Lake Middle School teachers use 'blended learning' in the classroom PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 11 May 2013 07:53
Lake teachers Ken Mysinger, left, and Aaron Bailey. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - Aaron Bailey is a young middle school teacher, eagerly embracing YouTube, Moodle, My Big Campus and podcasts in his Lake School District classroom.
Colleague Ken Mysinger is, well, a little bit older.
But Mysinger, also a middle school teacher, is just as interested in incorporating technology in his lessons.
The two social studies teachers teamed up to talk technology to their peers, giving a "How to Find the Techie in You" presentation at the Ohio eTech Conference in Columbus in February. Jay Ackerman, Lake Middle School principal, said Bailey and Mysinger had one of the only presentations out of 100 to get a rousing round of applause from fellow educators at the conference.
The teachers gave an abbreviated talk at the April Lake Board of Education meeting.
"Blended learning," they said, combines traditional ways of teaching with technology.
Both teachers like to give a good, old lecture in class.
"But the kids nowadays don't want to do that," Bailey said.
He presented dozens of statistics showing how teenagers are plugged in - almost constantly.
Sixty percent of students check their smart phones continually. Most students prefer a smart phone over a laptop. The new morning routine for most teens is check the phone, then dress, brush teeth and eat.
"All of this says, we've got to change the way we approach education," Bailey said.
Mysinger said he still prefers the traditional lecture. But that same lesson will also be posted on the Internet for students who miss class or want to review it.
"I can still expand the walls of my classroom," he said.
He's also started posting links related to his lessons. One recent class included a link to a video on how to mummify a body.
Dolores Swineford, assistant high school principal, said the increased technology recently helped a Lake student who was in the hospital for three days. She watched her classes on the Internet and didn't fall behind.
Also at the April 17 meeting, Superintendent Jim Witt said administrators are researching an Apple program that would provide each student with an iPad or laptop.
Administrators are visiting other school districts, such as Defiance, that are using the program.
"It just opens up an entirely new world," Witt said of the technology-for-everyone program.
He said that the costs, and owning versus leasing, haven't been discussed.
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 08:44

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