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Need Advice on Blended Learning Techniques

Need Advice on Blended Learning Techniques

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I teach middle school math and my school is implementing a station rotation style blended learning model beginning this fall. For each 40 minute class period we are expected to have no more than 10 minutes of face time with the full class, then we need to split them into two groups, one with laptops, the other without for 15 minutes, and then have the two groups switch for the remaining 15 minutes.

Since my lecture time will be limited I plan on doing a flipped classroom model where I have them watch instructional videos and answer a few questions about it at home prior to most classes. Planning for the lap top station seems manageable because I can incorporate additional videos to advance a topic and include practice problems, but I am not sure what to do with the no-laptop station. Its not like I can have that group do homework because half the class will have that station in the first 15 minutes...and will not have had the full lesson yet. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can structure this?

Also...how does homework fit into this equation... if the students are taking in new material at home I don't want to pile homework on top of that.

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Kara,
Please keep in mind that you don't have to be working on the exact same things at the exact same time with them.

Also keep in mind that the non-laptop time is still face time with you.

So here's what I'd do:
10 minute checkin time. Clear up any misconceptions from the previous night's videos, explain the objectives for today's centers.

Non-laptop: Springboarding off the videos, have the students do the work they should be able to accomplish with an understanding of the videos.

Laptop stations: Use computers for what they're good for, which is nailing down some of those basics, doing a ton of grading, sorting, and data collection. I recommend using a service like TenMarks http://tenmarks.com which is excellent at that sort of thing. It's free at the most basic level, but if you can pay for the premium, it's worth it, especially if you structure your class around it.

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