Topic: What is blended learning and how do we increase it in mathematics lessons?
As it happened on Friday, 11th February 2011 00:00 - 01:00 GMT
12:05 am
ColinTGraham:
Hello everyone and welcome to this week's #mathchat
12:05 am
birklearns:
Any interactive programs for teaching fractions to junior math students? #mathchat
12:06 am
ColinTGraham:
Today's topic is: "What is blended learning and how do we increase it in mathematics lessons?" #mathchat
12:07 am
davidwees:
RT @ColinTGraham: Today's topic is: "What is blended learning and how do we increase it in mathematics lessons?" #mathchat #edchat #BCed
12:08 am
davidwees:
@ColinTGraham I see blended learning being when you combine online learning opportunities with classroom practices. #mathchat
12:08 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat Looking forward to an opening definition of blended learning.
12:09 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux That's exactly what we're going to start with, Ingrid! What do you (everyone) see as being "blended learning"? #mathchat
12:10 am
mathtech:
@davidwees I agree - the use of learning objects can give real world application to acquired math skill #mathchat
12:10 am
fallinginflour:
@davidwees what online opportunites are there for math? #mathchat
12:11 am
davidwees:
@fallinginflour Well for example, the Khan Academy, or MIT Open Courseware, or locally developed courses. #mathchat
12:11 am
ColinTGraham:
I see blended learning as a mix of online, real, virtual activities in the classroom and a mix between self-study and directed #mathchat
12:11 am
davidwees:
I see blended learning not as a primary instructional model, but as a useful support model in math education. #mathchat
12:12 am
EarlSamuelson:
RT @davidwees: @ColinTGraham I see blended learning being when you combine online learning opportunities with classroom practices. #mathchat
12:13 am
davidwees:
I see online learning is most useful when focusing on learning computational mathematics. For problem solving? Not sure. #mathchat
12:13 am
mathtech:
Open educational resources are an excellent add-in to classroom math teaching.#mathchat
12:13 am
fallinginflour:
what makes virtual opportunites so diff from other learning? #mathchat
12:13 am
teachwatts:
RT @ColinTGraham: Today's topic is: "What is blended learning and how do we increase it in mathematics lessons?" #mathchat
12:13 am
ColinTGraham:
Blended learning can also involve a good deal of 'free-form' or 'floating' curriculum, depending on degrees of intervention. #mathchat
12:15 am
ColinTGraham:
@fallinginflour For me, it's speed of response/reaction to routine calculations or the ability to visualise connections quickly #mathchat
12:15 am
mathtech:
@fallinginflour Animation that move, interactivity, audio explanations, interactive games...#mathchat
12:15 am
davidwees:
@fallinginflour Online learning allows you to learn when you want, where you want. #mathchat
12:15 am
engagingEDU:
@davidwees seems prob solv requires seeing in many ways, context, visuals, conversation - would need unique online environment #mathchat
12:16 am
ColinTGraham:
@mathtech Do you see it as an "add-in" or would you prefer it to be more of an integral part of teaching? #mathchat
12:16 am
davidwees:
@engagingEDU Well, if we consider social media as a tool of online learning, then it would enhance communication abilities. #mathchat
12:17 am
ColinTGraham:
@davidwees I'd agree quite strongly with the communicative aspects, which blended learning may open up for less vocal students #mathchat
12:18 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat When I observe tchrs doing math hmwk review (which canB boring), Ss R much more engaged if work shown on IWB.
12:18 am
Dr_Annalise:
RT @davidwees: @fallinginflour Online learning allows you to learn when you want, where you want. #mathchat
12:18 am
Dr_Annalise:
RT @davidwees: I see blended learning not as a primary instructional model, but as a useful support model in math education. #mathchat
12:18 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat The ability to prepare visuals in advance w/IWB instead of standing at front of class drawing can improve visual supports.
12:19 am
fallinginflour:
@MmeVeilleux IWB? #mathchat
12:19 am
davidwees:
#mathchat @engagingEDU For example, last night I was in a meeting & we were brainstorming. I asked my PLN t? (cont) http://deck.ly/~IAFdW
12:19 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux I don't think that just by using online tech, interactive whiteboards, or web tools, we are necessarily blending... #mathchat
12:19 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat I wish math textbooks came w/ecopies so we could modify them & look together w/projector.
12:20 am
davidwees:
@ColinTGraham Yes, good observation. Blended learning allows some of our vocally shy students to shine in text. #mathchat
12:20 am
lookforsun:
@davidwees @engagingEDU #mathchat Can't resist commenting - my students have been answering math questions on our sn - positive.
12:20 am
ColinTGraham:
@fallinginflour IWB= interactive whiteboard, such as promethean or Smart #mathchat
12:20 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @ColinTGraham What do you mean by blending in that case?
