January's focus for INFOhio's Monday Mini Lessons is using blended learning to increase student engagement. Learn more about how to use informational text articles, interactive experiments and simulations, activities, and eLearning modules from Science Online to support blended learning and student engagement for high school students.  

Science Online is a resource recommended for grades 6-12 and includes content to keep your science classroom current. 

Blended learning, according to the Christensen Institute, is a formal education program in which a student learns: 

  1. at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;
  2. at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;
  3. along an individual learning path, connecting a course and subject to provide an integrated learning experience.  

In the graduate research paper, The Effects of Blended Learning on K-12th Grade Students, a review of recent research "indicated that student engagement, student achievement, and positive student perceptions of learning increased when blended learning was used." One model of blended learning is the station rotation model, which is featured in this mini lesson. Station rotation models include a variety of activities which allow students to gain knowledge independently, collaboratively, and through direct instruction from the teacher. For additional support for using a station rotation model in your classroom, read 10 Tips for Teachers Using the Station Rotation Model.

In this Science Online mini lesson the standard focus is on Ohio's Learning Standards for Science and Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-12. The standards for literacy are located within Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts. Developed for a Biology class, the standards for this lesson include: 

B.H.1 Cellular genetics: Life is specified by genomes. Each organism has a genome that contains all the biological information needed to develop and maintain that organism.

B.H.3 Genetic mechanisms and inheritance: Genetic variation in traits among offspring is a result of the movement of chromosomes crossing over, independent assortment, and recombination during gamete formation.

RST. 9-10.2 a-b Analyze content-area specific text development. Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text. Provide an accurate and objective summary of the central ideas of the text that traces the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept.

Throughout this lesson, students use this interactive HyperDoc, An Investigation of Genetics, to explore, explain, and apply their learning about genetics. Students will be divided into three breakout rooms and will complete the HyperDoc using a station rotation model. 

See the Teach With INFOhio blog for more information .


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