Blended Learning

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In this series of posts, I am thinking about what is in our heads when we use language specific to education.

Yesterday, I tackled our ideas of school, images that are often locked in a world that existed when we were there every day as children.

How does our language limit our thinking and our ability to move forward in education so that our children are not experiencing such a disconnect between their lives in and out of school?

Blended Learning is a more recent buzz phrase that has been defined in Ontario to mean everything from “using the provincial LMS in a f2f class” to “combining digital media with traditional classroom presence”.  Usually this is with the purpose of giving students some flexibility with regard to the time and place they “do their work”.

But are we just doing traditional things online?

Is using the dropbox to organize and secure student assignments so we can check “upload dates” against due dates, and so we can use an online originality checker, really moving forward?

 

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Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Image is linked to original.

 

We can leverage digital tools to completely change what is possible in schools.  Alan November shares 6 questions to ask ourselves when we use digital tools in f2f classrooms:

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Alan November. Image is linked to original post.

 

If blended learning is just a place to post news items and gather assignments, are we really transforming our teaching practice?

What other words in education to we need to rethink the definition of?

1. School

2. Blended Learning

3. eLearning

4. Cell Phones

5. Student Success

6. Professional Development

7. Student Achievement

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Watch here for links to other 2/5 Day 2 posts.

Pause by Jessica Weber

Podcast with Alison Bullock by Carlo Fusco

References:

Crafting a Vision for Learning and Teaching Beyond the $1000.00 Pencil: Alan November

Featured image by Giulia Forsythe CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0

One thought on “Blended Learning

  1. The blended classroom is one of the greatest places to explore methods to transform education. Some of the most innovative things I have seen have been from blended classrooms. It is these teachers that have embraced SAMR and are really looking at the MR of the model.

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