If you walk across a classroom where the teacher is not in front of the room but with one of the groups asking and answering questions referring to her tablet from time to time; has an informal seating arrangement and students working in groups for which they have researched beforehand using various platforms of technology, it is a blended learning integrated classroom. Blended learning is a combination of technology and teacher-led instruction creating an academic synergy engaging learners and inspiring them to research more into the content.
Three characteristics of blended learning
- Teachers figure out a student’s strength and weakness using technology
- Students follow routines with little or no interruption to instruction
- Every activity has a purpose
Videos are reviewed and internet articles read by the students either at home or in the school library before the start of the project and teachers become their guides, thus combining self-directed learning with teacher support.
Hybrid learning in your classroom
So how can you integrate blended learning in the classroom? The lesson can be taught partly through technology. Digital and online media can provide insight to some of the concepts. Determine the best model which is in tune with the needs of your students to establishing a blended learning.
- Rotational- Rotational model as learning centers offers students transition from activity to activity where one of the centers is technology based.
- Flex- Online learning the main source of instructions in this model
- A la carte- Students select the modules they need and take all the classes online.
- Enriched virtual- Teacher administers instructions individually and the students complete some of their coursework online.
Blended learning phases
- Phase 1- Teachers provides a guideline and the students are responsible for completion of the task. Teachers could begin with a simpler one and gradually acclimatize them to into accomplishing everything on their own regardless of the blended learning model selected.
- Phase 2- Teacher can differentiate and individualize the assignments.
- Phase 3- Students take ownership of their learning. They chalk out their own schedules and task lists. The activities become collaborative and project based.
Source: The Tech Edvocate