Blended learning can be a great way to make use of whatever technology tools you do have, rather than needing specific technology that you don’t have. Blended learning doesn’t require you to have a 1:1 classroom, a certain number of iPads, or particular software, though you can put any and all of those things to use as you choose. Thus, blended learning covers a lot of ground – and in the process it helps to make learning more engaging, effective, and efficient.
That said, implementing a blended learning program in your classroom or school isn’t exactly simple. Careful planning and a strong understanding of blended learning will help make the transition much more smooth. Enter: the handy infographic below. It takes a look at how to set up a blended learning environment, some of the features of a great blended learning program, and some other tidbits of information. Keep reading to learn more!
Implementing Blended Learning
- Blended learning is a combination of online and in-person delivery that can come in several different forms
- Before you start, create the conditions for success: You’ll need lots of support, and some funding too
- Create a strategy and timeline
- Develop instructional models
- Decide on a platform and content
- Figure out what types of devices will be used
- Determine what infrastructure will be needed
- Integrate and implement
- Take advantage of professional development opportunities
- Use tech support as much as necessary
- Don’t forget to measure and assess successes and failures, and adjust as needed
What Makes A Great Blended Learning Program?
- Content and apps are aligned with CCSS
- Standards aligned performance and assessment tasks
- Comprehensive learner profiles including student portfolios
- Consideration of learning level, student performance, and best learning modality
- Good reporting functionality