Building Blendspaces

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Overview‚Äč

Building a blendspace is a great way for students to demonstrate their understanding of learned concepts in any content area. Blendspaces are creative, personalized learning experiences for each student. Teachers can also design their own blendspaces from scratch or select one from the blendspace topic library and easily share out with their  students.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to use teacher-shared blendspaces and also  build their own personal blendspaces. 

  • Understand how to use the blendspaces to reinforce concepts learned in any content area.

  • Be able to practice the skill of summarizing information in order to build their spaces.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Blendspaces: Blendspaces is the name given to a free online program created by TES where students can blend and summarize information in many different ways.

  2. Summarizing: Summarizing is taking chunks of information and demonstrating your understanding and main idea.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher should familiarize themselves with the TES teach website for blendspaces.
  • The teacher can easily sign up for a free class account and have all students sign up with a class code (same as a Google Classroom account, NearPod, etc.).
  • The teacher decides on the topic area, goal, & objective for the blendspaces.
  • Review short video below for initial set-up steps.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. The teacher projects computer screen to model for students on how to use any shared blendspaces to begin familiarity with this tech tool.
  2. The teacher assigns a topic area and amount of spaces required for the student to build their own spaces.
  3. Discuss and model how to share each type of space from google images, videos, text, etc.
  4. Give the students the code to get into TES Blendspace
  5. Students can add their own quiz which allows them to practice the challenging skill of formulating their own questions.
  6. Students thoroughly enjoy sharing their blendspaces as other students take their quiz!
  7. TES Blendspaces allow for a very personalized learning, sharing, and authentic style of student engagement & learning.
  8. TES Blendspaces can be built individually, with partners, or small groups.
  9. Have your students watch this short student tutorial from a student in Mrs. Gallemore's classroom showing how simple these are to build & share from the student perspective.  

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • This tool can be used an assessment piece for many subject areas.
    • Student-created blendspaces offer a creative, individualized type of both formative & summative assessments.  
    • This area is so broad that teacher discretion would be best suited as far as how to use it for a particular assessment tool.  
    • It always serves as a great student showplace and additionally as a study guide for all to benefit from.

MITECS COMPETENCIES & ISTE STANDARDS

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

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6c. Students communicate complex Ideas clearly & effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models, or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium from their intended audiences.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Websites:
Setting Up a TES Blendspace Video

Student Example of TES Blendspace

TES Blendspace

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Types of Figurative Languages, Story Elements, Book “type” reports, Opinion & Persuasive Writing examples. 

Integrated Arts

Student-made videos, song making, role playing can be incorporated to any of the topics to promote further creativity.

Math

Sharing math strategies for problem-solving in any area of math being studied.

Science

Data Collection, summarizing units taught for study guides

Social Studies

Students may use for summarizing information or research-based projects in all areas including: Michigan, Regions, Geography, etc.

Credits
This task card was created by Denise Gallemore, Marysville Public Schools, February 2018.