Paper 9

„THE VIRTUAL GUEST TEACHER” MODEL – APPLICATION OF BLENDED LEARNING IN KINDERGARTEN

Veronika Hristova Racheva 1, Lyubka Krasteva Aleksieva 2
1 Proznanie AD, Sofia
2 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia

МОДЕЛЪТ „ВИРТУАЛЕН УЧИТЕЛ НА ГОСТИ“ – ПРИЛОЖЕНИЕ НА ОБУЧЕНИЕТО ОТ СМЕСЕН ТИП (BLENDED LEARNING) В ДЕТСКАТА ГРАДИНА

Вероника Христова Рачева 1, Любка Кръстева Алексиева 2
1 Прознание АД, гр. София
2 Софийски университет „Св. Климент Охридски“, гр. София

 

Abstract: Online learning has the potential to overcome the geographic and demographic restrictions of the
physical environment, as well as to improve the quality of learning content and pedagogical interaction. This
explains the widespread penetration of technology into the traditional forms of education through the so-called
blended learning – a pedagogical approach that combines the effectiveness and socialization opportunities of
the classroom with the technologically enhanced active learning possibilities of the online environment. This
report presents an author’s model of blended learning called a „Virtual Guest Teacher“ and the results of its pilot
implementation in kindergarten during the school year 2016-2017. The model is based on the project-based
learning approach supported by remote lecturers. Online teachers interact with the children in the traditional
classroom through a virtual classroom. At the end of the pilot school year, the model implementation was
assessed by the preschool teachers in expert evaluation forms according to predefined criteria. The collected data
showed an increased interest in the learning content and raised children’s motivation for an active participation
in the learning process. The report ends with conclusions and ideas for the future implementation of the model.

Keywords: blended learning, online learning, preschool, virtual classroom, distant teacher, project-based
learning

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