Blended Learning in the ELA Classroom

Jacqueline Wickham

ETAP 623 Spring 2017

Welcome to Blended Learning in the ELA Classroom!

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This mini-course will focus on Blended Learning implementation in the secondary English classroom. As an introduction to the ideals of Blended Learning, this course will introduce digital tools to incorporate into a middle or high school level English classroom that blends technology initiatives with traditional brick and mortar learning settings. Specifically, this course will illustrate a station learning instructional design that can be modified to fit the needs of other secondary content-based or special area classrooms.

Is This Course for Me?

If you are a content area or special area teacher who is interested in incorporating technology into your classroom in order to enhance your daily lessons and curriculum, then you are in the right place. You may be a novice or an experienced technology user entering this course; yet, this course is designed for you to evaluate which learning tools will work best with your teaching style and the environment of your classroom regardless of your current utilization of digital tools. The lessons in this course are representative of a station rotation model in the ELA classroom at the secondary level; however, this model of Blended Learning can easily be adapted to suit the needs and learners of any classroom.


If you possess a positive outlook regarding the use of technology in the classroom and are interested in the benefits of blended learning in terms of student engagement, student empowerment, and student choice, this course will expose you to different digital tools that you can "blend" into your classroom and curriculum.

Blended Learning does not replace good teaching; instead, it serves as a balance between face-to-face (f2f) and online learning using digital resources that can be accessed in any school that has adopted a multiliteracies framework.

Prerequisites

In order to participate in this course, learners will need to have a personal or professional Google account. The digital tools presented in this course can be utilized by both teachers and students who possess a Google account without the initial need to create a separate account for each resource.

Should a learner find interest in a digital tool within this course, he or she has the option to further invest in the resource by creating a personal account.

Course Units

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Unit 1: Exploring Blended Learning
Unit 2: Practicing with Digital Tools for Blended Learning
Unit 3: Envisioning a Blended Classroom

Jacqueline Wickham

ETAP 623 Spring 2017

References

  • www.youtube.com
  • www.classroom.google.com
  • www.discoveryeducation.com
  • www.padlet.com
  • www.thinglink.com
  • www.google.com/forms