- Jason Appel

# My Fuse RI Classroom Project Begins

Throughout the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, I intend to closely look at my own teaching practice through the lens of blended learning, and improve it through data collection, reflection and iteration. Last year I implemented a playlist model in my classroom. In this model, a typical class period consisted of students working through a “playlist.” The playlist consisted of links to screencasts, skill practice problems on IXL, practice problems on Schoology, concept quizzes, and extension activities (here is an __example from Geometry__). Students progressed at their own pace through playlists either on their own or with a partner or small group.

As this model was a new experience for my students, I needed to teach them strategies and guidelines for effectively learning using playlists.

Watching videos: I modeled how to watch screencasts. I stressed the importance of pausing, rewinding and rewatching to take notes, write down questions or try example problems. The first video of the year is watched in class, together as a group in order to model effective use.

Practice problems on IXL: I often assign problem sets from __IXL__ in order to reinforce basic skills related to the newly introduced topic. These skills must be mastered before students move on to higher level problems. I do not monitor progress (that feature is only available with the paid version) so students are expected to self-assess and move on when they are ready. They are expected to use IXL’s feedback and/or ask questions of their classmates or teacher.

Practice problems on Schoology: Students login to __Schoology__ to solve questions using a variety of modalities including multiple choice, matching, ordering and open-ended.

I have identified 4 specific problems I observed in my classroom last year that I would like to address. I will choose one problem at a time and implement a possible solution. At the end of each month I will use data from formative assessments (collected in Schoology, EDPuzzle, Google Forms, and others), grades, observation, __plus-deltas__ and student surveys to drive the next iteration.

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* Problem*: Some students don't watch videos or if they do they don't engage with them in a productive way.

* Possible Solutions*:

Hold students accountable for watching screencasts by making them more interactive using

__EdPuzzle__,__EduCanon__,__Zaption__or__TouchCast__.Use periodic notebook checks in order for students to receive homework credit.

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* Problem*: Some struggling students don't ask for help in class

* Possible Solutions*:

Utilize alternative modes for students to ask questions

Message board

__Schoology__blog__Google classroom__chat__Remind__chat

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* Problem*: Some students finish quickly, but aren't motivated to try more challenging work if it isn't required and doesn't affect their grade.

**Possible Solutions:**

Still working on this one. I'm open to suggestions!

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* Problem*: When students redo an assignment in Schoology, they may only improve because they remember the answers from the first time.

**Possible Solutions:**

Create question banks in Schoology so students will get different questions each time.

Explore finding other Schoology users to share questions with.

Find another resource for quality questions.

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