Published on March 6, 2014
Beginning a Blended Learning Math Model Presented by: Zack Blois
Ice-breaker Poll Question What is your biggest blended learning challenge? a) Finding the time to review resources and tools for online learning b) Lack of electronic/digital devices for students c) Too many different resources (online and offline) to learn and use within given class time d) Other (please list in Questions section)
Introduction You’re here today to see what a blended learning model might look like within your math classroom.
But, each classroom is unique… …and each student is also unique. That’s a challenging dynamic, blended model or not.
Break it down into 3 steps Take a three-pronged approach to developing your model and instruction strategy: A. Establish goals for your students and your instruction B. Choose your model’s makeup C. Evaluate progress and achievement
A) Establishing Goals Why are you here today? What are the specific goals of integrating online learning tools in your curriculum? agement tu dent Eng S Increasing teracy ital Li ing Dig mpro v I Fostering 21st Century Skills Online Assessment Practice More one-on-on e instruction tim e Improving tiered instruction efforts Leverag ing cur rent tec hno logy o urces ction res g ins tru Optimizin
Bridging goals to student needs Regardless of what your main goals are, they should all point toward meeting student learning needs: Ask yourself, “How Do these goals help my instruction enhance the following bullets?” • Math Achievement • Student Engagement • Overall Progress
Poll Question #2 What is your classroom or schools student-to-device ratio? A. 20 : 1 or greater B. In the range of 10 : 1 to 19 : 1 C. In the range of 2 : 1 to 9 : 1 D. 1 : 1
B) Developing Your Model Next, it’s time to take an assessment of available resources (human, online, and offline): • Number of digital devices (laptops, tablets, computers…) • Current texts and offline materials • Software licenses, content, and trials • Teacher-developed curriuclum and lesson plans • School initiatives and available budget
Turning resources into instruction Your resources partly define your blended learning model, but it’s not the whole picture. Don’t forget your goals from Step 1 and your own personal instruction style and preferences.
Let’s look at a few examples!
1) Station Rotation Station A: Teacher-led Group Instruction Station B: Offline Group work (with or without teacher) Station C: Group work on computers or tablets
2) Lab Rotation Teacher-led Classroom Instruction Classroom with Computers/ Tablets Rotation
3) The Flipped Classroom At-Home Learning In-class Learning Student self-drives learning via online resources assigned and provided by educator Educator reinforces skills learned online with group and one-on-one instruction activities &
4) The Flex Model
C) Evaluate progress and achievement Don’t adopt a blended learning model for the sake of just adding tech to the classroom/curriculum.
Blended learning is a constant effort Important questions to consider: - Did you accomplish the goals you initially outlined? - Were all of your students’ needs met? - Did you get the most of your resources and devices? - Did you choose the most productive Blended Learning Model for your classroom? - What variables will you change for your next lesson or unit?
Quick Recap Take a three-pronged approach to developing your model and instruction strategy: A. Establish goals for your students and your instruction B. Choose your model’s makeup C. Evaluate progress and achievement
Questions or Comments? Contact info: www.wowzers.com Zack Blois Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 312-273-1340
Final Poll Question Would you like us to contact you with more information about Wowzers online math content and blended learning resources? A. Yes B. No