Integrating online learning into your classroom can yield great benefits for your students. There is much excitement about blending and flipping learning, but it can seem at times like the emphasis is on having such a program in a school, and only later does our attention turn to how to have a successful program .
There are many resources available online to provide educators with ideas and models to help them effectively implement a blended program or flip their classrooms. Here at Hekademia, we field questions regularly from teachers and administrators who want to give their students the flexibility and personalized learning that comes with integrating online learning into their classrooms, but are unsure of how to do so in a meaningful and effective way.
Only you can decide what will work best in your schools and classrooms, but to get you started we’ve compiled (and simplified) the top 3 ways to integrate online learning into your classroom.
1. The Flipped Model
Flipping and blending can be used together, but they are very different approaches. In a flipped classroom, students access online content outside of the classroom. This content serves to introduce concepts, new skills and examples as a lecture in the traditional classroom would. When the students do enter the classroom, they can work independently, with their teacher or with their peers to apply the newly learned skill. That’s the flip – traditional classroom learning is done at home, and the exercises and application that is usually “homework” is done in the classroom.
2. The Rotational Model
Students rotate between different learning stations in the classroom. Commonly there are at least 3 learning stations – a mini lecture and discussion with the teacher, a space where students can engage with the online content to reinforce concepts by putting them into practice, and a collaborative work station where they can work with their peers to apply concepts and skills to problems together. By most accounts, this may be the model that fits best into a traditional classroom setting, provided that there are enough devices in the classroom for at least one third of students to be online at a time. A variation on this is the lab rotational model, where one station is outside of the classroom in a school’s existing computer lab.
3. The Flex Model
Students work in a classroom with their teachers and peers, but learning is primarily done individually and online. Students are able to work at their own pace while having access to the support of their teacher as needed. This has proven to be effective in classrooms of students with very diverse learning needs, as it allows those that achieve mastery of a subject quickly to work ahead or on enrichment content, while those who would benefit from remedial study before moving on can do so, free from the pressure of being left behind.
Hekademia can help you achieve any of the above the online learning integrations by providing quality content. Contact us today to learn about our pilot program.