After the fantastic introduction by Jon Reinhard, I started my portion of the Blended Learning experience by sharing out how I set up a blended learning classroom. When creating a blended learning classroom, I often set up the room like an Apple Store. I have a place where the students can "play or explore" new concepts or ideas, a "genius bar" where the students can ask and post questions, a "theater session" where I can pull all of the students together to have a group conversation, and finally, "lab sessions" where the students are either learning on their own or with a teacher in small groups. I used this type of classroom structure when I ran a Blended Learning high school in Columbus, Ohio. Next, I shared out a couple of my favorite blended learning tools that I use when I create blended learning lesson plans for schools all around the country. Here are just few of my favorite online tools.
Class Badges- This online tool will help to motivate, progress check, and monitor the students through the blended learning process.
Padlet- Creating a space for the students to share out ideas, thoughts, or even a place to post a finished product. I often use Padlet as a mini discussion board that they students can post to during or after class.
YouTube Time- Cut to the chase and show only the most important parts of the online video.
Smore- Don't just have the students turn in a project but rather have them publish a project through tools like Smore.
BlendSpace- When designing or creating a blended learning lesson plan, I use the online resource BlendSpace to help the students navigate through the blended learning course. Here is an example of one of my Blended Learning lessons using BlendSpace
If you would like to learn more about how to set up a Blended Learning Classroom feel free to contact me, Marcia Kish, at email@example.com or follow me on twitter @dsdpd
Next Amanda Kudron from West Generation Academy in Denver, Colorado presented on how she uses blended learning in her humanities classroom. Amanda teaches 9th grade humanities and has been using the Blended Learning model in her classroom for two years. During the presentation she talked about how she sets up the rotational blended learning model and rotates the students through hands on activities, a teacher station, and finally through a computer station. Using this model, Amanda has seen the students achieve at higher levels of learning. Also, Amanda explained that by using this model, she is able to differentiate instruction to all learners. If you would like to learn more about the blended learning classroom through the eyes of a 9th grade teacher, feel free to contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.