Digital Learning Day is providing a powerful way for teachers and ed-tech leaders to share new teaching practices and showcase innovative programs that are improving student outcomes.

In celebration of Digital Learning Day, we are excited to share six resources that speak to blended learning best practices for teachers:

#1. Blog post: tips for embracing blended learning in elementary classrooms

Read this blog written by 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Teacher of the Year, Paula Barr, to get tips on embracing blended learning in elementary schools. Some of these how-to tips include:

  • Creating a collaborative classroom
  • Increasing student engagement
  • Involving and educating parents
  • Shifting your paradigm
  • Using technology authentically

#2. Video: a conversation with an award winning teacher

Get inspired following Paula Barr’s journey from her 32nd year of teaching on the verge of retirement to her transformation to 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Teacher of the Year in this intimate conversation. She shares examples of successes and challenges she experienced throughout her journey. Paula also shares insights from her recent opportunity to discuss personalized learning within the blended learning environment with colleagues at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China.

#3. Report: digital trends

Download this digital trends report for an in-depth look at how blended learning is helping educators close the achievement gap and create personalized learning experiences. Get the latest data on technology adoption and perceptions, discover how teachers are transforming classrooms with digital tools, and explore how administrators, students, and teachers evaluate the impact of technology to ignite student achievement.

#4. E-Book: 5 ways to create a blended classroom with Blackboard

This this free e-book will provide you with data on the growth of blended learning, best practices for supporting blended classrooms at your school or in your district, and top functions your technology must perform to enhance a blended experience for students.

#5. Video: Lawrence Public Schools disrupts the factory model of learning

Watch this video to see how one district disrupts the factory model with blended learning by increasing student engagement, creating a way for teachers to better differentiate instruction, and improving student success.

#6. Webinar: a discussion on differentiated instruction

Join Jessica Gardner, 4th grade teacher from Sarasota County Public Schools, on March 7th for a discussion on how she implemented a blended learning environment and flips lessons utilizing Blackboard as her main digital platform. This model of instruction and the blended learning best practices she implemented enabled her to create a sense of community, creativity and collaboration within her classroom.

Discover more about Blackboard’s New Learning Experience today and follow @BlackboardK12 for additional resources.

This list of resources was compiled by Sarah Tomczyk, a K-12 marketing manager at Blackboard. Sarah is a former high school English teacher and is passionate about technology and its ability to positively impact student achievement.

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