More is better...
I’ve been turning one of my High School classes into a blended class. It’s been quite a journey. I’m learning more about the tools and techniques needed to support learning in on online environment. I'm glad!
As I mention in a previous post, online (or blended) learning affords unique learning modes relative to an entirely face-to-face setting. Adding components of asynchronous activity can enlarge opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction. It can also create a greater opportunity for students to interact with online tools or information.
Particularly in cases where the learning objectives are related to algorithms, this latter affordance of online learning can be particularly helpful. Two other classes that I manage may benefit from this aspect: Introduction to Computer Science and Advanced Math (in my case, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus).
Computer Science, not surprisingly, benefits from being able to work with online tools. Programs like ALICE or Scratch can be used in a computer lab or at a student’s home computer to help students learn how to write new algorithms. code.org is an alternative that exists entirely as a Web 2.0 tool for the same purpose. In similar ways, Geogebra (for math and geometry explorations) or Kahn Academy could help provide powerful tools for a blended math class.
I’m looking forward to finding new ways of leveraging technology tools to help make my classes more robust and engaging for my students! Yes…it looks like there might be some growth coming along nicely. I’ll share some more of my thoughts about the whole process soon! Until then, I’d love to hear from you.