Phew! I was not at #ISTELive21, but keeping up with the tweets and discussions surrounding the conference were enough to keep one busy this week. Did you attend ISTE? What was your favorite part?
Blended Learning Strategy: Playlists
Hopefully as you are thinking about what our new normal will be in the fall you are thinking about what blended learning model is going to work in your classroom. One model that you might consider is a Playlist model. Dr. Catlin Tucker is the queen of all things blended learning. I love her blog and her books. You can read all her tips about how to build a playlist here.
I created an Canva template that you can modify to make your playlist look like a Spotify playlist for your students, putting a playlist model into a context they utilize daily. I would fill in the frames with content related images, and then add the activity titles. I would then download this image and use it as a background in an interactive Genially graphic linking to the activities a student would do. Here is my example “Spotify” playlist Genially.
Thinking routine are a great tool to add to your instructional tool belt. Project Zero has a great collection of thinking routines, with directions in both English and Spanish. I have taken all of the core routines and turned them into interactive whiteboard activities. In addition to having each student do the thinking routine I have added a level of collaboration. If you use a collaborative tool like Jamboard or Canva students can give each other “gems” for their gem of an idea. This takes their thinking out of a silo and allows them the support of looking at how others express their thoughts. We need to get away from the idea that looking at others work means cheating. Our ideas and outlook only grows when we see other perspectives. You can get the Jamboard or Canva templates for all the thinking routines in the Wakelet below.
Did you know you can upload a PDF into Canva and edit it? I can see this becoming really powerful when Canvas drawing tools are to be released soon. Maybe this could replaced Canvas annotation or Kami assignments?
Did you see Flipgrid live this week? Lots of great new features coming:
Lenses! (like filters)
If you missed all the annoucements you can watch Flipgrid live in the link below.
New to Me Tool
My colleague Billy is always tipping me off to new tools. This week is is Wondershare Democreator. If, like me, you make a lot of screen-sharing instructional videos this tool might be one to add to your collection. I can’t wait to play more with it this week and share what I make with you soon.
From My Educator Friends
Sadie Lewis is one of my favorite fellow educators to follow on twitter, she is a design expert. If you did attend ISTELive this year I would recommend going back and watching her sessions. See below for the titles.
Join me tomorrow afternoon for Learning Experience Design at #ISTELive I'll be sharing a framework and strategies for designing personalized, learner-centered experiences that you can start using right away (or in August...😉) https://t.co/xGwgbqNOp5
Design thinking has become popular in education, but is too often a stand-alone activity. Join @manuelherrera33 and me today for a fast-paced design session, and learn strategies and activities to approach design as a way of thinking and working. #ISTELive#ISTE21https://t.co/ODcU6CVOw9