Recent Articles on Blended Learning

Blended Learning | by Knewton.com

Blended Learning is a disruptive innovation in education that can take many forms. Here we look at what Blended Learning is, why it’s spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.

7 Stories About The Flipped Classroom

This is a very helpful and informative article on the “Flipped” or “Reversed” classroom.  It was originally posted at Emerging EdTech and written by Kelly Walsh, who is the Chief Information Officer at College of Westchester in White Plains, NY.

Informed articles and commentary on this powerful and often misunderstood concept.

The University of Wisconsin’s Stout School of Education publishes a great Tech Tips newsletter [1]. The last few issues of this newsletter have been packed with resources focused on topics near and dear to us here at EmergingEdTech, and we strongly recommend signing up [2] for this free publication. I spent a good deal of time reading and appreciating the resources shared in a recent Tech Tips newsletter focused on the concept of “the flipped classroom”. Below I have shared several of the articles listed in the newsletter, along with a few more that I searched out, and I’ve provided a little insight into each of them. Continue Reading…

Khan Academy | Watch. Practice. Learn.

The Khan Academy is an educational organization, created in 2006 by MIT graduate educator Salman Khan. With the stated mission of “providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere”, the website supplies a free online collection of more than 2,600 micro lectures via video tutorials, stored on YouTube, teaching mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics and computer science.

Khan originally created the site to assist a cousin and some of her friends with math and science problems.  Over time his collection of video lectures and tutorials grew to incorporate multiple learning disciplines and to include a web-based exercise system that generates problems for students based on skill level and performance.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

The Flipped Classroom | by Knewton.com

Turning traditional education on it’s head! Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a Flipped Classroom model. So what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

The Disruption of Blended Learning

The following Article is a reprint from THE Journal | Transforming Education Through Technology

By David Nigel | 07/06/2011

Blended learning isn’t like other technology-driven movements in education. It isn’t about supporting current instructional models. In fact, just the opposite, according to researcher and education analyst Heather Staker: It’s about eliminating the “monolithic, factory-based architecture of today’s school system” altogether.

Staker is the senior research fellow and project manager for the education practice at the Innosight Institute. In “The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models,” she and her team of researchers identified models for blended learning based on 40 existing programs and concluded that those models are “disruptive” in the way they bring innovation to schools. That is, they transform even as they improve teaching and learning.

“Disruptive innovations bring accessibility, affordability, and customization to sectors that before were complicated, expensive, and standardized,” Staker told THE Journal. “Blended learning could bring a much more personalized, student-focused experience to brick-and-mortar classrooms across America.”

In this interview, Staker also expanded on what such transformation could mean for both students and teachers and on what policymakers need to do to maintain the momentum blended learning has experienced in K-12 education to date–or risk it being co-opted back into the current “flawed” education model. Continue Reading

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