5 Tools for Truly Powerful Blended Learning

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Holly Clark  
As we make the shift from analog to digital, some learning tools have proven more powerful in helping us create meaningful blended learning experiences for students. Explore five tools and the amazing student examples they produced!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

As we shift to blended learning, it is really important that we understand the tools we should be using don't substitute old teaching strategies but empower new ones.

This session will be hands-on looking and unpacking student examples of the learning tools to see if we can find the true underlining power of these tools. Participants will collaborative unpack both in person and digitally so they have an artifact to take with them.

Evidence of success will be ideas from participants shared on a padlet.


Hands- on Activity:
Using The Infused Classroom learning framework we will look at learning outcomes and the technology tools that can be used to amplify the learning process. We will look closely at making thinking and learning visible - what that means for these tools through student examples.

2. Breakdown of student examples - unpacking and looking at the power of talking about digitally based learning.
Hands-On: Example and group analysis

Add ideas and deconstruction thoughts to collaborative learning doc
From Making Meaning to Transfer of Knowledge
Hands-on learning reflection

3. Reflections, Resources and Question Time

Supporting research

This session will be based around ideas of Making Student Thinking Visible by both Ron Richard and John Hattie. It will include a look at essential questions from Understanding By Design by Grant Wiggens and Jay McTighe. It will look at the constructs of cognitive learning theory found in Make it Stick by Peter Brown. All concepts part of the book are also included The Chromebook Infused Classroom authored and researched by the presenter.

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Holly Clark, The Infused Classroom

Holly Clark is an education thought leader, international speaker, bestselling author and student advocate. She’s a veteran educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom, and over five years as an administrator in public and private schools. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from Columbia University. Clark is passionate about helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding. She’s is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator and the chief learning officer for The Infused Classroom Inc. She still spends time co-teaching in classrooms where she helps teachers and schools begin the process of putting students at the center of the learning. Clark consults with schools globally on blended learning environments where meaningful pedagogy is infused with the strategic use of technology. She authors a popular education blog at and gives keynotes to audiences worldwide. In 2017, Clark published her first book, The Google Infused Classroom. This year, she’ll release two new books, The Microsoft Infused Classroom and The Chromebook Infused Classroom.