This week in my Coursera course they outlined four types of software that need to be distinguished for blended learning:
1) Four types of software
Whole course: replace an existing course. Software does most of teaching/learning. Teacher is purely to drop in and check progress. Examples: Apex Learning, K-12, Edgenunity. Easier to use, but less personalised.
Supplemental: support core course. Teacher still designs and delivers main learning experiences. Examples: ST Match and Dreambox Learning (is adaptive). Khan Academy (called ‘the gateway drug into blended learning’) – free resource for mastery. English language arts: Achieve 3000 (current event topics and rewrites at different lexile levels); Accelerated Reader (quizzes on books that they read based on lexile level; creates virtual book shelf). Gobstopper, lightsale – ebooks for schools; providing opportunity for teachers to embed quizzes or notes.
Teacher tools: help administration in a school to be more efficient. E.g. Edmodo used to communicate with students and parents (‘Facebook for teachers’); ‘Class Dojo’ merit and demerit points for classroom behaviour. Exit Ticket, Socrative, Poll Everywhere. Also LMS (Moodle etc…)
Learning apps: length, frequency of use very different; depended on unit and child. App: Poetry – search and display on mobile phones.
2) Process of choosing software
– What do you already have? Existing subscriptions? Start here.
– Choose based on criteria:
a) actionable data
c) efficient with the student’s time
f) cloud based option (work anywhere, using any device)
3) Additional resources
Basic ingredients for Blended Learning success (article):