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Blended Learning

The practice of using online and in-person learning experiences to
personalize learning experiences through meaningful technology integration. 

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Three areas of blended learning:

Future Ready Classrooms

Flexible seating & redefining spaces to meet student needs 


Balanced Instruction

Using a variety of instructional strategies to individualize learning


Meaningful Feedback

Utilizing assessment & learning evidence
for deeper learning 



Future Ready Classrooms

Guiding Questions

  • How will you create a classroom culture that fosters strong relationships and collaboration, as well as autonomy and risk taking?

  • How can you setup your space to match your teaching style, student needs, and your intended blended approach?

  • How will you set expectations?

  • How will students move, enter, exit, and monitor themselves when they are in playlists or stations? 


Guide to Flexible Learning Spaces

Additional Resources:

  • Spaces: Cave, Campfire, Watering Hole (Article)
  • ​Do’s and Dont’s of Flexible Seating (Video)
  • Including Student Input (Video)
  • ​Classroom Examples
  • Classrooms That Kids Need (Edutopia Video)


Balanced Instruction

Guiding Questions:

  • How can you utilize a variety of offline and online methods, in a variety of different formats; small group, whole group, 1 on 1, independent and more?
  • How can you maximize small group learning time, while providing student choice and individualizing learning?
  • Which models can be adapted and combined to meet your student's needs?

Balanced Instruction

Meaningful Feedback

Guiding Questions:

  • How can you collect and utilize evidence to create flexible groups?
  • How can evidence and feedback be used to foster strong relationships?
  • How do you know if each student is meeting their goals within their group?
  • How can you rearrange groupings to better serve the students?

Comprehensive Feedback includes:  


  • Using data & evidence to inform instruction.


  • Creating opportunities for meaningful feedback - peer to peer and teacher to student - to improve their work.


Analyzing i-Ready Data

i-Ready Data & Student Goal Setting

After testing, teachers receive class and individual reports. When students review their scores and set goals with their teacher, they typically make greater progress throughout the year.

Student Achievement & Goal Planning Sheets

Digital Tools

District Supported Tools

The tools listed below are purchased and supported by
Poway Unified School District for the specified grade levels.





Teaching Resources, Guides, Tutorials

K-12 District Learning Management System (LMS) MyPLAN Canvas Adventure Course
Canvas Studio
K-12 Create video quizzes by adding questions throughout videos Canvas Canvas Studio Help

Gale Cengage


Databases that provide content and technology to support research


Gale Support

GoGuardian 3-8 Provides teacher access to student Chromebook activity in real time and ability to tailor personalized learning environments MyPLAN GoGuardian Teacher Support
Google Suite K-12 Tools accessibile to teachers and students include Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, and more MyPLAN - Google Apps Icon Google Teacher Center
i-Ready K-8 Adaptive learning platform
*Subjects depend on grade level
MyPLAN i-Ready Central
Lexia TK-1 Reading program that provides phonics instruction and independent practice in basic reading skills MyPLAN Lexia Help Center
TK-12 Providing parents, students, and teachers with 24/7 remote access to PUSD IT resources and personalized reports    
6-12 Interactive slideshow tool engages students, promotes collaboration MyPLAN - Google Login Nearpod Resources

Noodle Tools


Student research platform with MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian bibliographies, notecards, outlining


Noodle Tools Help Center

K-12 Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos from PUSD's digital library account MyPLAN OverDrive Help Center
K-12 Media database with age-appropriate content that covers core curriculum MyPLAN ProQuest Support Center
Synergy TK-12 District Student Information System (SIS) MyPLAN Syngery Teacher Guide


6 -12

Internet-based plagiarism detection service
*Update to interface launched July 2021. Learn more here.


Canvas Adventure Course - Integrations



Students answer self-reflective questions to find their strengths, includes lesson plans and ideas for meeting student needs


PUSD Thrively Resources

Zoom TK-12 Video conferencing tool that is utilized for virtual instruction Canvas
Google ID Login
Zoom Professional Development (Canvas Course)


Free Tools

Below is a list of tools and resources that have been vetted by the Technology & Innovation department. Most tools include a link to a review and detailed information created by Common Sense Media.

Please note:

  • While many of these tools are free, they may contain plans or features for purchase
  • Tools and sites may require parent permission and/or have age requirements




Common Sense Review

Teaching Resources, Guides, Tutorials



Versatile digital portfolio connects teachers, students, and parents  

Tool Review 

Seesaw Help Center
Icon Shortcuts for Activities



Collaborative student-response tool


WooClap Help Center



Digital library with popular titles, read aloud functions, and quizzes

Tool Review

Epic! FAQ



Digital storytelling for beginners

Tool Review

WriteReader Lesson Plans



Pose questions through collaborative video responses

Tool Review

Flipg Getting Started



PDF editor and annotation tool

Tool Review

Kami Help Center



Crop, customize, and add in questions to videos

Tool Review

Edpuzzle Help Center



STEM, Science, Math content & customizable courses

Tool Review

CK-12 Webinars
CK-12 Help Center



Writing platform with built-in rubrics & revision tools

Tool Review

Writable Help Center


Ages 13+

Image editing and design with use of templates

Tool Review

Design School

Typing Club


Gamified, data-driven activities help master keyboarding skills

Tool Review




Screen recording tool
*Pro version is free for educators for life

Tool Review

Help Center & Guides

Khan Academy


Adaptive learning missions in math, STEM, and other areas, CCSS aligned

Tool Review

Help Center & Guides

Explain Everything


Enhanced, interactive whiteboard with recording features and more

Tool Review

Explain Everything Support

Adobe Express


Flexible design tool for crafting images, videos, and sites

Tool Review

Adobe Express Support
Canvas & Adobe Express



Gamified, adaptive math practice

Tool Review

Prodigy Get Help
Prodigy Resources



Design 3D objects with CAD, turns kids into makers

Tool Review

Tinkering Resources
Tinkercad Help Center

Design Squad Global


Students compete to create solutions to engineering challenges 

Tool Review

DSG Guides



Cloud-based video recording and editing site

Tool Review

WeVideo Academy
WeVideo Resource Hub
Converting Google Slides 
Advanced Skills

Britannica School


Online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos, and images

Tool Review

User Guide 
Britannica Help Center

SIRS Discoverer


A database covering all curriculum areas; includes newspaper, magazine, and reference content


Educator Resources
SIRS Help Center

Culture Grams


Reference database for statisitics and cultural information on the countries of the world


CultureGrams: About


K - 12

*K-5 students have access through Canvas


Quick Guide: Embedding YouTube in Canvas 


Chromebook Resources


Google Resources

Standards & Curricula

ISTE Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) inspires educators worldwide to use technology to innovate teaching and learning, accelerate good practice and solve tough problems in education by providing community, knowledge and the ISTE Standards, a framework for rethinking education and empowering learners (source). 

The ISTE Standards are a framework for innovation in education. These standards help educators and education leaders worldwide prepare learners to thrive in work and life. 

PUSD Learning Center (Canvas)

  • Includes District Canvas courses, testing & assessment, and Canvas resources.


Benchmark Universe (Elementary ELA)


Math Expressions (K-5) - Personal Math Trainer


K-12 Video Curriculum Links

  • Free educational video links curated by Poway Librarians
  • Videos for student use should be viewed for appropriate age level before being used in class.


Additional Resources

Virtual Libraries

  • Technology & Innovation Coaches have curated a collection of virtual libraries for K-12 students. Each month's libraries highlight a new theme for student to learn and explore. 



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