PBL Made Easy With Blended Learning What is Project Based Learning? “Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying.” Common Characteristics of PBL: Hands onInquiry drivenCollaborativeStudent centeredRelevantTackles real world challengesShared with larger community or audience How is PBL aligned with Common Core? Emphasizes communication Stresses real world relevance Encourages higher-order thinking skills – analysis, synthesis, evaluation & creation! Goals of PBL: Develop flexible knowledge & adaptive expertiseMotivate self-directed learningTeach effective problem solvingDrive inquiryLearn how to communicate & collaborateImprove intrinsic motivationShift to active learning Web 2.o Tools to Support a Blended Approach to PBL: Project based learning by nature takes time. Google search - search engine for finding great information.
6 Types of Blended Learning [Infographic] Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical boundaries. As digital and social media become more and more prevalent in the life of learners, it was only a matter of time before learning became “blended” by necessity. That said, there’s a bit more to Blended and “Hybrid” Learning than throwing in a little digital learning. 6 Types of Blended Learning Face-to-face DriverRotationFlexOnline LabSelf-BlendOnline Driver We’re going to talk more about Blended Learning in the June issue of Edudemic Magazine for iPad.
Building Your Course First Things First The melding of the face-to-face and online environments in blended learning offers a unique set of opportunities and challenges in the course design process. Although many factors intervene in successfully building your blended course, defining your teaching, and learning philosophy at first lays a solid foundation for the development of a quality course. Knowing where you stand on what constitutes teaching and learning will help you envision the protocols and strategies throughout the life of a course from its creation to its delivery. Before delving into the type of content or technology to incorporate in your blended course, charting the direction to pursue is fundamental. A course blueprint provides such direction which will prove useful while designing, building and delivering the blended course. Course description: portrays what the course is going to cover. Course Blueprint: This diagram is an example of a course blueprint for a History course. The Nitty Gritty
The Right Mix: How One Los Angeles School is Blending a Curriculum for Personalized Learning Patty Berganza is a chatty 16-year-old with a mouthful of braces, a thick mane of black hair, and a lightning fast brain. The last of these left her so bored at her previous Los Angeles high school that she racked up more than 49 unexcused absences in one year and earned a reputation as a slacker. Despite her dismal grade point average and enormous gaps in knowledge, she was continually promoted to the next grade. Where Patty once routinely slumped at the back of the classroom texting her friends about her disregard for her teachers and her courses, she now perches front and center, attentive and engaged. That’s right—here at the Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School, a charter school on L.A.’s eastside, every teacher is responsible for at least a third more students than any sound educator would recommend. Blended learning was not originally on the table when the Alliance network first considered the possibilities of technology for improving instruction. Tubbs says.
2013: The Year of the Blended Learner If a clear division still exists between the traditional classroom and online distance learning, then a hybrid model like blended instruction seeks to muddy those waters. Another grey area to explore and master may not sound like an appealing prospect for the new year, but those two low-tech vs. high-tech scenarios are polarizing over-simplifications that I believe hold us back as educators. That's one of many reasons why blended learning is such an exciting prospect for 2013. My prediction for the field of adult education in 2013 is the widespread adoption of blended learning. I'm not exaggerating or being sensational about this. I've said in the past that we're going to see a 'second coming of blended learning' (because the concept is not a new one - hello KET's GED Connection, my old sweetheart). We're not talking about recycling an old concept or another unfunded mandate for stretched thin programs and practitioners. Created by Knewton and Column Five Media
iNACOL » Role of Teacher A fairly common misconception about online learning is that in the online environment the teacher is less important than in the classroom. While there are online learning courses that are intended to be “teacherless” (or with a reduced teacher role), in general teachers remain central to the learning process in the online virtual classroom. Anyone familiar with technology in the 21st century—recognizes that the role of the teacher is changing. The online teacher’s role can be broken down into several categories: Guiding and Individualizing Learning: The online teacher is guiding student learning in the online course. References for footnotes can be found on the resources page or click on the footnote number for a direct link.
BlendKit Course: BlendKit Reader: Chapter 4 Course Home | Schedule | Learning Activities | DIY Tasks | Readings | Blogging | Real Time Sessions/Archive Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 Edited by Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D. Portions of the following chapter are adapted from “Teaching Blended Learning Courses” in Best Practices in Online Teaching by Larry Ragan under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license and “New Learners? New Educators? New Skills? Questions to Ponder In what experiences (direct or vicarious) will you have students participate during your blended learning course? Content + Assignments = Modules Having given due attention to articulating learning outcomes (Chapter 1) and designing assessments of learning (Chapter 3), it behooves us now to turn to the direct means of facilitating student learning: content and assignments (learning activities). Online materials are central to a blended course’s success, and the students’ work online must be relevant to the in-class activities.
