What a day! This was the first day of running a Blended Learning course – and it was an amazing experience.

What a day! This was the first day of running a Blended Learning course – and it was an amazing experience. The first thing that happened was that one of the participants said: “I saw your Pecha Kucha presentation at Cardiff…..online”. Ahh…the power of the Internet! Before she met me IRL (in real life), the participant had seen me, courtesy of IATEFL and the British Council, running around like a madman pretending to be Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – the two sides of technology! I am amazed she still wanted to take the course!  http://iatefl09.britishcouncil.org/2009/live-sessions The day began with an exploration of the term ‘Blended learning’ and again, it struck me that while Blended Learning does still have amazing potential to combine the best of the traditional classroom (face to face) and the best of on-line delivery (knowledge construction), for many teachers and learners they are actually working within one context or the other. In other words, you teach in bricks and mortars school, and use technology to enhance what you do; or, you teach on-line. While a combination sounds ideal, and seductive, it is – in my experience – the exception, rather than the rule. I have not met many people who have read both Harmer and Scrivener, and teach by day in a school, and have also read Gilly Salmon and by night, teach on-line. Still, they do exist! It is fascinating how the term ‘Blended Learning’ continues to change! Today, it could refer to a combination of in world (Second Life) and real world teaching. The highlight of the day was my dream come true – a group of teachers on a Smart board in one room, and another with a Promethean board in another. We played with Learner Voting Devices and generally had a very productive experience. It’s Day two tomorrow – and I will blog on the session I am running on Concordancers.