Blended Learning in K-12/Types of Blended Learning
As stated previously, K-12 may be the last to utilize Blended Learning but it has certainly gone beyond the 'trickle down effect.' There is a growing trend to use technology in K-12 classrooms and more grants and financial opportunities are making Blended learning a reality. Because there are multiple tools available for use when incorporating Blended Learning in the K-12 classroom by a teacher, it is important to highlight what is available to create a blended learning environment. According to "Building Effective Blended Learning Programs" by Harvey Singh, "Blended Learning Programs may include several forms of learning tools, such as real-time virtual/collaboration software, self-paced Web-based courses, electronic performance support systems (EPSS) embedded within the job-task environment, and knowledge management systems. Blended learning mixes various event based activities, including face-to-face classrooms, live e-learning, and self-paced learning" (Singh, 2003).
"From a course design perspective, a blended course can lie anywhere between the continuum anchored at opposite ends by fully face-to-face and fully online learning environments." (Rovai and Jordan, 2004) This chapter presents explanations of the various types of tools available to create a blended learning environment in the classroom. The following categories will be used to organize major types:
- The use of Multimedia and Virtual Internet Resources in the classroom. Examples include the use of videos, virtual field trips, and interactive websites.
- The use of Classroom Websites in the classroom. Included is a growing list of examples of useful blended learning websites.
- The use of Course Management Systems. Examples include the use of Moodle, WebCT and Blackboard.
- The use of Synchronous and Asychronous Discussions in the classroom. Examples of resources available include Yahoo Groups, TappedIn, Blogs, and Elluminate.