Distance Learning and Blended Learning

Blended learning is the epiphany of integrating technology into your daily teaching. With many schools having to close due to the Covid-19 outbreaks, there is an opportunity to think about how you use technology to achieve a continuity of learning. Are you maximising these opportunities. With over 70% of its content available to students with the  Student Access tool, the ESS Inthinking website can be used to supplement and support a change in your paradigm. Give it a go and see how your students respond. Once they know their way around the site, they will probably feel very supported and engaged.

Using Student Access

Direct access to InThinking pages for students

Student access gives students direct access to the Inthinking site, as part of a teacher subscription. It enables teachers to set assignments, using learning activities from selected pages of the site. Teachers can easily create groups of students, set work for all students in the group, and monitor the activity of students in each group.

Schools that have been forced to close temporarily due to the new coronavirus, Covid-19, are making extensive use of ‘Student Access’. These schools need to engage their students in distance learning and the Inthinking website is proving to be a very useful tool for this.

There has never been a better time to discover what Student access has to offer.

IB Graduate's Guide to Inthinking ESS Website

Helping Students to be Self-directed Learners

Revision and Preparing for the Exam

Putting it all Together

Chris Wright has an excellent blog on his IB School Leadership site: Covid-19: What happens when school is closed?  I highly recommend the posting as it has a lot of good information for schools to think about.  For me, the most important part of the posting is the following graphic from Jennifer Chang Watall. This graphic suggests what a week of distance learning might look like.

As always, there may be ideas that you have to enrich the site and make it more useful for this rather odd time in our schools.  Please feel free to send me any suggestions you have - and I hope that we can make this as supportive a system as possible for our students. 

May you and your students remain safe and healthy

 Zoe and Laura

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