Blended Learning

blended-learning 2What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is the combination of online learning together with face-to-face learning such as teacher led, student led or peer-to-peer instruction.

The technology portion of our blended learning falls into three categories: Content, Creativity and Workflow.

Content/Online Learning:

We use three online subscription web-based online content apps.  Reading:  Raz-Plus  Math: HappyNumbers.com  Word Work:  Squiggle Park

See detailed description below.

Creativity:

We use  iOS  (iPad) based creative apps, Classkick.com and Classkick iOS app for personalized playlists and lesson, for creating projects we use the Book Creator App, Shadow Puppet App, a wide range of math manipulative apps by Clarity Innovations. MoMa Art Lab and Drawing Pad app.

To learn more about these apps click on the links or visit the “Apps” page above.

Workflow:

To capture and record our learning we use the Seesaw Learning Journal app.

To learn more about these apps click on the links or visit the “Apps” page above.

Content/Online (Exploring, Discovering and Creating)

We use content online learning apps for independent reading (20 minutes a day), as one of four rotations in Math (15 minutes, 4x a week) and for Word Work (10 minutes a day).  On average my student invest between 30-45 minutes in content online learning each day. Students have access to these resource from school and home.

Reading:  Raz-Plus.com   Pricing: $99 p/year for a class of 36 students

Student:  Children are invited to explore various texts and discover what the like and do not like as well as what they comprehend and not comprehend. There are leveled books from aa (pre-emergent) to Z (6th grade level reading).  They offer approximately 45 books per level in a wide range of genres including alphabet book, sight word books, decodable books, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, songs, close reading passages.  Students have the option of listening or reading.  There is support when they get stuck on a word and even options to track difficult words or highlight sections (i.e. identify settings, main idea, detail, etc.) For texts Level A-Z each story has a comprehension skill (multiple choice), for higher leveled texts there is the option to create a typed response.  Students can create recordings of themselves reading (for fluency) and there are options to assign assessments and IRR’s. There is also an incentive option where students earn stars for their work that can be used to build robots and build a space station filled with virtual gadgets.  My students have the choice to read using RazPlus or from their book bags 99% of the children prefer reading in RazPlus.

Teacher:  As a teacher this data helps me discover what the strengths and needs are for each student and aids my creation of ideas and lessons to help students move forward in theier learning. When a reader takes a quiz, records themselves reading, takes an assessment, completes and assignment or records an IRR, the teacher has access to the data.  This includes a whole class view as well as each child and even drilling down to see the actual question a student miscues on.  I use this information to create goals with my students, as well as share the information with parents in each child’s Seesaw Learning Journal. This creates a strong student-home-school partnership.  Gone are the days of parents wondering and inquiring about whether or not I understand their child’s ability in reading.  We can focus our energy on moving forward and working together – win, win, win!

Math:  HappyNumbers.com  Pricing: Free for first 30 days, then $149 per year p/teacher for 40 students

 K-2 Math lessons and pratice.  We use this as one of four rotations during Math Workshop time (15 minutes rotations).

At its core, Happy Numbers is based on the best pedagogical practices for approaching each skill and concept: visual modeling, using concrete manipulatives and other time-tested approaches to math instruction. We put it together with the latest technologies available, allowing us to foster independence through:

  • Immediate feedback and remediation for errors
  • Adaptive scoring that provides the amount of practice each
    student needs to master a concept
  • Sound support for non-readers so they can learn and
    demonstrate math ability without being hindered by reading ability

If you’re tired of ‘all-dancing, all-singing, little learning’ resources,
then Happy Numbers is a perfect solution for you!

Student Perspective:  Students explore and discover each of the CCSS standards at their own pace.  Due to the adaptive nature of the app the amount of practice needs is tailored for the student.  This means that children can work at the own pace and skill level.

Teacher Perspective: Confidence in knowing students are working with math concepts and lessons that are pedagogically sound and cover a wide breadth and depth of material.  The reports help me discover strengths and challenges to aid in the creation of small group lessons as well as creating small groups.  I have also use the data to identify areas of individual need and record personalized lessons that I post in children’s Seesaw Journals that students can review at home or school.  This also builds the student-home-school partnership.

Word Work:  Squiggle Park  Pricing: Range of options from Lite Version which is Free to District Wide License. Click here for details.

Student Perspective : Students work thorugh a series of games based on a scope and sequence of early literacy (K-2) skills (phonemes, phonological awareness, sight words, spelling patterns).  The skill levels are categorized in segments of gradual complexity called ‘worlds’.  Each world has a series of games, when students complete them the next level/world is unlocked.  This builds skill, fluency and accuracy that is interactive and fun.  Students explore and discover phonological awareness at their own pace.

Teacher Perspective: Teacher’s have access to reporting that shows student activity and mastery on a whole class basis and individual student level.