Published on March 6, 2014
Presented by: Emily Schmidt and Rebecca Phillips NCTIES Conference, March 7, 2014
Who Are We? Emily Schmidt Rebecca Phillips Emily.Schmidt@cabarrus.k12.nc.us Rebecca.Phillips@cabarrus.k12.nc.us
Agenda • • • • • • • • • Who Are We? What is Blended Learning? Why Blended Learning? What do you need to have in a successful blended learning classroom? What does an elementary level blended learning classroom look like? Our Experiences with Blended Learning First Steps to Building Your Own Blended Classroom Resources What Our Students Think
What is Blended Learning? • Blended learning is a hybrid way of learning • Combines small group instruction with the teacher and personalized instruction on a computer/tablet • Uses adaptive technology • Blended learning allows students to control the pace and content of their own instruction.
Blended learning combines traditional direct instruction from the teacher and instruction and practice on a computer/tablet + BLENDED LEARNING =
Why Blended Learning?
“Technology is not a teacher even with the best software, the technology is not the professional in the room.” -Talbot Bielefeldt, ISTE Senior Research Associate
What do you need to have in a successful blended learning classroom?
A Positive Attitude
Patience Lots and Lots of Patience!
An Open Mind
An AWESOME Group of Students!
What does an elementary level blended learning classroom look like?
Elementary Blended Learning Classroom • There are several models of blended learning. • In our classes, we use a station-rotation model. • If you are already teaching using the workshop model, you are only a step away from creating a blended learning classroom.
Small Group Instruction with a Teacher
Instruction and Practice on Computer/Tablet
Centers & Partner Work
Instruction & Practice on Computer/Tablet Independent Work Centers & Partner Work Small Group Instruction with a Teacher
Our Experiences with Blended Learning Here are just a few things we’ve learned along the way...
Student Experience with Technology Helpful Hint Keep in mind what technology students have access to at home. Not every student will have access to a computer, tablet, and/or smartphone at home.
Organization Helpful Hint Assign each student to a specific device.
Headphones Helpful Hint Add headphones to your back to school supply list.
Computers versus Tablets Helpful Hint If you have a choice between computers and tablets, ask yourself: “What is my purpose for using the technology?”
Compatibility of Programs Helpful Hint Test the programs you’d like to use on your device before giving assignments to students.
First Steps to Building Your Own Blended Classroom
Start with what you have!
Scrounge Around for Unused or Under-Utilized Resources
You don’t have to spend money on programs, look for what’s already out there.
More Resources (Paid Subscription Required) ST Math
What Our Students Think “We use technology everyday. If it’s iPads, computers, or the SMARTBoard, it counts. I like this school because the teachers tell us to never give up and do what’s right for you.” -Samay, 2nd Grade Student “The best thing that I like about Coltrane-Webb is that we get to use lots of technology. On the computers, we use websites like Dreambox and Sumdog for math, RAZ-Kids for reading and Pebble-Go in Science and Social Studies.” ~Tealy, 2nd Grade Student “In my class, we use Dreambox. Dreambox is for math. I like it because you’re learning, but you’re having fun and if you get stuck, they help you out.” ~Amelia, 2nd Grade Student “We are a lucky school to have all of this technology.” ~Ben, 2nd Grade Student We use technology to teach us math and reading and typing and lots more. We use the laptops and iPads each and every day. The students learn a lot at this school.” ~Charlotte, 2nd Grade Student
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