
Common Core State Standards: Middle School History/Social Studiesp. 122
Grades 6-8 Literacy in History/Social Studies Standards Addressedp. 122
Grades 6-8 Writing Standards Addressedp. 123
Example Online Activity 7.3. Read and Listen to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech: Has King's Dream Come True?p. 124
Example Online Activity 7.4. "Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: Address to Parliament on May 13, 1940" by Winston Churchillp. 127
Common Core State Standards: High School History/Social Studiesp. 129
Grades 9-12 History/Social Studies Literacy Standards Addressedp. 129
Grades 9-12 Writing Standards Addressedp. 130
Example Online Activity 7.5. George Washington's "Farewell Address" (1796): Analyzing the Forces That Threaten the Nation's Stabilityp. 131
Example Online Activity 7.6. Frankin D. Roosevelt's "State of the Union Address": Should the United States Have Entered World War II?p. 133
Chapter Summaryp. 136
Book Study Questionsp. 137
Sciencep. 139
Common Core State Standards: Upper Elementary Sciencep. 139
Grades 4-5 Reading Information Standards Addressedp. 140
Grades 4-5 Writing Standards Addressedp. 140
Example Online Activity 8.1. After Reading Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet, Do You Think the Government Should Spend Money to Explore Mars?p. 141
Example Online Activity 8.2. What Causes Hurricanes?p. 144
Common Core State Standards: Middle School Sciencep. 147
Grades 6-8 Literacy in Science Standards Addressedp. 148
Grades 6-8 Writing Standards Addressedp. 148
Example Online Activity 8.3. Energy Flow in an Ecosystem: Producers, Consumers, and Decomposersp. 149
Example Online Activity 8.4. Density and Buoyancy: Sink or Float?p. 151
Common Core State Standards: High School Sciencep. 153
Grades 9-12 Science Literacy Standards Addressedp. 154
Grades 9-12 Writing Standards Addressedp. 154
Example Online Activity 8.5. A. Cell Biology: Prokaryotic Cell or Eukaryotic Cell?p. 155
Example Online Activity 8.6. Debate: Do You Think Cloning Should Be Banned?p. 157
Chapter Summaryp. 159
Book Study Questionsp. 160
Mathp. 163
Common Core State Standards: Upper Elementary Mathp. 164
Grades 4-5 Math Standards Addressedp. 164
Grades 4-5 Writing Standards Addressedp. 165
Example Online Activity 9.1. How Would Graphing Points on a Coordinate Plane Help Solve Real-World Problems?p. 165
Example Online Activity 9.2. Design a Word Problem: Multiplying Fractions to Solve Real-World Problemsp. 168
Common Core State Standards: Middle School Mathp. 171
Grades 6-8 Math Standards Addressedp. 171
Grades 6-8 Writing Standards Addressedp. 171
Example Online Activity 9.3. Design a Survey, Take a Random Sampling, and Make a Generalizationp. 172
Example Online Activity 9.4. Real-Life Ratiosp. 174
Common Core State Standards: High School Mathp. 176
Grades 9-12 Math Standards Addressedp. 176
Grades 9-12 Writing Standards Addressedp. 177
Example Online Activity 9.5. Which Is More Dangerous-Men's Rugby or Women's Cheerleading?p. 177
Example Online Activity 9.6. Algebra: How Much Is College Going to Cost You?p. 180
Chapter Summaryp. 182
Book Study Questionsp. 183
Referencep. 184
Flip Your Instruction With Online Discussionsp. 185
What Is the Flipped Classroom?p. 185
"Homework" in the Hipped Classroom Modelp. 187
Strategies for Hipping Instructionp. 189
What Happens in the Hipped Classroom?p. 191
How Can I Lesson Plan for the Hipped Classroom Model?p. 192
What If Students Don't Do Their Homework?p. 192
Tips for Successfully Hipping Your Classroomp. 194
"Don't Reinvent the Wheel"p. 194
Break Up Online Lecturep. 195
Check for Understanding With a Variety of Assessments in Classp. 195
Chapter Summaryp. 198
Book Study Questionsp. 199
Referencep. 200
Assessing Work Onlinep. 201
Managing Online Participationp. 203
Rubricsp. 206
Online Discussion Rubricp. 206
Group Work Rubricp. 207
Upper Elementary Rubricsp. 208
Middle School Rubricsp. 211
High School Rubricsp. 215
Preparing Students for High-Stakes Examsp. 219
Standardized Exam Preparationp. 220
Released Test Questions Onlinep. 221
Chapter Summaryp. 224
Book Study Questionsp. 225
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9781452240862
ISBN-10: 1452240868
Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 4th October 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54

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