Monday, March 9, 2020

15 Sites for Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning?  This is a question that I frequently think about and a term that gets tossed around in education.  It's a smorgasbord of teaching strategies that uses analog and digital technologies to teach and learn.

Wikipedia says, "Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace.[1][2] While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.[3] Proponents of blending learning cite the opportunity for data collection and customization of instruction and assessment as two major benefits of this approach.[4] Schools with blended learning models may also choose to reallocate resources to boost student achievement outcomes.[5]"

That being said, I decided to curate a list of resources that can be used for Blended Learning instruction.

*This list is in alphabetical order.

15 Sites for Blended Learning

  1. Answer Pad - Is a free visual and student based response system that educators use to blend learning and assess students in real-time on browser based devices.
  2. Blended Play - A excellent site that uses "gamification" to blend learning where educators create the questions used in the games.
  3. Buncee - A fantastic and easy to use tool w/ educational portal that educators are using for blended learning, digital storytelling, project based learning, and much much more.
  4. Edmodo - A free and safe social learning environment where educators can collaborate w/ students and assess them to deliver best teaching strategies.
  5. EDpuzzle - Is one of the most popular resources on the web to flip a classroom or lesson.  This is done by taking a video editing (i.e. cut/crop) it, adding questions, and generate assessments to blend learning.  Also, it is ideal for student centered self paced learning.
  6. Eduflow - A new Learning Management System that makes it easy for educators to blend learning and integrate group discussions.
  7. FlipSnack Edu - A terrific site for creating online classrooms that can be used for flipping a classroom, blend learning, and more.
  8. GoClass - A innovative tool that uses a web interface and mobile app to allow teachers to create digital lessons, blend learning, and generate detailed reports.
  9. iCivics - A great site for learning about Civics through a wide variety of learning styles such as: game based learning, project based learning, blended learning, web quests, and more.
  10. Kahoot - Is a easy to use game based blended learning system that allows educators to assess students in a visual bar graph manner, while students take control of their learning.
  11. Khan Academy - A very popular resource for online learning where the user learns at their own pace through interactive exercises and videos.
  12. SimpleShow - A very popular site for creating beautiful looking explainer videos/slideshows, as well as to "flip" or "blend" learning.
  13. Otus - Otus is a new and innovative free learning tool designed for the iPad that allows educators to blend learning by creating a digital learning environment.  Educators, can manage and track student performance, take attendance and notes, grade, and more.
  14. Parlay - An innovative tool that educators are using to take classroom "discussions" to the next level by blending learning and differentiating instruction.
  15. Umu - A wonderful site/app that uses a wide variety of tools for professional development, such as: quizzes, polls, infographics, live broadcasts, and more.

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