Teacher Review For Blendspace

Blendspace: a content curation tool to embed media and resources

Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Blendspace is one of the tools I use to share a series of resources with students about a central topic. This can be useful in a flipped classroom or when just providing students options. When we study the states and capitals of the United States, there are games, review websites, videos, digital flashcards, and many other resources to help students. Instead of telling them what to study, I provide the link to Blendspace and they can customize their practice experience. I've created Blendspaces that had a different skill practiced at each level. They had to complete an activity at each level before moving down a row. This resource can be applied to so many different subjects and learner levels because of the different digital content that can be embedded, from YouTube videos to Flickr to Educreations to Google Drive to a Webpage, the options are almost endless. Boxes on Blendspace can also house text or quiz questions to provide further information for students.
My Take
The students like having so many options for completing assignments; however, there have been issues. A benefit is the ability to track statistics for the students and record their quiz scores. There have been many errors in the system. This also requires the students to be able to log in. This has proved to be a challenge with the Google associated accounts and Edmodo connected accounts. This year I have not been able to track reliable homework completion through the website alone. There are still benefits to Blendspace, like only providing a single link to students and having all the resources and directions be in a single location. Another aspect that could be improved is literally the aspect ratio. The content does not display equally or easily on all devices, this makes a big deal since I teach in a BYOT classroom and there are many different devices being used. I need resources that are reliable across device. The flaws do not outweigh the benefits; they are just considerations to keep in mind while creating the activities for the classroom and/or homework.