Keeping up with technology
Technology has had a deep impact on education over the past several decades, bringing us to a point today where much K-12 and post-secondary learning is offered in either a blended or fully online format. Edubabel Online was created to share information with those seeking to add to their expertise in creating blended or wholly online learning, as well as to offer help to educators trying to create quality learning experiences for their students.
Schools presume newly graduated teachers come to them tech savvy and ready to jump right in to creating technology supported learning. Research shows, however, that many students entering college may know how to use social media and the Internet, as well as smart devices, for their own personal needs, but lack experience effectively using those tools to enhance their own learning experience, let alone in helping the learning of others.
While students in teacher training programs may be exposed to some elements of 21st Century learning, blended learning, and the use of online courses, there is too much to know for a single college program to ground their ed majors in all the elements involved in creating and/or using blended or online classes.
The purpose of this site is to share information and offer help to teachers, especially those in the K-12 setting.
What is blended learning?
The term "blended learning" is used in a variety of ways. Some people use it to describe wholly online learning, where the student can chat with or Skype a teacher when the student gets stuck.
Others use it to describe classes which are taught live but supported with online tools. These tools can include using a Learning Management System (LMS), or guiding students to online simulations which support the topic they are studying. Blended learning may also involve students in creating online products in wikiis, or on sites like Glogster, Prezi, and a host of others. Educators have identified several models for online learning which encompass what is currently being done in K-12 schools. Being familiar with these models is a good first step in making decisions about how a teacher, or school district, wants to manage their own approach to blended learning.