Published on March 6, 2014
UTILISING THE STRENGTHS OF BLENDED LEARNING WHEN WORKING WITH LITERACY AND READING COMPREHENSION Morten Fahlvik Educational Reseracher twitter.com/Fahlvik
Blended learning “Blended learning is both simple and complex. At its simplest, blended learning is the thoughtful integration of classroom face-to-face learning experiences with online learning experiences. “ Kanuka, Heater og Garrison, Randy D. (2004) «Blended learning: Uncovering its transformative potential in higher education», University of Calgary
Blended teaching at two schools
The unified classroom
Dylan Wiliam: Involve more students …. and give students time to think and reflect (Source: The Classroom Experiment A damaging classroom habit Hands http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp5E6e14oEM)
Persuasive writing in the blended classroom
At school: Classroom and computer lab
Topic: Persuasive writing
The teaching design Whole class Teacher introduce pursuasive writing. Teacher comments the online discussions in class Small Group Individual students Pupils discuss in groups Students wrote a paragraph in class + posted comments and thoughts in online discussion at home Teacher and pupils discuss in class Etc… Etc…
Comment homework and initiate peer review W. What W. Went W. Well EBI – even better if
Peer review in groups
Class discussion based on online forum
1) “What is the main point in the text?”
Taking notes on mini whiteboards
2) “What could the next paragraph be about?”
Taking notes on mini whiteboards
Working with the second paragraph
Individual work with teacher support
Summary - pupil work flow 1) First paragraph written during last lesson and part of homework 3) Features of persuasive texts given by the teacher 4 and 5) Second and third paragraph written during lesson 2) Peer feedback in class. What Went Well EBI (even better if) 6) Self assessment
Working with vocabulary in the blended classroom
The teaching design Whole class Introduction to hydro electric power production Small Group Individual students Teacher comments the survey in class Teacher and students discuss in class Students discuss in pairs Homework: Survey vocabulary and terminology Students create x-words
Summary • Pupils 11 years old • Great teaching design • One computer in the classroom • • • • Open discussion Pupil centric teaching Activated pupils Many subject related conversations • Pupils 13 years old • Great teaching design • Three PCs in the classroom Several laptops available • “Closed” survey • Pupil centric teaching • Activated pupils • Many subject related conversations
Morten Fahlvik Education Research Manager www.twitter.com/fahlvik Morten.Fahlvik@itslearning.com
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