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Blended learning globaledcon 2010

  1. 1. Blended Learning for History & Social Science courses Mike Gwaltney mikegwaltney.net/blog Twitter: @MikeGwaltney Email: mike@mikegwaltney.net Global Education Conference 2010
  2. 2. Essential Questions for Conversation  What is Blended Learning?  Why is it beneficial for our students?  What strategies work best in a Blended Learning model?  What resources can be employed in traditional classes to start blending teaching and learning?  What challenges are presented by a move to a Blended Learning model?
  3. 3. Classroom Online Joins the best aspects of face-to- face instruction with the best aspects of online education.
  4. 4. Effective? Relevant? • There is early evidence that a "blended" instructional approach can result in learning outcome gains (http://www.uic.edu/depts/oee/blended/work shop/bibliography.pdf). • 93% of Higher Ed instructors and admin say they are using blended learning strategies somewhere in their institution. 7 in 10 expect more than 40% of their schools’ courses to be blended by 2013 (Bonk, C. J. & Graham, C. R. (Eds.). • Web Learning @ Penn State Univ. http://weblearning.psu.edu/
  5. 5. Why Do it? 21st Century Competencies 21st CenturyTasks
  6. 6. What’s the Balance? Goals, Policies, etc. How much Face-to-Face time? How much Online time? “Web-Centric” vs. Fully Blended
  7. 7. “The Flip”Version  Classroom time is used for interactive experiences / discussion of big ideas  Collaboration, CriticalThinking, Creative problem- solving are done with instructor on the side  Online time is used for consumption of multimedia-rich content  Student acquires important information on his/her own
  8. 8. Students consume content
  9. 9. Gold-Standard Blended Learning  Student-Centered  Students are “doing” online, teachers are facilitating / coaching  Students make their own meaning by applying (transferring) what they learn to "authentic, meaningful, worthwhile tasks” online, creating content  PerformanceTasks and Assessments are Authentic i.e. “real-world”  Communicate and Collaborate  Manage information  Think Critically and Problem-solve  Create own products with Authentic Audiences
  10. 10. Blogging Debate
  11. 11. Questions so far?  What is Blended Learning?  Why is it beneficial for our students?  What strategies work best in a Blended Learning model?
  12. 12. Getting Started  Web Hosting  Google Sites  Blogs  Edublogs, Wordpress, Blogger  Learning Managements Systems (LMS)  Blackboard, Moodle, Haiku, etc.  Social Networks  Ning, Facebook
  13. 13. Ning
  14. 14. Tools Content Consumption  Textbook Sites  OnlineVideo  TED,YouTube,TeacherTube, Discovery Ed, etc.  News sites  RSS Feeds / Blogs  Podcats  iTunes, iTunes U  GapMinder  Newseum Content Creation  Images  Flickr, Picasa, National Archives  ScreenCastingVideos  Jing  Video Uploading  YouTube,Vimeo  Video Creation  Animoto  Graphic Organizers  bubbl.us
  15. 15. Screencasting http://www.techsmith.com/jing/
  16. 16. Video
  17. 17. Video http://vimeo.com/
  18. 18. http://bubbl.us/ Graphic Organizers
  19. 19. Great Online Content for History and Social ScienceTeachers  Teaching History withTechnology http://www.thwt.org/  NCSSTeacher Network: http://ncssnetwork.ning.com/group/teachingwithtechnolo gy  100 Great History Blogs http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2008/09/10/100- awesome-blogs-for-history-junkies/
  20. 20. Web 2.0Tools for Gold-Standard Blended Learning Collaborate  Google Documents  Social Bookmarking  Diigo, Delicious  Wikis  Google Sites, Wikispaces  Microblogging and Social Networking  Twitter, Ning, Facebook  Personal Learning Networks Create  Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts  VoiceThread Speeches, Debates  Storytelling  Animoto, Prezi  Video  Online Discussion
  21. 21. Wikis http://www.wikispaces.com
  22. 22. https://sites.google.com Wikis – Google Sites
  23. 23. VoiceThread http://voicethread.com/
  24. 24. VoiceThread embedded
  25. 25. Twitter
  26. 26. Emerging: Mobile Learning  "We learn anywhere, anytime, anyplace; there are opportunities to learn all around us everyday.We learn in the home, office, on the road. Likewise, educational content can be shaped to fit all kinds of useful delivery media that is convenient, user-friendly, and (most important) serves the educational need of members without the content being shortchanged or trivialized." Smith,J.(2001)
  27. 27. Assessing Online Learning  Implications for Rubrics  include 2 traits to distinguish between:  content understanding  product/performance quality  Rubric must be properly weighted to reward the trait emphasized by the task/assessment
  28. 28. Questions?  What resources can be employed in traditional classes to start blending teaching and learning?  What challenges are presented by a move to a Blended Learning model?
  29. 29. http://www.globaleducationwiki.com/
  30. 30. References  Watson, John. Blending Learning:The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education.Vienna,VA: North American Council for Online Learning, 2008. Promising Practices in Online Learning. North American Council for Online Learning. Web. 10 June 2010. http://www.inacol.org/research/ promisingpractices/NACOL_PP- BlendedLearning-lr.pdf.  Smith, Judith M. Ph.D. (2001). "Blended Learning: An Old Friend Gets a New Name." ExecutiveUpdate, Online. http://www.gwsae.org/Executiveupdate/2001/March/blended.htm

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