What Exactly Is Blended Learning? We’ve been discussing blended learning on Edudemic for several months but I had been struggling to find a video that helps explain what it actually is and why you should care. Then I happened upon one of the startups I’ve been watching. Education Elements has a terrific page along with a video to describe exactly what blended learning is, what it hopes to achieve, and what it looks like. I’ve embedded the video and some helpful snippets of information below. Benefits of blended learning Blended learning allows teachers to do what they do best – work directly and closely with individual students and small groups – by harnessing the adaptive power and precision of technology. - help each student master the content and skills they need, - allow teachers to get the most out of their planning and instructional time, and - streamline operations with costs similar to – or less than – traditional schooling. What blended learning *isn’t* Exploring the possibilities
iNACOL » The Dimensions of Online and Blended Learning In 2006, Greg Vanourek identified ten dimensions that defined an online learning program. These dimensions later were published in the annual Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning publication. These characteristics of an online learning program greatly impact the way a specific program is structured from the details of the program’s policies, to the type of students that will be best served by the program. In 2010, Michigan Virtual University created a similiar diagram that defines seven dimensions of blended learning models. Again, these characteristics have significant impact on the structure of a specifc blended learning program. 37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow 37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow by Dr. Justin Marquis Remixing the curriculum – compiling resources from a variety of sources such as free online texts, proprietary information from publishers, and self-created media such as podcasts – is starting to push its way into K-12 and higher education. Gathering the Ingredients Before Remixing Like any course development process, there is a good deal of research that goes into remixing the contents of a new or existing class curriculum. Consider including a small selection of remixed materials at first and expand each time you teach the class. Free Courseware Free Online Texts Video Resources Remember, as will all sources from the Internet, you will want to confirm the validity of each one that you choose to include in a class. 37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow is a cross-post from onlineuniversities.com and Dr.
What Is Blended Learning? These Videos Will Get You Started Blended learning is one of those buzz words in education and technology these days. It’s not bringing a blender to class and trying a ‘Will It Blend?’ type project. Sorry, had to include that joke. See Also: How Teachers Are Using Blended Learning Right Now If you’ve been curious about blended learning but don’t know where to get started, these videos are basically a boot camp in the form of video infographics. We all know the old adage: an image is worth a thousand words. Below is part II of the presentation on Blended Learning. References: - The rise of K-12 blended learning by Heather Staker - Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms by Catlin R.
The Basics of Blended Learning With the growing embrace of technology into education, there emerges a whole bunch of new concepts and technical terminology in the teaching and learning literature to the point that it becomes cumbersome to keep track of the novelties in this field. Sometimes the lines are blurred and you can not even differentiate between one concept and the other as is the case between flipped classroom and blended learning. The list of such technical terminology is growing bigger and bigger and now we have : virtual classroom,, MOOCs, Asynchronous learning, virtual learning environment, Online Lab, to mention but some. Given the growing perplexity of such jargon, I deemed it important to go through each concept and try to provide you with resources that explain it the best, and just as I did with Flipper Classroom in earlier posts, today I am sharing with you some great videos to help you understand what Blended learning is all about. 1- The Basics of Blended Learning
Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly © 2008 Stefan Hrastinski EDUCAUSE Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 4 (October–December 2008) Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning A study of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning methods discovered that each supports different purposes By Stefan Hrastinski Today’s workforce is expected to be highly educated and to continually improve skills and acquire new ones by engaging in lifelong learning. For e-learning initiatives to succeed, organizations and educational institutions must understand the benefits and limitations of different e-learning techniques and methods. My work has focused on the benefits and limitations of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning and addresses questions such as when, why, and how to use these two modes of delivery. Defining Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning An ongoing debate addresses the usefulness of asynchronous versus synchronous e-learning. Three Types of Communication * Adapted from Haythornthwaite. Research Background Figure 1 Click image for larger view.
Make Thinking Visible with the Flipped Classroom Model Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT Duration: One hour From Harvard University to inner city Detroit to rural Colorado; from basic introductory classes to AP courses, teachers are experiencing significant improvement in student achievement transitioning to the ‘Flipped Classroom’ model. A side benefit is that teachers save time. The flip model represents a merger of: The Socratic method where students are responsible for meaningful conversation while in classResearch in cognitive science that shows students need immediate feedbackThe emergence of powerful learning online communities where student thinking can become more visible and mutually supportive The flip model represents a significant cultural change in the traditional classroom and changing roles of student and teacher. Attendees will: Click through to page 2 to view the archive…