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April 5, 2011

What are the possibilities, negative or positive, if we do blended (Internet & F2F )classes on the secondary level?

#Edchat 03 – 29 – 2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

We are thrilled to have an #edchat summary post from Vytheeshwaran Vedagiri (@eshwaranv) from India this week. As you will see from his bio below he is an experienced  educator both on and offline! He is also a very familiar ‘voice’ to us all at edchat. The discussion on Blended Learning last week was a vibrant one with many ideas and suggestions being offered. I think you will agree that Vytheeshwaran’s post captures all that buzz!

As we make gentle giant strides in improving the learning experience for our students, we can only consider ourselves fortunate to have stumbled upon the concept of blended learning. Blended learning is the deployment of online tools in teacher led classrooms to enhance the learning experience for the students. In this edition of #edchat, we discussed the possibilities, positives, and negatives of blended learning at the secondary level.
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • Blended learning is an important method of establishing a human connection with your learners, the virtual way.
  • Blended learning gives access to multiple sources, taps on multiple intelligences and promotes effective differentiation in the classroom. It has the potential to engage all learners in the session.
  • It gives the students a collaborative environment with an individual experience and takes them beyond the classroom walls.
  • Careful planning is required to design, organize, and conduct a blended learning session.
  • Delivering a good or bad blended learning session rests in the hands of the teacher.
  • Negatives of blended learning range from the imbalance in the virtual : real ratio (tipping towards the virtual) in the classroom at one end and technophobia of the teachers at the other.
  • It is essential to train the teachers on blended learning and demonstrate the concept to the parents. Transparency is a key factor in promoting blended learning.

Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

@birklearns: Pro: Blended learning allows students to individualize their ed. experience and have flex timetable #edchat
@stumpteacher: One huge positive to blended learning is access to multiple sources #edchat
@tomwhitby: Blended learning enables learning exploration of a topic far beyond what a teacher is limited to in a classroom. #Edchat
@stumpteacher: Negative? Kids without access or support for blended/flipped learning at home? #edchat
@carneysandoe: ppl learn differently. Blended Learning attempts 2 ensure that the curriculum messages R delivered in a variety of ways #edchat
@isteconnects: I’m all for blended, but wary of going too far in the virtual direction. It’s usually cheaper & attractive to admins #edchat
@stumpteacher: I see a huge positive of blended learning is it has higher potential for differentiation. Find whats fits for learner. #edchat
@MertonTech: #edchat Blended learning allows for more one-on-one time with each student.
@eshwaranv: @asalyards Allowing the teacher to “design” their class and reflect on their sessions should do a great deal. #edchat
@tomwhitby: Blended Learning requires media literacy,internet access,different approach to teaching.Many are not yet prepared. #edchat
@CoachB0066: Yes, we mentioned the role of parents. There should be workshops for them to show how it works #edchat
@jrichardson30: Blended is a great way for students to learn time mangmt skills & responsibility since they have to take active role in learning #edchat
@ShellTerrell: Blended learning allows the possibilities of having students collaborate with peers worldwide #Edchat
@karimderrick: For blended learning to be effective do we not also need blended assessment? And what does that look like? #edchat
@tomwhitby: Blended learning will never be for a majority unless we begin to teach tchrs using this method. Tchrs need to be better learners. #Edchat
@CTuckerEnglish: Blended learning is a flex model & can be adapted by indiv teacher to best meet needs of course. #edchat
@eshwaranv: @ayatawel @isteconnects Blended learning must be used for the sake of learners and not for the sake of technology. #edchat
@cybraryman1: Once teachers & administrators see the practical uses of tech in education many change their tune #edchat
@tomschimmer: Keep the pendulum from swinging all the way over…we’re talking “blended learning” not “replacement learning” #edchat
@cybraryman1: Do not neglect the technology expertise of the students you work with. Use their skills #edchat

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

@SkypeClassroom: Skype in the classroom is coming out of beta! Check out the new and improved site now: http://j.mp/skypeeducation  #edtech #edchat

@cybraryman1: My Blended Learning page: http://tinyurl.com/483kbhl  #edchat

@isteconnects: Blending learning should be choice, but f2f must be available. See Florida schools debacle http://huff.to/dVRUY3

@WiscPrincipal: Coffee Shop Dilemma via @baldy7 http://bit.ly/fbHQES  Do schools offer a space for blended learning, or does Starbucks do it better? #edchat

@juandoming: Edumorfosis: Paradigmas Administrativos: 1.0 vs 2.0 http://t.co/kQke1YH  #elearning #web20 #tic #socialmedia #edchat

