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My blended learning environment

Original post: http://jalibrarian.blogspot.com/2018/09/my-blended-learning-environment.html

Six years ago, I became the technology teacher and librarian for a ECE-5 elementary school. The move from middle school caught me by surprise. I wasn’t prepared for the needs of my younger students and teaching students the skills to access new technology became a daunting task. I failed often. It was frustrating to scramble around the room to view each student’s issues with their individual computers. Many days ended in exhaustion and defeat. I desperately needed a solution to teaching technology (or any content for that matter). Over the last six years, I developed ways to teach students of any age through the following steps of blended learning. I’ll devote my next several blog posts revealing all the listed steps below to teach effectively within a blended learning environment. Each post is meant to be a “how-to” guide through the blended learning process so one can become more comfortable with the process.
Steps to an EFFECTIVE blended learning environment:

1) Learning Management System

2) Online/In-person Collaboration

3) Direct Instruction w/ screencasts based on feedback cycles (matched with aggressive monitoring)

4) Online checks for understanding

5) Online feedback; face-to-face feedback cycles

6) Differentiation through online groups (via LMS), scaffolded tasks, student voice and choice

7) Inquiry based lessons

#InnEdCO18 – Reflecting on a great conference

Last week I attended the Innovative Education Colorado Conference (InnEdCO) in Keystone, CO. Throughout my four days, I spent most of my time learning about personalized professional development, online tools to support students, and STEAM activities. I also presented on Wednesday afternoon about 3D printing and the use of TinkerCAD for students to create 3D objects.

I used this blog to take notes about my experience. Here’s a break down of my notes:

Personalized PD:

1) Sarah Thomas Keynote & Workshop during the morning of Day 1 (@sarahdateechur)

2) Session 2, Day 2: Personalized Professional Development using the EdCamp model

3) Personalized Learning with the Beacon Network in DPS for the 2nd session of Day 2

4) Personalized PD — planning tools for all levels and types of teachers

Online Tools:

1) HyperDocs with the Denver Public Schools Digital Coaches during Day 1

2) Gamifying your Classroom during my final session of Day 1

3) ELL Toolbox – finding tools to assist our English Language Learners for the first session of Day 2

4) Shark Tank Tools — a fantastic set of tools within one website built by Candy McGregor and Megan McQuinn

STEAM:

STEAM with Eric Carle — I love the idea of using picture books and STEAM activities

Also, on Wednesday, June 13, I offered a 2 hour workshop during the conference. I’ve linked my presentation below:

InnEdCO Workshop 2018

Denver Public Schools Tech Summit 2018 – My Presentation #HyperDocs #GoogleEDU

On Saturday (April 28), I presented at the 2018 DPS Tech Summit on the topic of HyperDocs. I learned everything I know about HyperDocs from the website, https://hyperdocs.co/, and by reading the book, The HyperDoc Handbook. I find them to be an effective way for students to work through the inquiry-based learning method where the entire project (standards, daily goals, rigorous tasks, articles/videos/images, checks for understanding, and reflection) are built into a single document (Google Doc) or slideshow (Google Slides). With a HyperDoc, the project or lesson becomes student driven (less teacher-led), accessible from anywhere with WIFI, and differentiated based on a student’s needs. Checks-for-understanding can be built in throughout the HyperDoc, so students can check in with you as they complete certain portions of the document. Also, feedback becomes instantaneous when the HyperDoc is uploaded to the Google Classroom and the teacher can see and comment on the student’s work in real time.  Try one of the samples or templates below to try building your own HyperDoc!

Here’s a link to my presentation: bit.ly/JAtechsummit

What in the world is a HyperDoc? Definitely the question I receive the most when I mention HyperDocs. It was difficult to get my mind around at first, but this video  helped me understand along with the resources below:

HyperDoc Resources:

HyperDoc Samples

HyperDoc Templates

HyperDoc YouTube Playlist

HyperDoc Podcasts:

Cool Cat Teacher Cult of Pedagogy

Classroom 2.0 ,  HyperDocs on Air

Project Based Learning & #HyperDocs: Designing a Tiny Home

Posted from: https://jalibrarian.blogspot.com/2018/02/project-based-learning-hyperdocs.html

Within my 5th grade technology class, we’re working through a project based learning opportunity by designing our own tiny home. I start the project by uploading a HyperDoc to our Google Classroom so each student has a copy.

A HyperDoc, in this instance, is a Google Doc where students have access to links to helpful websites and can work at their own pace. You can read more about HyperDocs from Jennifer Gonzalez’s blog, Cult of Pedagogy.

 I built the HyperDoc so the students are following the engineering process as they work through the project. Each step within the HyperDoc is a step in the engineering process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve). To be honest, my HyperDoc isn’t the best looking. My students informed me it’s difficult to read and follow, so I’ll be changing it for next year to be color coded with a better layout.
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During the creation step of their tiny homes, my 5th graders used the following tools :

2D floorplan: LucidCharts (one of the many Google Apps)
     -under templates, choose floorplans

3D model: Planner 5D
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After using a HyperDoc for this particular project based learning opportunity, I’ve found it be largely beneficial for students for the following reasons:

1) Student empowerment —  they can work at their pace with plenty of personal choice to make during the process.
2) Feedback Opportunities — with the HyperDoc living on our Google Classroom, I can leave comments on students work throughout the project. I find it keeps them engaged while allowing me easy ways to check their work.
3) Changing Instruction — when students need certain instructions or more information, I can add links to articles and videos to help them along the way. It frees me up to move around the classroom for more 1-1 instruction with students.

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I have my entire 9 day lesson plans (with differentiation, assessments, exit tickets, etc.) on Teachers Pay Teachers

Innovative Education Colorado Conference #InnEdCO2018

I recently learned of the acceptance of my workshop/presentation for this summer’s InnEdCO conference in Keystone, Colorado. Last year, I presented a beginner’s workshop for teachers to learn the basics of TinkerCAD, possible 3D printer options, and how to fund a 3D printer through crowd sourcing (Donor’s Choose).

I’ll change my presentation this year to include an advance level within the workshop. It will still be open to beginners, but I’ll have an option within my Google Slide deck for participants to explore the classroom features for TinkerCAD. It now allows teachers to setup classroom accounts, have students easily join the online classroom community, and for teachers to push out specific lessons to students in your online classroom.

I’m not sure when I’ll present my workshop, but it will be a 3 hour time slot during the regular conference dates:

Tuesday, June 12–Thursday, June 14

I’m truly grateful to InnEdCO for giving me this opportunity to share and learn.