Hybrid learning – a powerful mix of face-to-face and virtual learning that uses digital toolsThe combination of face-to-face and virtual learning that characterizes most modern classrooms. "Blended" refers to the mixture of digital media, online sites and face to face teaching and learning that occurs both during classes and outside school. The teacher is no longer the 'font of all knowledge', but more of a facilitator of learning. Someone who can encourage, guide, recommend resources, advise, suggest improvements, monitor student reflections and provide tools for self assessment and evaluation.
Perfecting the Blend Conference“Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning” Britt Gow http://moourl.com/qz4e3 Mt Clear College Friday, 7th December, 11.30am
Science, Maths and VCEEnvironmental ScienceOnline teacher atHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW VictoriaTechnoscience blog since2008Twitter @email@example.com
In 2011 and 2012 I have usedBlackboard Collaborate to teachUnit 3 and 4 VCE EnvironmentalScience to students fromdifferent schools around thestate. We connected for 90minutes each weeksynchronously and used myblog, email and Facebookasynchronously.We have met at Ecolinc, BacchusMarsh in term 1 and atEcoBeach Apollo Bay YHA duringterm 3 holidays.
• Audio and video• Interactive whiteboard• Text chat• Polling tools• Emoticons• Web tours• Application sharing• http://moourl.com/qz4e3
“Hi Britt,I just wanted to thank you for everything this year. Iwouldnt have been able to do Environmental Sciencewithout you and youve made it so easy and enjoyable.Really do appreciate all the work youve put in, thank you!!I was also wondering if I can put you down as a refereewhen Im applying for jobs. The letter of recommendationyouve already written me is awesome.Regards, Dannielle :) ”
“Britt, i would just like to thankyou for being such a greatteacher this year, even if it was only via blackboard collaborate.the classes that you provide for students like me, that dont havethe oppotunity to study enviromental science at their ownschool really benefited me in the long run. Your classes are verysucessful and give great oppotunites. so thankyou once again. and thankyou for offering to be a referance for me, and i will besure to take that offer up in the near future.thanks so very much britt, and i wish you well, for you nextblackboard collaborate year, i will be sure to highly reccommedenviromental science to anyone, looking at the course.”
How do we define Blended Learning?http://digitaltoolbox.wikispaces.com/Blended+Learning“Blended learning refers to any time a studentlearns, at least in part, at a brick-and-mortarfacility and through online delivery with studentcontrol over time, path, pace or place.”
Findings from brain research:• Brains are unique, specialized and not equally good at everything• Brains are designed for fluctuations rather than constant attention – searching for changes• Emotions are critical to successful learning – threat and anxiety impair learning• Multi-sensory input is desired by our brains• Brains continue to change throughout our lives
How does brain research impact on your teaching in the face to face classroom?
Enriching the online environment• Positive emotional support• Encourage social interaction• Allow active participation• Multi-modal presentations (text, images, voice, other audio, video, web tours, application sharing, drawing tools, clip art and icons, quizzes, maps)
Which is the best reason for uptake of technology in classrooms? A. The power to engage students B. Students use technology already C. Its not going to go away...it will only grow & employers want skilled workers D. Professional development
Which of the following are characteristics of 21st C learners?A. Multi-taskers and digitally literateB. Sociable, mobile and connected 24/7C. Visual / spatial learners with fastresponse times & short attention spansD. All of the above
“Teaching is an art form nota delivery system.”“A tool is only as powerfulas the creativity of theperson who uses it.”“A cupboard full ofinstruments does notproduce music – a suitcaseof web tools does not leadto creativity on it’s own.”Sir Ken Robinson
and• social bookmarking• register• create a profile• connect with like-minded individuals & groups• Join a conversation• Share an artefact (link,photo, screenshot, wordleconcept map, video…….
“Each of the three pre-service teachers worked with threedifferent mentor teachers and spent time with the ICT expertteacher to learn how to use various online programs. Theyalso had welfare support from a leading teacher, andparticipated in full staff meetings, school camps andexcursions. These were all valuable experiences that allowedthe PSTs to have contact with many, if not all, the staff of oursmall, rural school.”
“If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need to have a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content knowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21st century is gone already – get cracking with 21st century learning” Prof. Stephen Heppell
Memory and retrieval• Mnemonics – acronyms or rhymes• Humour – cartoons and YouTube• Famous quotes that resonate• Chunking (5, 7 or 9 points)• Movement and colour• Mystery & surprise• Use patterns• Mix it up
Practical considerations• Technology does not replace experiments• Does every student have access to devices?• Does every student have internet access?• Preferred learning styles?• Concentration span – mix it up!• Plan B and Plan C• Best tool for the job of learning
REFERENCES• Clemons, Stephanie A. (2005) “Brain-based learning: Possible Implications for Online Instruction”• Illeris, Knud (2007) “How We Learn: Learning and Non-learning in School and Beyond”• Olsen, Richard (2011) “Understanding Virtual Pedagogies for Contemporary Teaching and Learning”