What is Blended Learning? Blended courses (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. How much of the face-to-face instruction must be replaced by online coursework? This question will vary greatly by class, discipline, and learning objectives. The Online Learning Consortium (formerly, the Sloan Consortium, a professional organization dedicated to postsecondary online learning) defines blended learning as a course where 30%-70% of the instruction is delivered online. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides many useful resources related blended learning. The National Center for Academic Transformation has done a significant amount of work related to course redesign, including the innovative use of technology for blended learning. The addition of technology to any academic program must be accompanied by fundamental process re-design. Courses can be blended in many ways and for many reasons.
A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows Below is a list of some of the best free tools teachers and students can use to create awesome slideshow and presentations. 1- KnovioKnovio gives life to static slides and with a simple click you will be able to turn them into rich video and audio presentations that you can share with your friends and colleagues via email or popular social media websites. Knovio does not require any software installation or download, it is all web based. 2- AheadAhead is a great presentation tool for educators. 3- HelloSlideHelloSlide is a cool web tool that allows its users to create awesome slides together with voice narration. 4- JuxJux is one of the best showcase for your stories. 5- SlidestaxxSlidestaxx is a great presentation tool. 6- Present.meIt allows its users to record and share their presentations using their webcams. 8- SlideboomSlideboom is a slide hosting service where you can store your presentations and share them with the rest of the world. 11- Zoho Show
Best practices for blended learning Teaching a blended course starts with a re-examination of the intended learning outcomes of the course. An instructor needs to design online and in-class learning activities that support these intended learning outcomes and integrate them together effectively with the assessments. Instructors should discuss with students why their course is being taught as a blended course and to prepare them for their role and responsibilities. The following are aspects of effective course design and instructor behaviour that can be applied to blended courses; however, they are applicable to all courses whether they are face-to-face, blended or completely online. Intended learning outcomes are measurable, achievable, relevant, concise, and clearly stated. See Chickering and Ehrmann's "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever" for an in-depth discussion of each of these best practices.
7 Public Speaking Tips From the World's Best Speakers & Presenters [SlideShare] It’s 7:54 on a frigid January morning in San Francisco. You’re waiting outside the Moscone Center, in a queue of several thousand people, many of whom have been camping out in the cold for over 12 hours. The security detail for this event rivals the Democratic National Convention. Another hour passes before you’re comfortably seated in a giant auditorium that’s crackling with anticipation. Finally, at 9:43 a.m., the moment you’ve been waiting for arrives. The thin, soft-spoken man gracing the stage in his signature turtleneck and jeans, clears his throat, takes a sip from his water bottle, then pauses for a full 12 seconds before uttering these words: "This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years. Download 20 of the best presentation examples here to inspire your next presentation. Such was the scene on January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in one of the most captivating product launches in history. What, if anything, do they have in common?
Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines - D. Randy Garrison, Norman D. Vaughan This groundbreaking book offers a down-to-earth resource for the practical application of blended learning in higher education as well as a comprehensive examination of the topic. Well-grounded in research, Blended Learning in Higher Education clearly demonstrates how the blended learning approach embraces the traditional values of face-to-face teaching and integrates the best practices of online learning. This approach has proven to both enhance and expand the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and learning in higher education across disciplines. In this much-needed book, authors D. Randy Garrison and Norman D. Blended Learning in Higher Education Outlines seven blended learning redesign principlesExplains the professional development issues essential to the implementation of blended learning designsPresents six illustrative scenarios of blended learning designContains practical guidelines to blended learning redesignDescribes techniques and tools for engaging students
Use Technology Techniques > Public speaking > Speaking Tips > Use Technology Description | Example | Discussion | See also Description In presentations, do make best use of technology but do not over-use it. A common tool is Powerpoint (or other slideshow software) coupled to a computer projector which shows slides on a large screen. Other technology that can be useful include: Wireless mouse to advance slides from wherever you are. Example I regularly use a wireless mouse with a built-in laser pointer. Discussion Technology is a boon to the effective speaker who can use it to enhance their presentation. There is a danger with PowerPoint in that it can be used as a presentation crutch, propping up the ill-prepared speaker. Some audiences expect the latest technology to be used -- most notably those who work in the technology industry. A final tip: technology can fail, leaving you high and dry. See also Powerpoint Tips
The Teacher Scream Oral Presentations: Tips on How to Deliver a Speech for School or Work Scavenger Hunts: Searching for Treasure on the Internet! Internet scavenger hunts are a way for students to practice problem solving, improve their reading and comprehension skills, and learn how to search the Internet. Included: A sampling of online scavenger hunts for students of all ages! Scavenger hunts, or treasure hunts, have quickly become one of the most popular tools for teaching students how to access and use the resources and information available on the Internet. Online scavenger hunts are easy to create and the resulting interactive searches are both fun and informative for students. Below is a sampling of Internet scavenger hunts that have appeared on the pages of Education World during the past year: The Ants Go Marching...Into Your Lesson Plans! Article by Linda Starr Education World® Copyright © 2010 Education World
7 Trends in Public Speaking and Presentations (Part 2) Page 1 of 2 I think most of us have a love/hate relationship with PowerPoint. It’s easy. It’s predictable. You can throw a presentation together quickly, if you need to. But should you? In Part 1 of this two-part series on presentation and conference trends, we discussed 7 general trends in presentation style. In this second part of our series, I’ll cover 7 more trends, this time focusing on conference and presentation technology. Trend #1: There’s an App for That Conference guide, event, and presentation apps are quickly becoming common, even standard, particularly at larger conferences. There are even multi-event apps that let you carry over essential information and branding from one conference to the next, with attendees only needing to download one app. Trend #2: Putting the Crowd to Work Speaking of interacting, I'm sure you've heard the news. I even know of one pastor who uses polling software to engage his congregation! Trend #3: Technology for Small Meetings Pages
The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. Pixiclip is another wonderful tool to create step by step instructional videos to use in your flipped classroom. 3- Explain Everything Explain Everything is a great interactive whiteboard that allows you to create screencasts and video tutorials using annotation, animation, narration, importing, and exporting almost anything to and from almost anywhere. 4- Knowmia Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. 6- Educreations