How To Use This Book
This book is your guide to blended teaching in K-12 settings. It was designed to help both pre-service and in-service teachers prepare for blended teaching.
The book can be accessed in several different formats at http://edtechbooks.org/k12blended.
It is not a comprehensive guide to blended teaching practices. As more K-12 schools and teachers adopt a blended approach to learning, what we know about effective practice continues to evolve. However, this book can help you get started and can lead you to more resources to build and support your blended teaching.
The figure of a building with four pillars represents the core organization of the book. This book begins by orienting you to the foundational dispositions and skills needed to support your blendedteaching practice. Then you will be introduced to four key competencies for blended teaching represented by the pillars of (1) online integration, (2) datapractices, (3) personalization,and (4) online interaction. The chaptersaround these four pillars do not have to be read in order, though we have put them in the order that we think makes the most logical sense.In addition, we have added the following features in this book to help you get the most out of this book. Below is an explanation of each feature and the ways that it will benefit your learning.
External Content Features
Readiness Survey - Each chapter begins with a link to a briefself-assessment. The survey should take you 2–3 minutes. It will provide you with a sense of your current aptitude for blended teaching specific to each area.
Video Examples - There are also videos throughoutthe book that will help you see specific examples of the skills taught in the chapter in practice.
Web Resources - Theexternal web resources are provided as helpful illustrative guides that will to enhance your understanding of the skills taught in each chapter .
Review - At the end of each chapter you will find a review challenge. This challenge will help you to check your understanding of the main concepts within the chapter.
Plan – Also included are severalpractical planning prompts. They are intended to help you plan lessons and activities that utilize the knowledge and skills addressed in the chapter.
Build – In addition, each chapter has a few real-world challenges that will help you create an activity and/or assessment that can be used in a blended lesson.
Go for the Badge!-This feature provides you with the opportunity to earn badges, micro-credentials (or mini certifications), for each of the competencies in chapters 2 through 5.
As you complete the badges for each section, you will be building your own Blended Teaching Roadmap. The badge for chapter 6 can be earned through completing tasks that illustrate your ability to put all the skillsfrom chapters 2 through 5 together.
Feedback - Each chapter has a link where you can provide specific feedback to the authors about the chapter. This book was created as a free resource for youand many others. We would love to hear your ideas about how the book might be improved. We would even love to receiveexamples from your experience with blended teaching. Your feedback can help improve the experience for future teachers who use this resource.
We hope you enjoy your journey!
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