Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting teachers across Austin ISD who are innovating and trailblazing with BLEND, the district’s new digital learning space.
Eddie Bonet-Diaz teaches Pre-AP Biology, AP Biology, and IPC (integrated physics and chemistry) at Anderson High School. He’s also an Official EDpuzzle Coach.
Describe how you are using BLEND in your classroom.
I’m using BLEND to provide opportunities for self-study, reflection (through discussions), taking quizzes, assigning homework (flipping the classroom), and creating collaborative project opportunities.
What tips would you offer to other teachers starting to blend learning and use BLEND in their classrooms?
Focus on one aspect of your website at a time. Start with the basics of teaching. Dedicate a page for your Class Log (Agenda) and keep up with it, for your students and your own sanity. Also, add some glam to it. No one wants to look at a plain website. It can be as easy as adding a color theme or adding images (use Canva – it has a ton of free images that will make any website pop. WARNING: it does require some graphic design vision).
Be transparent about your skills and be open to things not running smoothly in class. You probably already have materials for your lessons from previous years; keep those as backup so students can receive the content regardless of what happens in class. If you share/embed google files (Docs, Slides, or Sheets) make sure to set the privacy setting to Open and View Only.
Home Page, with glam! Each picture links to a unit of study.
Class Log / Agenda, updated for each lesson.
Students respond to a digital discussion.