Blended Learning Institute

Preparing teachers to lead 21st century classrooms

Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines the best of teacher-led instruction with the smart use of technology.  The iZone has over 250 schools dedicated to implementing blended learning, and we created the Blended Learning Institute to support educators in leading this innovation.

About

The iZone launched the Blended Learning Institute to prepare math, science and computer science teachers to lead 21st century classrooms. By learning to effectively integrate traditional instruction with digital tools and online content, BLI teachers become equipped to create learning opportunities that are highly personalized and allow students to move at their optimum pace.

Computer Science Track

Computer science education offers more employment prospects for students in the 21st Century than any other discipline. However, 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes, which shrinks the computing industry’s pipeline, undercuts innovation, and denies students of key knowledge for the Digital Age.

To address this issue, BLI joined forces with Code.org, the leader of a national movement to increase computer science education, and created a Computer Science Track to prepare teachers to effectively implement quality computer science curricula in middle and high schools. Over the course of 18 months, participating teachers learn crucial skills such as programming, web design, and blended learning, as well as how to make these core computer science concepts accessible to all learners.

Upon completion, participants receive a certificate in Blended Learning and Computer Science Instruction from Pace University.

Blended Learning Track

In response to today’s knowledge economy, school models are evolving to personalize learning for every student using technology. Yet research shows that fewer than 2% of teacher education programs are preparing teachers for these next generation learning models.

BLI’s Blended Learning Track is preparing math and science teachers to effectively combine digital and online content with traditional teacher-led instruction, in order to provide students with more personalized learning opportunities. Participants who successfully complete the program receive a certificate in Blended Learning from Pace University.

Computer Science Track

Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer …because it teaches you how to think.

Steve Jobs

 

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Indicate your interest in joining the Computer Science Track Here!

Interested in becoming part of a national movement to expand access to computer science education? In the coming months, we’ll be opening up our Computer Science Track application for high school teachers (any content area) and middle school teachers (science only). If you would like us to be in touch as additional details become available, please complete this interest form.

About

BLI’s Computer Science Track is an exciting opportunity for teachers to develop core computer science skills while implementing high quality computer science curricula. Over the course of 18 months, participating teachers learn key skills – such as programming and web design – and practice using instructional strategies that make these foundational computer science concepts accessible to all learners. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate in Blended Learning and Computer Science Instruction from Pace University.

The Program

The Computer Science Track occurs in a “blended format,” combining face-to-face workshops with an online learning community. In our high school cohort, we support teachers while implementing Exploring Computer Science, a nationally recognized introductory computer science course. Over the course of 18 months, participating teachers receive ongoing classroom support, attend quarterly workshops, and collaborate with peers through an online learning community.

Our second cohort of high school teachers (any content background) will launch in the Spring of 2015, as well as our very first cohort of middle school science teachers! Participating middle school teachers will be supported with implementing interdisciplinary modules that combine computer science concepts with science. Lesson sets are designed to be woven into existing science courses.

Partner

The Computer Science Track was created in partnership with Code.org, a non-profit organization promoting K-12 computer science programs nationwide, and the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education.  Together we will increase teacher expertise so that every student has the opportunity to learn computer programming.

Blended Learning Track

I learned so much in such a short amount of time and gained great insight into what it takes to become a successful teacher in the 21st century.

First Year BLI Teaching Fellow

About

In BLI’s Blended Learning Track, teachers learn how to effectively integrate digital and online content with traditional teacher-led instruction, in order to provide students with more personalized learning opportunities. Participants who successfully complete the program receive a certificate in Blended Learning from Pace University. The track is currently open to pre- and in-service teachers specializing in math or science instruction.

Pre-Service Teachers

The People: NYC Teaching Fellows entering their first year as math or science teachers.
The Program: A 2-year course program that includes an immersion experience in a blended learning classroom and ongoing mentoring to support new teachers in designing online curricula and implementing blended learning in their classrooms.

In-Service Teachers

The People: Current NYC middle or high school math or science teachers.
The Program: A 12-month course during which teachers design and implement a blended learning model that meets the individual strengths, needs, and motivations of their students.

