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Heather Staker is the founder and president of Ready to Blend, a research initiative focused on helping educators and families use blended learning to improve the achievement and well-being of K-12 children. She is also an adjunct fellow for the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a nonprofit think tank that promotes disruptive innovation in education and health care.

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Blending Online Learning Into Schools 

As it grows, blended learning is evolving into seven models: Station Rotation, Lab Rotation, Flipped Classroom, Individual Rotation, Flex, a la Carte, and Enriched Virtual. Educators who want to get started with blended learning should begin with one of these basic models. From there, customize and combine models to suit your specific needs.

Which model works the best? The answer depends on your circumstances. Each model has succeeded in certain settings and failed in others. To help determine the best match for your context, a few observations related to each model are worth bearing in mind. Read More→

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Designing a Blended Learning Program

All too often schools cram computers into their classrooms — to the tune of $100 billion over the last several decades in the United States — with little to show for it in the way of student results.  So how can educators capture the promise of blended learning while avoiding the pitfalls? Read More →

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6 Comments on "Blended Learning with Heather Staker"

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Wow, finally a real model for what this can look like. I’ve been worried for too long that this is simply a computer in front of my child. I need to learn more. thank you

Jim Gonzalez
I wonder what it will take for the school system to adapt? Will it have to be a slow process of teaching the adults how to use the technology so the kids don’t get frustrated? Will it be slow because the tech infrastructure will always be behind what is possible? Will it be slow because we have read too much Ray Bradbury and are afraid of what technology will mean for the future? When do we turn a corner and recognize its a gift to be embraced? How do we make this a faster shift where we all get there… Read more »
Penelope Chow

What is the cost of blended learning? Aside from the money spent on technology, what are the kids losing when they get content mostly online? What does it mean for the credibility and value of teachers? 20 years from now, what we will be blame blended learning for? I love the possibilities of what blended learning can offer, but do we really know what it will cost?

TJ Hoffman
The thing that excites me most about the blended learning model is the choice it affords students and teachers. As educators release control over information dissemination, we have the opportunity to become architects of learning. When educators make that transition, the classroom becomes a more vibrant and innovative place. This is a scary process for many teachers, but worth the effort. Allowing technology to do some of the “grunt work” of teaching (lecture, grading etc), gives teachers the time to really engage with students, get to know their abilities and learning styles, and make choices about their classroom. One key… Read more »
Wendy Hankins

Can not wait to learn more about blending learning tomorrow! Love the facet that it focuses on differentiated learning while using technology too!

Al Chow

Heather and Scott talked today about Support vs Change. i think the conversation should be support TO change. How do we implement change to staffs and families of 100,000? It seems many pf the RYT award winners are smaller systems.

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