12:20 am
engagingEDU:
#mathchat @davidwees perhaps it's not online learning that's the prob, but instead learning in isolation with a computer as teacher & class
12:20 am
mathtech:
@ColinTGraham Right now an add-in as supply of materials with usable context is limited. My preferred method of teaching #mathchat
12:20 am
Dr_Annalise:
Blended learning is a combo of actual and theoretical. Kids learn the theories, then apply via technology, etc. #mathchat
12:21 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux For me, the blending comes from a balance between the online and offline, who is doing the interacting (ideally Ss) #mathchat
12:21 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @fallinginflour interactive white board, eg SmartBoard
12:22 am
Dr_Annalise:
Sometimes paper can be crippling. #mathchat
12:22 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux Also I think there needs to be a balance/blend between what can be self-monitored & what requires input from others #mathchat
12:22 am
rvdemerchant:
@teachwatts Time and place is a plus. Anytime any place with access. Easy to review. Archives. #mathchat
12:23 am
fallinginflour:
@MmeVeilleux Thanks. What makes the IWB more engaging #mathchat
12:23 am
teachwatts:
blended learning should not be confused with blended teaching #mathchat
12:23 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @ColinTGraham To clarify, blended lrng requires s-s interaction vs tchr-cntred &/or indiv work?
12:24 am
rvdemerchant:
I would see blended learning as being online, in class and outside of class. Math with meaning. #mathchat
12:24 am
ColinTGraham:
@mathtech What areas would you see as benefiting from a more usable context? Where are more materials needed? #mathchat
12:24 am
mathtech:
#mathchat @davidwees Backchannel conversations on social media devices can a reluctant student a new voice.
12:25 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat I tried to use FlockDraw 2have ss post solution methods but it was an abysmal failure. 2hard 2draw. not same as freehand.
12:25 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux The idea of blended learning, as I would do it, is that part of what the Ss learn should be done outside class #mathchat
12:26 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux Ideas of triangulation are also important, I think. Individual Ss, interaction with other Ss and T-S or T-Ss #mathchat
12:26 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat I've also asked ss to post hmwk solutions on google doc but b/c you can't draw there, it's hard. Did not work well either.
12:27 am
ColinTGraham:
@teachwatts How would you distinguish between blended learning and blended teaching? #mathchat
12:27 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @ColinTGraham Thanks. That helps clarify blended learning for me :)
12:29 am
ColinTGraham:
Do you think it's because of the permanence of something written on it? RT @Dr_Annalise: Sometimes paper can be crippling. #mathchat
12:29 am
mathtech:
@mmeveilleux For drawing and handwritten math formulation you need a stylus-based tablet.#mathchat
12:29 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat I use my (new) LiveScribe pen to send pencasts home as review. Ss have recorded own voice & draw solutions & that R sent home.
12:30 am
davidwees:
@Dr_Annalise That's for sure. Example: Given y = ax^2+bx+c. Determine what is the effect of changing a,b,&c on the graph? #mathchat
12:30 am
engagingEDU:
#mathchat @lookforsun i love the way sn math is interactive - adds conceptual instead of just calc or rt/wrng as with ixl, kidscollege, etc
12:30 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @mathtech I will have 2look for a stylus-based tablet in that case. Thx for the tip.
12:30 am
davidwees:
@Dr_Annalise If you tried to answer that question by experimenting with graphs on paper it would take a LONG time. #mathchat
12:31 am
ColinTGraham:
One thing in mathematics which would benefit from blending is using tech to help with connections between Geometry and Algebra #mathchat
12:32 am
lookforsun:
@engagingEDU #mathchat Yes, SN w/math also fosters students thinking about and reading each others' math thoughts.
12:32 am
mathtech:
@ColinTGraham #mathchat OER's are limited - much is available for statistics or calculus. Doesn't fit my student requirement.
12:32 am
Saskateach:
@MmeVeilleux I like the idea of the LiveScibe pen with math but haven't tried it...yet. #mathchat
12:33 am
ttesfamichael:
RT Today's topic is: What is blended learning and how do we increase it in mathematics lessons? #mathchat http://ow.ly/1bhloP
12:33 am
ColinTGraham:
@mathtech Can you clarify OER for any who may be unfamiliar with the term? #mathchat
12:34 am
engagingEDU:
RT @lookforsun: @engagingEDU #mathchat Yes, SN w/math also fosters students thinking about and reading each others' math thoughts.
12:35 am
ColinTGraham:
What balance/blend does each of you have currently? In terms of online/offline and self-study/class-study/group work/pairwork #mathchat
12:35 am
lookforsun:
#mathchat Our social network includes math discussions, math photo albums (mini math posters), lots of math videos for skill/concept review.
12:36 am
millerblair:
Sorry to be missing #mathchat this week, but had to pick my Dad up at the ferry.
