We’re back with No. 7 in our 12 part series sharing different approaches to creating flipped or blended lesson content.
In this entry, we’re examining a tool that makes it a breeze to assemble multiple file formats and use other content options to create unique, custom digital lessons: Blendspace. The idea behind this free web app is that you can assemble sets of ‘blended content’ – this can include online content like web pages, YouTube videos, Flickr pics, and more, as well as content that you upload. You can also create simple text based lesson modules, and Blendspace lessons can even include simple quizzes.
Here’s a quick “3 Minute TOOL-torial” intro to Blendspace.
Note that since this video was made, Blendspace was aquired by TES, a global education company that also owns Wikispaces. Blendspace remains free and previous content and accounts are still there. It still works the same way … just some of the screens might look a little different (and the original Blendspace URL gets re-directed).
Remember to “Make it Your Own”
It is vital for successful flipped instruction that students see their teachers being invested in their learning.
As you assemble lessons with a tool like Blendspace, be sure to “make it your own” by bringing your voice, your style, language you would use, to the lesson. You can add comments to each Blendspace ‘window’ and you can upload your own content, and create text windows. These are great places to insert you – their teacher, and visuals that they will quickly relate to. Students will also see and appreciate that you are putting in the kind of effort you expect from them.