Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blended Learning


It's the second week of Connected Educator Month, and in Indiana we are focused on the Blended Learning theme. In addition to exploring today's Pinnovation, we invite you to join us tomorrow night at 9EST for our regular #INeLearn Twitter Chat. Lending us their expertise are guest moderators from the Patins Project, a state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive-accesible technology for assisting local educational agencies in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials. The topic for discussion is: How do you incorporate UDL into Blended Learning?

To learn more about this week's CEM theme, do take advantage of the webinars and tweetups being planned by CUE. As theme leader, CUE is facilitating a discussion board using LinkedIn via the Blended Teacher Network.  They have also started the official CEM Blended Learning Pinterest Board.

The Office of eLearning has been curating Blended Learning resources on Pinterest for the last year. Our board http://www.pinterest.com/INelearn/blended-learning/ is a great place to begin your search if you are looking for resources from experts in the field. You will find a variety of things to consider as you develop a plan for and implement blended learning in your classroom or school.

Once you are committed to the instructional design of blended learning, we have two other sets of Pinterest boards that may be of interest. The first is a collection of Digital Content boards. This original Digital Content board is for sites that cover multiple disciplines, for posts that share tips for moving from traditional to digital content, and for tools you can use to create or manage digital content. Originally, we pinned everything to it, but over time we broke out resources by content area.

Content specific boards include:
Business
FACS
History
English Language Arts
Math
Science
World Language

Every teacher needs supplies and materials to implement instruction, and blended teachers are no exception. We encourage you to poke around in our set of Toolbox boards. We started out with the general Toolbox and then created several smaller toolboxes with specific focuses:

Assessment
BackChannels
Cloud Storage
Curation
Graphic Organizers
Presentation Creation
Research
Screenshare
Video Making
Vocabulary

We'd love to hear what Pinterest boards you are following for professional learning around Blended Learning. Leave us a comment below!


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