The call arrived late one night from Margaret Angell of the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellowship.“Alex, we have a sighting!” she told me. “Kids are learning at their own pace.”I asked her if she was sure.
Nancy White's insight:
Really love the comparison of bringing innovation to schools with Bigfoot sightings! It does seem that way some days, but when you read about and see examples of innovation like the one Alex describes here, it re-invigorates you!
This statement pretty much sums up my concern I share with this author:
" Behind those data dashboards of sophisticated performance information and analytics, what makes a student really tick goes largely unknown, untouched by human hands, hearts, and minds."
Blended Learing to me has to be about more than just delivery of content online. The reason for blending learning must be for a greater purpose than just improving standardized test scores! It should be about using technology to its full potential -to help students realize their passions, connect globally with those that can help them learn, work on real-world problem solving and become self-directed life-long learners.
With the rise of online and blended learning schools, today’s students have many options. See how blended learning brings together the best of both worlds.
Nancy White's insight:
While watching the video - I was struck by how much the entire school environment looked like a library. When you can't tear down and create a brand new school - look to your library as a great place for blended learning to take hold and cultures to shift toward personalized learning!
This is report is really making me think! I am struggling with the new definition's addition of modalities as a pathway to integrated learning - though I can see that it could happen - it seems like this would be by chance rather than by design. I do feel we are on the right track with our blended learning efforts by emphasizing backwards design (UbD) as the first step in the process.
I also am looking at our district efforts with a new lens - and see that what we are currently doing is what this report identifies as a hybrid - which isn't neccessarily bad , but definitely warrants some deeper thinking about where we want to go with the model we are using.
My latest blog post explores how implementing blended learning, with an emphasis on not just blending face-to-face learning and online learning --but also giving students a choice in path of learning - can help develop student creativity & innovation and lead toward personalization of learning.
Learner-centric approach seems to be at the forefront of effective instruction in eLearning courses. The learner must be at the heart of it. (Six Key Ingredients of Learner-centered eLearning Courses | Design with a focus on the learner first!
"There is a big difference between online education, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and blended learning... MOOCs are a relatively new spin on web-based learning that opens up classes to the masses, though usually not for credit. Blended learning, on the other hand, uses technology to enhance traditional learning environments. In blended classrooms, also known as flipped classrooms, professors use classroom time to interact with students and use the Internet to deliver lectures, typically as web videos."