Timeline

Who
What
When
Description
Pre-ServiceiZone ImmersionSpring 2014In partnership with an iZone mentor teacher, Fellows will observe and assist in a blended learning classroom for 2-10 weeks.
Pre-Service, In-ServiceLaunch EventJune 13, 2014Fellows will receive an overview of the Blended Learning Track and have the opportunity to connect with peers.
Pre-Service, In-ServiceSummer 1 Workshop SeriesJuly 17-18, 2014 (In-Service)
August 4-5, 2014 (Pre-Service)
During this dynamic, hands-on, two-day exploration of blended learning tools Fellows will create class websites and be provided with concrete work products for the upcoming school year.
Pre-Service, In-ServiceYear 1 Online LearningSeptember 2014 –
June 2015
Fellows will design blended learning experiences, and share challenges and best practices virtually with a group of their peers.
Pre-Service, In-ServiceWinter WorkshopJanuary 2015A one-day workshop during which Fellows will be introduced to new tools and strategies, set personal goals, build blended content development and assessment skills, and continue to develop a blended learning model for their own classroom.
Pre-Service, In-ServiceSummer 2 Curriculum DevelopmentJuly 2015Fellows will work in subject-area teams and receive support in developing blended learning curricula.
Pre-ServiceYear 2 Online CourseworkSeptember 2015 – June 2016Fellows will continue to develop and refine their blended learning curricula through an iterative design process, and create a supplemental implementation plan.

BLI FAQ

Computer Science Track

What does BLI’s Computer Science Track entail for a participating teacher?

Participants complete a four-phased course that prepares them to effectively teach the Exploring Computer Science curriculum to students, as well as use technology and blended learning strategies in the classroom.

The four phases involve a combination of online learning and face-to-face workshops. See our program timeline for additional details on each of the phases.

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How long is the program?

The program begins in March 2014 and ends in July 2015. Another cohort of teachers will be accepted for a second program cycle that begins in March 2015 and ends in July 2016.

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What is the Exploring Computer Science curriculum?

Exploring Computer Science is a nationally recognized curriculum developed with the support of the National Science Foundation. It is being implemented in districts across the country, most widely in the L.A. Unified School District with over 6,000 students served.

The Exploring Computer Science curriculum, which all participants will have the opportunity to teach in the fall of 2014, is designed to provide students with an engaging introduction to fundamental computing concepts.  The program aims to broaden student participation in computer science, especially for females and other underrepresented groups.  Exploring Computer Science has 6 units, although only the first 4 units are mandatory. The units focus on human-computer interaction, problem-solving, web design, programming, big data, and robotics.

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How long does the Exploring Computer Science curriculum take students to complete?

Exploring Computer Science is designed as a year-long course on a standard 45-60 minute schedule.  A participating school commits to offering this course starting in the fall of 2014.  The Blended Learning Institute will work with schools using alternative scheduling formats, as long as the course is completed in its entirety.

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What are the technology requirements for implementing Exploring Computer Science at my school?

The first four units of Exploring Computer Science combine online learning with hands-on activities. While 1:1 devices are not needed for every lesson, it is crucial that the teacher has easy and ready access to laptops or a computer lab for the course. Student headphones and microphones are also useful for certain components of the course.

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What, if any, are the costs associated with offering Exploring Computer Science at my school?

All of the software used in Exploring Computer Science is free and most of the software can be accessed through a modern web browser and does not require a download. Exploring Computer Science does use robots in Unit 6, which requires the purchase of robotics kits, but this is optional. In short, there are no special or additional costs for Exploring Computer Science, beyond standard classroom materials (for example, copies of handouts).

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Will teachers receive additional compensation for participating in the program?

Participating teachers receive compensation for participating in face-to-face workshops that take place during after school hours, on weekends, and over the summer.

Additionally participants are eligible to receive a certificate from Pace University in Blended Learning and Computer Science Instruction. This certificate is a valuable professional credential and recognizes a teacher’s satisfactory completion of the program.

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What is blended learning and how does it relate to computer science?

Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines the best of teacher-led instruction with the smart use of technology. The iZone supports a community of over 250 schools dedicated to implementing blended learning, and created the Blended Learning Institute to support educators in leading this innovation.

The Blended Learning Institute’s Computer Science Track will expose participants to blended learning tools and strategies that support effective computer science instruction, including but not limited to how blended learning:

  • Provides students online access to instructional resources on computer science topics
  • Allows students to collaborate and communicate online
  • Leverages open education resources to support instruction of computer science concepts
  • Shifts the classroom to a student-centered environment
  • Supports hands-on learning (on or offline)

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How does this program fit into the NYCDOE’s broader strategy for increasing student access to computer science?

The NYCDOE has a number of programs in place to expand access to computer science, including:

The Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program is a comprehensive standards-aligned computer science and software engineering education program for grades 6-12. Currently running in 18 schools (9 middle and 9 high schools), SEP provides computer science curriculum, monthly professional development for teachers, ongoing coordination with the tech industry in NYC, and opportunities for students to showcase their work and learn more about the software engineering industry.

The Academy for Software Engineering and the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering are Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools that focus on preparing students for careers in the software engineering industry.

