The blended classroom is a hybrid of traditional instruction mixed with digital instruction that involves some element of student control over their own learning. When my school system first went 1:1 (one tech device per student), I had mixed feelings. I love incorporating technology into my classroom, but I also love my paper interactive notebooks. I have gotten excellent results with each.
I have always been a fan of compromise and happy mediums. I’m not an all-in, die-hard, one-method person, and I was a little afraid that going 1:1 may pressure me to be that way. But then I realized that being in on the ground floor of this 1:1 thing could be good–we get to write the rules that way.
So, since my feelings were mixed about 1:1, I decided to go ahead and mix up my classroom instruction–digital and traditional together. This is called the blended classroom.
I take what works best traditionally and keep it. I take what works best digitally and use it.
The blended method enriches curriculum exponentially. It opens so many doors to students–think virtual tours, hyperdocs, Skype speakers, and fantastic games. It simplifies the teacher’s life–think less copying, self-grading forms, and no text book dependence.
So I’m on board with this blending thing, and I’ve been chronicling my journey through the blended waters, navigating everywhere from best organizational practices to lesson planning to tech tips and trouble-shooting.
Click on the page links above to check out useful blog posts, video tutorials, and downloadable cheat-sheets. So stick around, and I hope I can be of help.
If you’re ready to dive in a little deeper, be sure to check out my blended learning course, complete with video instruction, handbook, and templates to use in your classroom!
And good luck on your blended journey!