Blended Learning Resources
Blending learning combines the best of online learning with the best of face-to-face instruction, which is one reason why it is one of the hottest topics in education today.
But blended learning is so new—how do you gain the essential information you need to begin an effective, well-designed blended learning program in your school?
Reading Horizons can help you get started. Click on the links to the blended learning resources below to gain a better understanding of this new model of instruction and see how a blended learning program can work for your students.
Technology has inevitably changed the learning dynamic of the classroom. In many settings, technology has even become the main source of student instruction. However, instead replacing teachers, technology is empowering teachers with more opportunities to impact the lives of their students. Download our Blended Learning White Paper to read more about blended learning, to find the right blend for your school, and to learn how to utilize Reading Horizons in a variety of blended learning settings.
Stay in the loop on the latest news in education through Reading Horizons webinar series. Our free webinars are online videos examining a variety of interesting topics, including blended learning, standards, differentiated instruction, implementation, measuring and monitoring student progress, research, and effective strategies for teaching reading to beginning readers, struggling readers, English Language Learners, and students with learning disabilities. Each webinar is about one hour in length.
After viewing a webinar, teachers can download a Certificate of Attendance to submit for free professional development credit.
The Reading Horizons Education Blog provides instructors, administrators, and parents with information-packed articles on teaching, learning, and educational innovations, including blended learning. The blog is continually updated with articles from guest writers and our own curriculum specialists, as well as highlights from recent news articles and research studies. The blog is also a great way to connect with a vast network of educators just like you who are passionate about improving literacy in our schools.
Blended Learning Software
Reading Horizons software is the perfect choice for blended learning environments. Our software combines seamlessly with our direct instruction materials, providing you with a fully integrated, highly effective, research-based approach for teaching reading.
Reading Horizons offers two age-appropriate software programs, both of which deliver adaptive, interactive reading instruction:
For students K–3: Reading Horizons Discovery®
For students 4th grade and older: Reading Horizons Elevate®
Reading Horizons Discovery® interactive software allows students to work at their own pace and receive highly differentiated reading instruction while learning skills that drastically decrease reading difficulties as well as spelling and pronunciation errors. The lessons in the software focus on building many of the foundational reading skills required by the Common Core State Standards. In addition to developing students’ decoding skills, the software helps students transfer these skills to other areas required for reading: vocabulary, spelling, grammar, fluency, and comprehension. Students are assessed after each lesson, chapter, and comprehension exercise to ensure skill proficiency. When a student shows signs of struggle, the software notifies the teacher, reviews instruction, and offers more practice opportunities. Teachers and administrators can view detailed reports that show each student’s performance and progress in the program.
To learn more about Reading Horizons Discovery® software, click on the following links:
Reading Horizons Elevate® interactive software provides older students and struggling readers with effective instruction that shows step by step exactly what they need to do to learn to read. The software addresses a range of reading deficits through age-appropriate lessons that help students improve their skills in a self-paced and independent way. The software uses data from built-in assessments to continuously adjust the pace and content to meet the needs of each student. When a student shows signs of struggle, the software reviews instruction and offers more practice opportunities; when a student proves proficiency, the software advances to the next skill. Detailed reports allow you to monitor where students are succeeding and where they are struggling so you know exactly what kind of additional instruction or support to provide. Students can access the online version of the program from home for further skill instruction and reinforcement. The software also includes ESL enhancements that make the program more accessible to ESL students.
To learn more about Reading Horizons Elevate® software, click on the following links:
Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson
Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker
Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams