Meet digital natives on their own turf! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Using social media and web tools, you’ll learn and collaborate with one another in new ways. These brief books feature strategies to use immediately–and the series website lets you connect with authors and access additional resources. Accustomed to constantly-evolving mobile technology, our students crave more than paper and pencil can provide. In this volume, veteran teacher, renowned author, and tech expert Mark Barnes shows how educators can use mobile devices and social media to create a win-win for teaching and learning. This inspiring resource describes how to Mentor students in responsible use of technology Use technology to encourage positive collaboration beyond the classroom walls Benefit from teaching examples, K-12 lesson ideas, and a teacher-friendly technology glossary Learn how to make technology a catalyst in your classroom–one that builds students’ aptitudes for critical thought and partnership. To explore the other books in this series, visit the companion website.
Chapter 5: Blending the Learning
Blending the Learning
Blended learning has the potential to upend today’s factory-model school system, which standardizes the way it teaches and tests, and instead enable personalized learning approaches for all students.
It is unfair to suggest that most educators are anti-digital devices. In fact, I’ve worked with teachers nationwide who love the idea of mobile learning. In most cases, the problem is that many teachers are not anti-device, they simply don’t have the experience or the training necessary to implement a successful mobile learning strategy. Teachers at education conferences and at schools often admit that they struggle with striking a balance between a more traditional teaching approach—which generally involves textbooks, [Page 28]workbooks, homework and tests—and using technology. “I ...