Course Show-and-Tell: A What-You-Need-When-You-Need-It Course
Blended learning can take many shapes. But there are important aspects that effective blended courses share. Two of those aspects are 1) ease of navigation so students can get where they need to go without a map and 2) providing students with some control over the pace at which they move through the course materials.
Below is a course walkthrough created by Sara Johnson, a Technology Integration Champion and Broadcast Teacher at Bowie Middle School, that showcases these two aspects.
In this short video, Sara will show you how she set up her Introduction to Broadcasting course. It's a good example of what I call "The Archiver" course setup where current materials are all at the top. She'll also showcase how she set up station rotation and the materials she has to start the year.
A Video Walkthrough of Sara Johnson's Intro to Broadcasting Course
Full Video Transcript
Speaker: Sara Johnson, Technology Integration Champion and Broadcast Teacher
Welcome to my Introduction to Broadcasting blended learning class.
The first thing that you'll always have at the top is whatever unit we're working on. So right now, we're working on the "Nice to Meet You" video. And you can see here, it includes the success criteria as well as the two placeholders for the grades. So, even though they are not turning in these grades to Schoology, I always put them inside, so that way students know the due dates for things that are up and coming. This'll go down to the bottom when we get into our PSAs, which are next.
Below that are the How-To Videos. So these how-to videos will show students whatever they need, whatever we're currently learning about iMovie. And so they can go, and they can click on these and it'll let them go at their own pace. So as they're learning how to finalize a video, they can click on it and they can watch it. This is there throughout the year, so if a student forgets how to do something, they can always go back and reference those videos.
Underneath there's a Filing Cabinet, so I kind of use these visuals as the line between everything from the Filing Cabinet up is probably what you will need to use. I do include what's below. As you can see, at the beginning of the year, we created a Respect Agreement using discussion boards. We also had a quiz on Set and Voice. We also did Station Rotation Work. So two of their stations were inside ... Well, actually one of their station was a Schoology Station, and it was inside the Station Rotation Work.
So Step 1 ... There's two step 1's, because they do these together. And then Step 2 is something that they would do after they had completed Step 1, when they were at the Station Rotation Station.
That way, students who are there know exactly what's needed of them. And this, of course, was up at the very top when we were doing those rotations. So I kind of just keep everything so students can always reference it throughout the year. It just kind of gets in reverse order. Like next, when I'm done with this, I'm going to move the Nice to Meet You to where it's on top of the beginning of the year. And then we'll put the PSAs up.
So that's kind of a little bit of how I organize it. Since it is blended learning, the idea is that students should be able to go at the pace that suits them. And so the bank of videos, of how to use the technologies is always there for them to go back and reference. And so as we add a new skills, we'll add a new videos.