Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?
Article Review by Michelleann Avilla
Beth Holland discusses how a blended classroom can transform the student and teacher role in the classroom with the proper mindset and approach.
The PERIL of Blended Learning
While sources such as Google Classroom are great to share content digitally with students, that is not all that defines a blended classroom. Simply substituting content into a digital format is great in enhancing how students can access information, however, information is still teacher directed, and students are not in charge of how they use and apply knowledge.
The PROMISE of Blended Learning
Students are in charge of their learning and investigators of content, giving them a unique learning experience
Students do not have to be pressured with time constaints and keeping up with the class, but have the option to work at a pace that is comfortable for them
Students can showcase their strengths and multiple intelligences by having a choice in the mode in which they learn material (video, e-books, paper, face to face)
In an effectively blended classroom, teachers will have more opportunities to work with students individually. Since teachers are not confined to the front of the classroom and traditional instruction, they can provide more customized instruction for each student.
What is in it for the teacher?
For more information to implement blended learning in the classroom, visit: https://www.edutopia.org/practice/blended-learning-making-it-work-your-classroom
Holland, B. (2017). Are We Innovating , or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching? Edutopia. Retrieved 6 March 2017 from https://www.edutopia.org/article/are-we-innovating-or-just-digitizing-traditional-teaching-beth-holland