@ayatawel: Nice video to show the importance of BL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-ZVCjfWf8)  #edchat

@cybraryman1:  My Flipped Classroom page http://tinyurl.com/4qb6kx9 #edchat

@juandoming: Informe Competencia digital http://t.co/i7PeBGE #elearning #web20 #tic #educación #learning #school #edchat #educachat

@jonbergmann:  @Tina_Barr watch our blended videos to see it working http://bit.ly/hcQWlG  #edchat

@bknrd5974: http://bit.ly/17O4o6  Khan Academy is a great resource for both flipped & blended learning #edchat

@ColinTGraham:  Here are the #mathchat discussions, from Feb, on this: Blended learning http://bit.ly/exZAPM Blended learning 2 http://bit.ly/hZuZnF  #edchat

Excerpt from BLended Learning Book- Chapter 6 Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space Online http://t.co/oIdQtSH #edchat

@juandoming: Check this video out — Cap 5. La Familia Digital http://t.co/6z9TjTR  vía @youtube #elearning #web20 #socialmedia #edchat #edtech

@jonbergmann:  @bknrd5974 You might want to come to the Flipped Conf: http://bit.ly/htFIAQ  #edchat

@stumpteacher: Be wary of the “silver bullet” in education. http://bit.ly/i19dPW  #edchat

@stumpteacher: @davidwees Yes, choice has to be there. #edchat http://bit.ly/f4cdg3  <–this is my version of choice in my class

@web20education: Tool for Online and Offline Language Learning is a interesting #socrates EU project http://www.toolproject.eu/ #edchat

algotruneman: @tomwhitby Tech and learning. If it is any help to you, feel free: http://bit.ly/eVqIoz #edchat

This is Vytheeshwaran Vedagiri from Chennai, India, I’m a virtual/real science teacher, teaching students from India, US and the UK. I am also into e-learning as a subject matter expert and an instructional designer. I am looking to specialize in educational methodologies to interlace learning strategies with technology and create an ideal learning environment for learners of all ages.

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  1. Hi Berni and Vytheeshwaran,

    We are so lucky that you shared the content of this #edchat with us. I have definitely learnt a lot from it. The wealth of information makes me stronger in my view and belief about education and what we can do.

    Thank you for putting this all together and for all the extremely useful comments and links from participants too.

    I will soon do a presentation on classroom blogs at a big conference in Hungary (on language teaching) and will show this post to them, if that is OK with you. If you do agree, I would like to thank you all on behalf of the participants whom I don’t know yet.


    Comment by Erika Osváth — April 6, 2011 @ 6:59 am | Reply

    • Hi Erika, thank you for your comment here. It was a very lively and interetsing discussion on #edchat. I am delighted that you would like to use this blog as part of your presentation. I hope you will also encourage your participants to read future posts and also come along to #edchat on twitter as part of their Professional Development (#eltchat too for English language)

      Comment by rliberni — April 6, 2011 @ 7:13 am | Reply

  2. Thank you, I will sure do, Berni. Though I would like to take it a step at a time, not to overwhelm them.

    Been doing presentations about PLNs and use of social media for PD (e.g. used #eltchat podcasts as a loop input for them to see what the main steps of a listening lesson is, including getting a feel for what makes listening difficult for sts), though very few teachers use these wonderful opportunities. They find it very difficult to change, they seem to be blaming it all on the system, which is only partly true, I think. However, if they, as individuals, do not strive for a mini-change, as I said through one step at a time, nothing will EVER change. If we continue with the education system as it is at the moment, we are not doing any good to our kids, nor to the future generation of teachers and kids.

    At the moment even class blogs are looked upon with suspicion by many teachers. Will do my best to have as many teachers start up their own class blogs by the end workshop as possible :-). I believe that once they start it up and see how it influences kids’ motivation to explore, read, write, exchange ideas, the teachers themselves will be more ready to learn along with the kids. At least that is what I am hoping for.

    Will definitely let you know about how it went 🙂

    Comment by Erika Osváth — April 6, 2011 @ 7:39 am | Reply

    • Hi Erika I think you paint a picture here of teachers missing this amazing opportunity for excellent PD online that resonates with many of us who have already made the leap into the online space. All we can do is keep talking about it and offering to help and guide people in the right direction. This sounds like one great way of doing this. I wish you every success with your presentaion and your ‘mission’. I really look forward to hearing how it all goes. 🙂

      Comment by rliberni — April 8, 2011 @ 12:02 am | Reply

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