For my fourth year class in a Liceo Artistico I had to design some lessons and tasks about the Victorian Age. Since we have just 11-12 lessons in class till the end of the school year I decided to create some virtual lesson containers online where my students could work on their own and learn about the age of Queen Victoria and one of the most important writers of the time- C.Dickens.
I have often used Google Slides to present my content, this time I chose Blendspace.
The Platform has enabled me to design a lesson plan with lots of direct links to videos and materials online that deal with the topic I am going to do in class. I will guide them to read and watch some documents dealing with the time we are studying and I would like them to reflect on the many contrasts of the time in which Dickens lived. Most of the tasks will be done from home, I need to rely on the students' working at home as we have poor internet connection and now at school we have no whiteboards with internet connections.
The next step will be to help them speak about the topic and find links among the many events that took place in the long time in which the Queen ruled. It is also possible to add quizzes in the online platform. I will think about some guided compositions or quizzes to help the students study and present what they have learnt.
I think that Blendplace is a nice and versatile tool. If you want to add more documents you might need to pay for some but when teachers have access to documents that are shared and are free , we can easily build a good lesson for learners.
The gallery offers some nice lessons for many school subjects. It is worth trying them.