Often when we think about innovation we imagine a world where boldness and creativity rule-- free form design, hundreds of post it notes, wild experimentation, extreme risk-taking, rainbows! But I’ve found in my experience working with schools for the past 14 years that innovation is often best fostered by structured supports.
One of the most common questions people ask us is “so what does blended learning look like?” The answer is that it depends. It depends on your needs and your goals. It depends on the strengths you want to build on and the gaps you want to fill.
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Students in Wendy Daniels 4th grade blended classroom in Evanston, WY join a virtual pen pal session with 5th grade blended students in Middletown, NY. Guest Blog Post by Wendy Daniels, 4th Grade Teacher at North Evanston Elementary School in Evanston, Wyoming In February Lori Lawrence, a 5th grade teacher in Middletown, New York, reached out with a request. She wanted to create a virtual pen-pal class for her 5th grade blended classroom. I thought it would be neat to connect my students in Wyoming with hers in New York and so we scheduled a time for our classes to Skype. The results were amazing!
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One of the best parts of my job is getting to see how teachers transform the learning experience for students. And one of the hardest parts for people considering doing personalized learning is imagining what it will look and feel like. I recently spent time talking to and observing a classroom in Horry County’s Myrtle Beach Middle School. I hope by sharing this here I can give others a window into what teaching and learning can look like in a more personalized classroom... As Jackie Kennedy sits with a group of 5 students reading near a Smartboard, an 8th grader jumps up from his seat on the other side of the room. “Ahh” he groans, “almost had a hundred! That’s an 88 though. Fifteen points.” He flexes in celebration - as one does in middle school.
San Carlos, CA––April 13, 2013 ––Education Elements, the leader in building Blended Classrooms that help schools integrate instructional practice and technology, announced that it has added over two-dozen new digital content and application partners to the ecosystem of educational products that integrate with its Hybrid Learning Management System (HLMS).
At the close of 2012, we believe there are about 70-80 US schools that have effectively implemented comprehensive blended learning models (see our definition here). At Education Elements, we are proud to be working with about 50 of these schools and are encouraged by the early indicators of student achievement. Last year, we saw an unexpectedly rapid increase in the number of public school districts adopting blended learning models; districts like those in the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Initiative now account for roughly 60% of our client base. In 2013, thanks in part to RTT-D, we are expecting that growth in blended learning implementations to further accelerate and reach over 300 schools by yearend. This is incredible growth as students, teachers and administrators seek more personalized and differentiated teaching and learning. I really enjoyed Michael Horn's predictions for blended learning in 2013, so I thought I would share my wish list for 2013 as we start the new year.