Before the pandemic forced educators to teach online, I had been developing a blended model for teaching Middle & High School Spanish. Once a week, students would experience online learning in the face-to-face classroom. The model I created not only solved time and management constraints common in the brick-and-mortar classroom, it also was well received by students, administrators, and parents. In march of 2020, when we had to switch to a fully online model, the transition was smooth, because students already were used to digital tools and knew how to access content online. When we return to school this Fall 2021, I will be teaching in person again, I am looking forward to implementing a blended model that integrates components of online and face-to-face learning. Surprisingly, after listening to many educators express a desire to put online activities behind, I realized there is hesitancy to including online learning once we return to the brick-and-mortar classroom. It is a great desire of mine to be able to share my experience using blended learning with other educators, for I have found that blended learning is engaging, and enables students to maximize their learning experience. One way to share this model, is by sharing my work at the school where I work, and at a conference. I have submitted a proposal to speak about Blended Learning in the World Language Classroom at the Washington Association for Language Teaching 2021.
The presentation at Washington Association for Language Teaching offers live online presentations that are 30 – 60 minutes. This is a very short time to engage in many synchronous collaborative activities. During the presentation, attendees can communicate synchronously via chat, access the collaborative documents, and can participate in the Q&A at the end of the session. Due to the short length of the session, digital resources will be made available before and after the session, as to extend the opportunities for active learning and collaboration.
Participants will have several opportunities to engage in asynchronous collaboration. For example, Participants are invited to continue collaboration by joining and contributing to a Twitter Hashtag on #BlendedLearningTips so that we can continue the collaboration and support. Additionally, there are two documents that available for everyone to collaborate asynchronously.
- One shared document invites participants to identify and share digital learning content that is culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and aligned to content standards, consistent with ISTE for coaches 3b.
- A second document, which will be shared with the group, invites participants to collaborate by asking or answering a question.
This presentation leverages on each teacher’s lessons, which may vary in the standards covered.
Digital tools in Blended Learning facilitates WA Standard 5 Communities: Students participate in multilingual communities at home & around the world.
Depending on where they teach, content standards may include:
ACTFL Proficiency guidelines (necessary for out of state)
Washington World Language Standards (specific for WA)
In order to promote active and engaged learning and address content knowledge needs, resources with information and examples will be provided before, during and after the presentation.
A survey will be included before the presentation, after the presentation, and one month after the presentation (for those who opt to join the mailing list).
- The survey before the presentation is intended to establish a trusting and respectful relationship with the attendees (ISTE for coaches 3a)
- The survey also will assess and help attendees evaluate their place within the blended learning continuum. This will help provide a personalized experience for the attendees (ISTE for coaches 3d)
There will be a Q&A session online and encouraged to be continued asynchronously.
- This Q&A session helps to answer specific questions to provide personalized support to the attendees (ISTE for coaches 3d)
- By using technology to continue the support offline, asynchronously, the coaches will be modeling the effective use of technology to support and improve student learning. (ISTE for coaches 3d)
Participants are invited to continue collaboration by joining and contributing to a Twitter Hashtag on #BlendedLearningTips so that we can continue the collaboration and support.
- A document will be made available for everyone to collaborate on identifying and sharing digital learning content that is culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and aligned to content standards, consistent with ISTE for coaches 3b. This shared document also provides an opportunity for creating partnerships with educators to evaluate the efficacy of digital learning content and tools, and provide information for decisions regarding implementation and adoption (ISTE for coaches 3c)
- After submitting the proposal for this presentation, I will also inquire with the principal from Archbishop Murphy High School, where I now work, to have an opportunity to present with my colleagues.
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ISTE standards for coaches https://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards-for-coaches
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