12:36 am
engagingEDU:
@davidwees @lookforsun #mathchat Absolutely! I've gotta jet - but it's great talking to you both again! Great ideas. :)
12:36 am
ColinTGraham:
@lookforsun How much of the discussion or interaction is archived or recorded? #mathchat
12:36 am
mathtech:
@ColinTGraham #mathchat - OER- Open educational resources ex use http://bit.ly/16Up30 for geometry. Students love the applets!
12:38 am
lookforsun:
@ColinTGraham Our social network is closed - all info is saved for the year I have the students. They're able to access it. #mathchat
12:38 am
dweksler:
#mathchat
12:39 am
ColinTGraham:
@mathtech It's also worth looking at some of the resources from our "Manipulatives" discussion:http://bit.ly/fvfnmR #mathchat
12:41 am
ColinTGraham:
What do you see as the challenges or difficulties of introducing new learning environments to your current situation? #mathchat
12:41 am
Saskateach:
For younger students I see the power of tech to remove the communication barrier in math. #mathchat
12:42 am
dweksler:
Change is always a little risky and challenging - having to do something for the first time #mathchat
12:44 am
ColinTGraham:
Some examples of 'new' environments: Skype, teleconferencing, collaborative work online with other schools... #mathchat
12:44 am
ccampbel14:
Sorry, I am late...right at the end. Looking over the notes 'blended learning' has many different meanings. Correct? #mathchat
12:45 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat My pre-computer asynchronous math proj have included math pen pals letter writing. (Cr8 and receive probls/solutions.)
12:45 am
ColinTGraham:
@ccampbel14 Hi Cathy, yes it can have many meanings. We started off by defining our own interpretations of it. #mathchat
12:45 am
Dr_Annalise:
@ColinTGraham For some kids, yes. They feel empowered with a dry eraser. What ever works! #mathchat
12:46 am
mathtech:
@ColinTGraham #mathchat Have to ensure that students benefit, not just trying the latest because of coolness factor.
12:46 am
Dr_Annalise:
@davidwees That's an involved answering process! #mathchat
12:46 am
ccampbel14:
@ColinTGraham I actually have never used the term "blended' before. I am excited to learn what others think it is. #mathchat
12:47 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat I usually have 2 parts 2my lessons. Part I = prob 4class 2solve - indep (10min), collabor8 (10 min or so) then debrief (together)
12:47 am
ColinTGraham:
@Saskateach What particular communication barriers do younger Ss face? Is it manipulation of writing tools, spelling etc...? #mathchat
12:48 am
ColinTGraham:
@ccampbel14 One of the issues with using the term 'blended' is that it can be overused or misapplied! #mathchat
12:48 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat Part II = games such as BEAM games etc Sometimes I also send home probs & games for hmwk.
12:48 am
ColinTGraham:
RT @Saskateach: The potential lies in the ability to use the tools to transform the trad learning and teaching of math... #mathchat
12:49 am
MmeVeilleux:
RT @ColinTGraham: @MmeVeilleux Ideas of triangulation are also important, I think. Individual Ss, interaction with other Ss and T-S or T-Ss #mathchat
12:50 am
ColinTGraham:
RT @Saskateach:The ability to communicate their thinking on paper for others to see is a barrier for most primary students. #mathchat
12:50 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @ccampbel14 I RTed a couple faves from earlier in the chat.
12:51 am
ccampbel14:
@MmeVeilleux Merci beaucoup! #mathchat
12:51 am
eliza_peterson:
@fallinginflour Cool and I see you are at #mathchat too! Glad you dropped by #artsed !
12:51 am
ColinTGraham:
I like the increased use I am seeing of classroom videos being made by Ss to explain concepts, make raps, etc. #mathchat
12:53 am
dweksler:
When I was in high school in the mid-70s we used videotaped projects to complete assignments in history and biology #mathchat
12:54 am
ColinTGraham:
What technologies or new approaches to synchronous/asynchronous learning do you see yourself trying to introduce this year? #mathchat
12:54 am
dweksler:
Currently the school has much more sophisticated, cameras, editing equipment, etc. but it gets used mostly to broadcast sports #mathchat
12:54 am
ccampbel14:
Love the use of videos that others have created & pulling the math out of the context is gr8. Ideal is having Ss make their own. #mathchat
12:55 am
dweksler:
Two episodes of biological jeopardy complete with commercials - we had to generate all the questions and answers #mathchat
12:55 am
ccampbel14:
I think using software that is simple & free would be what I would use. iMovie, Garageband if you are using a Mac. #mathchat
12:55 am
ColinTGraham:
@dweksler A lot can be done with webcams or visualizers these days, you don't need expensive toys... #mathchat
12:56 am
fallinginflour:
@ccampbel14 Garageband for Math? #mathchat
12:56 am
dweksler:
@fallinginflour yes! I like that #mathchat
12:56 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @Saskateach I hadn't thought of using VoiceThread for math. Love it!!
