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Blended Learning: What’s in it for Kids?

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While K-12 students are still attending traditional school structures, blended learning is slowly stepping into the picture, which combines traditional classroom methods with fun virtual-mediated activities. Advantages of Blended Learning post on “iLearn Project” noted that in just two years, there was a recorded increase in academic performance including flexible pacing and mastery-based progress. In this post, we’ll show you how blended classroom operates and how it can make learning more fun and engaging.

 Children’s mobile reliance

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 As kids embrace mobile technology, they are being supported by a wide selection of digital services, giving them a sense of ownership and control of their own education. With the help of mobile devices such as smartphones, kids are able to take pride in their output, with the ability to develop key self-management skills.

So far, Apple’s new devices including the iPhone 5C, have presented tools deemed to be beneficial for learning. Aside from iBooks, O2 notes that the iPhone 5C comes withPodcast that allows students to view fun and interactive discussions, complete with audios and educational radio files. Also, the handset’s Retina display is capable of displaying the eye candy visuals used in infographics, an interactive and easier way of interpreting data. 

The Active Learning Model

Aside from mobile connectivity, blended learning is also a good addition to the Active Learning model, a collective term pertaining to several educational modes of instruction. When combined, these two learning modes are able to let kids devise their own strategies for a positive learning outlook.

  • Gamification 

When a kid is able to balance work and play means that he is showing signs of engagement and interest. This is the main core of Gamification, which stimulates the minds of learners in a more relaxed format. For example, children are more energized in participating to an iPad-enabled film viewing, as long as they would get a reward after answering the comprehension questions correctly.

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  • Social Learning through the Learning Cells method 

Designed by Marcel Goldschmid, the Learning Cells allows kids to conduct peer collaborations through mobile devices. During class, kids can pair up to watch a mind-stimulating video clip, after which they will take down notes and take turns in asking questions.

 LMS-enabled Blended Learning

 As a web-based technology service, a learning management system (LMS) is used in three stages: planning, implementing, and tracking a specific learning method. While this alone leaves the classroom lagging behind with teachers’ instructions, the injection of hybrid learning allows kids to access multiple educational channels and various multimedia formats. These channels are learner-centric that caters to the demands of each student, regardless of the learning method employed.

 When it comes to media formats, LMS opens the portal for children to view learning elements in the form of videos, documentaries, text files, and more. This serves as a database, wherein children can access to release an engaging learning interaction among other learners. This option, according to Upside Learning, is “not possible” in a whiteboard training approach.

 Creativity is exemplified

 Being a K-12 student is all about being creative to explore new learning methods. Mind Design Pro said that with blended learning, increased interaction among the peers, and the fact that learning is a two-way process drive the kids to be more creative. While the creativity of teachers manifests through determining the right model for their students, blended learning still give kids the creativity to alter this approach and adapt them to their learning style.

 Of all the benefits we mentioned, the most vital aspect is the accessibility. This type of learninggives students the relief of searching various learning tools to reinforce knowledge. Do you foresee another potential benefit of this trend? Do share them below.

 As a college student, Kyle Albert is well-versed about blended learning and its usage in the classroom. He’s always in the loop for the latest tech tools and trends to make his learning strategy more dynamic. If you know of any tools, feel free to suggest them on Kyle’s Twitter account. And Google+