Blended Learning Pilot End of Week 2
Me outside of school:
- Jing screencasting
- Google site reading and commenting
- Goorulearing.org collection re-ordering
- Assessment co-creating
- End of project survey writing
- Frantically laptop cart fundraising (1/3 of the way there as of this writing)
Students in my classes:
- Braingenie watching and quiz taking
- PhET simulation running
- 3x more labs doing
- MIT style group problem solving
- GoSoapBox class discussing
- Google site documenting
- Administrator tour tolerating
I ran an electronic survey today in two of the blended classes; sixty two responses in all. I asked students to compare the various types of learning that we do in class in this new blended method against our prior unit that I taught in a traditional fashion. Here are some of my takeaways.
1. Students did not feel particuarly strongly about any of the questions I asked them. 3 out of 5 was the most popular answer for questions in which they compared their learning in our current blended unit on thermal physics to their learning in the prior traditional unit on waves. Below is an example.
On a scale of 1 to 5, compared to your learning about waves in our most recent waves unit, how much did you learn about thermal physics?
2. Students liked that they were able to do about 3x as many labs.
Compared to the hands-on activities in the waves unit, how was your experience with hands-on activities in thermal physics?
3. The students, while patient with the many technical issues the 3 year-old Macbooks and 4 year old Eee netbooks we borrowed had, expressed their frustration with the technology not working in the open feedback section of the survey.
4. Many students also commented that they would like to have a blend that included a little bit more lecture than what they experienced in this pilot. I lectured for no more than 5 minutes of a 100 minute block throughout the 2 week pilot.
More to come.