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

Would tongue magnets be top of mind when listing education technology trends?

  Photo: Kike Calvo via AP Images A conversation about education technology trends does not typically include the phrase “tongue magnets.”…

Castlemont High School computer science teacher Claire Shorall with students Laura Hernandez, Ronye Cooper and Sandra Vivian (left to right). Cooper started the girls computer coding club at the Oakland high school.

Can students click their way to a better world?

Technology could help young people learn civics lessons -- and use them, too

Supporting growth: As more schools move to blended learning, a company moves to sell them advice

Another sign of growing interest in blended learning: A longtime purveyor of online courses now offers consulting services for schools that want to make the high-tech leap. The company,

Digital books could be the next frontier in getting more books into the hands of disadvantaged children

Student drawings share progress on reading goals at a California charter school. Photo: Nichole Dobo More than $250 million worth of electronic books will soon be…

Max Ventilla, a founder and CEO of AltSchool.

Facebook founder and others invest $100 million in a private school model they hope can take root in the public system

A small private school network in California has developed new education technology that could reshape the nation’s classrooms

Students use a computer in a classroom.

As nation debates student data privacy, a new federal law is proposed

The legislation introduced this week in Congress would limit use of data to educational purposes

A Silicon Valley-based Teach For America program dives into blended learning

Summit Public Schools personalizes instruction with technology so teachers can work with students individually and in small groups. Photo: Summit Public Schools Teach For America, the…


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Lynne Kesselman, an Egg Harbor Township teacher, checks out a robot that can be used as a classroom teaching aid at the New Jersey Education Association convention at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday Nov. 7, 2013.

Kids teaching robots: Is this the future of education?

Avatars, robots, elves are being invented to become virtual pupils, to help students learn by teaching

Video games that work better than school

Behind the app that teaches preschoolers algebra

In this Wednesday, June 19, 2013 photo, instructor Melissa Andrews, left, cheers on camper Roger McKee, 9, for finishing a video game while at an iD Tech Camp at the Emory University campus, in Atlanta. So-called coding camps for kids are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and later careers in technology.

What if they made learning – gasp! – fun?

As schools invest more money and time on high-tech tools, a new book offers a roadmap for how digital games can change teaching and learning