December 13, 2020
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Looking for free, virtual professional learning opportunities centered around blended learning? Define, discuss, and discover resources to help you incorporate blended learning into your lessons during this week’s Twitter chat or in our upcoming winter book study!
Tools to Begin Blended Learning Lessons
Whether you are just starting to use blended learning or you're a pro, we have three useful resources to share to help you to create and find purposeful blended lesson content.
TeachersFirst's Blended Learning Resources
Peruse this curated collection of resources to start blending in your class. This list offers tools that include a combination of digital media and traditional classroom teaching. Most of these tools are also ideal for remote learning environments.
NBC Learn Free Resources
Use this collection of free streaming videos (about 5 minutes each) to support school curriculums using material from NBC News, one of the largest news archives in the world. All videos include transcripts—some have lesson plans and/or other activities.
Design blended learning for your secondary math lessons. Choose a course to view video lessons and download practice problems, corrective assignments (additional practice for misunderstood concepts or incomplete mastery), and a complete pacing guide.
Professional Resources for Blended Learning
View the archives of three OK2Ask virtual workshops related to using blended learning in your lessons. Find a training that best meets your needs.
OK2Ask: Bitmojis to Support Instruction: Oh, Yeah!
View this recent archive and learn how to create a Bitmoji classroom scene to share the week's reading materials, take students on a virtual field trip, or create an escape room activity. Don't miss the resource page!
OK2Ask: Sway Cool Reading
This workshop offers you the opportunity to plan for the use of Sway during reading instruction and to learn research-based strategies for using Microsoft Sway to guide comprehension. Sway is a great option for blending!
OK2Ask: Wakelet as an Instructional Hub
Watch this archived OK2Ask workshop to learn all about Wakelet. When used to implement flipped/blended learning, Wakelet allows students to be more self-reliant and gives the instructor more time to help students who struggle.
Create Engaging Lessons for Blended Learning
Take what you've learned to the next level and use these resources to create your own blended learning lessons. Check out these unique, creative tools!
Assign lessons, interact with students in real time, and create quizzes and activities and then view student responses on any device. Create your account and follow prompts to add students, create groups, and choose response options.
Slidestory Publisher - Audio Slideshows & Podcasting
Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images with Slidestory. Record your lessons (or instructions for large projects) for your blended learning or remote lessons. Challenge your students to create their own Slidestories to show what they know.
Whereby allows you to instantly create video conversations that include up to four people. There is nothing to download and no registration required. Just add a name for your room and use this tool to connect during blended lessons/projects.
This Week at TeachersFirst®
Discover even more ways to learn about and engage with blended learning strategies and resources. Join us this Thursday for a Twitter chat focused on blended learning. Registration is now open for our winter book study, which features Michele Eaton's The Perfect Blend. We are also including a timely blog post and kindly ask you to take a moment to reply to our weekly poll.
Thursday, 12/17, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Mixing Up Blended Learning
Join us for our next Twitter chat as we explore ways to incorporate the use of blended learning in face-to-face and remote instruction and define and discuss the components of blended learning. Join the conversation using #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst.
Registration is now open
Winter Book Study
Learn about blended learning and earn PD hours for free during our winter book study! Participants will read Michelle Eaton’s "The Perfect Blend," investigate various tech tools, and understand how they can be used for blended learning.
Infusing Technology Blog
Including Differentiation in Remote and Blended Learning
Discover this inspiring blog post related to differentiating remote and blended lessons. Read about why differentiation matters, learn and read about important terms that you should know, peruse the free resources shared, and more.
Define new terms and find new resources to try in your blended learning lessons »
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks: "How comfortable are you with using blended learning in your lessons?" Share your thoughts with our community and view the replies of other educators when you click to submit your answer.
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