Blended, Flipped, and Online Learning: Simple Strategies for Getting Started
Thursday, June 28 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Presider:Marisa Correia, Politechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
Education is definitely not what it used to be. Curriculum is ever expanding to meet the burgeoning body of general knowledge. Parents and students are expecting more diverse and increasingly intense options within the traditional education system. According to Schoology's Inaugural Global State of Digital Learning Survey, perceptions of digital learning are overwhelmingly positive and that blended learning is the most effective strategy to date (Schoology, 2017). As a result, the demand for online learning, blended learning, and flipped learning will only continue to expand to meet the increased need. The purpose of this session (and subsequent paper) is to provide an overview of readily available free online resources to facilitate any classroom's online learning subsidization (hybridization), transitioning to a "flipped" learning environment, or the consideration of the "full leap" to the online learning environment. Learning Management Systems (LMS) will be discussed and demonstrated including Edmodo and Schoology as well as utilizing asynchronous and synchronous tools (discussion boards, text reminders, Google Groups and Talk, Zoom meeting). The session will conclude with a brief overview of specific strategies including video sites (YouTube, TeacherTube, Ed.Ted), simulation tools (Froguts, The Virtual Cell, and Chemistry Lab), and games (PBS Kids, Mr. Nussbaum, National Geographic Kids, FunBrain, etc.) to facilitate the transition to any of these environments.