This summer I’m taking a course on “Blended Learning.” Many of the participants are very new with digital classroom tools, so I thought I’d just ask an expert. Ben is the Director of Personalized Professional Learning at Denver Public Schools, specializing in Blended Learning.
— Sheri Edwards (@grammasheri) August 17, 2015
My Question: How do you get started with Blended Learning as a traditional classroom teacher?
Ben’s Excellent Response:
Gist: To become a blended classroom teacher, first become a blended learner.
1. Listen to podcasts, read blogs.
2. Start posting publicly online: resources, lesson plans
These will tweak your mindset and turn your brain to think like a blended learner so you can teach as one. By publicly sharing your resources and lesson plans, parents, family, and others can learn from you.
Thank you Ben for a wonderful response. As I reflect on my own journey to blended learning, I started in just such a way. I started listening to CDs and podcasts on education. I began participating in online webinars which evolved into Live Class 2.0 — Every Saturday at 9:00 am Pacific– learn a new tool or strategy. I started publishing my lesson plans online in Blogger. I read blogs and started blogging at Edublogs. I published lessons on a wiki [What Else]. I started connecting with other teachers to collaborate with student projects. And I joined Twitter. I have been a connected educator since 2009, and through these small steps have brought my students blended learning so they use the tools of today in preparation for possibilities of tomorrow.
How about you? What’s your journey to become a Connected Educator and Blended Learner?
Not sure what to do? Follow Ben’s advice — here are resources:
Ben’s Suggested Resources
Lots of Stuff: CybraryMan
Online Spaces For You
Instead of handouts, provide a link to the handout website. Place your lesson plans online.
My recommendation to move from traditional to blended learning?
1 Start with Ben’s advice.
2 Start a blog — a newsletter for your classroom with links to resources, lessons, and classroom photos. Just blog twice a month to start.
What small step will you take to become a blended learner? A connected educator?
And thanks again, Ben, for taking the time to carefully map a plan for small steps to become a blended learner.
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