Reflections on Blended Learning

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In the summer of 2016, 12 NYC teachers graduated from the Blended Learning Institute (BLI) – a certificate program developed by the iZone in partnership with Pace University and the NYC Teaching Fellows.

The BLI program was designed to support teachers to apply blended learning strategies for:

  • Teaching – Facilitating a learner-driven classroom including small group instruction, individual student-teacher interactions, and student-paced learning.
  • Assessment – Leveraging online tools to assess student comprehension, learning needs, and digital work.
  • Curriculum – Developing and curating multimedia content to provide more student choice or flexibility.

Over the course of the program these teachers worked with four veteran educators as mentors to learn how to best use education technology resources in their own classrooms.  At the conclusion of their work the teachers reflected on these processes.  Below you can explore these reflections and learn from their struggles and triumphs in implementing blended practices.  If you are interested in reading all of the graduate’s work as well as action research projects from past graduating Fellows, you can browse the entire Tumblr page.

Do it yourself! …with guidance, of course.

By Melanie Battles – The Brooklyn School for Math and Research

The Beaker Report

By Melanie Buchanan – Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

Empowering Students Through Blended Learning

By Hanh Bui – Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design

Blended Learning Technology as a Method to Improve Academic Performance Among Incarcerated Youths

By Charisma Diallo – District 79 School

Khan Academy vs. Edgenuity

By Gouri Dongaonkar – Urban Assembly Maker Academy

My Blended Resource Bank

By Jesse Ha – Epic High School – North

Research Literacy Blended Unit: Teen Obesity

By Tracy LaGrassa – Bronx School of Science

Incentive Based Behavior Management in Urban Students Diagnosed with ADHD

By Candace Miller – School for Urban Environment

Technology and Teaching: Where are we now?

By Deborah Paradise – Leadership and Public Service High School

How Does Technology Affect the Proficiency of Students’ Mastery of CC Algebra Standards?

By Marcus Potts – Peace & Diversity Academy

How Can Competition Increase Engagement Within My Classroom?

By Kernita Sylvester – JHS 162 Lola Rodriguez De Tio

(Class)Room to Grow

By Matthew Turner – Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women