“Wait, why are you talking about two tools in this post? Aren’t these posts supposed to have only one tech tool that you write about weekly?”
Well, yes, you are correct. The reason I am writing about two tools, is because they very similar in functionality, and purpose. Since the two tools are so similar, I thought it would be beneficial to do a basic compare and contrast so you can determine which tool you would prefer to use with your students. These two tools are called blendspace and alchemy learning(smart binder).
So what are these tools and what do they do?
By the simplest of definitions, both of these sites enable the teacher to add content, assessments, and tracking information in one central location for students to access. The main difference between the two tools is the interface that they use and the fact that with blendspace students see all the content at the same time. With alchemylearn, teachers can add content and decide what content is for the class and what content is for home. (students will only see the content the teacher chooses for a specific time)
Alchemylearn(smart binder): http://www.alchemylearning.com/products/smartbinder/
Personally, I prefer Blendspace due to the ease and look and feel of the interface. I have used it with my Fifth graders and have had great success with it. I added all the content they need for their unit on the blendspace and the girls simply move on to the next part of their unit when they are finished their student work. It eliminates the students constantly saying, "Now I am done, what do I do now?"
Click on the link below to see the a blendspace unit that I have used with my students:
It really is a matter of preference which one you use. Both are excellent tools to help deliver content. The advantages of using these tools include:
· The ability to individualize and customize lesson content to suit specific needs of your students
· 24/7 availability
· Utilizing the publishing sharing capabilities of the Internet
Yummy! A tech snack that is free, relevant for today’s digital natives and reflective of the current changes that are occurring in education….delicious! Happy Snacking!