A common barrier to entry for teachers who are considering blended learning is the misconception that you need a device for every one of your students to make it work. Luckily, that’s not the case! Here’s how to implement three common blended learning models without a 1:1 program:
This is perhaps the most common blended learning models used today, and it works great with a limited number of devices. With just a small bank of devices (enough for about one third of your students) it’s easy to budget students’ time so that everyone gets a chance to use them.
With Station Rotation, the class is divided to work on the day’s lesson in different stations. All students rotate throughout each station. Try implementing this model with these three stations to take full advantage of a limited number of devices:
- a third of the class receives teacher-led instruction
- another third works collaboratively on small-group projects
- the other third works on an online practice program using devices for skill reinforcement, remediation, or enrichment
Flipped learning is considered to be on the most fantastic blended learning models because it still utilizes technology, even if that use might not necessarily take place in the classroom. This can be an effective strategy if there isn’t the budget for a 1:1 device program because students can take advantage of devices at home or at another location (like a local library) to receive their instruction digitally.
This strategy frees up classroom time to work collaboratively to practice students’ new skills. They don’t necessarily need devices during this time, but even if they do, only one per group should suffice.
Computer labs can be one of the great blended learning models when a 1:1 program isn’t an option, especially for students in higher grades who have the skills to be more self-directed. Offering specified computer lab periods during the school day or opening up labs outside of school hours can be a great way to allow students the opportunity to take advantage of online courses or practice programs. Students can use this time to fulfill their unique learning needs, whether it is recovering lost credits, extra practice for high-stakes testing, or taking a course that isn’t offered in person at the school.
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If you’re ready to put these techniques into practice and want some idea to turn your classroom into a blended learning classroom, then check out our blog for lots of inspiration!