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The Blended Classroom whitepaper

How can you use opportunities afforded by technology to improve the learning experience?

In this post, we give you a sneak peak of our latest whitepaper, which describes the blended classroom concept. The blended classroom is the thoughtful integration of the at-school, at-home and online learning arenas. The combination is a powerful theory that helps all teachers using itslearning (and teachers using web 2.0 tools) to frame their work in the context of 21st-century teaching.

 

Our whitepaper will look at some of the possibilities offered by technology and show how some teachers are applying them in a pedagogical setting, in something we refer to as the blended classroom.

The ideal blended classroom is about using available technology to put learning first by combining blended learning, visible learning and formative assessment; three of today’s most popular teaching strategies.

Blended learning

As mentioned in our whitepaper, blended learning has no clear definition, but one of the most comprehensive analyses comes from education researcher Michael B. Horn of the Clayton Christensen Institute: Blended learning is a formal education program in which students learn at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction; with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.

Visible learning

Visible learning is a concept coined and developed by John Hattie, Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne: In visible learning, instruction is designed so that teachers understand what students perceived and understood. Teachers then give this information back to students so they know what to do in order to progress.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment involves giving students continuous and timely feedback on their work, so they can clearly see where they are in their learning and what they need to do to improve.

In the whitepaper you will:

  • be shown the potential of the blended classroom
  • learn how the blended classroom can make visible teaching and formative assessment possible
  • read two case stories – with detailed examples and how-tos – in which a learning platform is an essential part of the blended classroom

Why use a learning platform in your blended classroom?

There are many online tools and services that teachers use, from systems specially designed for teaching to social networking sites, but the learning platform (or LMS) remains the most suitable alternative.

Learning platforms are used by teachers because:

  • They are designed to suit the processes of teaching and help teachers manage the ‘logistics’ of teaching
  • They are secure. No student work or information enters the public sphere
  • They give comprehensive reports. Teachers get an overview of all grades for every student throughout the course, as well as individual performance on one activity
  • They provide aggregated reports and information. Teachers get a holistic view of student achievement across all courses, subjects and skill areas

Stay tuned for our upcoming Blended classroom whitepaper! If you would like to be notified of its release, please sign-up​ here.

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