The term “blended learning” is fast-becoming one of the education buzzwords that you will hear at conferences and in news articles.
Some call it digital learning or “personalized learning,” which is another way of describing how teachers can work with students at their individual skill level and deliver real-time instruction as needed — with the help of technology.
Blended learning is a better term than some of awful jargon that has crept into the lexicon of education, but it still merits some explanation. That’s why we are posting this this video by The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate high-quality blended learning in school districts across the U.S.
At The Hechinger Report, we’ve become fascinated by the many ways technology is – and, in some cases, isn’t – changing education, no matter what it is called. And we feel it is part of our mission to explain it.
We are visiting classrooms around the country to tell these stories, and posting interviews and profiles that help us all understand the new digital world and what it means for teaching, learning and the way education is delivered.
Change, of course, often comes with controversy, and we are also reporting on roadblocks and obstacles, along with new innovations.
The video is free of jargon – and filled with classroom scenes and the voices of teachers, students and principals who describe in their own words how they are using blended learning. Please feel free to weigh in and let us know of new innovations, ideas and both the successes and failures of blended learning across the U.S.