In a blended learning environment, teachers should aim to save time. Using an LMS to create a lesson plan can help.
For K-12 teachers who teach in a blended learning environment, time is at a premium. Their number one goal should be to maximize the amount of face-to-face teaching time they can engage in and there’s often not enough hours in the day to teach as well as manage technology and course content. That’s where creating an effective lesson plan can help—it can support teachers in facilitating more one-to-one, hands-on interactions with their students.
Learning management systems (LMS) have made it easier than ever for teachers to effectively plan lessons day-to-day and make those lesson plans accessible to students online so more time can be saved for student-teacher interactions in the classroom. For example, using an LMS lets teachers easily consolidate learning content from all over the internet in one place. Whether it’s YouTube videos, content from Google Drive or open educational resources, or content from textbook publishers, teachers can use the LMS to simply and strategically incorporate content into a lesson plan, deploying it in such a way that the teacher’s classroom time is maximized. Plus, using an LMS also grants teachers greater agility in their lesson planning, enabling them to nimbly adapt lessons by easily swapping content in and out on the fly.
Here are three key considerations teachers should make when using an LMS for lesson planning:
Taking advantage of content created by learning content publishers can be a big benefit to your lesson planning. Metadata included in the information about the content coming from publishers can allow you to make smart decisions about content scheduling and pacing. For example, some publishers include duration information for materials included in packages that can be imported into an LMS. That can allow you to make more effective decisions around when to deploy content—blended learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom—which will ultimately help you to free up more time for face-to-face teaching.
Many K-12 classes have prescribed learning standards (Common Core standards in the U.S., and Expectations in the province of Ontario in Canada for example), so make sure that the course content you choose to include in your lesson plan is aligned with those standards. This will ensure that students are set up for the greatest amount of success for standardized testing.
Responsive web design
In a blended learning environment, where the goal is always to level the playing field and reach every learner, ensuring that your lesson plan is accessible and looks great on any mobile device is critically important. Today’s students are digital natives and they expect nothing less than to be able to access online learning experiences wherever, whenever and however they choose. Enabling that kind of accessibility will also help you to save more time in the long run so you can spend it on what matters most: using classroom time to interact with your students.
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