Blended Learning Using the G Suite

  • Tools: G Suite, EdPuzzle or YouTube, Screencastify
  • Tech Level: Intermediate

It seems like everywhere you go, you hear the buzz words “flipped learning” or “blended learning” as a key to technology integration in the classroom. But, you may be wondering what that looks like and how you know if it is effective in your classroom. These days, many schools have literacy, math and technology coaches that will help you figure out that missing piece. But, what if you don’t have that option? Or, what if your coaches do not have ample time to meet, discuss, and present PD on blended learning? Hopefully, this this blog can help you!

As a former classroom teacher, I know there are many important teaching points that vary based on your curriculum.  And, you also probably have amazing anchor charts or notes that have been hung up in your classroom or distributed for students to use. This blended learning opportunity should be a chance for students to receive a second or third dose of that instruction or differentiate instruction for all students. And, it should empower students to take charge of their learning while working at their own pace.

Here is a quick 2 minute screencast explaining all of the tools that I am going to use to create my blended learning lessons: Google Slides, Forms, Sheets, Classroom, YouTube, and recordings using Chrome Extensions.

As a user that is very familiar with the tools in the G Suite, it took me approximately 40 minutes to create a basic slideshow, create a 2 minute screencast, create a basic Form for an assessment, add a couple questions using EdPuzzle or YouTube, and then add to my Google Classroom. My point is, once you get in the hang of creating these lessons, they are not too time-consuming. And, the G Suite makes it so easy for educators to share and collaborate on learning activities with colleagues.

Getting Started

Step 1: Google Slides

Create a slideshow using Google Slides. Be sure to include the following:

  1. The title of the lesson
  2. Your teaching points or objectives
  3. Include anchor charts or handouts to review
  4. Models and examples
  5. An overview of the activitiy

Your goal is to create a mini-lesson screencast that should be no more than 5-10 minutes long once.  You could create a whole library of teaching points using Google Slides and then have the option to record your own screencasts later.  The goal would be for each teacher to have their own recorded screencast to provide a personalized lesson with their students.

Step 2: Record using a Screencasting Tool

Download the and extension such as Screencastify to use within in Google Chrome. Then, open up your Google Slideshow and create a fabulous tutorial for your students using the slides. When finished, save your screencast into your Google Drive.

Step 3: Add questions using EdPuzzle or YouTube

EdPuzzle and YouTube make it so easy to add questions to your screencast. You can ask questions about the lesson for a quick formative assessment. Plus, adding questions helps the student think and interact with the lesson making the screencast more engaging.  EdPuzzle allows students to sign in with their Google IDs and will store student answers for you to review. You can create a class, add students and get a record of results as they come in from students who are watching your EDpuzzle videos.

Step 4: Create a Google Form

Google Forms makes it so easy to pose questions, share videos, and even links. After students watch your screencast, you could have students respond about their learning using the Google Form. After they respond to the lesson, you have the data stored in a spreadsheet to help you drive instruction.

  1. Slideshow
  2. Example Form You Might Use in Your Classroom

In your Form, you might ask a variety of questions such as:

  • What is your goal?
  • What did you learn from today’s lesson?
  • Did this lesson help you? Explain
  • Do you need a conference?

Step 5: Managing Your Blended Learning Activities

Google Classroom is a wonderful way to organize your classes and post assignments. For these flipped and blended learning activities, I would suggest that you post the assignments into your Google Classroom so they are accessible to any student at any time.

Please let me know if you have any examples of blended learning lessons that you would like to share!

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