Monday, March 31, 2014

Check out Blendspace!

I recently was introduced to Blendspace by a colleague, and I have fallen in love with this resource.  There are so many different ways to utilize this website in your classroom.  

1.  Curate resources for students on a specific topic.  You can compile resources from just about anywhere on the web into a Blendspace.  You can embed Youtube and TeacherTube videos, Google Docs, Educreations tutorials, links to websites, text documents, presentations, just to name a few.  Students can then decide which of the resources to learn from depending on their personal preferences.  You can also embed your Blendspace on your website, or learning management system!

2.  Create an account, and then create a class.  As long as you create the accounts for your students, the Terms of Use allow for students under the age of 13 to access this tool as long as you have parental consent first.  Students can then create their own lessons, and demonstrate their own learning of a given topic.  If you have a Youtube channel, your students can even include their own videos uploaded to the youtube channel.  (They can also directly upload their own videos to the website.)

3.  After creating your class, you can create a quiz for your students to take after viewing the information contained in the Blendspace.  This is a good way for your students to work at their own pace, and for you to get an idea of how well they are learning the information.

Below is an example of a Blendspace that I created for my teachers during professional development.  You can view it as is, or click on the Open in Blendspace link in the upper right corner.

What are some other ideas for using this in the classroom?  Please share in the comments section.

Happy Learning!

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