What Blended Leaning means to me!!

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Blended learning and the integration of technology, in my eyes, is very important for the success of our students in the classroom.  The idea of blended learning became more and more popular ever since the idea of progressiveness was introduced to the world. Incorporating values and principals from progressive educational theories such as Dewey, Montessori, Piaget, ect.,  who believed in more of a student centered approach of teaching, has definitely shaped and continues to shape the type of education that exists today. In saying that, I believed that the main purpose of education is to prepare young children to become successful members of society. As well, to use their interests and to help motivate and guide them in a direction in life that can allow them to be successful. However, I also believe that a teacher should be using a variety of philosophies to accomplish this. In other words, using a blended learning approach, is how I believe students will be successful in the classroom. The Video: What is blended learning? that Alec showed described blended learning in a way that really stuck with me. Basically, they said that blended learning is the combination of the best teacher and computer instruction. Therefore, for my response this week, I am going to reflect on the pros/cons of blended learning, as well discuss my own experiences with blended learning.

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We had great discussions in our zoom session this past Tuesday about the history of blended learning as well the pros and cons . During these discussions, I was jotting down notes on the ideas and information that was being talked about. This includes the pros and cons of blended learning. In the chart below are these ideas. A couple of the ideas came from the zoom chat. I will be sure to credit those who shared their ideas!

Pros

Cons

  • Personalized learning
  • Small group instruction
  • Student driven (Kyla M)
  • Empowered learners (Wendy)
  • Opportunity (Kelsey)
  • Not being able to meet curriculum guidelines
  • Technology changes, hard to keep up
  • Hard to teach an old dog new tricks
  • Cost of putting technology in school
  • Lack of PD

There were many other ideas discussed however those stood out most to me. Do you have any ideas to add?! In the end, I believe that the pros and cons even out, and that blended learning is still the way to go to make our students successful.

In terms of the blended learning and integration of technology in my own classroom, I do my best with the time, materials, and resources I am given.

By using the classroom computers and school tech carts, I try to use as many applications and suites as possible. For example, and as Kyla talked about in her blog post this week, I have used google classroom in the past. It is super easy to use as well I found it kept the students online work organized. I also have been trying to incorporate more experiential learning into the classroom. I find giving the children additional time to explore inside and outside the class can create richer learning experiences for them.

I have been faced with a few challenges when trying to do this. Drawing from the challenges I presented already in the post, I would say the lack of PD, the resources provided, and availability

of technology is most challenging for me. I am currently without a data projector in my classroom and still in the process of getting one (4 months later). Overall, I believe that it is important for students to have the opportunity to be exposed blended learning opportunities as well technology.

On a side note, Alec showed this theorist chart in another class. I LOVE it and have used it several times when learning and writing about all the educational theorists out there. Click the link to view it more clearly (learning-theory).

 

Thanks for reading!

Amy 🙂

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Introduction Post to EC&I 834!!!

Hello everyone,

My name is Amy Cross and I am in my fifth year of teaching for Regina Public Schools. I have had the opportunity to teach grade 3,4, 6, 7, 8. Although I did the Middles Years Program at the University of Regina, I have been enjoying teaching more the primary grades, mostly grades 3.

I am currently enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s program here at the University of Regina. I am in my 8th and 9th class this semester.

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I began my master’s journey last January (2018), so it definitely has been a rather quick process, yet enjoyable. This is my third class with Alec and I am so very much looking forward to it. Three goals I  have for this class include:

  1. To learn about that the history and foundations of blended and online learning. I am interested to learn how online learning started and how we came to be at the point we are today (if that makes sense).
  2. To learn specific strategies and techniques on how to incorporate online learning in the classroom today.  I am definitely interested in incorporating MORE online learning in my current and future classrooms.
  3. To get to know and work with everyone in the class. Most importantly, LEARN from others projects, shared experiences, and the stories they tell!

Thank you everyone for reading and I am VERY excited to be working and learning alongside you this semester!

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