Blended Learning using Learning Bird

I have talked about Learning Bird previously in my blog posts, but they have recently created a new feature when you can create Playlists.

Learning Bird is a learning content service, which has content which is made by teachers for students, which is mapped to curriculums and textbooks from across North America. It is free for teachers to use in their classroom, and students can subscribe monthly or schools can subscribe for their students at a huge discount.

So by creating a playlist I can include not only videos on a topic, but I can also include learning materials, such as a presentation, a worksheet (or a learning template) and videos. In the example below I have created a very simple playlist on addition:

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We can see that I have a video which introduces adding 2 numbers to 1 number, and there is then a worksheet based on this to complete. You can then add further items and further activities. You can include a range of files into their site which leads a range of possibilities. At the moment however, there is no support for Google Docs (unless you export them as a PDF and upload them).

When the playlist is shared with a student they now see a playlist which looks like this:

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So they can follow through in order, skip ahead if they want or return to the lesson at the start if they feel that this is something that they need to do.

As a platform to deliver blended learning this is pretty awesome, build into this the fact that if your students are a subscriber to Learning Bird, you can pick from any of the videos on the site, or any of the pre-made mapped materials, and you have a quick and easy way to flip your class or introduce blended learning.

Add this into distributing the link to the playlist or the assignment by using Remind, and you have a quick, easy and paperless way to created a blended learning environment.

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One thought on “Blended Learning using Learning Bird

  1. roxannedesforges says:

    I think you’re absolutely right about Learning Bird as a blended learning tool and playlists really just makes blending so easy. Teachers have access to so much content on there already and they can add there own if they want to. It cool because it works so well with Google apps. Also, the idea of sharing playlists using Remind is a great one I hadn’t though of!

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