Are you planning to implement the blended learning approach in your classroom? Then you have come to the right place as we will show you how you can effectively implement the blended learning model to teach your students better. Read on…..
What Is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is a combination of face-to-face instruction and online learning. It is the integration of classroom teaching with technology induced instruction. This enables your students to use various technological tools like websites, devices, apps, surveys, QR codes, videos etc. When you merge classroom instruction with technology, it improves student motivation, engagement and enhances teamwork by creating a community.
As more and more schools becoming wireless and students having access to smart phones and tabs, you can easily incorporate technology into your classroom. Numerous schools have turned to a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school.
So here I have listed some valuable tips that will help you to transform your classroom effortlessly into a blended classroom.
Restrict Number of Devices
It is best if you allow only one smart device for each group. This will limit the number of such devices in your class and provide you better control.
Offer Clear Directions
You need to set timely and specific tasks for your students so that they remain engaged with the device and have a clear idea what they are using the smart device for. It will be best if you set a predetermined time limit. Tasks that require less time will result in fewer distractions. In case of tasks with longer duration, you can have a timer on your computer and monitor their time.
The task your students perform on the smart devices should result in desired outcomes. Check for notes on their worksheet, website results, research, definitions etc. Another quick way to assess informally how much your students have learned through the research is by using exit tickets.
Have Your Presence Known
Make sure your students know that you will come by and check the progress of their tasks. This will keep them on their toes, even for K-12 students. Most experienced teachers can tell if their students are checking out something that is not related to the assignment.
From the beginning, set some policies and standards for the usage of smart devices and clearly establish the consequences. Students usually want to use their tabs and smartphones in class and don’t want you to take it away. So make it clear that if they wish to keep using the devices in your classroom then they have to use it responsibly. If for some reason you find several students abusing the privilege in the classroom, then I would suggest you should stop using devices with those students and that particular class.
A Final Word
These tips will hopefully help you in your attempt to implement blended learning in your classroom and avoid distractions. But you must understand that there will be some students who will still send a text or have a sneak peek at their Facebook account. But most of us adults also do that during meetings as well. The important things here are that your students should be focussed on completing the task and follow your instructions properly.
My list is not exhaustive by any means; so if you wish to add your own tips on blended learning, then feel free to comment below.