Teaching Across the Planet: Collaborate to Clarify

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Blended Schools uses Blackboard Collaborate to revolutionize student learning with highly engaging mobile, blended and online learning solutions. The Learning Institute offers classes that feature our award-winning online curriculum powered by master teachers, synchronous instruction and live mentoring, ensuring every student receives a successful personal learning experience. In our session we will describe how we build our program from professional development of teacher and mentors, to the engaging in-class delivery. Participants will see how a holistic approach to online learning enhances the relationships between teacher and learners in remote classrooms. In the Learning Institute our teachers? tailor activities to the interests of the students and the class, building strong connections, which leads to mastery of the subject matter. In this session, participants will experience the energy and enthusiasm of great teachers, in live online classrooms, and the power of feedback in real time from a teachers? in remote locations. This session will share research-based practices to build asynchronous and synchronous collaborative activities using Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM. We will discuss and show the practices of how Blended Schools uses Socratic questioning methods, the Responsibility Learning Model, and other research-based instructional strategies to build engaging collaborations that help student clarify their understanding of knowledge and skills. Participants will learn practical steps to apply research-based practices in building activities that stimulate student to student and student to teacher interactions in a manner that builds a community of learners in your online and blended learning classes.



Deanna Mayers, Patricia Mulroy, Christine Davis, & Lie Gitzel, Blended Schools Network