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Design a K-12 Online Curriculum to
Meet the Needs of a Large
Consortium of School Districts
Jed Friedrichsen and Mark Gensimore
April 13, 2005
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About blendedschools.net
Course Offerings
Instructional design
Implementation
– blendedschool.net Model
– District Models
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About blendedschools.net
South Central Regional
Consortuim
• 1994 -The TIU consortium began with 4
school districts in Huntingdon, Fulton,
Mifflin, and Juniata Counties and TIU
11.
• 1995 -TIU 11 and the 7 districts became
the South Central Regional Consortium
(SCRC) of the Partners in Distance
Learning (PDL).
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2002--SCRC
• 47 member school
districts
• Usesd
• videoconferencing to
– Connect classrooms
– Virtual field trips
– Deliver professional
development
• Bridged multiple site
videoconferences
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Videoconference is
• Two-way interactive
television
– People at two or more
sites can see and hear
each other
– Print documents, video
and audio tapes,
slides, transparencies
and computer screens
can be displayed to
participants at far sites
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Videoconference bridging
• Connects multiple
videoconference
sites at one time
• All participants can
see and hear each
other
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SCRC has
• Connected hundreds of classrooms so
students could take classes otherwise not
available to them, such as Latin and Calculus
• Taken thousands of students on virtual field
trips
• Provided videoconference teacher training
• Delivered professional development to
thousands of teachers
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SCRC became blendedschools.net on
July 1, 2003
• A network of 85+ PA school districts that
optimize technology to ensure all
students have an opportunity to learn.
• Received 501(c)(3) non-profit
corporation status, November 2003.
• Continues to facilitate the use of
videoconferencing to connect learners
with teachers.
• Offers a wide variety of online courses.
• Continues to seek technology solutions
to increase learning.
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Blendedschools.net Governance
board of directors
7 regional
representatives
from member
school districts
10 at-large
representatives
from member
school districts
corporate
administrative
officers
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“Customizing Solutions
through
Blended Learning”
A network of Pennsylvania School Districts
working in concert to optimize the use of
technology to create and provide meaningful
experiences that enhance flexible, blended
learning opportunities for all students.
What is Blended Learning?
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Distance Learning (i.e.videoconferencing);
Virtual (i.e. online instruction);
Brick & Mortar (i.e. classroom settings);
Experiential (i.e. projects and internships).
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Segmented
Course Offerings
Online courses available
• Consortium-created and
taught courses
• Partner-created and
taught courses
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Online courses from partners
• 160+ courses
• Lowest prices anywhere
• A course for everyone
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AP
World Language
Mainstream curriculum
Credit Recovery
One semester and whole
year courses
– Summer classes
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Consortium-created online
courses
• Created by PA teachers
• For PA students
• To teach the PA Academic Standards
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Courses available September 2003
• Thematic
Kindergarten
• Thematic 1st Grade
• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 2
• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 3
• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 4
• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 5
• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 6
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• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 7
• Reading/Language
Arts Grade 8
• Mathematics Grade 2
• Mathematics Grade 3
• Mathematics Grade 4
• Mathematics Grade 5
• Transitional
Mathematics
• Algebra
• Geometry
Courses available September 2003
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Science Grade 2
Science Grade 3
Science Grade 4
Science Grade 5
Science Grade 6--Earth
Science
• Science Grade 7--Life
Science
• Science Grade 8-Physical Science
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Social Studies Grade 2
Social Studies Grade 3
Social Studies Grade 4
Social Studies Grade 5
Social Studies Grade 6
Social Studies Grade 7-Geography & Economics
• Social Studies Grade 8-Pennsylvania History
Courses available May 2004
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English 9
English 10
American Lit. & Comp.
World Lit. & Comp.
Math Essentials
Advanced Algebra
Functions, Statistics &
Trigonometry
• Precalculus & Discrete Math
• Calculus
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American History
World History
Civics & Government
Sociology & Psychology
Environmental & Earth
Science
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
Online courses development 04-05
• K-4 Student Online
Induction
• 5-12 Student Online
Induction
• Spanish 1
• Spanish 2
• French 1
• German 1
• Art History
• Music Appreciation
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AP American History
AP Biology
AP Calculus
AP English Literature
5 PSSA Recovery Math
8 PSSA Recovery Math
11 PSSA Recovery Math
5 PSSA Recovery Reading
8 PSSA Recovery Reading
11 PSSA Recovery Reading
Online courses development 05-06
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Spanish 3
French 2
German 2
Elementary Spanish 1
Elementary Spanish 2
Elementary French 1
Elementary French 2
German 1
Elementary German 1
Elementary German 2
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Studio Art
Drivers’ Education
Java
AP Chemistry
AP English Language
AP Statistics
AP World History
6th Health
9th Health
3 PSSA Recovery Math
3 PSSA Recovery Reading
Future online course development
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Electives
AP
World Languages
NCLB Requirements
Professional Development
Gifted Education
Alternative Education
Course Maintenance
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Revise lessons
Match with national standards
Fix web links
Differentiation
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Instructional design
How do we create online courses?
• Select course development teams
• Implement a previously successful course
development process
• Provide training
• Monitor progress
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Course developer training
• Using Blackboard to deliver instruction
• Using other software to enhance instructional
design
• Finding and using resources
• Designing online instruction
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Course development process
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Identify need
Assemble content development team(s)
Research
Brainstorm
Assign production roles
Ascertain resources
Create course
Edit course
Test
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If students become engaged
in the right “stuff,” they are
likely to learn what we want
them to learn.
