Blog #5 — Limited Technology in a Blended Classroom
I want to run my Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20 as a blended learning classroom next semester. I taught this class online last year, so all of my lessons are electronic already. With the ability to enhance some of the lessons with face to face activities and collaboration I am thinking this would be an excellent opportunity to experiment with the format. The problem is, however, that I don’t have access to computers all of the time. With the technology limits within my school, I’m not sure I would be allowed to book one set of computers for one period for an entire semester. It would be difficult to plan around when I would and would not have access to the computers.
Some of my students have been asking me if they can bring their own devices to school and I have been saying yes. I’m not actually sure if this is sanctioned by the school division, but I guess I will eventually find out one way or the other. Sometimes it is better to remain ignorant and ask for forgiveness later. There seems to be two camps that currently exist in education today. There is the BYOD (bring your own device) versus the 1:1 camp. My school is definitely not in the 1:1 camp, so I will assume, for now, that they are in the BYOD camp. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
With sporadic access to technology it is difficult to become completely technologically oriented, but a blended classroom may be the best way to go. I’m looking forward to trying it out!
Links to check out:
4 Key Benefits of Blended Learning
BYOD Classroom Vs. iPad Classroom