Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blended Learning isn't just about Videos

The concept of "blended learning" is infiltrating schools with teachers having students use face-to-face and online teaching in a blended learning environment. With the availability of more mobile technology resources, students can take more ownership of what they learn and how they absorb information. There are certainly many benefits to having a blended learning environment for both teachers and students, but here are a few of the most common:
  • more effective use of class time
  • easier differentiation
  • more student engagement
  • less use of paper
  • more opportunities to keep parents informed with student progress
There are several "blended learning" models that Michale B. Horn, and education researcher mentions in the article, "Blended Learning & Learning Platforms" from It's Learning. Read more to learn about Flex, Rotation, Self-Blend, and Enriched-Virtual models that can be used in the classroom.

Educator Peter McIntosh Uses Blended Learning
View to see an example of a blended learning classroom using Khan Academy.

Video: Blended Learning
View to see an example of "blended learning" in action at the Carpe Diem Collegiate High School in Arizona. This school blends the best of face-to-face instruction, technology, and extended learning opportunities to raise student achievement.

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