Blended Learning Strategies

for Common-Core Math

Take-Away List

1. Blended learning is instruction that combines face-to-face classroom methods with e-learning (electronic learning).
2. E-learning can be in/out of classroom, self-paced/instructor led, asynchronous/synchronous, distance/face-to-face, and/or flexible.
2. Blended learning accommodates students when instructional time and resources are limited.
3. When thinking about blended learning, become familiar with available resources and blend one subject at a time.


Reflection

This webinar presentation was very helpful in learning about blended learning in the mathematics classroom. The first speaker is a middle school teacher. She discussed several different resources she uses in her blended classroom. These resources included discussion boards and blogs. The second speaker is an elementary teacher. She also discussed several different resources that she utilizes as well as instructional videos to help understand how to implement blended learning. I really enjoyed the second speaker. She seemed very knowledgeable of blended learning. She provided great examples of how she incorporates blended learning into her third grade classroom.


Additional Resources

The Basics of Blended Learning

This video provides an overview of the fundamentals of blended learning. This video also includes examples of blended learning models. My favorite of the models is the class rotation model. In this model groups of 4-5 students rotate every 20 minutes to different stations which includes a teacher at one of the stations. The presenter is very knowledgeable about this topic and gives valid information on the concept of blended learning.


The Basics of Blended Learning

'Blended Learning' Win Win Sitiuation

This article explains reasons for implementing blended learning into classrooms. According to the article, blended learning keeps students engaged. The author pointed out that technology works best in subjects where there are indisputable right answers, such as math, but the range of adaptive software products is expanding.


Blended Learning Toolkit

This website provides an overview of blended learning. Reasons for incorporating a blended learning classroom is also discussed. This website does a great job at offering ideas on developing or expanding blended learning classrooms.