Combination Learning is a new teaching and learning strategy for the 21st century. The definition of Combination Learning is learning through the flexible combination of two or more learning components.
This is a new learning strategy developed by TeachThought that responds to the endless possibilities in modern learning environments. It is purposefully flexible, and adaptable to a variety of content areas, grade levels, and available local technology.
The Big Idea
The big idea of combination learning is shifting the focus from content to the process of learning.
Combination Learning allows teachers and students to work together to “mash” bits and pieces of learning to design entirely unique and personalized learning scenarios. The result is a flexible, self-directed learning environment where the teacher acts as facilitator and mentor, and the student is at the center of–and entirely accountable for–their own progress and performance.
It can be as simple or complex as the circumstances call for. It can be standards-based or open-ended; technology-based or based on in-person human interaction; project-based, game-based, rigorous, supportive, etc. In that way it is more of a shell or template for teachers and students to fill as necessary.
Pick and choose one or more of the following “pieces” to use and/or combine to create a learning experience that’s meaningful to you, and results in something interesting, playful, and uniquely “you.”
Try to start with yourself: Who are you, what are you a part of, and what does that membership suggest that you understand and do?
Remember, these are just examples. There are dozens for every category!
combination-learning7 Examples Of Combination Learning
1. Combination: Model-Based Learning + iTunes App Store + Craigslist + The Problem of Aging Technology
Paraphrased: Use model-based learning to study the iTunes App Store basic design, combine it with what makes Craigslist popular, and use it to solve the problem of the trading or disposal of aging technology in local communities
2. Combination: Inquiry-Based Learning + Use of classic music in modern hip-hop + Analyse + Essay or 5 minute YouTube documentary
Paraphrased: Use inquiry-based learning to explore and analyze the concept of hip-hop artists sampling classic music, then package your ideas in an essay or short documentary
3. Combination: The Sandbox + Peer Instruction + The Water Cycle
Paraphrased: Use the learning simulation “The Sandbox” to explain the Water Cycle to a peer in some way that’s “new” to their understanding
4. Combination: Separate Causes & Effects + Immigration + Presentation + Self-created Rubric
Paraphrased: Separate the causes and effects of immigration through research, then create a presentation to your local student body or other more relevant audience. Self-assess presentation through self-created rubric
5. Combination: Twitter + Spotify + Design
Paraphrased: Design an app that combines the function of twitter and Spotify to create something new
6. Combination: Right triangles + Bridge Constructor (an app) + Structural Analysis + Vlog
Paraphrased: Study and use right triangles to design bridges using the app “Bridge Constructor,” then complete a structural analysis of the results in brief video log
7. Combination: Project-Based Learning + Local Challenges + Local Entrepreneurs
Design a 6 week project that addresses some self-selected local challenge through collaboration with local entrepreneurs