The video below, from Education Elements, explains Blended Learning and describes the different models.
At WIS (as of May 2018), we encourage the 'class rotation model' simply because teachers will have more access to the whole class and we already encourage stations in classes. Furthermore, the computer lab is mostly filled by secondary school classes making it in accessible to the whole of primary school. In the video from Edutopia below, although this is a middle/high school class, this is what Blended Learning could look like in a class.
I approached Stacy and expressed concern over StudentX who struggled reading three letter words. StudentX was 8 years old at the time. Stacy confirmed she was also concerned about StudentX and was looking for ways to intervene and assist. We discussed the Teach Your Monster To Read game typically played by students younger than StudentX. It has different levels from letter recognition, reading first words to reading sentences. Stacy was keen to give it a go and suggested we start from the first level. I created an account for StudentX and informed Stacy that this game gives us feedback on StudentX's learning. Student X is currently enjoying learning with the game as they can play the game when they feel like playing it, it automatically adjusts scenarios as they play based on their ability and it gives them positive encouragement. Stacy regularly asks me for StudentX's progress stats from the Teach Your Moster To Read game as she would like to compare that with their performance in class and adjust classroom activities.
Below is a sample of a report from the Teach Your Monster To Read game.
Stacy employs the Blended Learning approach to supporting StudentX as she combines traditional classroom strategies with a technology tool to help them learn.
You have embedded content to your blog and you find that the width is wider than you want it to be. How do you fix that? Watch this tutorial.
Here is a quick video i created to show how to embed a video from Google Drive to Blogger. I recommend uploading all videos to Google Drive, preferably to a 'Blog Documents' folder that you will never delete. That 'Blog Documents' will maintain sharing settings allowing anyone with a link to access even without a Google Account.
A better option would be to upload videos to YouTube. Unfortunately, at this point, we can not upload content to YouTube on our school accounts in Namibia.
The tutorial below shows how to embed a Google Slides presentation to blogger.
If you really need to, any Google Document or Google Spreadsheet can also be embedded this way.
Take the conversation outside the classroom. Get a global perspective. During the past week, PYP exhibition students have been conducting surveys. You may have students conducting research for a science fair or for any particular project. A lot of requests have gone out for homeroom teachers to post surveys on their Edmodo (LMS) classes in order to reach the Middle School community. While that's one way of doing it, to reach the local community, it may limit the audience. I recommend using social media tools to reach a wider audience, a global community to get a broader perspective. One great tool is twitter. Teachers are encouraged to create a PLN (Personal Learning Network) using Twitter, Google+, Facebook among other tools.
If a student shares a link to their survey (Google Form) make sure it allows people from outside the school to access it, then send a tweet and add a hashtag, for example, #pypexhibition. Teachers who follow this hashtag will be able to let their students participate in your survey wherever they are. Posting it on a facebook group or Google+ community will also help. It would also help for you to engage in conversations online and complete other's surveys.
#commentsforkids or #comment4kids has a large community of teachers looking for other teachers and students to comment on their students' work or blogs. You can use these hashtags to get a global audience for class blogs or any student work.
Create a PDF document from any Google Docs/Drawings/Slides or Sheets document by following the directions below.
A PDF version of your document will be created and saved in the downloads folder on your computer. Upload it to your Drive, attach it to an e-mail or save it on a removable drive when done.
Working on a poster or flyer? Have students working on a project for your class? Looking for an image for your latest blog post? It can be very tempting and easy to go to Google to look for images. Most images on Google have a copyright or creative commons licence attached to them. It may not be easy to deduce whether one is free to use these images without asking for permission or not.
Next time you or your students are looking for an image or photo on the internet, try these three websites. There are plenty more out there, i usually use these three. Comment below and let us know any other websites you have come across or that you use.
Pixabay, Pexels and Unsplash are websites with images that you and your students can use for free, for anything without referencing sources. You can just copy and paste. Pexels also has royalty free videos. When students work on a project, encourage them to respect other people's content online by referencing sources appropriately or using royalty free content.
Another alternative is Google's advanced image search which allows you to filter images by licence as shown below.
So you have created a Google Form and you want to send it out as a survey or to collect information from students, parents, teachers. Simply press the send button and choose any of the options below.
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