How can I implement a blended learning environment?
There are a variety of models in which facilitators could follow to enhance the blended learning environment. No matter what subject area or age level being taught, blended learning environments with a clear purpose and thoughtful integration can have powerful, long lasting effects on learning.
Now I completely understand the challenges public schools face with state and federal regulations of how time may be spent through out the student's day. However, if facilitators can think inventively about the purpose of the learning tasks, then perhaps the time could be scheduled in a creative way!
Problem based learning is a popular form of student centered, inquiry based learning which focuses on an engineering design process and solution which is not in the form of a physical product.
For example, some problem based learning topics could be what is the best way to stop the flu at school, what is the cheapest form of transportation in the city, or what is it about Fortnite that makes it so addicting? Ok, maybe I got a little carried away with the last example, but the point it, it needs to be a real-world, relevant topic that the learners want to learn the solution to.
Similar to problem based learning, project based learning is another popular form of student centered, inquiry based learning which focuses on the production of a product which is a working solution to the original inquiry question.