The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the foremost organization in teaching technology in the classroom. As a result, the ISTE has more than a dozen quality standards for how students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer educators should approach technology in the classroom. In total, there are 29 ISTE standards that apply to these five groups.
I get a lot of questions from busy teachers about using blended learning. There are dozens of ways to design and implement blended learning in a classroom, all of which may work for your needs. Still, all blended learning strategies share two fundamental steps — tools and implementation. We'll cover both of them below.
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CTE teachers are faced with increasingly diverse students in the classroom, and finding ways to differentiate your lessons can be tough. Some students will come to your class with more knowledge and experience than others. Not to mention that students all learn at different paces and in different ways. It may seem like a never-ending task, but there is a solution! Using technology to differentiate instruction can help you save time while better meeting the needs of all of your students.
As a CTE curriculum developer and provider, the term "blended learning" is a big part of our daily dialog here at AES. It’s what we believe in, and it’s how we encourage teachers to use our curriculum. When teachers are reviewing our eLearning curriculum and we talk about blended learning, we are often asked questions like: “What is blended learning in CTE?” and “How are other CTE teachers successfully implementing blended learning in the classroom?”
Many computer applications teachers want to add digital curriculum to their courses, but don’t know how to get started. When looking to use digital curriculum in their computer applications class, teachers often ask us questions like: “What’s the best way to blend your curriculum with my other resources?” and “Do you have best practices for using Business&ITCenter21?”
What keeps you from trying new things in your CTE health science classroom? If you are like the many health science technology teachers that we encounter every day, then likely the reason has something to do with time and maintaining the status quo. We get it! Finding time to learn new things, let alone figure out how to implement them, is like searching for Bigfoot. And the status quo is one small comfort in the chaotic, unpredictable daily lives of health science technology teachers. For new health science technology teachers, the challenges are that much more intimidating, particularly that first year. But unlike the elusive Bigfoot, you really can find some amazing, time-saving, easy-to-implement curriculum resources for health science.