Recipe for Success with Blended Learning

Maximize Productivity and Student Outcomes with Blended Learning

Ingredients:

1 PHYSICAL CLASSROOM • 1 FLEXIBLE DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT • 1 DEDICATED TEACHER • 1 TECHNOLOGY DEVICE FOR EACH STUDENT, ENOUGH FOR GROUP ROTATION, OR DEVICES ACCESSIBLE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM

Blended Learning Directions:

  1. Consider Your Goals
  2. Inventory Hardware & Software
  3. Leverage Technology
  4. Involve Students
  5. Other Quick Tips

 

1. Consider Your Goals.

Do you want to increase communication between students, parents, and teachers? Facilitate student collaboration? Encourage critical thinking? By defining your goals, you’re more likely to achieve success in your blended learning classroom.

2. Inventory Hardware and Software.

Think about the hardware and software you currently have available to you and what tools you need. Does each student have a device,or will you need to rotate groups between instructor-led and online activities? Will you need a learning management system (LMS) that will save you time in preparing lessons, grading and communicating with stakeholders?

3. Leverage Technology.

Think about how integrating technology into your lesson can help you better reach your goals. For example, you can save time by sharing feedback with online grading, or even recording audio or video comments to accommodate a variety of learners.

4. Involve Students.

Give students voice and choice to make learning more meaningful to them. Encourage them to choose how to demonstrate what they’ve learned by allowing them to turn in a text assignment, a drawing, and audio recording, or a video.

5. Other Quick Tips for Blended Learning Success:

  • Rather than making paper copies, stapling and distributing to students, post assignments and handouts online for easy access by students.
  • Instead of spending hours curating and creating curriculum, use pre-vetted and standards-aligned Open Education Resources.
  • When grading online, give feedback using text, audio or video. Or have students assess peers through online discussions for more meaningful interactions.
  • Ask students to review online materials for homework, then use class time for collaboration and personalized teaching time.

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