At this year’s AISA Educator’s Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, I had the opportunity to present some of the models that I have used and created to evaluate blended learning classroom design. Much of this work was done alongside Brad Arnold (@leybradly), and was previously discussed in my article, That digital program your school bought will never transform learning.
The format included a short mini-lesson on the need for self-reflection and self-evaluation of C21 learning environments by educators, and ended with enroled teachers using our rubrics to evaluate my own elementary digital courseroom. I was surprised and honored by the feedback that I recieved from this portion of the workshop. Many teachers noticed the quality of the learning experiences that my students have been engaged in this year, and I felt motivated to keep pushing forward with finding better descriptors and observable student actions for this kind of work.
As more and more teachers see the need for authentic technology integration to not only improve achievement, but to transform the learning experience for today’s learners, I hope to be a part of that change moving forward.
– Zach Groshell @mrzachg