Showing posts with label blended learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blended learning. Show all posts

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blended Play - A Blend of Online and Offline Review Games

Blended Play is a service for creating educational games to use in your classroom. Unlike the game creation tools featured in my previous post, all of the games on Blended Play have to be played in your classroom. They have to be played in your classroom because Blended Play games are designed to be projected in the front of your room and students answer questions aloud to progress through the games.

To use Blended Play you first have to create a free account on the site. Once you have created your account you can use any of five game board templates. All games use the same question and answer format. It is just the presentation of the questions and the progress display that changes between games. For example, you can use the same ten geography questions in multiple games. When you are ready to play a game in your classroom simply log into your account, open a game, and select your questions to use in the game. You then project the game on a screen in front of your classroom and when students answer a question correctly, you mark it correct and their game pieces move forward on the digital game board.

Applications for Education
Blended Play is essentially a set of digital board game templates that you can project in your classroom to use for group review activities. It's a nice alternative to the standard Jeopardy or Bingo review activities that have been around since the dawn of time for decades. Using Blended Play isn't going to radically change your classroom, but it could provide a nice way to engage kids in a review activity.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Enhance Your Google Classroom Experience

Google Classroom is a blended learning solution that was introduced by Google in 2012 and it is one of only two products that Google has created specifically for education. It's purpose is to provide teachers with a simple way to collect,distribute, and grade assignments. Like all Google products, Classroom is constantly evolving and improving.

Let's take a look at some apps and extensions that make Google Classroom even better.
  • Share to Classroom- This extension allows teachers to push any website to their students and have it open for them in a new tab. This would be useful if you want to get all of the students to the same place quickly. 
  • Classroom Split- This extension makes Google Classroom easier for students to use. It will split their screen even so they can have their directions on one side of the screen and their work on the other side. It is similar to Tab Scissors, but it works inside of Classroom. 
  • Google Classroom App- This app allows you to have instant access to Google Classroom from your phone making it easy to do things like post assignments, ask questions, and interact with students. 
  • Whisper- This app is undergoing some upgrades so it is not working right now, but I wanted to include it because it will be incredibly useful once it is ready to go. It will allow you to quietly send messages to the entire class or to just one student. This is perfect for those times when you need to send make an announcement to the class, but everyone is working quietly and you don't want to disturb them. I will provide an update once Whisper is ready to go.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Common Craft Explains Blended Learning

Disclosure: I have an in-kind business relationship with Common Craft.

Common Craft's latest production explains blended learning in under three minutes. In the video, embedded below, teachers who are unfamiliar with the term blended learning can learn a basic definition of blended learning, the role of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) in blended learning, and the potential benefits of blended learning.


While Edmodo and Google Classroom get most of the attention these days a new LMS that is worth checking out is Otus. The possibilities for teachers using Otus seem limitless. A few of the key features that grabbed my attention are the polling tools, the resource libraries, and the assessment tools. The polling function in your Otus classroom allows you to quickly create and deliver one question polls to your students. You can create your poll as a multiple choice, true/false, or open response poll. You can choose to display names next to poll responses or hide names. Read my full review of Otus here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tackk - Create Simple Webpages for Assignments and Announcements

Tackk is a free service that you can use to quickly create simple webpages. Using Tackk you can create a page to announce an important event, to advertise an event, or to show off your best digital works. I initially tried the service last year. Recently, the Tackk team sent me a message about the various ways that teachers and students are using their service. That email got me to look at the service again.

To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days. If you register for the service your Tackk pages stay up indefinitely. I registered for the service before creating my first Tackk page. Creating my Tackk was a simple matter of uploading an image then adding text in the customizable fields above and below my image. Tackk pages can accommodate videos, audio files, and maps, but I did not include those items in my first Tackk page.

Applications for Education
Tackk has a gallery of examples of the ways that teachers and students have been using Tackk for the last year. One of the ways that Tackk is being used by teachers is to distribute and collect assignments. You can learn how to do that here.

Tackk could be a good tool for students to use to quickly create a page to show off some of their digital photography, video creation projects, or audio files. Student groups looking to create a landing page for a fundraising event may want to give Tackk a try too.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Advice and Instruction for Teaching Online

This is a bit of repost from December. I'm doing this for the great folks who were in attendance at the Alaska's Learning Network's conference/ workshop today. The conference/ workshops were all about using technology to create blended learning environments. I'll be post more about this great organization in a post later tonight.

Curt Bonk is a professor at the Indiana State University School of Education. Professor Bonk has produced a series of 27 videos containing strategies and tips for teaching online. The first video in the series, Planning an Online Course, is embedded below.


And for a text primer on teaching online courses, please see the "teaching online" section of The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Forum Network - The Best of NPR and PBS

PBS and NPR have created a new website called the Forum Network. The purpose of the Forum Network is to curate the best video and audio recording of lectures and round table discussions. The Forum Network's collection includes thousands of intelligent videos and audio files. You can search the Forum Network by topic, region, time period, speaker, or series. Commenting on the videos and audio recordings is encouraged. Commenting on Forum Network videos is much like commenting on Viddler videos in that the comments can be placed within the timeline of the video.

Applications for Education
The Forum Network videos and audio recordings could be useful content for supplementing high school and college courses. As an activity in blended learning you may want to select a video related to what your students are studying to watch and comment on when they are away from your classroom.