A Blended Learning Toolkit: A Practical Approach
FETC 2016- Orlando, FL
Best Tools, Best Practices, Best Access
This session will be focused on best practices for certain content building and presentation tools. The goal of this session is to provide student access to as much classroom content as possible to support and enrich the learning through integrating some of the most powerful tools available to do so.
Each part of the presentation will involve experience with the tool being discussed using the participants’ own laptop. Participants will have opportunity to exchange experiences, positive and negative, using technology with students and peers.
Tools used in the workshop:
What is Blended Learning? We will explore the concept of adding this approach to your students. When is it appropriate/best? What makes it work the most successfully?
The second part of the session will be focused on building engaging content. The main tool of this portion will be Nearpod. Along with introducing Nearpod and some easy-to-use slide building tools (Haiku Deck, Piktochart, and more) that integrate well with Nearpod and how to import slides already created in PowerPoint or Keynote. Participants will explore the interactive engagement activities available in this program to provide feedback as well as guide live class discussion. There will be some exploration of the Doceri Whiteboard app to build simple, demonstrative screencasts that can be incorporated into the lessons.
The next part of the session will focus on ways to curate content into lessons and how to find the best resources to use for the intended instructional purpose. Participants will explore some effective and less effective uses of certain technology tools. We will then discuss instructional design and how educators can make the best decisions of what tools to use for their best purposes.
Finally, participants will use online tools like Google Classroom, the district-specific LMS (Canvas, Schoology, Moodle, etc…), or a Weebly (website) page to share content with stakeholders and make the learning accessible. Participants will use the embed functions available on many learning tools to create a self-contained classroom in the online tool of their choice.