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Blended Learning Track: Pre-service Teachers

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines the best of teacher-led instruction with the smart use of technology. Successful blended instruction leverages technology to allow students to self-pace and take ownership of their learning. It provides students with greater choices of materials and learning modalities, while extensively covering the skills needed to compete in the 21st century economy. (Office of Post-Secondary Readiness, NYCDOE)

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What is the Blended Learning Institute?

The Blended Learning Institute offers pre-service and in-service teachers a range of program tracks that combine hands on workshops with online learning, with the goal of preparing teachers to lead 21st century classrooms.

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What is my next step if I am interested in enrolling in the Blended Learning Track?

Interested candidates can learn more by emailing questions to BLI@schools.nyc.gov. The priority deadline for math and science pre-service NYC Teaching Fellows is April 11th.

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What are the benefits of participating in the Blended Learning Track?

Pre-service teachers who participate will receive:

  • A certificate from an accredited university that will increase their overall attractiveness as teachers
  • Up to $1,000 stipend for participation in the iZone Immersion and Summer 1 Workshop Series. (Fellows participating in Spring Classroom Apprenticeship [SCA] will receive a $500 stipend for participating in the Summer 1 Workshop Series, in addition to the stipend they receive through SCA.)
  • Opportunity to be recognized as a leader in your school around effective blended learning practices
  • Development of a unique skill set that will enable you to effectively engage and differentiate for your students

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I see that participants receive a certificate from Pace University. Do I need to be enrolled at Pace to participate?

The Blended Learning Track is open to all NYC Teaching Fellows entering their first year as math and science teachers.  No current or previous affiliation with Pace is necessary to qualify for the certificate in Blended Learning.  Please note this certificate recognizes your successful completion of the program.  It is not a state-recognized certification, nor does it count towards University credits.

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What are the expectations for participants?

In order to earn a certificate in Blended Learning from Pace University, BLI fellows are expected to:

  •  Attend and participate in workshops (please see our program timeline for a list of workshops)
  • Engage in the Online Professional Learning Experience (OPLE), which includes posting in online discussion forums, sharing artifacts, and reviewing resources (approximately 4 hours/month)
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments
  • Completion of Year 2 capstone project – developing an online math or science curriculum and an accompanying blended implementation plan

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I see that participants receive a certificate from Pace University. Do I need to be enrolled at Pace to participate?

The Blended Learning Track is open to all in-service middle and high school math and science teachers. No current or previous affiliation with Pace is necessary to qualify for the certificate in Blended Learning. Please note this certificate recognizes your successful completion of the program. It is not a state-recognized certification, nor does it count towards University credits.

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Blended Learning Track: In-service Teachers

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines the best of teacher-led instruction with the smart use of technology. Successful blended instruction leverages technology to allow students to self-pace and take ownership of their learning. It provides students with greater choices of materials and learning modalities, while extensively covering the skills needed to compete in the 21st century economy. (Office of Post-Secondary Readiness, NYCDOE)

Posted in: Blended Learning Institute, Blended Learning Track, Blended Learning Track: In-service Teachers

What is the Blended Learning Institute?

The Blended Learning Institute offers pre-service and in-service teachers a range of program tracks that combine hands on workshops with online learning, with the goal of preparing teachers to lead 21st century classrooms.

Posted in: Blended Learning Institute, Blended Learning Track, Blended Learning Track: In-service Teachers

What is my next step if I am interested in enrolling in the Blended Learning Track?

Interested candidates should email questions to BLI@schools.nyc.gov. The priority deadline for in-service teacher applicants is April 11th, 2014.

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What are the benefits of participating in the Blended Learning Track?

Participants will receive:

  • A certificate from an accredited university that will increase your overall attractiveness as a teacher
  • Compensation for participating in face-to-face workshops
  • Opportunity to be recognized as a leader in your school around effective blended learning practices
  • Development of a unique skill set that will enable you to effectively engage and differentiate for your students

Posted in: Blended Learning Institute, Blended Learning Track, Blended Learning Track: In-service Teachers

I see that participants receive a certificate from Pace University. Do I need to be enrolled at Pace to participate?

The Blended Learning Track is open to all in-service middle and high school math and science teachers. No current or previous affiliation with Pace is necessary to qualify for the certificate in Blended Learning. Please note this certificate recognizes your successful completion of the program. It is not a state-recognized certification, nor does it count towards University credits.

Posted in: Blended Learning Institute, Blended Learning Track, Blended Learning Track: In-service Teachers, Blended Learning Track: Pre-service Teachers

What are the expectations for participants?

In order to earn a certificate in Blended Learning from Pace University, BLI fellows are expected to:

  • Attend and participate in workshops (please see our program timeline for a list of workshops)
  • Engage in the Online Professional Learning Experience (OPLE), which includes posting in online discussion forums, sharing artifacts, and reviewing resources (approximately 5 hours/month)
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments

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