FETC: Key Ingredients for Blended Learning

These are my notes from the “Key Ingredients for Blended Learning” session at the 2016 FETC conference.


  • Marcia Kish, blended learning coach
  • Taught 2nd grade, then took job with Apple after iPad came out.
  • Started a high school titled “Learning without Limits” in Ohio.
  • Success is not a straight line, it is a squiggly path.
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/kishmarcia
  • Great full color Blended Learning Cookbook handout.

The Four C’s

  • Collaboration.
  • Creation.
  • Creativity.
  • Critical thinking.


  • Screen has mnemonic for password: urban figs part doubtful mice.
  • Requires a Google authentication.
  • Like Nearpod, but presenter says this one is way better.
    Slide had map of US, have students drag hearts, stars, and flags about places where you were born, currently live, or would like to visit.
  • Insert how miles from here you were born, which creates a graph.
  • Multiple choice: what subject do you teach, which creates a realtime graph, used for group creation.

Blended Learning Rotations

  1. My group – has used blended learning before.
    • Two grids sets of 4 squares, we discussed two questions and filled out the grids.
  2. 2nd rotation: in packet, read page 1 and then fill out chart on page 10.
    • My answers for page 10:
      • What is blended learning?: students work at their own pace, work in separate places, and are grouped using data.
      • What blended learning is not: students in rows, all doing busy work.
  3. 3rd rotation: go to Blended Learning Cookbook.com and watch the videos. Videos are created using Zaption.

Blended Learning Rounds

  • Picture on screen shows a grid of student jobs.
  • Unlink “blended learning rotations”, this time there is no timer.
  • Had participants sort ourselves by tech savyness.

My group (rated ourselves as a 10 as tech savyness)

  • We got to pick a topic to work on, so I looked at Peardeck. I was very disappointed in how expensive it was, and it seems very limited.
    • It flattened PowerPoints as images.
    • Coolest features were really expensive.
  • I then looked at Nearpod and it worked much better.


  • She recommends Educannon and Zaption, which allow you to add questions to YouTube to stop students at key points in the video to answer questions.
  • Go Formative, looks like another way to collect data from students.
  • During tech projects, she has designated students run a Genius Bar to help other students.
  • Power My Learning – federal program for finding projects.
  • No Red Ink – help students with grammar.
  • Quizizz, like Kahoot, but students go at their own pace. It ranks students as they answer questions and they watch their avatar move up and down.
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