Unit 1: Exploring Blended Learning

Blended Learning in the ELA Classroom

Jacqueline Wickham

Lesson 1: Getting to Know Blended Learning

Objectives: Learners will...

  • be introduced to Blended Learning and its ideals via ThingLink
  • introduce themselves to other participants of the mini-course via Google Slides
  • consider how ThingLink and Google Slides can be used in their classroom
Part 1: Please follow the link below in order to explore Blended Learning using the digital tool, ThingLink. Once you access the link, mouse over the image and click on the links provided to access images, websites, and a video that introduce the ideals of Blended Learning.

Stop! Collaborate & Listen:

Wait, what exactly is ThingLink?

Please visit the resources below to explore more about what ThingLink has to offer:

Thinking Point: How could you incorporate ThingLink into your curriculum?

Part 2 : Introduce yourself! Navigate to the collaborative slideshow via Google Slides by following the link below:
Tell everyone a few facts about you, your reason for visiting this course, and your initial impression of Blended Learning. Leave a blank space for your "New Impression of Blended Learning!" You will have a chance to add that in later after you have explored this course and you have had the chance to try out a new digital tool in your own classroom.

Thinking Point: How might classroom introductions at the beginning of the year be different with the use of a Google Slides presentation?

Lesson 2: What is Blended Learning?

Objectives: Learners will...

  • define Blended Learning after reading about its purposes and goals
  • share their definitions via a public Padlet
  • self-assess

Part 1: Please navigate to the resources below in order to learn more about Blended Learning. As you examine each source, consider the purpose of Blended Learning and its potential place in your classroom.

Stop! Collaborate & Listen:

Reflect: What exactly is Blended Learning?

Part 2: Please visit the Padlet below ↓ and complete Step 1 in order to share your definition of Blended Learning with other participants of this mini-course. Take note of the differences between each definition. Just like there is not one definition of Blended Learning, there is not one way to incorporate it into your classroom and curriculum.

Thinking Point: What reservations do you currently have about adapting a blended learning model in your classroom?

Lesson 3: The Station Model

Objective: Learners will...

  • describe the station model of Blended Learning by exploring current Blended Learning initiatives via a public Padlet

Part 1: . Please visit the Padlet below ↓ and complete Step 2 in order to explore the set-up of the station rotation model of a blended classroom. There are several ways to tailor a station rotation model to fit the needs of your students, curriculum, and content.

Stop! Collaborate & Listen:

Review: What is the teacher's role in a station rotation model?

Part 2: Start to envision how a station rotation model may look in your classroom.

Thinking Points: What areas do your students need the most practice in? How can a station rotation model allow you to meet the needs of your students on an individual basis that a traditional classroom model may not afford?

Please visit the Padlet below ↓ and complete Step 3 by sharing your ideas of the stations you would include in a station rotation model in your classroom.

Blended Learning in the ELA Classroom

Unit 2: Practicing with Digital Tools for Blended Learning