We are glad you are here! This course is designed to help teachers explore how they can implement blended and flipped learning in their classrooms.
You may be:
A teacher that does not have any exposure to either concept.
A teacher that has heard of these terms, but does not know what they mean.
A teacher that knows what these are, but might not know how these approaches may work in your classroom.
A teacher that is familiar with the concepts and has even started to incorporate these approaches into your classroom.
In this lesson, you will:
familiarize yourself with the course objectives and desired outcomes
know and understand the definition of blended learning
know and understand the definition of the flipped classroom
This course will provide you with a comprehensive look at what blended and flipped learning looks like, present approaches to crafting your lesson plans, investigate student safeguarding and data protection, and explore a learning management system.
If that sounds like a lot—it is! However, this course will take each of these elements step-by-step, so that the content is easier to consume, understand, incorporate, and implement into your own classroom.
Included below is a list of objectives for each unit so that you have a clear understanding of what the focus is for each unit and what you should be able to do once you finish up each section of the course.
Unit One: Introduction to Blended and Flipped Learning
Know and understand the definition of blended learning
Know and understand the definition of the flipped classroom
Differentiate the concepts of blended learning and flipped learning
Justify why blended and flipped learning are needed in approaches to teaching
Discern what the roles and responsibilities for teachers and students in a blended setting
Unit Two: Deeper Dive Into Blended and Flipped Learning
Explore the different models of blended learning and flipped learning
Understand the shift in teacher and student roles in a blended and/or flipped learning environment
Consider objectives, priorities, time and address them appropriately when creating lessons
Learn how to best utilize technology in a blended and/or flipped learning experience
Understand the role of all stakeholders who are vital in this learning model
Measure student success in a blended/flipped environment
Unit Three: Craft Your First Blended and Flipped Lesson Plan
Understand how to set up your blended learning environment in order to optimize student learning
Understand how to choose the topic/lesson for your blended learning lesson plan
Learn the features of an effective blended learning lesson plan
Understand how to establish effective communication channels for students and parents
Understand how to create resources and use in a fair and ethical manner
Unit Four: Safeguarding and Data Protection
Know the difference between safeguarding and child protection Identify various types of abuse
Know and understand PREVENT
How to record and report disclosures
Examine case studies and speculate how to best approach the issues presented
Unit Five: Utilizing ManageBac for Your Blended and Flipped Learning Experience
Understand what the Pamoja Lesson Suite product is and the benefits of importing Pamoja Lesson Suite units into your classes
Customize your lesson planner, resources, and streams
Utilize the presentation mode in a live lesson or while in the classroom
Understand how to use messages to communicate with the entire class or other teachers
Create collaborative tasks using Google Docs or other online collaboration tools
Utilize online discussion forums in ManageBac
Plan, schedule, and host an online live lesson within ManageBac
Utilize the available assessments within Pamoja Lesson Suite courses as they are or make edits/additions as needed
View submissions through the Tasks & Units tab or the Gradebook tab
Annotate submissions using the annotation tool
Use the messaging tool to have a conversation with students about tasks and feedback
You may have heard of the terms 'blended learning' and 'flipped classrooms' before, but might not be clear in fully understanding what they mean or the similarities and differences between the two. While the two approaches may have elements that overlap one another, as well as having common objectives, they are each unique in their execution. In this lesson, you will be provided with an overview of blended learning and flipped classrooms, what they are, as well as what they are not.
Online learning includes elements like written content, online assignments, discussion forums, screencasts, podcasts, games, chats, video conferences and other digital activities. These can be accessed remotely, and are typically delivered through a learning management system (known as an LMS). Online learning should not be a replacement for traditional learning but these approaches to teaching and learning can be used to complement one another in order to create a full and all-encompassing learning experience.
Traditional delivery of learning usually involves reading, watching and embracing the content in class, then having homework where the student completes the task(s) at home. In a flipped classroom, the course facilitator provides instructional videos or audio presentations for students to watch on their own remotely. Class time is spent on the practical application of the concepts covered prior to spending time with the instructor. To help support the learning process, the online platform can involve discussion forums and other tools where teachers and students can communicate with one another—focusing on the standards, skills, and objectives associated with the lesson.
The primary goals of flipped learning are:
To transform the classroom into an active learning environment
To provide an opportunity to enable students to learn at their own pace and comfort
To help individualize instruction, rather than primarily focusing on whole-class approaches
You may have already recognized that you already do some of these things in your classroom.