“Resources’, is the key word that came to my mind this week as I was reading the various articles. These readings couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I have been looking for resources to support my current classroom practice to include project based learning into my blended learning environment. I continue to explore these resources to find those ‘aha’ ones!
Currently the on-line gamified resources the students can use are only A on the SAMR model. For example, below is a section of math options focusing on place value. If a student needs to build their skills in this area, they have a choice as to how to reinforce /learn it, e.g. paper, on-line, or hands on partner work.
When reading, Connecting Project-based and blended learning, it reinforced that my next step is to add the project-based learning piece to the above. This I think will take the technology usage to the next level on the SAMR model. The comments in this article regarding the Khan academy videos, made me stop and think. Yes, some are skill and drill, but as most of the students I engage with are LD learners, some students need that form of repetition and immediate feedback at an explicit teaching level before they can move on to the application of these skills in their learning. Gamified resources are awesome because they have that engaging factor, but I have been struggling to find interactive sites that take my students learning to a higher level of thinking and application to real life problems. Therefore if anyone has some great suggestions, please share!
My next decision to make is whether to use project-based learning prior to or after my students learning of the basic skills….