Schlechty, Working on the Work, 2002
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5 types of responses students
might make to any school task
• Authentic engagement—work has clear meaning and
immediate value to student
• Ritual engagement—work has little or no inherent
meaning or direct value to student
• Passive compliance—student is willing to work to avoid
negative consequences
• Retreatism—student is not willing to do work
• Rebellion—student refuses to do work and disrupts others or
attempts to substitute work in lieu of assignment
Schlechty, Shaking Up the Schoolhouse, 2000
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Student responses in the average
classroom
Authentic
engagement
Ritual
engagement
Passive
compliance
Retreatism
Rebellion
Schlechty, Working on the Work, 2002
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Student responses in the highly
engaged classroom
Authentic
engagement
Ritual
engagement
Passive
compliance
Retreatism
Schlechty, Working on the Work, 2002
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Instructional influences
• Best practices in
online learning
• Differentiation
• Theatres of Mind
• Multiple
Intelligences
• Habits of Mind
• Constructivism
• Significant Tasks
• Teaching Every
Student in the
Digital Age
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• Teaching to the Brain’s
Natural Learning Systems
• Most teachers view
Internet as only a
research learning tool
• All students can learn
more than they are now
learning
• National Curriculum
Reports
Some Recent National Curriculum Reports
• More experiential, inductive, hands-on learning
• More active learning in the classroom
• More diverse roles for teachers, including coaching,
demonstrating, modeling
• More emphasis on higher-order thinking
• More reading of real texts
• More responsibility transferred to students for their
work
• More choice for students
• More attention to affective needs and the varying
cognitive styles of individual students
• More cooperative, collaborative activity
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Kolb’s model for experiential learning
• Concrete experiences
– What happened?
Knowledge
• Reflective observations
– What do I conclude?
• Abstract
conceptualization
Experiential
Learning
– Now what do I do?
• Active experimentation
Application
Reflection
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Establishing New Learning
Environments
Traditional -------- Incorporating ------ New Environments
New Strategies
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Teacher-centered instruction
Single sense stimulation
Single path progression
Single media
Isolated work
Information delivery
Passive learning
Factual/literal thinking
Reactive response
Isolated, artificial context
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Student-centered learning
Multisensory stimulation
Multipath progression
Multimedia
Collaborative work
Information exchange
Active/exploratory/inquiry-based learning
Critical thinking, informed decision-making
Proactive/planned action
Authentic, real world context
Implementation Models
Communication
• Superintendents
• Videoconference Primary Contact
(VPC)
• Online Primary Contact (OPC)
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OPC Responsibilities
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OPC Administrative Roles and
Blackboard Responsibilities
• Course Administrative Role
– Managing Courses
• Create blank
• Copy blendedschools.net courses
– Managing Accounts
• Portal Administration (Limited)
– Customizing Portal
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Customization of Roles
• Course Administrator
– Can only batch create users
– Can only remove users from July – August
• Portal Administrator
– Only have access during “Customizing the
Blackboard Community Portal for Your
School District” training
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Account Creation
Two digit district
identifier: Use the “School
District 2-Digit Code”
document to determine
your identifier
Districts own identifier: Districts
determine what this will be. Ex.
first initial last name or student’s
district ID number
ti99.mgensimore
Student and teacher identifier: For
students this is the expected year of
graduation, certified teacher are 99
and non-certified staff is 88
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Course Creation
Two digit subject
identifier: Use the “School
District 2-Digit Code
document” to determine
your identifier
Districts own identifier: Districts
determine what this will be. A
numeric value or teacher’s
name
LA.3.12.GA
The course developmental level. For
professional development courses use
the number 20.
Please use the periods
as separators. This will
help when performing
searches
Two digit district
identifier: Use the “School
District 2-Digit Code”
document to determine
your identifier
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Manage Your Online School
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Training for your schools
• Managing your online school course offerings (OPC
training)
• Teaching your online courses
• Teaching & learning with Blackboard in your
classrooms
• Using Blackboard to deliver professional development
• Implementing and Marketing Online Curriculum
• Course Development
• Customized training
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Other Products
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Learning Management System
Community Portal
Wimba (Audio Integration)
Advanced Student Tracking System
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Services
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Hosting and Technical support
Free Training
Implementation and Marketing support
Reduced prices on third party courses
Monthly meetings
Annual face-to-face meeting
Annual conference
Free videoconference bridging
Connection access to any and all of the videoconference
courses
• Consortium service contract pricing for videoconference
equipment
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Options for districts
implementing our online
courses
• Your school district teaches any or all the
courses to your own students
• Your school district enters a brokering
pool with other school districts – share
teachers and courses
• Your school district’s traditional
classrooms use the courses for learning
resources and instructional activities
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Online Member School Districts
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Bedford ASD – Cyber Charter
Bellefonte ASD – Schedule Conflict
Chestnut Ridge ASD – Traveler
Everett ASD – Home Schooling
Fannett-Metal SD – Summer School and
Alternative Ed.
• Huntingdon ASD – Integrating in the
traditional classroom (GENIE project)
• Intermediate Unit 1 – Professional
Development
• Juniata County SD – Gifted Education
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Top 10 Instructional Methods for using
Blackboard in Your Classroom
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Post announcements to remind students and parents of classroom
activities, and deadlines.
Post classroom lecture notes, handouts, worksheets, pictures and
PowerPoint presentations.
Create computer-graded assessments.
Use the online grade book to inform students and parents of progress.
Use the Digital Drop Box to collect assignments.
Use the threaded discussion board for online collaboration for group
activities.
Use email for communicating with your parents and students.
Create website lists to guide student research, provide additional
learning opportunities, direct student use of online tutorials, connect
students to primary resources and engage students in exploratory
activities.
Post class events, assignments and tests to the online calendar.
Create surveys to gather information from your students and parents.
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blendedschools.net
offers a second
curriculum and a new
environment for schools
and their students
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Customizing solutions
through blended learning
http://www.blendedschools.net
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