Published on March 3, 2014
Katie Martin firstname.lastname@example.org BLENDED LEARNING A guide to transforming the traditional classroom
What is Blended Learning? • Blended learning goes beyond technology integration. It leverages technology to afford students more personalized learning experiences by having control, to some extent, over pace, time, place and path of learning. http://www.christenseninstitute.org/blended-learning-3/ • Watch the video from the Christiansen Institute on Blended Learning and read about the 4 most common models. • http://www.christenseninstitute.org/blended-learning3/
What are the benefits of Blended Learning? • Design opportunities for students to achieve desired outcomes using mobile devices. • Provide multiple and differentiated pathways • Blended Learning allows teachers to personalize learning and targeted instruction based on their individual needs.
What might Station Rotation Blended Learning look like in a classroom? Station Rotation is the most common in K-5 traditional school. During a designated math or Language arts block, students can rotate between three designated stations in small, differentiated groups.
Sample Activities in Blended Learning Stations
How do I set up a Blended Learning classroom? • Routines and classroom culture are critical to its success. Involving students in the organization, layout and systems will increase buy in and on task behavior. • Students will have to be explicitly taught how to be on- task during their independent work. • These routines should be practiced before students work independently (see example mini lessons). • The teachers must be the designed of the learning experiences and set up stations that support the overall classroom objectives and learning goals.
How might I design my learning space to facilitate Blended Learning?
Design Your Space • Draw a diagram of how you might reconfigure your classroom space to facilitate blended learning. • What would you add? • What might you take away?
How might I select appropriate curricula? • Selecting curricula depends on the purpose, budget and and available resources. • Read the following article and reflect on your Blende Learning goals:10 Steps to Chosing Digital Curriula for Blended Learning
Free Resources • There are a number of free resources that teachers can use to organize and create their own curriculum for blended learning. • The following resources provide examples for: • Math Content • ELA Content • Video Resources • Annotating Apps • Organizing Content
ELA Content Students can study and learn spelling and vocabulary words based on their personalized lists.
Video Resources http://www.youtube.com/education
Organizing Video Content Lessons
Organizing Content Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. Activate Instruction is a free personalized learning tool to create and share playlists of digital content
Reflection • Process: How have you deepened your understanding of effective technology integration in through today’s activities? • Content: Which programs or apps do you think will be the most useful to design blended learning opportunities for your students? • Personal: What steps are you going to take in your classroom to design blended learning opportunities?
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