Blended Learning Strategies: Unit Two

Unit Two: Blended Learning Models
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Rotation Models

The rotation model allows students to work in different stations. In the blended learning aspect, at least one of the stations used is online. There are different types of rotation models:

Station Rotation

In this model, students rotate through all stations that are apart of the lesson. These stations can be contained within a classroom or a group of classrooms. Students move from station to station working on different assignments, learning new material, or completing tasks.

Watch Station Rotation in Action(from Blended Learning Universe): Station Rotation Video


Lab Rotation

Similar to the station rotation model in that students rotate through stations. The difference is that the online portion is held in a dedicated computer lab space. Instructors can work together to create a flexible schedule that utilizes their school's computer lab. This model is helpful if classrooms do not have computers or access to online resources within the classroom space.

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Individual Rotation

The individual model differs from the station rotation and lab rotation model. In this model, students rotate through stations but on individual schedules and they may not rotate to every station. Each student is scheduled a playlist of the stations they will work in. The schedule is set using an algorithm that the teacher has set for each student. In the image posted below, students rotate to different stations, for example, intervention of group projects. In this case, not all students will be a part of the intervention group as part of their rotation but they may all be a part of the group project station at some point in the rotation depending on their algorithm.


Flipped Classroom

A flipped classroom changes the way content is delivered to students. In a traditional classroom set up, learning and content is presented in the classroom setting, by the teacher and homework is done outside the classroom. Using a flipped classroom model, the learning is done off-site, most often in the place of when homework would be completed. When students return to the classroom, this time is used to have guided practice by the teacher, time for project or group work, or class discussions.

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Flex Model

Flex Model: The flex model uses online learning as the center of the students learning. Content is presented to each student at their own pace, and students most often work through their content at a physical school location, with a teacher on site. As students move through their flex course, tailored to their individual need, they have the help and support of the on site teacher to answer questions or point them in the right direction. This model puts the learning in control of the student.

Watch the Flex Model in action. A public schools take on how they design their curriculum and school space: Flex Model Example, Summit Public Schools

Enriched Virtual Model

This model has students work through and complete their coursework online or outside the classroom environment with some required face-to-face sessions. This model differs from the flipped classroom model because students often are not required to visit the brick-and-mortar school on a daily basis. The face-to-face sessions can be looked at as office hours or one/twice a week sessions to check in and ask questions if needed(mostly required for attendance purposes).

Activity: Match the Models

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Match the Models

Activity: Share your Thoughts

  • Which model do you think works best for your lesson or classroom and why?
  • Are their aspects of the model that need to be adjusted to fit your lesson needs?

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Things to Think About

  • Can any or all these models be used in your current classroom?
  • Bulleted list itemIf not, what resources may be needed?
  • Bulleted list itemWhich model will work best with the lesson you would like to make blended?

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