Blended Learning

More classrooms have high-tech devices. More schools have speedy Internet connections. And more teachers are mixing technology into their lessons. Can blended learning improve academic outcomes? Will it help disadvantaged students? The Hechinger Report explores the way new technology is changing what we teach and learn. See all our Special Reports

Head of the class: Here is how one state will provide advanced training for blended learning

  A new partnership in Ohio will provide school leaders with advanced training in the use of classroom technology. About 70 principals…

Carnegie Mellon project revives failed inBloom dream to store and analyze student data

Privacy controversy to be dodged by not storing student names, addresses or social security numbers

Teaching preschoolers to use computers — along with their parents

A program to help low-income parents learn alongside their children in the hope that they will encourage more productive screen time

Students in Travis Haas’s class at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, with one of the red helium balloons they use to monitor pollution and the progress of wetlands recovery

Ecohackers: These kids track pollution with balloons and kites

Students in Travis Haas’s class at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, with one of the red helium balloons they use to monitor pollution and the progress…

Dinosaur bones. A museum. Uma Thurman. Is this what it takes to get our attention?

  Photo: Nichole Dobo I peered between the bones of an allosaurus to catch a glimpse of Uma Thurman on a…

Finding a way to get online connections for children in low-income housing

A new government effort aims to provide a home Internet connection to more than 200,000 children

Screenshot from Inanimate Alice, an episodic interactive story created by the British novelist Kate Pullinger and British/Canadian multimedia artist Chris Joseph. Alice is offered for free online -- it blinks, buzzes, hums, sings, jitterbugs, plays games, and, on occasion, rains and snows. The first of a planned 10 chapters debuted in 2005.

Books that snap, crackle, buzz and sing

The new world of transmedia books, which engage children interactively to encourage reading


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Amy, a fourth-grader at P.S. 129, references the class’s reading material before participating in a class Q&A on her cellphone.

New York City schools ask students to ‘Bring Your Own Devices’

Using cellphones in the classroom can extend learning

The Elevate math summer school program provides students with three hours of instruction from a specially trained, certified teacher and one hour of work in an online program known as the Khan Academy. The teacher assists and assess student progress during the hour of individual work on the computer.

Catch them before they fall: A summer math program aims to improve odds of success in algebra

A California-based foundation developed a program designed to improve students’ skills before they fall behind

SUNO business school building in 2012.

Black college foundation hits brakes on quest to start a blended-learning school

Thurgood Marshall middle school would have partnered with SUNO