12:58 am
ccampbel14:
@fallinginflour Could use Garageband 2 bring in music 2 create catchy videos but can also blend vocals in, out & move them around. #mathchat
12:58 am
ColinTGraham:
My focus is on applications like GeoGebra, for connecting algebra and geometry, and maybe Google docs for collaborative work. #mathchat
12:58 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat I like any tool that allows me to record/amplify ss' communication of their problem solving.
12:58 am
ColinTGraham:
OK, last five minutes... time has gone by quickly today! Any final thoughts on blended learning in mathematics lessons? #mathchat
12:59 am
Saskateach:
@MmeVeilleux I find them great for math journals. students love and they can communicate orally so much clearer than in writing. #mathchat
12:59 am
ccampbel14:
@ColinTGraham Love Geogebra. Great 4 modelling & showing concepts dynamically. Perfect for Ss to demonstrate their understanding. #mathchat
12:59 am
mathtech:
@ColinTGraham #mathchat Thanks for the convo - really interesting. Gotta go, time for BBT!
12:59 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @Saskateach That is just brilliant. I must try that out!
12:59 am
ColinTGraham:
@MatthewArbo Does each of your Ss have access to touchscreen technology in class/at home? #mathchat
1:00 am
ColinTGraham:
@mathtech OK, thanks for joining us Carol! #mathchat
1:00 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat If I am not using a blended lrng model, am I doing a disservice to my ss?
1:00 am
ccampbel14:
@MmeVeilleux @Saskateach Have seen Jen's Voicethread examples - they are gr8! #mathchat
1:01 am
ccampbel14:
We have talked a lot about using iPods or iPads to support math learning in our district. Lots of possibilities. #mathchat
1:01 am
MatthewArbo:
@ColinTGraham Not individually; I'd love to figure out how to achieve that better, but for now it's "here, try mine." #mathchat
1:02 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux Disservice only comes if Ss are not learning or are not being exposed to a learning environment which may suit them #mathchat
1:02 am
Saskateach:
@ccampbel14 @mmeveilleux Thank you ladies. I'm always on the hunt to tools that transform learning and remove barriers. #mathchat
1:03 am
Saskateach:
RT @ColinTGraham: @MmeVeilleux Disservice only comes if Ss are not learning or are not being exposed to a learning environment which may suit them #mathchat
1:03 am
ColinTGraham:
@MmeVeilleux We may all be guilty of doing some of our Ss a disservice, the fact that we question ourselves about this is healthy! #mathchat
1:04 am
ccampbel14:
I think the digital camera or flip camera are good tools too to support students and allow them to learn in meaningful ways. #mathchat
1:05 am
Saskateach:
Any tool we use needs to enhance the learning & understanding. They should allow students to engage in authentic math experiences #mathchat
1:05 am
ColinTGraham:
OK, that's it for another day! Thank you all for your contributions. #mathchat
1:06 am
Saskateach:
@ccampbel14 Digital and flip cameras are gr8. They can capture use of manipulatives and thinking instantly. #mathchat
1:07 am
ColinTGraham:
Please add some more ideas to our discussion list: #Mathchat discussion topics - possible choices - Google Docs http://bit.ly/dIEotN
1:07 am
ccampbel14:
Sorry I missed most of the chat tonight. Hard to get home from work by 5PM Edmonton time. Thanks for moderating @ColinTGraham #mathchat
1:08 am
Saskateach:
@ColinTGraham Sad to be done so quickly. Thanks as always for facilitating #mathchat
1:08 am
dweksler:
#mathchat Thanks, Colin
1:08 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat Thx for the chat. I was also trying to cook and clean at the same time. Multi-tasking is not really for me.
1:09 am
ColinTGraham:
We usually revisit the same topic on Mondays too, if you didn't get enough today! #Mathchat
1:09 am
MmeVeilleux:
#mathchat @ColinTGraham TY for facilitating! Nice chatting everyone.
1:09 am
ccampbel14:
@MmeVeilleux I was trying to get my kids fed & think about math...I'm afraid I wasn't very successful either :-) #mathchat
1:10 am
fallinginflour:
@ColinTGraham Thanks for the chat everyone. #mathchat
1:10 am
Dr_Annalise:
@ColinTGraham Thx! Great convo. #mathchat
1:11 am
ColinTGraham:
Thank you to all our newcomers as well ;-) Keep up to date with #mathchat by following @mathchat
1:12 am
ColinTGraham:
Catch up on past chats in the #mathchat archive: http://bit.ly/ihhkir
1:13 am
ColinTGraham:
@MatthewArbo Yes, do! The more, the merrier Matt! #mathchat