The Indian education system has been experiencing a transformation in the past few years. We, as educators, are trying to bring a positive change in the classrooms. As experiments are an essential part of our lives, they help us to find a better solution. We implement new methods in the classrooms to make teaching and learning more interactive. To make the classroom teaching more interactive we will highlight a strategy known as blended learning.
Traditional teaching methodologies help children to focus on their studies and create a social environment. I feel that these methodologies help children to learn discipline in their school days. Additionally, it gives a stable plan to students for study. Possibly, it creates a lack of flexibility in the schedule and limits the participation of students.
Contrarily, the power of technology helps us to find multiple ways to empower the education system. The precise use of technology makes teaching-learning more effective in all manner. In India, the digital revolution is already transforming education to the next level. In the current education system, it has become a necessity. Despite the challenges, we must admit that Ed-Tech is the future of education.
As an educator, I prefer using technology wisely in the classrooms. However, education technology needs improvisation in terms of planning and implementation.
There is a continuous debate on ‘which is the better education style?’. It doesn’t matter if we use the traditional or digital way of teaching. What if we choose the strengths of both the methods and implement them in the schools for better results? Our ultimate goal is to give better education to children.
Most of us have already introduced Blended Learning in schools. It is an approach that blends offline and online education. Though the definition of blended learning is simple to understand, it is far more than that!
A teacher needs add-on tools to improve the teaching and learning quality. Blended learning is not just sharing the worksheets online and using an online tool to connect with children. Let us create a participative atmosphere for children through the effective strategy of blended learning.
Establishing good infrastructure might not help all the time if you are not using it effectively. Taking advantage of available resources and learning the concepts very well is a need. There must be careful management of all the possible combinations of elements. There are fewer chances that schools have an up-to-date infrastructure in countries like India. We also need to consider the fact that children face issues while studying online from home. Indian schools are fighting several challenges. We lack enthusiasm for innovation, have insufficient training for teachers, and lack infrastructure. However, we can implement blended learning with proper planning.
Active learning happens using the concept of blended learning. It gives opportunities to children to learn beyond classroom education. They can connect with their teachers using the best possible use of technology. It helps teachers to identify the learning needs of children immediately. Time management becomes easy with technology.
We are living in the digital age of education where a lot of other changes are in process. We must take advantage of technology to fulfill child’s learning requirements.
There are several types of blended learning strategies in the classroom. Station rotation is the most popular among all. This mode of learning allows students to rotate through the stations on a fixed schedule. It is the most common and successful way of implementation.
Implementing station rotation model for math class in blended learning.
This model is easy to implement but needs teachers’ intervention in all the stations. We need to maintain class strength for better results. A teacher can implement this model for multiple topics at a time. A teacher can choose the time limit to complete the cycle.
Let us observe how we can manage math class using this model.
Creating stations depends on the resources available at that time. No matter how many stations we are creating, at least one station should be of online engagement.
Three main stations could be;
1. Teacher-driven station
2. Online activity station
3. Review station
1. Teacher-driven station:
As the name suggests, teachers manage this station. It covers topic planning, setting instructions for children, teaching a topic, formative assessments, checking homework, and review. We make sure that all the topics follow these steps. A teacher can use their best strategies to deliver a session. A teacher can even distribute the assignments to them. We can also use digital tools to interact with the students.
2. Online activity station:
This is a station where technology plays an essential role. We can use creative online tools to engage children. Use educational tools like Navima to assign worksheets. It creates motivation in students to practice more. Adaptive drills ensure that students are learning well. The best part of this station is that students get a personalized learning experience. A teacher takes the formative assessment using Navima. Assign the teacher-made worksheets to check their understanding.
3. Review Station:
It takes students to offline mode again. A teacher can plan a review session for that particular topic. Make small groups of students and let them review their assignments. It will help them with collaborative learning. They will find a solution using each other’s knowledge. A teacher has to present to control the class. A teacher can use educational tools like Navima to check students’ proficiency.
For better results, keep the above stations in your planning. We can add a few more stations while planning. It depends upon the class strength, topic weightage, resources, and time.
Blended learning will be effective when we plan and implement it in the best possible way. Let us try and see the results. Thank you for reading my blog post. We would appreciate your comments. Kindly share your outcomes after implementing blended learning.