Winters Module 6

April 15, 2015
Module 6 - Alternative Instructional Methods
As teachers in the School2Home program focus on CCSS and how students can meet them, it is important for them to know about alternative instructional methods for student learning. Since each child has a device, it is easier to include these alternative methods in everyday instruction. This module addresses an alternative for classroom instruction when NOT every child has a device.

Objectives: Teachers will

  • become familiar with the concepts of blended learning and flipped classrooms.
  • practice using technology to create instructional videos for possible inclusion in a flipped or blended lesson/unit.
  • become familiar with rotation as a good blended learning strategy.



Blended learning opening Activity: Introduction to blended learning

1) Facilitator shows a short video describing blended learning.

2) Teachers discuss at tables the positive and negatives of blended learning.

Edutopia Blended Learning video

Activity: Model of rotation using Digital Citizenship as content focus: Digital Footprint Lesson from Common Sense Media

Rotation experience: digital citizenship is the topic.

  • Direct instruction: Abbas video;

  • Technology: scenario from Common Sense (host choices);

  • Hands-on: making your digital footprint

Model:  Whole group instructions by a teacher  making sure deliverables are clear and concrete.  3 rotations of 15 minutes each, debrief of session.  All teachers asked to reflect with one teacher selected to orally present.

Digital Citizenship- Redux  Digital Footprint

Abbas video

Common Sense Media Lesson Plan focused on Digital Footprint

Activity: Convert a lesson you currently teach to a blended learning rotation model lesson.  Convert your lesson to a 3 station rotation

Model:  Whole group instructions by a teacher  making sure deliverables are clear and concrete.  3 rotations of 15 minutes each, debrief of session.  All students asked to reflect

Rotation experience:

  • Direct instruction: what would you use, say, show?

  • Technology: Have students critique a video? Evaluate a web site or two?

  • Hands-on: Making something?  Write a summary of a reading selection using close reading strategies?

Teacher Planning- Working with shoulder buddy to modify one lesson you currently teach.

Write on chart paper


Activity: Magic Moment  Gallery Walk 

Critique each other’s lessons


Reflection: Session evaluation  Emphasize reciprocality of/ interdependence of classroom use and home use.  If not textbooks then going paperless.



Next steps:

  • Teachers create/revise a few lessons with the rotation map included
    Teachers present the lesson and reflect on its success
    Teachers continue using a rotation method for differentiation and student-engaged learning.


Follow-up suggestions:

  • Coaches continue conversations about blended and flipped classroom, providing implementation models.
    PD regarding other tools for screencasting.
    PD or other methods of providing resources for blended learning and flipped classroom.


Screencastify: Speak to Gina about this.


Next Meeting:  April 29 Module 8 Daily Activities and Celebration!

June 1  ISTE Standards:  Module 5 (smaller group) 


Module 6: Using Technology to Support Blended Learning 


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