Welcome to our online travel guide for a shared journey.
We are excited to be taking this professional journey with each of you because an adventure is more meaningful if the travelers come with a variety perspectives, experiences and passions.
Kitty: I came to technology with a background in deaf education. I remember in 1976 I was working with a 69 year old man who was institutionalized for his whole life. Social Services had just found out that he was profoundly deaf and most likely had been since birth. We found a way to use “modern” technology, a Polaroid camera, to breakthrough his language barrier. For the last 40 years I still feel the rush when I find just the right tool or strategy to break learning barriers or expose students to the joys learning. Transitioning in the early 80’s to a technology teacher and then a tech coach, my focus shifted from working solo in the computer lab to working with all stakeholders on creating engaging, technology enhanced, learning experiences. Over the years I met many teachers who, independently like Catlin Tucker, used their pedagogical understanding to explore the use of technology in their classrooms. This book encourages those who have started the tech adventure alone, those who are just trying to be brave enough to start and administrators who are trying create a culture ready to explore blended learning at their schools. When I read this book I had an AHA moment: the importance of providing professional develop that speaks to all stakeholders, brings them on the journey together and uses the blended learning model for delivery. I hope everyone finds their own AHA moments as we take this journey and learn from each other.
Mary: I came to the world of education with the perspective of an artist. After teaching art for 20 years, I studied Technology in Education at JHU because I was convinced that new digital tools were going to help EACH student reach his/her full potential inside and outside the classroom. I wanted to be a part of the revolution that was going to make education “student centered.” I believed, and still passionately hold true to the fact that all students are curious individuals who need to be given the right tools to explore, collaborate, engage and create in ways most meaningful to their personal journey. After many years of investigating technology integration in the classroom, I believe this book gives one of the clearest and well substantiated guides to teachers and administrators who are interested in moving their own schools and classrooms in the direction of providing students with deeper, more meaningful learning environments. It offers approachable suggestions that can lead to real change in the role of teacher, administrator and student; where the student will benefit the most. I look forward to learning from each of you as we take this journey together.
Blended Learning in Action embraces the differences of all stakeholders and acknowledges each role in creating sustainable change. You are a diverse group of leaders and teachers. Please take time to post a little information about yourself here so we can all get to know each other a little better. Remember you are an important stakeholder in the shift that we are making in education. Everyone has something to add to our journey. The more active you are on the blog the more you will get out of this experience. We encourage you to comment on the blogs posted by your peers., ask questions and explore. So let's start our journey together: click comment and share something about yourself on this blog post.
Welcome and thanks for joining us,
Kitty and Mary