The Blended Learning Project

Every lesson has a key question or concept, a hook that the class latch to, discuss and work with to engage and learn. When you ask that question or start that discussion,  could you say that all of your pupils will engage and contribute? Even if all of them ‘put their hand up’, could you choose, listen and react to each contribution?

Blended Learning is the thoughtful integration of the online classroom with the physical classroom with the physical classroom.

I have started the project at my school, Highover in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where teachers think of the next lesson’s hook. We will then create a post to go on the class blog. The post could be a question or statement; anything for the children to engage with as part of a homework activity. Children then comment their thoughts and reactions to the hook for their homework task. They could even ask a question encouraging their peers to reply and generate peer learning. Peers could even reply to comments to build on their classmates thoughts, scaffold learning.

In the following day or session, the teacher can read through their class’s contributions, from all the class members. The teacher can pick out the key comments from the discussion to delve further into the subject. Higher order thinking and a deeper understanding of the taught subject will take place.

It could also utilise key teaching time. Rather than have the discussion in class, with the teacher trying their hardest to encourage all to contribute. The discussion can take place online for homework via the blog meaning the taught session in the physical class can be spent practising the concept in a task with the teacher having more time to support where necessary.

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12 thoughts on “The Blended Learning Project

  1. Parental support e.g. maths strategies for calculating, Extending topics – science. Recently we did local area study. This would have been great for local area topic recently -maps, route to school, local area where child lives. Spelling strategies and investigations could be shared.

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  2. The blended learning is an exciting new way of learning and is particularly good for children who are less confident to share their ideas within the classroom meaning it will be totally inclusive and allow the teacher to see individuals work/ideas.
    It will also be useful for parents to be informed of what is happening in the classroom and enable them to give quality support at home.

    JM

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  3. I find all the ICT ideas exciting but definitely daunting! Love the concept of ‘blended learning’ and look forward to having a go at integrating into part of my teaching routine. I like the idea of it becoming part of a research based lesson, giving us a bit of a head start, especially at the introduction of a new unit.

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  4. In EYFS will give parents opportunities to see what their children are learning and how to support them at home.

    Creates independence for all children. Differentiated activities for all pupils. More involved parents able to support and extend children. Quiet and shy pupils might feel more confident going through with parents.

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  5. This could provide the parents with a greater insight into how we, as teachers, teach! Similarly, there are opportunities for teachers to see the progress of all their children from their responses. Some of which may never have been recorded, or delivered, due to confidence or lack of perceived understanding.

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  6. A blended classroom could help provide confidence for children who are not comfortable contributing within the class as well as providing them with an opportunity to discuss with peers in a blog.

    It could provide a successful opportunity for parent led support at home when preparing for a new unit or within a current unit,

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  7. In Foundation Stage could children leave a voice recording as a reply? Or parents could be encouraged to ‘scribe’ childrens responses.

    I love the idea of blended learning, I think initially I would use it in Reception at the beginning of topics as a good way to judge what children want to learn about and what they already know. I think it will be great for parents to know more about how we teach.

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  8. This type of learning is definitely the way forward for future learning and I’m very excited that this is the future for Highover.

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  9. Could be used for parents to communicate with teacher too, eg. If child does not understand something.
    I think a good use of blended learning would be for topic-related research and discussion, directing children to prechecked websites and stimulating conversation about a new aspect of a topic.

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    1. Can I reassure you that I will take responsibility for the implementation. For example, say you were going to teach a lesson about mummification about the Ancient Egyptians, watching a Horrible Histories video before the lesson to be taught in a Brick and Mortar classroom might be very beneficial. Rather than the teacher explaining the process during the next lesson, children could re-enact a mummification on their classmate thinking about the resources required to do the job. Aspects such as hospital hygiene and MRSA might come into their thinking too and how the Ancient Egyptians could have combated them! 😉 All that is needed for this to happen is a chat amongst ourselves and me putting a video with a question or guidance of thought comment alongside it. Deeper thinking about mummification would undoubtedly ensue I think.

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