More and more schools and colleges are using blended learning in instruction. In blended learning, some learning activities are shifted to online spaces. Learning now becomes a blend of face-to-face and virtual environments. How do NWAEA resources support blended and online learning?
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Gale provides access to educator journals and reference materials. Here is one sample article of many that are available from Gale Educator’s Reference Complete.
Barack, Lauren. "Educators: blended learning key: schools are integrating digital tools to ready students for college." School Library Journal Feb. 2016: 18. Educator’s Reference Complete. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.
Lending Library: We have professional journals and professional books that provide additional information about blended as well as online learning.
Atomic Learning: Atomic Learning has expanded their focus from just providing how-to use videos on technology software and apps to also providing information about instructional strategies and educational topics. Some of the tutorial series that will be beneficial include: Creating Engaging Lessons Online, Being an Effective Online Student, Effective Online Discussions, and Facilitating Online Courses in a LMS.
Sharing Iowa AEA Online Resources with Students:
AEA Digital Content: Every video in AEA Digital Library has a hyperlink associated with it. In addition, teachers can create playlists of numerous videos usually related by content, that can be shared with students as well. In addition, you can search for K-12 Online classes within AEA Digital Library and download the content to use in your LMS.
Britannica Online: By creating an individual My Britannica account, teachers and students can save and organize content from Britannica online. In addition, it is now possible to upload your own content to the Britannica site. It’s possible to convert the saved content into a lesson plan, as well. All the content can be shared using the provided URL. It’s also possible to browse lesson plans created by Britannica and use them as they are or customize them to fit your individual needs. Britannica makes it easy to share lesson plans online with your students.
Gale: Articles can be saved to personal accounts. You can log into your personal account using your Google username/password or by logging into your Gale account using a username/password created by you. Any articles can be automatically downloaded into Google Drive and also downloaded to Google Classroom. Gale makes it easy to connect content with online platforms.
Learn360: Like AEA Digital Library, all the videos in Learn360 have a URL associated with them. Videos can also be embedded on your website or LMS. In Learn360 you can also save videos in folders or create playlists. These can be shared with students or colleagues using a dedicated URL or code.
For example, view a series of videos on online learning. You can also use this code when you login: S5ZGAA Select Playlist and enter the Playlist Code.
Learn360 will also allow you to create assignments around your saved content.
TeachingBooks.net: Resources from Teaching Books can easily be shared using a URL, QR Flyer, bookmark, posting to Facebook, Twitter or sending a text. Want to see teaching resources about Spring? Click on this hyperlink: http://www.teachingbooks.net/qli4739
MackinVia: In MackinVia, administrators and teachers (given the privilege) can create groups of books for students to read. Books can be grouped in whatever way the teacher wants; by reading level, interest level or subject. The teacher can also include instructions around the selected group.
For example, I created a group that included all the recent Iowa Award winning books. I included a set of instructions with this group of books.
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