by Christina Quattrocchi
"Silicon Schools Fund CEO Brian Greenberg believes that blended learning is about “reconceiving the role of the student, the teachers, and how you define schools.” But such cosmic shifts require guidance, coaching, and encouragement. With edtech coaches and coordinators still a relatively new field, teachers often have few direct resources on how to get started.
"The emergence of a new blended learning MOOC, compliments of Coursera’s new focus on teacher professional development, could provide such guidance--for free.
"To deliver the course, blended learning connoisseurs Greenberg and Michael Horn (Co-founder, Clayton Christensen Institute) will join forces with teacher training expert Rob Schwartz of the New Teacher Center.
"Aimed at educators and parents with access to some form of a classroom, the six-week course will focus on implementing blended learning models, looking at factors like physical space, budget and how to choose the right software. "Students" will focus on case studies at KIPP Los Angeles, Summit Public Schools and Navigator Schools in Gilroy,CA, described by Greenberg “the best school you never heard of.” These studies will serve as a guide through the questions, obstacles, and decisions that come up when implementing various versions of blended learning models. By the end of the course, educators and parents will be expected to launch blended learning pilots in their own schools, however big or small."
Via Jim Lerman, Brian Bridges