How I Use It
Blendspace is the perfect forum to introduce a concept or topic to a student. Students can self-guide through an interactive board. Teachers can create boards with various visually pleasing templates and two color themes. The sources dropped into each square can be found on the right-hand side and are from the following sources:
YouTube, Google (Image and Web Search), Flickr, Educreations, Gooru, Insert Webpage, Upload a Web/Media File, Dropbox, Insert from Google Drive, Bookmark.
After you create a board, a link gives access to the Blendspace topic. Teachers can create a class and have students work through a Blendspace specifically created for the class.
The board works as long as the item remains open on the web. Students do become frustrated easily when links do not work, or they can't access the information. Another downside is the text feature on each box. The font is small and is unable to be enlarged.
Students can also create their Blendspace boards as an alternative to doing a poster or report.
Blendspace is an excellent tool for independent practice or to give students time to explore a concept in a flipped environment. The product can be a bit shaky when trying to link or align concepts to the applications offered. For example, a student that is already an active member of an Educreations class, will be unable to link their Educreation to a Blendspace board. Some workarounds exist by using the Insert Webpage feature. Occasionally, the webpage inserted can take you close to the page you desire, but actually not be the exact page. Blendspace functions better on a computer versus a tablet. Certain features are unable to be used on a tablet in the building and viewing of a Blendspace.
Students enjoy the freedom to work through each board, at their own pace and order. My advice is to keep Blendspace simple and not make it more than what it is meant to be utilized to do for students.